Investment Philosophy

First Eagle Gold Fund is a non-diversified fund whose investment objective is to seek to provide exposure to the investment characteristics of gold and, to a limited extent, other precious metals. In seeking to achieve its objective, the Fund invests primarily in gold, gold-related securities, and issuers principally engaged in the gold industry.
  • Potential Hedge

    Serves as a potential hedge against the consequences of catastrophic unforeseen events.

  • Seek Cheapest Ounces

    Our goal is to purchase what we believe are the cheapest gold ounces whether below (miners) or above (bullion) ground. 

  • Do Not Forecast the Price of Gold

    We do not attempt to predict the future price of gold.

How We Invest

  • 01

    Investable Universe

    The Fund invests primarily in gold, gold-related securities and issuers principally engaged in the gold industry.

  • 02

    Research Using Proprietary Model

    The team determines between investing in gold and investing in gold mining equities using a proprietary model.

    • This model provides a detailed framework for assessing a mining company’s assets and is dependent on the company’s proven and probable reserves
    • The team typically invests more heavily in companies already in production

    The team tends to discount other base metals that gold companies may mine because they view gold as a potential hedge.

    The team allocates capital to mining companies when they can find what they believe is a “margin of safety” that takes into account the risks surrounding mining, including

    • Operational risk
    • Capital risk
    • Geopolitical risk
       

Growth of $10K

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Source: FactSet; data as of Dec 31, 2023.

  1. This chart illustrates a hypothetical investment in Class A shares without the effect of sales charges and assumes all distributions have been reinvested and if a sales charge was included values would be lower. Date selected assumes purchase at month end.

  1. Disclosures

  2. Gold Fund Inception dates: A Shares 08/31/1993, C Shares 05/15/2003, I Shares 05/15/2003, R6 Shares 03/01/2017.

  3. The average annual returns shown above are historical and reflect changes in share price, reinvested dividends and are net of expenses. Investment results and the principal value of an investment will vary.

  4. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized.

  5. The average annual returns for Class A Shares “with sales charge” performance gives effect to the deduction of the maximum sales charge of 3.75% for periods prior to March 1, 2000 and of 5.00% thereafter.

  6. The average annual returns for Class C Shares reflect a CDSC (contingent deferred sales charge) of 1.00% in the year-to-date and first year only.

  7. Performance information for Class I Shares is without the effect of sales charges and assumes all distributions have been reinvested and if a sales charge was included values would be lower. Had fees not been waived and/or expenses reimbursed, the performance would have been lower. Class A and C Shares have maximum sales charges of 5.00% and 1.00% respectively, and 12b-1 fees, which reduce performance.

  8. Class I Shares require $1MM minimum investment and are offered without sales charge. There is no minimum subsequent investment amount for Class I Shares.

  9. Class R Shares are offered without sales charge.

  10. The annual expense ratio is based on expenses incurred by The Fund, as stated in the most recent prospectus.

  1. Definitions

  2. The FTSE Gold Mines Index Series is designed to reflect the performance of the world-wide market in the shares of companies, the revenues of which are primarily derived from the mining of gold.

  3. MSCI World: The MSCI World Index is a widely followed, unmanaged group of stocks from 23 developed markets and is not available for purchase. The index provides total returns in U.S. dollars with net dividends reinvested.

  4. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the distance a quantity is likely to be from its average value.  It is applied to the annual rate of return to measure volatility.

  5. Beta is a measure of the fund's volatility (risk) relative to the overall market. The higher the fund's Beta, the more the fund price is expected to change in response to a given change in the value of the market.

  6. First Eagle defines "margin of safety" as the difference between a company's market price and our estimate of its intrinsic value. An investment made with a margin of safety is no guarantee against loss.

  7. The First Eagle Funds are offered by FEF Distributors, LLC, a subsidiary of First Eagle Investment Management, LLC, which provides advisory services.

  8. FEF Distributors, LLC (“FEFD”) (SIPC), a limited purpose broker-dealer, distributes certain First Eagle products. FEFD does not provide services to any investor, but rather provides services to its First Eagle affiliates. As such, when FEFD presents a fund, strategy, or other product to a prospective investor, FEFD and its representatives do not determine whether an investment in the fund, strategy or other product is in the best interests of, or is otherwise beneficial or suitable for, the investor. No statement by FEFD should be construed as a recommendation. Investors should exercise their own judgment and/or consult with a financial professional to determine whether it is advisable for the investor to invest in any First Eagle fund, strategy, or product.

Growth of $10K

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Source: FactSet; data as of Dec 31, 2023.

  1. This chart illustrates a hypothetical investment in Class A shares without the effect of sales charges and assumes all distributions have been reinvested and if a sales charge was included values would be lower. Date selected assumes purchase at month end.

25 Year Risk vs. Return

SGGDXFTSE Gold Mines IndexMSCI EAFE IndexMSCI World IndexS&P 500 Index
Annualized Return (%)    5.51    3.75    4.28    8.60   12.03
Annualized Standard Deviation (%)   27.82   36.32   15.18   14.92   15.13
R-Square (%)   96.86  100.00    9.22    7.75    5.80
Beta    0.75    1.00    0.13    0.11    0.10
Alpha (annualized)    1.55    0.00    4.15    8.57   12.19
Information Ratio (annualized)    0.17     NA     0.02    0.14    0.23

Source: FactSet; data as of Dec 31, 2023.

Calendar Year Returns

YearClass A (SGGDX)FTSE Gold Mines Index
2023 7.02 9.36
2022 -1.56 -15.47
2021 -7.76 -12.72
2020 29.58 23.22
2019 38.51 41.21
2018 -15.90 -11.31
2017 8.12 9.11
2016 36.92 59.59
2015 -19.28 -21.42
2014 -2.41 -15.20
2013 -46.99 -53.17
2012 -5.15 -15.43
2011 -11.13 -15.88
2010 34.64 29.03
2009 39.18 29.63
2008 -14.27 -19.87
2007 23.48 21.04
2006 21.32 12.58
2005 26.25 27.82
2004 -5.11 -6.92
2003 39.43 42.81
2002 106.97 52.34
2001 37.31 22.69
2000 -17.91 -26.36
1999 8.09 -0.67
1998 -18.44 -11.68
1997 -29.79 -41.96
1996 0.89 -4.70
1995 1.28 -3.16
1993 -0.84 -11.21

Source: FactSet; data as of Dec 31, 2023.

TickerClassYTD %1 MO3 MO1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YRINCEPT %Expense Ratio
GrossNet
SGGDX A w/out load   0.42%  15.44%   0.42%  -3.05%   2.47%  10.33%   4.23%   5.51%   1.19% --
SGGDX A w/load  -4.62%   9.67%  -4.62%  -7.89%   0.74%   9.21%   3.69%   5.33%   1.19% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
SGGDX A w/out load   0.42%  15.44%   0.42%  -3.05%   2.47%  10.33%   4.23%   5.51%   1.19% --
SGGDX A w/load  -4.62%   9.67%  -4.62%  -7.89%   0.74%   9.21%   3.69%   5.33%   1.19% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
FEGOX C  -0.77%  14.43%  -0.77%  -4.70%   1.72%   9.52%   3.44%   4.94%   1.92% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
FEGOX C  -0.77%  14.43%  -0.77%  -4.70%   1.72%   9.52%   3.44%   4.94%   1.92% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
FEGIX I   0.48%  15.49%   0.48%  -2.80%   2.73%  10.64%   4.51%   6.02%   0.94% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
FEGIX I   0.48%  15.49%   0.48%  -2.80%   2.73%  10.64%   4.51%   6.02%   0.94% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
FEURX R6   0.52%  15.49%   0.52%  -2.66%   2.83%  10.72%      -   5.74%   0.85% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%
FEURX R6   0.52%  15.49%   0.52%  -2.66%   2.83%  10.72%      -   5.74%   0.85% --
FTSE Gold Mines Index (since inception based on A Shares)  -2.18%  19.78%  -2.18%  -3.76%  -3.61%   5.22%   2.42%  -0.02%
MSCI World Index (since inception based on A Shares)   8.88%   3.21%   8.88%  25.11%   8.60%  12.07%   9.39%   7.71%

Source: FactSet; data as of Mar 31, 2024.

Source: FactSet; data as of Mar 31, 2024.

  1. The performance data quoted herein represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Market volatility can dramatically impact a Fund's short-term performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than figures shown. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance data through the most recent month end is available on the Prices & Performance page.

  1. Disclosures

  2. Gold Fund Inception dates: A Shares 08/31/1993, C Shares 05/15/2003, I Shares 05/15/2003, R6 Shares 03/01/2017.

  3. The average annual returns shown above are historical and reflect changes in share price, reinvested dividends and are net of expenses. Investment results and the principal value of an investment will vary.

  4. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized.

  5. The average annual returns for Class A Shares “with sales charge” performance gives effect to the deduction of the maximum sales charge of 3.75% for periods prior to March 1, 2000 and of 5.00% thereafter.

  6. The average annual returns for Class C Shares reflect a CDSC (contingent deferred sales charge) of 1.00% in the year-to-date and first year only.

  7. Performance information for Class I Shares is without the effect of sales charges and assumes all distributions have been reinvested and if a sales charge was included values would be lower. Had fees not been waived and/or expenses reimbursed, the performance would have been lower. Class A and C Shares have maximum sales charges of 5.00% and 1.00% respectively, and 12b-1 fees, which reduce performance.

  8. Class I Shares require $1MM minimum investment and are offered without sales charge. There is no minimum subsequent investment amount for Class I Shares.

  9. Class R Shares are offered without sales charge.

  10. The annual expense ratio is based on expenses incurred by The Fund, as stated in the most recent prospectus.

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  1. Definitions

  2. The FTSE Gold Mines Index Series is designed to reflect the performance of the world-wide market in the shares of companies, the revenues of which are primarily derived from the mining of gold.

  3. MSCI World: The MSCI World Index is a widely followed, unmanaged group of stocks from 23 developed markets and is not available for purchase. The index provides total returns in U.S. dollars with net dividends reinvested.

  4. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the distance a quantity is likely to be from its average value.  It is applied to the annual rate of return to measure volatility.

  5. Beta is a measure of the fund's volatility (risk) relative to the overall market. The higher the fund's Beta, the more the fund price is expected to change in response to a given change in the value of the market.

  6. First Eagle defines "margin of safety" as the difference between a company's market price and our estimate of its intrinsic value. An investment made with a margin of safety is no guarantee against loss.

  7. The First Eagle Funds are offered by FEF Distributors, LLC, a subsidiary of First Eagle Investment Management, LLC, which provides advisory services.

  8. FEF Distributors, LLC (“FEFD”) (SIPC), a limited purpose broker-dealer, distributes certain First Eagle products. FEFD does not provide services to any investor, but rather provides services to its First Eagle affiliates. As such, when FEFD presents a fund, strategy, or other product to a prospective investor, FEFD and its representatives do not determine whether an investment in the fund, strategy or other product is in the best interests of, or is otherwise beneficial or suitable for, the investor. No statement by FEFD should be construed as a recommendation. Investors should exercise their own judgment and/or consult with a financial professional to determine whether it is advisable for the investor to invest in any First Eagle fund, strategy, or product.

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Top Ten Holdings (%)

As of Mar 31, 2024

Wheaton Precious Metals Corp Canada 14.01
Barrick Gold Corporation Canada 13.68
Gold Bullion Gold 9.34
Northern Star Resources Ltd Australia 5.83
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited Canada 5.50
Alamos Gold Inc. Canada 5.43
Silver Bullion Silver 5.19
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. Canada 5.13
Franco-Nevada Corporation Canada 4.85
Royal Gold, Inc. United States 4.81
Top Ten Holdings as a Percentage of Total Net Assets 73.77

Allocation By Asset Class (%)

Gold Mining Stocks: 79.24%
Gold Bullion: 15.57%
Silver Bullion: 4.72%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents: 0.47%
Source: FactSet; data as of Dec 31, 2023.
Gold Mining Stocks 79.24%
Gold Bullion 15.57%
Silver Bullion 4.72%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 0.47%
Gold Mining Stocks 67.56%
Gold Bullion 17.29%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 10.31%
Silver Bullion 4.84%
Gold Mining Stocks 68.63%
Gold Bullion 17.63%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 9.14%
Silver Bullion 4.59%
Gold Mining Stocks 77.53%
Gold Bullion 12.78%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 5.10%
Silver Bullion 4.59%
Gold Mining Stocks 79.94%
Gold Bullion 13.65%
Silver Bullion 5.26%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 1.15%
Gold Mining Stocks 73.42%
Gold Bullion 17.98%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 4.86%
Silver Bullion 3.73%
Gold Mining Stocks 61.29%
Gold Bullion 23.68%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 12.23%
Silver Bullion 2.80%
Gold Mining Stocks 69.11%
Gold Bullion 20.70%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 7.35%
Silver Bullion 2.84%
Gold Mining Stocks 67.43%
Gold Bullion 22.70%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 6.83%
Silver Bullion 3.04%

Allocation By Region (%)

Canada: 49.40%
United States: 17.23%
Gold Bullion: 15.57%
Australia: 5.53%
South Africa: 4.79%
Silver Bullion: 4.72%
Mexico: 2.29%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents: 0.47%
Source: FactSet; data as of Dec 31, 2023.
Canada 49.40%
United States 17.23%
Gold Bullion 15.57%
Australia 5.53%
South Africa 4.79%
Silver Bullion 4.72%
Mexico 2.29%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 0.47%
Canada 44.62%
Gold Bullion 17.29%
United States 12.94%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 10.31%
Australia 6.82%
Silver Bullion 4.84%
Mexico 2.15%
South Africa 1.03%
Canada 44.91%
Gold Bullion 17.63%
United States 13.64%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 9.14%
Australia 6.20%
Silver Bullion 4.59%
Mexico 2.32%
South Africa 1.56%
Canada 51.10%
United States 14.28%
Gold Bullion 12.78%
Australia 6.40%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 5.10%
Silver Bullion 4.59%
South Africa 3.25%
Mexico 2.50%
Canada 53.12%
United States 15.53%
Gold Bullion 13.65%
Australia 5.75%
Silver Bullion 5.26%
Mexico 3.05%
South Africa 2.49%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 1.15%
Canada 51.91%
Gold Bullion 17.98%
United States 14.07%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 4.86%
Australia 4.63%
Silver Bullion 3.73%
Mexico 2.81%
Canada 40.89%
Gold Bullion 23.68%
United States 13.75%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 12.23%
Australia 4.03%
Silver Bullion 2.80%
Mexico 2.63%
Canada 46.33%
Gold Bullion 20.70%
United States 15.79%
Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents 7.35%
Australia 4.57%
Silver Bullion 2.84%
Mexico 2.42%
Canada 43.89%
Gold Bullion 22.70%
United States 14.44%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 6.83%
Australia 4.60%
Mexico 3.21%
Silver Bullion 3.04%
South Africa 1.27%
  1. Short-Term, Cash & Cash Equivalents include short-term investments; e.g., short-term commercial paper (0.7% of net assets) that settles in 90 days or less, longer-term commercial paper (0.0% of net assets) that settles in 91 days or more, with the balance in US T-bills or money market funds.