General American Investors Company Inc

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GAM : NYSE : Financial
$31.98 up 0.09 | 0.28%
Today's Range: 31.79 - 32.04
Avg. Daily Volume: 87200.0
01/18/17 - 4:00 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:12/31/2016
  • Price as of 12/31/2016 :$31.18
  • Net Assets:$1,068 Million
  • NAV:$37.55
  • Premium-16.96%
  • Peer Rank:212 of 343
  • Investment Rating:C
  • Performance:C
  • RiskB-
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We rate General American Investors at C. Positive factors that influence this rating include a greater than above average total return, low price volatility and low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 100% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Growth - Domestic strategy.


Total return ranks above peers over the last three years. The General American Investors has returned an annual rate of 12.99% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 11.90% in the last five years, 4.32% in the last three years, and 8.06% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 74% of them. It has also outpaced 53% of its competitors on a three year basis and 51% of them over the last year for the period ending 12/31/2016. On a year to date basis, GAM has returned 8.06%.

Downside risk has been below average. GAM has a draw down risk of -25.16%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 14.4%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 12/31/2016, the fund was trading at a price of $31.18, which is 1.9% below its 52-week high of $31.78 and 1.8% above its 52-week low of $30.62.

High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $1.07 billion, GAM maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Growth - Domestic peers of 1.17% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As GAM is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.

Manager lacks tenure and 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 General American Investors has been managed by Jeffrey W. Priest for only 4 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 17% of other fund managers.

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