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Central Fund of Canada Limited
CEF : AMEX : Financial
$13.13 0.23 | 1.80%
Today's Range: 12.92 - 13.24
Avg. Daily Volume: 1,637,300
01/30/15 - 12:51 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:12/31/2014
  • Price as of 12/31/2014 :$11.58
  • Net Assets:$3,399.9 Million
  • NAV:$12.62
  • Premium-8.24%
  • Peer Rank:21 of 40
  • Investment Rating:E+
  • Performance:E+
  • RiskC-
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We rate Central Fund of Canada at E+. Negative factors that influence this rating include a well below average total return. The fund may be considered for investors seeking a Sector - Precious Metals strategy.


Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The Central Fund of Canada has returned an annual rate of 2.61% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -4.42% in the last five years, -16.55% in the last three years, and -15.89% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 11% of them. It has also outpaced 7% of its competitors on a three year basis and 10% of them over the last year for the period ending 12/31/2014. On a year to date basis, CEF has returned -15.89%.

Downside risk has been above average. CEF has a draw down risk of -53.30%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 26.4%. This fund has experienced excessive volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 12/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $11.58, which is 4.5% below its 52-week high of $12.12 and 2.8% above its 52-week low of $11.26.

Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $3.40 billion, CEF maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Sector - Precious Metals peers of just 0.32% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As CEF is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.

Manager tenure is a net positive but performance record lags managerial peers. Substandard fund managers tend to be replaced, so a long tenure is usually a good sign that a fund is achieving its objectives. The Central Fund of Canada has been managed by Philip M. Spicer for the last 9 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 20% of other fund managers.

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