Van Eck Global's investment products are designed for investors seeking portfolio diversification through innovative alternatives to the US equity and fixed-income markets. Founded in 1955, Van Eck Global was one of the first US money managers to specialize in global investing. Based in midtown New York, the firm currently manages mutual funds, variable insurance trusts, separate accounts, exchange-traded funds and alternative investments with a focus on hard assets and emerging markets. Our mission is to add significant value for investors who wish to incorporate globally diversified strategies into their portfolios. Van Eck Global offers 50 years of investment experience in global markets; founded the nation's first international mutual fund (1955) and the nation's first gold mutual fund (1968); and the firm manages approximately $3.6 billion in assets under management (as of 6/30/06).