General American Investors, Inc.Find Ratings Reports
- Last Ratings Update:04/30/2018
- Price as of 04/30/2018 :$33.95
- Net Assets:$1,070.48 Million
- Peer Rank:240 of 368
- Investment Rating:C+
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.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks above peers over the last three years. The General American Investors has returned an annual rate of 13.06% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 9.52% in the last five years, 6.73% in the last three years, and 10.27% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 72% of them. It has also outpaced 64% of its competitors on a three year basis and 58% of them over the last year for the period ending 4/30/2018. On a year to date basis, GAM has returned 0.39%.
Downside risk has been below average. GAM has a draw down risk of -19.55%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 13.4%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 4/30/2018, the fund was trading at a price of $33.95, which is 1.1% below its 52-week high of $34.34 and 4.1% above its 52-week low of $32.60.
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 1.28% 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 5 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.