Permanent Portfolio

Class No Load (PRPFX)
Scorecard
3 / 5 Stars
Lipper
3 2 3 5 3
Zacks Investment Research
3 (Hold)
Standard & Poor's
3 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
D (Sell)

#64 in Conservative Allocation

U.S. News evaluated 190 Conservative Allocation Funds. Our list highlights the top-rated funds for long-term investors based on the ratings of leading fund industry researchers.

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Performance

The fund has returned 1.92 percent over the past year, 2.62 percent over the past three years, 11.10 percent over the past five years, and 8.16 percent over the past decade.

Trailing Returns Updated 02.28.2014
Year to date 3.7%
1 Year 1.9%
3 Years (Annualized) 2.6%
5 Years (Annualized) 11.1%
10 Years (Annualized) 8.2%

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Summary

This fund has a unique strategy that has produced an annualized return of almost 10 percent over the past decade. Management invests a fixed target percentage of its net assets in gold, silver, Swiss franc assets, stocks of U.S. and foreign real estate and natural resource companies, aggressive growth stocks, and fixed-income assets like treasuries. Generally, fixed-income securities make up the largest portion of the fund's total assets (35 percent) followed by gold (20 percent). The stock portfolio accounts for 30 percent of the fund's total assets, and investments in the Swiss franc make up 10 percent. Management also invests a small amount (5 percent) in silver.

Investment Strategy

The investment seeks to preserve and increase the purchasing power value of its shares over the long term. The fund allocates its assets as follows: 20% of its assets in Gold, 5% of its assets in Silver, 10% of its assets in Swiss franc assets, 15% of its assets in Stocks of U.S. and foreign real estate and natural resource companies, 15% of its assets in Aggressive growth stocks, and 35% of its assets in Dollar assets. It may invest in shares of companies of any market capitalization, including small-, mid-, and large-capitalization companies.

Fees

Fees are Average compared to funds in the same category.
Permanent Portfolio has an expense ratio of 0.69 percent.

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Risk

Risk is High compared to funds in the same category according to Morningstar.

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Fund Opinions

The fund's Value Line Overall Rank, a measure of risk-adjusted performance and relative growth in fund returns, is 4 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst.

Value Line 2014-03-12

The fund's Value Line Growth Persistence rank, which awards funds that consistently outperform their broad universes, is 4 for one year, 3 for five years, and 2 for 10 years. Scores are on a 1 to 5 scale, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst.

Value Line 2014-03-12

The fund's Value Line Risk Rank, a measure of volatility, is 2 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least volatile and 5 the most.

Value Line 2014-03-12

Conservative Allocations

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