Minimums | Management Fees & Trade Costs
Performance | Investment Instruments | Portfolio Holdings
Global Stock Exchanges & Currencies | Portfolio Turnover
Investment Time Horizon | Maintaining Investment Minimums
Reporting & Communication | Other Fees & Costs | Clearing Services
Although the Standard Brokerage Accounts (PSC) and fee-based Premier Asset Management Accounts (PAM) offer different features and benefits, the following details apply to them both, unless otherwise specified.
|Strategic Real Return||$100,000||$250,000|
|Growth with Income||$100,000||$250,000|
MANAGEMENT FEES & TRADE COSTS
STANDARD BROKERAGE ACCOUNT
|Portfolio||Management Fee||Trade Costs*|
|Strategic Real Return||N/A||1%–5%|
|Growth with Income||N/A||1%–5%|
*Commissions charged on transactions in Standard Brokerage Accounts are calculated based on the number of shares being purchased or sold and the cost per share, and/or investment instrument used, and/or total amount of transaction. We measure our performance by the success of your account growth. Therefore, all purchases are at standard commissions with standard transaction fees. However, if we recommend the sale of a security held in the account with an investment return less than 10%, you will only be charged required transaction charges. This feature is only applicable to PFS Group's Standard Brokerage Account offerings.
PREMIER ASSET MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT
|Portfolio||Management Fee**||Trade Costs**|
|Strategic Real Return||1.00%–1.50%||fixed|
|Growth with Income||1.00%–2.00%||fixed|
**For most accounts, management fees are advance-billed quarterly. In most cases, accounts valued at >$1 million qualify for reduced management fees; Dividend Growth accounts valued at >$5 million qualify for reduced management fees. An early termination fee of 1% of the account value applies if the minimum investment time horizon of one year is not met.
Please contact us for a complete brochure of management fees, trade costs, and other costs.
Unaudited performance information is only available for fee-based Premier Asset Management Accounts (except "Income" accounts, which are client-specific) with sufficient performance history.
Please contact us to request our performance record.
- Equities (stocks, including preferreds)
- Cash and cash equivalents (money market)
- Income instruments (master limited partnerships, royalty trusts, bonds, convertible bonds)
- Foreign investments (currencies, foreign government bonds, foreign equities)
- Funds and fund-like instruments (mutual funds, exchange traded funds, exchange traded notes, unit investment trusts)
Other investment products may be considered to be appropriate investment vehicles under specific situations.
Although portfolio holdings are generally long, occasional short index or ETF positions may be warranted by market conditions.
Some portfolios may hold "penny stocks" (i.e. "low price securities"), which involve unique risks.
Portfolio holdings vary according to investment approach and market conditions and may include—but are not limited to:
- Basic Materials (such as chemicals; gold; silver; minerals; oil; gas; oil & gas drilling & exploration, equipment & services, pipelines, refining & marketing; steel; iron)
- Industrial Goods (such as aerospace/defense, machinery, building materials, contractors, construction, electrical equipment & components, lumber/wood, tools, metal fabrication, pollution & treatment, waste management)
- Consumer Goods (such as beverages, business equipment, cleaning products, dairy, electronics, farm products, food, meat products, office supplies, paper & paper products, personal products, rubber & plastics, toys & games, vehicles)
- Utilities (such as electricity, gas, water)
- Services (such as apparel, broadcasting, department and other stores, drug stores, entertainment, grocery stores, travel, marketing, management, publishing, railroads, airlines, restaurants)
- Healthcare (such as biotechnology; diagnostic substances & equipment; pharmaceuticals; health care plans; hospitals; medical appliances & equipment, instruments & supplies, laboratories & research)
- Technology (such as software, communication equipment, data storage, electronics, information delivery and support services, internet service providers, long-distance carriers, networking and communication devices, personal computers, circuit boards, technical instruments, semiconductors, telecommunications, wireless communications)
- Financials (such as insurance, credit services, banks & savings & loans, asset management firms, real estate investment trusts)
Allocations to sectors and sector selections are subject to change as we try to respond to current (or perceived future) market conditions. (Our Investment Strategy section provides more details on when these changes might occur.)
GLOBAL STOCK EXCHANGES & CURRENCIES
In non-retirement accounts, Puplava Securities, Inc. is able to trade foreign currencies and to transact business on many exchanges around the world. Please contact us for more detailed information.
Portfolio turnover is directly linked to market conditions. Difficult market conditions may result in a higher number of trades; smooth market conditions may result in fewer trades. Due to our investment philosophy, we typically tend to hold positions for the intermediate to long term, although there are short-term trades when warranted by market conditions. For accounts over which we have discretion, we reserve the right to pull out of the markets and hold a partial or full cash position, should we feel market conditions warrant such a move. Similarly, we may hold positions we consider to be "core positions" to the portfolio regardless of market conditions.
Our Investment Strategy section provides more details on when and why portfolio turnover may occur.
INVESTMENT TIME HORIZON
Because we adhere to value investing, we believe one to two years is an appropriate period of time to allow us to build the portfolio mix and produce investment returns.
Premier Asset Management (PAM) accounts terminated by the investor prior to a one-year minimum investment period will be subject to the penalty fee outlined in the management agreement governing the account; this early termination fee does not apply to Standard Brokerage accounts.
MAINTAINING INVESTMENT MINIMUMS
Investment minimums apply primarily to the level of assets required to open a new account. As assets in the account fluctuate in price, investors are not required to add funds to maintain the minimum.
However, should a withdrawal from a Premier Asset Management account take the account balance significantly below the minimum, we may request that the managed account be closed and its assets be moved to a commission-based Standard Brokerage account.
REPORTING & COMMUNICATION
We keep our transactions in your portfolio as transparent as possible. As a client, you will be kept up-to-date on your investments via:
- Online access to your account holdings, monthly statements, trade confirmations, tax documentation, and select Fidelity research through our clearing firm’s (National Financial Services, LLC) client website, www.myStreetscape.com.
- Monthly statements and confirmations of trades mailed to you by our clearing firm.
- For Jim Puplava's clients, our client-only "In the Know" newsletter, available on the Client Site at www.puplava.com. Clients with discretionary accounts with Jim Puplava not only receive information when a buy, sell, or wait is decided, but also an explanation of the why behind the trading decision as well. However, in specialty accounts, such as the Precious Metals Managed Account or the Energy Managed Account, trading coverage is limited. Trading coverage also is limited for non-discretionary accounts.
- For Jim Puplava's clients, quarterly portfolio newsletters from members of the trading & management team.
- For Jim Puplava's clients, semi-annual newsletters from Jim Puplava.
- Semi-annual performance updates (for fee-based PAM accounts only).
- An annual client seminar.
- Staff accessibility for questions about your investments.
OTHER FEES & COSTS
Our clearing firm, National Financial Services LLC, and its affiliates may charge annual fees or interest to act as custodian/trustee/provider of certain types of accounts, such as Keogh, IRA, margin, or check writing/credit card accounts; in some cases, account closure fees may apply.
Annual bullion/coin storage fees and storage fee minimums may apply; bullion/coin holdings may also be subject to "use tax."
Delivery of or changes to certain assets in the account (stock certificates, bullion/coins, or other assets) may involve additional delivery, processing, or shipping fees.
Other fees, charges, and costs may also apply.
Accounts are carried by National Financial Services LLC, Member NYSE/SIPC.
INVEST WITH US
If you are interested in opening an account, please complete our Invest with Us inquiry form or call us directly at (888) 486-3939 or (858) 487-3939.