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Central Gold-Trust
GTU : AMEX : Financial
$47.85 | %
Today's Range: 47.53 - 47.89
Avg. Daily Volume: 36,300
07/11/14 - 4:00 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:05/31/2014
  • Price as of 05/31/2014 :$44.73
  • Net Assets:$860.12 Million
  • NAV:$46.29
  • Premium-3.37%
  • Peer Rank:11 of 40
  • Investment Rating:D-
  • Performance:E+
  • RiskC+
GTU Price Chart


We rate Central Gold-Trust at D-. 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 Gold-Trust has returned an annual rate of 9.73% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 3.21% in the last five years, -8.70% in the last three years, and -10.90% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 14% of them. It has also outpaced 11% of its competitors on a three year basis and 7% of them over the last year for the period ending 5/31/2014. On a year to date basis, GTU has returned 7.76%.

Downside risk has been above average. GTU has a draw down risk of -42.09%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 23.0%. This fund has experienced a high level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 5/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $44.73, which is 5.0% below its 52-week high of $47.08 and 1.2% above its 52-week low of $44.18.

Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $860.12 million, GTU maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Sector - Precious Metals peers of just 0.35% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As GTU 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 Gold-Trust has been managed by a team for the last 11 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 49% of other fund managers.

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