Portfolio Manager's Journal
As of February 27, 2018
Midas Fund seeks primarily capital appreciation and protection against inflation and, secondarily, current income through investments primarily in precious metals and natural resource companies and gold, silver, and platinum bullion and coins. Recent outperforming Fund portfolio securities include those of Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile S.A., a South American producer of lithium and other specialty chemicals. Fund shareholdings of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. Class A, an exploration and project development company with precious metals and copper projects in southern Africa, have lagged over the same period. 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. Overall, relative to the S&P 500, the Fundís 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 also retaining reasonable valuations, including conservatively priced value stocks and selected, reasonably priced, growth issues. Portfolio holdings of Cisco Systems, Inc., which designs and sells a broad range of Internet technologies including networking, security, collaboration and the cloud, have recently contributed to the Fundís returns. The Fundís holding of United Therapeutics Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative products, has recently detracted from recent 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 Fundís net assets.
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