Portfolio Manager's Journal
As of September 14, 2017
Midas Fund seeks primarily capital appreciation and protection against inflation and, secondarily, current income. Recent outperformers in the Fund’s portfolio have been the Fund’s holdings of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., a platinum exploration company, and Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile S.A., a producer of lithium and other chemicals. Fund holdings of Tahoe Resources Inc., an intermediate gold and silver producer, lagged over the same period. Midas Fund is currently maintaining leverage in its portfolio by, among other things, seeking to add to positions in the natural resources sector with growth prospects. The Fund is invested in a multinational portfolio of primarily large and medium mining companies with what we at Midas believe to be promising exploration potential, expanding production profiles, increasing cash flow, and/or other special growth features.
Midas Magic seeks capital appreciation. Overall, 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. Mastercard Inc. Class A, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Class B, and Johnson & Johnson, and Alphabet Inc. Class A each currently comprise more than 10% of the Fund’s net assets. Portfolio holdings of IPG Photonics Corporation, a high performance fiber laser manufacturer, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd., a semiconductor manufacturer, have recently contibuted to the Fund's returns. Holdings of certain retailers detracted from recent Fund performance. Midas Magic continues to focus on companies that appear to have strong operations showing superior returns on equity and assets while also retaining reasonable valuations, with a broad orientation towards conservatively priced value stocks and selected growth issues.
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