- Last Ratings Update:07/31/2014
- Price as of 07/31/2014 :$123.39
- Net Assets:$33,415.5 Million
- Peer Rank:13 of 42
- Investment Rating:D-
We rate SPDR Gold Shares at D-. 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 SPDR Gold Shares has returned an annual rate of 11.16% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 5.82% in the last five years, -8.38% in the last three years, and -1.57% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 23% of them. It has also outpaced 10% 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, GLD has returned 7.11%.
Downside risk has been above average. GLD has a draw down risk of -34.66%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 20.5%. This fund has experienced a high level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 7/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $123.39, which is 4.5% below its 52-week high of $129.21 and 0.1% above its 52-week low of $123.23.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $33.42 billion, GLD maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Sector - Precious Metals peers of just 0.40% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As GLD is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The SPDR Gold Shares is managed by a team at SSgA Funds Management Inc. This fund is one of 126 SSgA Funds Management Inc exchange-traded funds launched since 12/16/1998 that we track.
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