Portfolio Manager's Journal
As of December 26, 2018
Midas Fund seeks primarily capital appreciation and protection against inflation and, secondarily, current income through investments primarily in precious metals mining and other natural resource companies as well as gold, silver, and platinum bullion. The Fund’s holding of Evolution Mining Limited, an intermediate gold producer with six mines in Australia, outperformed recently, while shares of Ciner Resources LP, a trona ore mining and soda ash producer in Wyoming, underperformed recently. The Fund is currently seeking to add to its portfolio companies in the natural resources and other sectors with promising exploration potential, expanding production profiles, increasing cash flow, strong balance sheets, and/or other special growth features. The Fund currently is invested in a global portfolio of primarily large and medium gold and diversified mining companies, precious metals royalty companies, and ETFs holding gold and silver bullion.
Midas Magic seeks capital appreciation. Relative to the S&P 500, the Fund’s portfolio currently is more weighted in cyclical companies, such as financial services, and is underweight in economically sensitive and defensive industries. The Fund continues to focus on companies that appear to have strong operations showing superior returns on equity and assets while retaining reasonable valuations. Portfolio holdings of Broadcom Inc., which designs, develops, and supplies a broad range of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions, outperformed recently. A position in shares of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. which operates scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands and surrounding areas, recently hindered Fund performance. Each of Mastercard Inc. Class A, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Class B, and Alphabet Inc. Class A currently comprise more than 10% of the Fund’s net assets.
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