General American Investors Co. Inc.

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GAM : NYSE : Financial
$35.11 -0.13 | -0.37%
Today's Range: 35.1 - 35.25
Avg. Daily Volume: 30500.0
07/21/17 - 3:59 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:06/30/2017
  • Price as of 06/30/2017 :$34.35
  • Net Assets:$1,022.53 Million
  • NAV:$40.52
  • Premium-15.23%
  • Peer Rank:196 of 356
  • Investment Rating:C+
  • Performance:C+
  • RiskC+
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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 13.09% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 12.58% in the last five years, 5.17% in the last three years, and 22.09% 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 54% of its competitors on a three year basis and 78% of them over the last year for the period ending 6/30/2017. On a year to date basis, GAM has returned 10.83%.

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 14.2%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 6/30/2017, the fund was trading at a price of $34.35, which is 0.8% below its 52-week high of $34.63 and 1.6% above its 52-week low of $33.80.

High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $1.02 billion, GAM maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Growth - Domestic peers of 1.27% 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 19% of other fund managers.

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