Portfolio Manager's Journal
As of July 19, 2019
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 Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd., an intermediate gold mining company with three mines in Canada and one mine in Australia, has performed well in the last month. On the other hand, shares of Mineral Technologies Inc., a leader in specialty minerals and mineral based and synthetic mineral products, underperformed recently. Using a disciplined approach, the Fund seeks to emphasize gold and other natural resource companies offering financial strength, expanding production profiles, strong free cash flow, and promising exploration potential. 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 generally focuses on companies that appear to have strong operations showing superior returns on equity and assets with reasonable valuations. Recently, the Fund's position in shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd., a foundry which produces semiconductors based on customers' or third parties' proprietary designs, performed strongly. The Fund's holding of Johnson & Johnson, a large and diversified healthcare company that produces pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products, hindered the Fund's performance in the past month. Each of Mastercard Inc. Class A and Alphabet Inc. Class A currently comprise more than 10% of the Fund's net assets.
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