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Central Gold-Trust
GTU : AMEX : Financial
$37.64 | %
Today's Range: 37.58 - 37.79
Avg. Daily Volume: 44,400
11/27/15 - 12:55 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:10/31/2015
  • Price as of 10/31/2015 :$40.89
  • Net Assets:$855.28 Million
  • NAV:$41.8
  • Premium-2.18%
  • Peer Rank:12 of 40
  • Investment Rating:D
  • Performance:D
  • RiskC+
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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 7.09% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -5.11% in the last five years, -14.42% in the last three years, and 4.10% 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 10% of its competitors on a three year basis and 71% of them over the last year for the period ending 10/31/2015. On a year to date basis, GTU has returned 0.59%.

Downside risk has been above average. GTU has a draw down risk of -43.48%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 19.0%. This fund has experienced a high level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 10/31/2015, the fund was trading at a price of $40.89, which is 3.5% below its 52-week high of $42.36 and 3.8% above its 52-week low of $39.40.

Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $855.28 million, GTU maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Sector - Precious Metals peers of just 0.36% 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 13 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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