- Last Ratings Update:07/31/2014
- Price as of 07/31/2014 :$14.06
- Net Assets:$3,984.57 Million
- Peer Rank:22 of 42
- Investment Rating:E+
We rate Central Fund of Canada at E+. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. 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.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The Central Fund of Canada has returned an annual rate of 3.29% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 3.20% in the last five years, -16.22% in the last three years, and -1.33% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 17% of them. It has also outpaced 6% of its competitors on a three year basis and 11% of them over the last year for the period ending 7/31/2014. On a year to date basis, CEF has returned 6.04%.
Downside risk has been above average. CEF has a draw down risk of -46.03%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 28.7%. This fund has experienced excessive volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 7/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $14.06, which is 5.3% below its 52-week high of $14.85 and 0.9% above its 52-week low of $13.94.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $3.98 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 19% of other fund managers.
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