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12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL
020 7743 1000 (Fax Number)
020 7743 3000 (Main Number)

uk.investor@blackrock.com

Fund managers

* Evy Hambro01-Apr-2009 to Present
 
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Graham Birch»01-Jan-1999 to 31-Mar-2009


Investment objectives

The BlackRock Gold and General fund seeks to achieve long-term capital growth primarily through an actively managed portfolio of gold mining, commodity and precious-metal related shares. The fund may also invest in other transferable securities and units in collective investment schemes. Derivatives may also be used for the purposes of efficient portfolio management.

Key Information

Fund vs sector

  1y 3y
Position 124 / 140 104 / 110
Quartile 4 4

Fund ratings

GoldMstar OBSR
Analyst
(Qualitative)
PlatinumS&P Rating
(Qualitative)
FE Crown Rating: 4 FE Crown Rating
(Quantitative)

Ratios

  1y 3y
Volatility 43.16 30.30
Alpha -25.75 -21.47
Beta 3.54 1.80
Sharpe -0.16 -0.08
Info Ratio -0.89 -0.90
R2 0.49 0.31
Quartiles:   1  2  3  4   help with ratios
vs. Specialist»
performance chart
chart
    1y3y5y12m-24m24m-36m36m-48m48m-60m
ACC -18.2-55.1-20.5-32.5-18.6+20.4+47.1
  SPECIALIST   +0.7+2.9+54.6+6.7-4.3+8.1+39.0
Clean share class
   Bid OfferDateYieldOCF help CiticodeSEDOL
pdf BLACKROCK GOLD & GENERAL D INC INC 706.50 (p) 711.80 (p) 17-Apr-2014 0.08 1.18% FMP1 B5ZNJ90
pdf BLACKROCK GOLD & GENERAL D ACC ACC 749.50 (p) 754.90 (p) 17-Apr-2014 0.08 1.18% FMP2 B5ZNJ89
pdf BLACKROCK GOLD & GENERAL DI ACC ACC 751.50 (p) 756.80 (p) 17-Apr-2014 0.77 1.06% I62P B99BDY1
pdf BLACKROCK GOLD & GENERAL DI INC INC 743.00 (p) 748.90 (p) 17-Apr-2014 0.77 1.06% I62Q B99BF01
Other share classes
   Bid OfferDateYieldOCF help CiticodeSEDOL
pdf BLACKROCK GOLD & GENERAL A INC INC 688.60 (p) 728.40 (p) 17-Apr-2014 n/a 1.93% CJ08 0173258
pdf BLACKROCK GOLD & GENERAL A ACC ACC 725.70 (p) 767.60 (p) 17-Apr-2014 n/a 1.93% ME49 0585239

The Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) shows the drag on performance caused by operational expenses associated with a fund.

Expenses which are represented by this figure include payments to the manager, the trustee the custodian and their representatives. The figure also includes registration, regulatory, audit and legal fees, and the costs of distribution.

Performance fees, transaction costs, interest on borrowing, costs associated with derivatives, entry and exit fees and soft commissions are not included in the OCF calculation, and should be factored in separately by the investor.

The OCF is calculated by taking the sum of these expenses incurred in the last 12 months and dividing this by the average net assets of that class for the last 12 months.

Total Expense Ratio (TER) is a formula designed to show the ongoing costs to the investor associated with a fund, including some charges which are not factored into the annual management fee. In addition the fund’s annual fee, charges such as trading fees, audit and legal fees, and operational expenses are included in the TER, which is worked out by dividing the total cost of the fund by its total assets to arrive at a percentage.

Unlike the Ongoing Charges Figure, the TER takes into account performance fees. It does not include transaction costs paid to the custodian.

Detailed fund information
Fund type flag UK Unit Trust
Own ISA wrapper Fund has ISA Wrapper help with ratios Fund size£1,064.0m / $1,788.9m (17-Apr-14)
Savings plan Fund has Savings Plan Minimum: £ 50.0 Monthly Launch07-Apr-1988
Pricing times12:00 Daily Dealing frequencyDaily
Dealing timesMon-Fri 08:30 to 17:30
Minimum initial£ 500
Minimum additional£ 100
Initial charge5.00%
Annual management charge1.75%
Note to chargesn/a
Trustee / DepositaryThe Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
RegistrarBlackRock Fund Managers Limited
Multi-Managern/a
Indexn/a
Dividend policyJun 30 (Final)
Peer groups
Region Asset Class Investment Focus Sector
Global Commodity/Energy Gold, Precious Metals Specialist
Largest holdings, 28-Feb-2014
Holding (%) Rank Fund factsheet Equity factsheet
FRANCO NEVADA CORP 9.20 1 - -
RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED 8.80 2 - *
GOLDCORP INC 6.80 3 - -
FRESNILLO PLC 5.80 4 - *
ELDORADO GOLD CORP 5.30 5 - -
NEWCREST MINING LTD 4.20 6 - -
ROYAL GOLD INC 3.80 7 - -
YAMANA GOLD INC 3.70 8 - -
TAHOE RESOURCES INC 2.90 9 - -
POLYUS GOLD INTERNATIONAL LTD 2.60 10 - -
Total53.10 
Regional weightings, 28-Feb-2014
Region(%)Rank 
Canada41.101 41.10% Canada
UK23.602 23.60% UK
USA17.403 17.40% USA
Australasia6.604 6.60% Australasia
Latin America3.905 3.90% Latin America
South Africa2.906 2.90% South Africa
Russia1.507 1.50% Russia
Cash1.208 1.20% Cash
China1.109 1.10% China
Others0.7010 0.70% Others
Total100.00 
Sector weightings, 28-Feb-2014
Sector(%)Rank 
Gold71.801 71.80% Gold
Silver, Diamonds, Platinum & Copper24.302 24.30% Silver, Diamonds, Platinum & Copper
Diversified2.703 2.70% Diversified
Cash1.204 1.20% Cash
Total100.00 

All prices in Pence Sterling (GBX) unless otherwise specified. Price total return performance figures are calculated on a bid price to bid price basis (mid to mid for OEICs) with net income (dividends) reinvested. Performance figures are shown in Sterling unless otherwise specified.

 
 
 
 
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John Streeter Jul 08th, 2013 at 09:15 AM

This fund is still significantly under-performing - it has been a steep slide for nearly 2 years - although a high risk area requiring some nerve to hang-in, my losses are a considerable proportion of my investment- with no improvements in sight.

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lash Jul 25th, 2011 at 09:43 AM

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY THAT GOLD MINING SHARES ARE UNDERPERFORMING THE GOLD PRICE. WHY IS IT SO, UNLESS THE EARLIER BALANCE SHEETS HAD BEEN PADDED UP FOR SOME REASON.DESPITE THE PRICE BEING 1620 I STILL HAVE LOSSES ON MY PURCHASE MADE IN JANUARY

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Lookout Jul 07th, 2011 at 08:27 AM

Gold mining shares generally are under-performing the gold price. Hang in and there should be a catch up in time. Gold also clearly has some way to run, or rather the major currencies are certainly going to lose value.

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Decent MofP Feb 26th, 2010 at 10:56 AM

in spite of the 'gold hype', this fund has certainly let me down. Could it be that statistics are perhaps not quite as correct as the managers would 'swear on the bible' that they are?

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Commodity & Energy, 98.80%
98.8000% ofCommodity & Energy
Cash, 1.20%
1.2000% ofCash

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