General American Investors Company Inc

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GAM : NYSE : Financial
$33.25 up 0.19 | 0.57%
Today's Range: 33.07 - 33.28
Avg. Daily Volume: 50,800
08/23/16 - 4:02 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:07/31/2016
  • Price as of 07/31/2016 :$32.62
  • Net Assets:$1,068 Million
  • NAV:$39.57
  • Premium-17.56%
  • Peer Rank:208 of 324
  • 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 11.97% in the last five years, 5.44% in the last three years, and -1.56% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 64% of them. It has also outpaced 52% of its competitors on a three year basis and 31% of them over the last year for the period ending 7/31/2016. On a year to date basis, GAM has returned 2.50%.

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 14.1%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 7/31/2016, the fund was trading at a price of $32.62, which is 0.1% below its 52-week high of $32.64 and 6.3% above its 52-week low of $30.69.

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 18% of other fund managers.

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