Precious Metals Fund

+$0.07 / +0.12%
Fund assets
Year-to-date return
Fund inception date
Data as of 7/22/2024
Fund overview
Flexible, disciplined pursuit of long-term capital growth
The Precious Metals Fund pursues long-term capital growth, placing primary emphasis on precious metals companies.

By investing in precious metal, base metal, and natural resource companies, the fund seeks long-term growth and protection of purchasing power.

Key differentiators

  • Invests primarily in gold-related stocks, diversifying across exploration, development, and production companies 

  • Can provide direct exposure to physical gold  

  • Deploys a global approach within the context of a disciplined process 

  • Pairs top-down macro analysis with bottom-up research and stock selection 

  • Benefits from access to the firm’s domestic and international equity expertise 

General facts

Morningstar category

Equity Precious Metals

Lipper category

Precious Metals Equity Funds





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Benchmark name

S&P 500 Index

Gross expense ratio


Net expense ratio


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Morningstar Rating™

Out of 64 funds, Equity Precious Metals As of 6/30/2024

An investment’s Overall Morningstar Rating™, based on its risk-adjusted return, is a weighted average of its applicable 3-, 5-, and 10-year Ratings.


Average annual returns

Average annual returns

(as of 6/30/2024)
S&P 500 Index
FTSE Gold Mines Index
Lipper Precious Metals Equity Funds
Expenses (as of 8/1/2023)
Gross Expense Ratio
1.18 %
Net Expense Ratio
1.09 %

One-month, three-month and year-to-date returns are not annualized.

Figures quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and do not reflect taxes that a shareholder may pay on an investment in a fund. Investment return, principal value, and yields of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance shown without sales charges would be lower if sales charges were reflected. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted and assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. 

Public offering price (POP) is the price of one share of a fund including any sales charges. Net asset value (NAV) is the value of one share of the fund excluding any sales charges. Had sales charges been included, performance would be lower. 

For Class A, the maximum front-end sales charge is 5.75%. Performance including sales charge assumes the sales charge for the corresponding time period. 

The manager has contractually committed, through 7/31/2024, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to cap the fund's total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers at 1.09%. Brokerage commissions, stamp duty fees, interest, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses are excluded from the expense cap. Prior to or after the commitment expiration date, the cap may be increased or the commitment to maintain the cap may be terminated only with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Without this cap, the fund's returns would have been lower. The expense ratio paid by an investor is the net expense ratio (the total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers) as stated in the prospectus.

Calendar year

Calendar year

(as of 12/31/2023)
Growth of $10,000

Growth of a $10,000 investment

(as of 6/30/2024)

This chart shows the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the fund over the specified time period up to 10 years or since its inception (for funds lacking 10-year records). The result is compared with benchmarks, which may include a broad-based market index and a peer group average or index. Market indexes do not include expenses, which are deducted from fund returns as well as mutual fund averages and indexes.

Does not include sales charges and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. If sales charges were included, returns would be lower.

Performance and volatility metrics

Performance and volatility metrics

(as of 6/30/2024)
3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Alpha 1.69 0.94 -13.93
Beta 0.89 0.93 0.91
Excess Return 1.97 0.84 -1.42
Information Ratio 0.28 0.13 -0.21
Sharpe Ratio -0.01 0.14 0.03
R2 0.96 0.97 0.97
Tracking Error 7.15 6.46 6.70
Standard Deviation 29.48 33.62 33.93
Upside Market Capture Ratio 83.00 84.09 59.88
Downside Market Capture Ratio 92.83 97.49 99.51
Morningstar ratings and rankings

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Equity Precious Metals (Out of 64 funds)
Three Year
4th percentile (5 out of 64)
Five Year
39th percentile (31 out of 64)
Ten Year
40th percentile (26 out of 56)

The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) ratings.

Morningstar rankings represent a fund's total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category. The percentile ranking is based on the fund's total return percentile rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. The highest (most favorable) percentile rank is 1% and the lowest (least favorable) percentile rank is 100%. Morningstar rankings do not include the effect of sales charges. The absolute ranking is based on the fund’s total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Prices and distributions

Historical prices

YTD high $58.30 7/16/2024
YTD low $39.38 2/28/2024
52-week high $58.30 7/16/2024
52-week low $39.17 10/4/2023
2023 high $53.12 5/4/2023
2023 low $39.17 10/4/2023
Best quarterly return 56.91% 6/30/2020
Worst quarterly return -26.20% 6/30/2022
Best annual return 45.51% 12/31/2016
Worst annual return -48.61% 12/31/2013

Distribution summary

Dividends Annually
Capital gains Annually

Distribution history

Distribution history Type Per share amount Re investment price
2022-12-15 Dividend $0.85909 $41.43
2021-12-16 Dividend $0.63821 $45.18
2020-12-16 Dividend $0.78305 $53.36
2019-12-17 Dividend $0.04694 $40.55
2017-12-15 Dividend $0.48233 $33.72
2016-12-14 Dividend $0.36912 $31.74
2013-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.20933 $32.46
2012-12-07 Long-term capital gain $2.2294 $64.70
2011-12-15 Dividend $1.27392 $71.59
2011-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.49081 $81.99
2010-12-16 Dividend $4.06386 $85.76
2010-12-10 Long-term capital gain $6.7584 $90.99
2008-12-03 Long-term capital gain $1.6514 $35.63
2007-12-04 Long-term capital gain $4.8992 $64.17
2006-12-14 Dividend $0.4191 $57.65
2006-12-05 Long-term capital gain $2.663 $59.56
2006-12-05 Short-term capital gain $0.05395 $59.56
2005-12-15 Dividend $0.3172 $40.99
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Portfolio statistics

Portfolio statistics

(as of 6/30/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 43 26
Median Market Cap 3.51 3.51
Dividend Yield 1.86 2.05
PE Ratio 37.45 35.49
PB Ratio 1.76 1.62
EPS Growth 34.05 37.57
Return on Equity 4.96 2.94
Portfolio Turnover 11.30 -

Equity Style Box

(as of 6/30/2024) Overview chart

Placement within the Morningstar Equity Style Box is based on two variables: relative median market capitalization and relative price valuations (price/book and price/earnings) of the fund’s portfolio holdings. These numbers are drawn from the fund’s portfolio holdings figures most recently entered into Morningstar’s database and the corresponding market conditions. The Ownership Zone is represented by a shaded area surrounding the centroid. This zone encompasses 75% of a portfolio’s holdings on an asset-weighted basis and is designed to be a visual measure of how wide-ranging the portfolio is.


Top 10 holdings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Kinross Gold Corporation
Special Investments (Cayman) SPC
Wheaton Precious Metals Corp
Alamos Gold Inc.
Lundin Gold Inc.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Endeavour Mining PLC
Franco-Nevada Corp. - Canadian Exchange
Gold Fields Limited ADR
Royal Gold, Inc.
Top 10 represents 54.64% of total net assets
Sector allocation

Sector allocation

(as of 6/30/2024)
94.07% 100.00%
5.93% -
0.00% -
Real estate
0.00% -
Information technology
0.00% -
0.00% -
Health care
0.00% -
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0.00% -
Consumer staples
0.00% -
Consumer discretionary
0.00% -
Communication services
0.00% -

Sector diversification is a breakdown of the fund's investments based on the S&P Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), a breakdown of market sectors used by Standard & Poor's. Sector weights are subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.


Literature Details Frequency
Fact Sheet A, C, Administrator, Institutional Quarterly Download
Regulatory Document Details Date
Annual Report A, C, Administrator, Institutional 3/31/2024 Download
Full Prospectus A, C 8/1/2023 Download
Quarterly Holdings A, C, Administrator, Institutional 12/31/2022 Download
Quarterly Holdings A, C, Administrator, Institutional 6/30/2023 Download
Semi-annual Report A, C, Administrator, Institutional 9/30/2023 Download
Statement of Additional Information A, C, Administrator, Institutional 8/1/2023 Download
Summary Prospectus A, C 8/1/2023 Download
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Stock values fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. Bond values fluctuate in response to the financial condition of individual issuers, general market and economic conditions, and changes in interest rates. Changes in market conditions and government policies may lead to periods of heightened volatility in the bond market and reduced liquidity for certain bonds held by the fund. In general, when interest rates rise, bond values fall and investors may lose principal value. Interest-rate changes and their impact on the fund and its share price can be sudden and unpredictable. Funds that concentrate their investments in limited sectors, such as gold-related investments, are more vulnerable to adverse market, economic, regulatory, political, or other developments affecting those sectors. Certain investment strategies tend to increase the total risk of an investment (relative to the broader market). This fund is exposed to foreign investment risk, geographic, nondiversification risk, smaller-company securities risk, and subsidiary risk. Consult the fund's prospectus for additional information on these and other risks.

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