3 Top-Ranked Precious Metals Funds to Buy - Mutual Fund Commentary

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Investors often seek solace in precious metals instruments during a downturn. These investments are considered to be a natural hedge against a rapidly declining currency. Even a small portion of precious metals in a portfolio can provide significant protection against inflation. In addition, when markets are slowing down, securities related to these industries acquire greater significance. At such times they provide better returns than equity securities, even outperforming them. Precious metals funds are the best option for investing in this sector since they possess the advantages of professional insight and well-diversified portfolios.

Below we will share with you 3 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 .

Franklin Gold and Precious Metals A (FKRCX) seeks capital growth over the long run. It invests a lion's share of its assets in companies engaged in operations related to gold and precious metals. The fund mostly invests in non US companies irrespective of their market capitalizations. It may also invest in ADRs and other depositary receipts. This non-diversified precious metals fund returned 3% over the last one year period.

The fund has an expense ratio of 1.01% as compared to category average of 1.42%.

Van Eck Global Hard Assets A (GHAAX) invests a major portion of its assets 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. This precious metals fund returned 17.1% over the last one year period.

Shawn T. Reynolds is the fund manager and has managed this fund since 2010.

Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Investor (VGPMX) seeks long-term capital growth. It invests most of its assets in domestic and foreign companies that are mainly involved in mining, processing and distribution of precious and rare metals or minerals. It may invest all of its assets in non U.S. companies. A maximum of 20% may be directly invested in gold and silver among other precious metal bullions. This non-diversified precious metals fund returned 4% over the last one year period.

As of June 2014, this fund held 50 issues with 7.64% of its assets invested in Umicore.

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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