Precious metals have always been a solid investment choice, especially in times of economic uncertainty. They also offer superior protection against inflation, which cannot be said of almost all other reasonably liquid assets. Consequently, they outperform other sectors during a market downturn, as they have demonstrated in the recent past. Since they hold well diversified portfolios and are professionally managed, precious metals funds offer the most stable option for investments in this sector.
Below we will share with you 5 top rated precious metals mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect the fund to outperform its peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all precious metals funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.
Van Eck Global Hard Assets A (GHAAX) seeks capital growth in the long run. A lion’s share is invested in companies and other securities whose operations are related to “hard assets”. These “hard assets” comprise gold and other precious metal, industrial metal, and energy among others. This non-diversified fund may invest a maximum of 20% in investment companies, which may also include ETFs. The precious metals fund has a three year annualized return of -3.87%.
The fund has an expense ratio of 1.38% as compared to category average of 1.52%.
American Century Global Gold (BGEIX) invests in securities of those global companies whose operations are related to gold or other precious metals. Investments are made with the purpose of attaining growth in capital and dividends by investing mostly in companies which are involved in processing, mining, fabricating and distributing gold. The precious metals fund has a three year annualized return of -25.36%.
Lynette Pang is the fund manager and has managed this fund since 2010.
Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals A (OPGSX) seeks capital growth. It invests primarily in those companies who primarily mine or deal in gold. Apart from domestic companies, the fund may also invest in companies from developing or emerging economies. The precious metals fund has a three year annualized return of -26.91%.
As of February 2014, this fund held 81 issues with 6.68% of its assets invested in Randgold Resources Ltd ADR
Tocqueville Gold (TGLDX) seeks long-term capital growth. It invests a large share of its assets in companies involved in mining and processing gold. These companies can be located worldwide including the ones from developed and emerging markets. The fund also invests in other precious metals. Not more than 20% will be directly invested in gold bullion or precious metals. The precious metals fund has a three year annualized return of -22.80%.
The fund has an expense ratio of 1.34% as compared to category average of 1.41%.
Franklin Gold and Precious Metals A (FKRCX) invests a lion’s share in companies involved in gold and precious metals. The fund mainly invests in foreign companies irrespective of their market capitalization. The precious metals fund has a three year annualized return of -26.11%.
Steve M. Land is the fund manager and has managed this fund since 1999.
To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all precious metals mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.
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