General American Investors Company Inc

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GAM : NYSE : Financial
$33.22 up 0.01 | 0.03%
Today's Range: 33.21 - 33.405
Avg. Daily Volume: 55300.0
03/23/17 - 3:59 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:02/28/2017
  • Price as of 02/28/2017 :$33.52
  • Net Assets:$1,068 Million
  • NAV:$39.96
  • Premium-16.12%
  • Peer Rank:207 of 353
  • Investment Rating:B-
  • Performance:C+
  • RiskB-
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We rate General American Investors at B-. 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 13.14% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 11.18% in the last five years, 6.60% in the last three years, and 23.53% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 75% of them. It has also outpaced 60% of its competitors on a three year basis and 73% of them over the last year for the period ending 2/28/2017. On a year to date basis, GAM has returned 8.32%.

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 2/28/2017, the fund was trading at a price of $33.52, which is 0.4% below its 52-week high of $33.64 and 3.9% above its 52-week low of $32.26.

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 19% of other fund managers.

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