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Precious metals have always been a solid investment choice, especially in times of economic uncertainty. They also offer superior protection against inflation, which cannot be said of almost all other reasonably liquid assets. Consequently, they outperform other sectors during a market downturn, as they have demonstrated in the recent past. Since they hold well diversified portfolios and are professionally managed, precious metals funds offer the most stable option for investments in this sector.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated precious metals mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect the fund to outperform its peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all precious metals funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Fidelity Select Gold (FSAGX - MF report) seeks capital growth. Not more than 25% of its assets are invested in gold and precious metals. Companies whose primary operations are related to gold and few precious metals like silver, diamonds, platinum are considered for investments. The precious metals fund has a five year annualized return of -6.57%.

The precious metals have an expense ratio of 0.92% compared to a category average of 1.40%.

American Century Global Gold (BGEIX) invests in securities of those global companies whose primary operations are related to gold. Investments are made with the purpose of attaining growth in capital and dividends by investing in companies which are involved in processing, mining, fabricating and distributing gold. The precious metals fund has a five year annualized return of -4.34%.

The fund manager is William Martin and has managed this precious metals mutual fund since 1992.

Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals A (OPGSX) seeks capital growth. It invests primarily in those domestic and foreign companies whose primary operations are related to metals and minerals. A minimum of 25% of its assets are invested in mining securities and metal investments. The precious metals fund has a five year annualized return of -0.30%.

As of November 2013, this precious metals fund held 72 issues with 6.72% of its total assets invested in Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.

US Global Investors Gold and Precious Metals (USERX) invests a large share of its assets in equity and related securities of those companies whose primary operations are related to precious metals. The non-diversified precious metals mutual fund has a five year annualized return of -5.74%.

The precious metals mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $5,000 and an expense ratio of 1.61% compared to a category average of 1.42%.

Gabelli Gold AAA (GOLDX) seeks capital growth on a long-term basis. A majority of assets are invested in equity of those domestic and foreign companies whose primary operations are related to gold and gold bullion. The fund focusses on investing in undervalued companies which have the potential to provide high returns. The precious metals fund has a five year annualized return of -3.79%.

The fund manager is Caesar M.P. Bryan and has managed this precious metals mutual fund since 1994.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all precious metals mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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