General American Investors Company Inc

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GAM : NYSE : Financial
$32.38 up 0.05 | 0.15%
Today's Range: 32.23 - 32.46
Avg. Daily Volume: 47,600
07/26/16 - 4:01 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:06/30/2016
  • Price as of 06/30/2016 :$30.95
  • Net Assets:$1,068 Million
  • NAV:$38.1
  • Premium-18.77%
  • Peer Rank:180 of 323
  • 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 12.88% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 7.97% in the last five years, 5.26% in the last three years, and -6.96% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 60% of them. It has also outpaced 50% of its competitors on a three year basis and 30% of them over the last year for the period ending 6/30/2016. On a year to date basis, GAM has returned -2.30%.

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 13.9%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 6/30/2016, the fund was trading at a price of $30.95, which is 3.3% below its 52-week high of $32.00 and 5.1% above its 52-week low of $29.45.

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 3 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 20% of other fund managers.

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