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Gabelli Gold A (GLDAX)
Expense Ratio: 1.46%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $41,458.45

The Gabelli Gold A fund (GLDAX) is a Equity Precious Metals fund started on 12/31/2002 and has $377.20 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Gabelli Gold A since 08/2/1994. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

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SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (XME)
Expense Ratio: 0.36%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $11,460.75

The SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (XME) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Equity Precious Metals investment strategy and is an alternative to a Equity Precious Metals mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Gabelli Gold A because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Equity Precious Metals Funds Have Lower Fees Than Gabelli Gold A (GLDAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
American Century Global Gold A ACGGX 32.0% 812 0.94%
American Century Global Gold Instl AGGNX 32.0% 812 0.49%
American Century Global Gold Inv BGEIX 32.0% 812 0.69%
American Century Global Gold R AGGWX 32.0% 812 1.19%
DWS Gold & Precious Metals A SGDAX 95.0% 332 1.39%
DWS Gold & Precious Metals S SCGDX 95.0% 332 1.14%
DWS Gold & Precious Metals S SGP1Z 95.0% 332 1.14%
Fidelity Advisor Gold A FGDAX 22.0% 3,300 1.14%
Fidelity Advisor Gold I FGDIX 22.0% 3,300 0.81%
First Eagle Gold A SGGDX 13.3% 2,500 1.20%
First Eagle Gold I FEGIX 13.3% 2,500 0.95%
Franklin Gold and Precious Metals A FKE1Z 8.1% 2,300 0.91%
Franklin Gold and Precious Metals A FKRCX 8.1% 2,300 0.91%
Franklin Gold and Precious Metals Adv FGADX 8.1% 2,300 0.66%
Gabelli Gold I GLDIX 4.0% 377 1.21%
Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals A OGD3Z 37.0% 2,900 1.19%
Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals A OPGSX 37.0% 2,900 1.19%
Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals Fund Class Y OGMYX 37.0% 2,900 0.97%
Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals N OGMNX 37.0% 2,900 1.45%
Rydex Precious Metals Inv RYPMX 235.0% 114 1.28%
Tocqueville Gold TGLDX 3.0% 2,000 1.26%
Van Eck Intl Investors Gold A INIVX 24.0% 1,100 1.20%
Van Eck Intl Investors Gold I INIIX 24.0% 1,100 0.91%
Van Eck Intl Investors Gold Y INIYX 24.0% 1,100 1.10%
Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Inv VGPMX 22.0% 3,100 0.29%
Wells Fargo Advantage Precious Metals A EKWAX 4.0% 983 1.10%
Wells Fargo Advantage Precious Metals Fund Administrator Class EKWDX 4.0% 983 0.96%
Wells Fargo Advantage Precious Metals I EKWYX 4.0% 983 0.73%

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Why Are These Metrics Important?

Turnover represents how much of a mutual fund's holdings are changed over the course of a year through buying and selling. Active mutual funds have an average turnover rate of about 85%, meaning that funds are turning over nearly all of their holdings every year. A high turnover means you could make lower returns because: 1) buying and selling stocks costs money through commissions and spreads and 2) the fund will distribute yearly capital gains which increases your taxes. Look for funds with turnover rates below 50%. For comparison, ETF turnover rates average around 10% or lower.

Generally, smaller funds do better than larger ones. The more assets in a mutual fund, the lower the chance that it will beat its index. Managers outperform an index by choosing stocks that are undervalued. In order to find these undervalued stocks, the manager has to know more than his competitors to develop an "edge." There are only a finite number of stocks a mutual fund manager can reasonably analyze and actively track to gain such a competitive edge. When the fund has more assets, the manager must analyze large companies because he needs to take larger positions. Large companies are more efficiently priced in the market and it becomes increasingly difficult to get an edge.