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For the month ending October, spot gold closed at $1,142.16, up $27.09 per ounce, or 2.43 percent. Gold stocks, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, rose 9.21 percent. The U.S. Trade-Weighted Dollar Index gained 0.62 percent for the month. For the month ending October, the Philadelphia Gold & Silver Index (XAU) rose 11.25 percent. The S&P/TSX Global Gold Index gained 7.92 percent. The FTSE/JSE African Gold Mining Index lifted 11.53 percent. See complete fund performance here.
Performance data quoted above is historical. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Results reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. For a portion of periods, the fund had expense limitations, without which returns would have been lower. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. The principal value and investment return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance does not include the effect of any direct fees described in the fund's prospectus (e.g., short-term trading fees of 0.05%) which, if applicable, would lower your total returns. Performance quoted for periods of one year or less is cumulative and not annualized. Obtain performance data current to the most recent month-end here or by calling 1-800-US-FUNDS.
The NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index is a modified market capitalization weighted index comprised of publicly traded companies involved primarily in the mining for gold and silver. The index benchmark value was 500.0 at the close of trading on December 20, 2002. The U.S. Trade Weighted Dollar Index provides a general indication of the international value of the U.S. dollar. The S&P 500 Stock Index is a widely recognized capitalization-weighted index of 500 common stock prices in U.S. companies. The Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index (XAU) is a capitalization-weighted index that includes the leading companies involved in the mining of gold and silver. The S&P/TSX Global Gold Index is an international benchmark tracking the world's leading gold companies with the intent to provide an investable representative index of publicly-traded international gold companies. The FTSE/JSE African Gold Mining Index is a market capitalization weighted index.
Fund portfolios are actively managed, and holdings may change daily. Holdings are reported as of the most recent quarter-end. Holdings in the Gold and Precious Metals Fund and the World Precious Minerals Fund as a percentage of net assets as of 9/30/2015: Volkswagen Group 0.00%; Alamos Gold Inc. 0.01% in World Precious Minerals Fund; New Gold Inc. 0.08% in World Precious Minerals Fund; Goldcorp Inc. 0.00%; Klondex Mines Inc. 16.91% in Gold and Precious Metals Fund, 17.76% in World Precious Minerals Fund.