- Last Ratings Update:11/30/2014
- Price as of 11/30/2014 :$114.32
- Net Assets:$1,109.9 Million
- Peer Rank:9 of 38
- Investment Rating:D-
We rate ETFS Physical Swiss 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 short term portfolio management tenure. 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 ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares has returned an annual rate of 2.83% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -0.28% in the last five years, -12.92% in the last three years, and -7.09% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 16% of them. It has also outpaced 7% of its competitors on a three year basis and 13% of them over the last year for the period ending 11/30/2014. On a year to date basis, SGOL has returned -3.41%.
Downside risk has been above average. SGOL has a draw down risk of -34.78%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 17.7%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 11/30/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $114.32, which is 3.3% below its 52-week high of $118.19 and 2.2% above its 52-week low of $111.81.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $1.11 billion, SGOL maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Sector - Precious Metals peers of just 0.39% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As SGOL is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares is managed by a team at ETF Securities USA LLC. This fund is one of 7 ETF Securities USA LLC exchange-traded funds launched since 7/20/2009 that we track.
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