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  • Big Distributions And Deep Discount Are Available In Energy Closed End Funds [View article]
    Stanford Chemist, thank you for reading the article. The returns shown are NAV total returns from Morningstar. They should accurately reflect the distributions received reinvested at NAV.
    Aug 14 11:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gabelli Healthcare & Wellness Trust - Invest In Strong Demographic Trends At An 11% Discount With A 5% Distribution [View article]
    Thank you for reading the article. The discount may not narrow, but the chance that it does are higher due to the recent change in distribution policy. Also, the fees are relatively high but part of the cost is the relatively expensive preferred stock. Performance is quoted net of fees and has been reasonable but not outstanding. The real idea here is to invest in the broad trends of health care and wellness with professional management. The trends are broadly available within a passive ETF vehicle. However, this is a much more focused investment in specific stocks that will benefit from these trends. Finally, performance and volatility could be increased by the leverage in the fund, but leverage is relatively low. NAV performance held up pretty well in 2007 which shows the fund could be defensive relative to the market even with the leverage in place.
    Aug 8 02:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Financial Sector CEF To Benefit From An Improving Economy And A Steeper Yield Curve [View article]
    Rob, Thanks for reading the article and for your comment. Last year all of the distributions were reclassified as either capital gains or qualified distributions. For this year, the most recent 19(a) filing shows 38% of YTD distributions are expected to be ROC.
    Jun 5 09:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackRock Utility And Infrastructure Trust - Utilities At A 13% Discount And An 8% Distribution [View article]
    Hi KenGold,

    Thanks for reading the article. DPG could be interesting but keep the use of leverage in mind. BUI should be less volatile due to the lack of leverage and the use of options. If the market sell off continues the lack of leverage should help BUI. UTG could also be worth a look.
    Feb 1 12:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund Offers A 6.85% Distribution At A 12% Discount [View article]
    Hi williamslee.

    Thank you for reading the article and for your kind words. It looks like there were some foreign taxes paid in 2012. The tax reporting information from the fund can be found here:

    http://bit.ly/1hdF3fy

    Hope that helps. You would have to check with a tax professional to get additional information about how that would affect your specific situation.
    Dec 31 06:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund Offers A 6.85% Distribution At A 12% Discount [View article]
    Hi experienced.

    Thanks for reading the article. Also, thank you for the additional information about the ROC. It is very helpful to get the additional clarification.
    Dec 31 06:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Templeton Russia And Eastern Europe Fund Offers Exposure To Russia At A 10% Discount [View article]
    Hi Julakanti,

    Thanks for reading the article. I agree TRF is volatile. The same is true of the underlying Russian market. I believe the beta quoted is based on the share price and the underlying fund may be less volatile. However, I don't see the beta of the NAV published anywhere.

    I pulled the P/E and P/B numbers for the RSX from the Market Vectors website at http://bit.ly/1fpiZKM

    Hope this helps. Thanks.
    Dec 19 09:02 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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