Equity

BlackRock Gold and General Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested. The fund invests a large portion of assets which are denominated in other currencies; hence changes in the relevant exchange rate will affect the value of the investment.
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Performance

Performance

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Distributions

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Total Return (%)

as of Jun 30, 2021

-14.45 -10.56 19.70 42.86 -16.14
Benchmark (%)

as of Jun 30, 2021

-19.48 -3.00 22.99 48.54 -22.06
  1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
-16.14 12.77 1.87 -2.23 10.14
Benchmark (%)

as of Jun 30, 2021

-22.06 12.50 2.15 -3.58 2.07
  YTD 1m 3M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
-11.42 -12.80 3.24 -16.14 43.40 9.72 -20.20 2,379.31
Benchmark (%)

as of Jun 30, 2021

-10.95 -13.18 1.98 -22.06 42.39 11.21 -30.56 97.35
The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Key Facts

Key Facts

Size of Fund (Millions) as of Jul 29, 2021 GBP 1,163.318
Price Yield as of Jul 30, 2021 0.00
Number of Holdings as of Jun 30, 2021 48
Base Currency British Pound
Fund Inception Date Apr 7, 1988
Share Class Inception Date Apr 7, 1988
Asset Class Equity
Benchmark Index FTSE Gold Mining Index (CAP Only) - expressed in GBP
Investment Association Category -
Domicile United Kingdom
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd
Ongoing Charge 1.92%
ISIN GB0001732584
Bloomberg Ticker MRCGLDI
Annual Management Fee 1.75%
Initial Charge 5.00%
Performance Fee 0.00%
SEDOL 0173258
Bloomberg Benchmark Ticker 1
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 500
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 50
Use of Income Distributing

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

3y Volatility - Benchmark as of Jun 30, 2021 35.04
3y Beta as of Jun 30, 2021 0.942
5y Volatility - Benchmark as of Jun 30, 2021 31.41
5y Beta as of Jun 30, 2021 0.907

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics can help investors integrate non-financial, sustainability considerations into their investment process. These metrics enable investors to evaluate funds based on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. This analysis can provide insight into the effective management and long-term financial prospects of a fund.


The metrics below have been provided for transparency and informational purposes only. The existence of an ESG rating is not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. The metrics are based on MSCI ESG Fund Ratings and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind Sustainability Characteristics, using links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of Jul 7, 2021 AA
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of Jul 7, 2021 7.64
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of Jul 7, 2021 72.66
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of Jul 7, 2021 87.76
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of Jul 7, 2021 Equity Sector Gold&Prec Metals
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of Jul 7, 2021 468.33
Funds in Peer Group as of Jul 7, 2021 128
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of Jul 7, 2021, based on holdings as of Jan 31, 2021. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities covered by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities. For newly launched funds, sustainability characteristics are typically available 6 months after launch.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons as of Jun 30, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of Jun 30, 2021 7.67%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of Jun 30, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of Jun 30, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of Jun 30, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of Jun 30, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of Jun 30, 2021 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of Jun 30, 2021 88.34%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of Jun 30, 2021 11.66%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.00% and for Oil Sands 0.00%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating material environmental, social and governance (ESG) information or insights alongside traditional measures into the investment decision process to improve long term financial outcomes of portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund’s investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective, but rather describes how ESG information is considered as part of the overall investment process.


The Fund manager considers ESG criteria in combination with other information during the idea generation, company research, portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring phases of the investment process. ESG information may be sourced from third-party vendors, as well as internal engagement commentary and site visits and input from BlackRock Investment Stewardship. The Fund manager conducts regular portfolio reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group and with the Chief Investment Officers. These reviews include discussion of the portfolio’s exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BlackRock Gold and General Fund, Class A, as of Jun 30, 2021 rated against 233 Sector Equity Precious Metals Funds.

Morningstar Analyst Rating

Morningstar Analyst Rating - Bronze
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Bronze medal. Fewer than 10% of US open-end funds hold medalist ratings. (Effective May 25, 2021)

Risk Indicator

Risk Indicator

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Holdings

Holdings

as of Jun 30, 2021
Name Weight (%)
NEWMONT CORPORATION 9.59
BARRICK GOLD CORP 7.72
ENDEAVOUR MINING PLC 6.58
NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LTD 5.76
KINROSS GOLD CORP 5.13
Name Weight (%)
KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD LTD 4.76
WHEATON PRECIOUS METALS CORP 4.59
SSR MINING INC 3.84
GOLD FIELDS LTD 3.67
FRANCO-NEVADA CORP 3.50
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of Jun 30, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Jun 30, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Jun 30, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Jun 30, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Allocations are subject to change.

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Distribution Frequency Bid Price ISIN TIS
A Daily 11.95 GB0001732584 -
A Accumulating 12.62 GB0005852396 -
D Daily 12.72 GB00B5ZNJ904 -
Class DI Accumulating 14.07 GB00B99BDY18 -
X Daily 1.24 GB00BFBFVW79 -
D Accumulating 13.77 GB00B5ZNJ896 -
Class X ACC - 1.58 GB00BFBFW808 -
Class DI Daily 13.38 GB00B99BF015 -

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Evy Hambro
Managing Director, Global Head of Thematic and Sector based Investing, Fundamental Equity

Stephanie Lee

Tom Holl
Tom Holl

Literature

Literature