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Are You Sitting On A CEF Time Bomb?

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Maks F. S.


  • A "heart to heart" discussion about closed-end funds and why many are ticking time bombs.
  • A look at the three major, current negative factors for CEF investing and why they are not being discussed.
  • A discussion of the factors that need to be looked at as part of the due diligence process.

Note: Income Idea subscribers received an early look at this CEF School article on 11/1.

CEFs (closed-end funds) are AWESOME! Seriously... they are and CEF investors will typically agree and are likely nodding their heads along!

Closed-end funds let you invest in compelling asset classes while generally drawing an above-market distribution while the actively managed fund can make investments with conviction. What makes this even better is that in the vast majority of the cases, you buy those assets at sometimes substantial discounts.

However... like an aggressive dog, it can sometimes bite, particularly in times when you are having too much fun!

As much as I LOVE CEFs, more and more of the closed-end funds which we look at in our articles or I am requested to look at by a subscriber ends up having a lot of "eh" or "leave it" ratings with a bunch of... "watch out for..." statements.

While in our latest CEF school article we discussed why interest rates mattered for closed-end funds, I wanted to write this article for both subscribers and my regular Seeking Alpha community to sound the bell and make it clear...

Many Of The Closed-End Funds Are Ticking Time Bombs!

In two of my recent closed-end fund articles discussing the Reaves Utility & Infrastructure Fund (NYSE:UTG) and the PIMCO Dynamic Income & Mortgage Fund (PCI), it became abundantly clear that the vast majority of the retail public either does not fully understand where or how the distribution is generated or may understand it but does not care, putting their faith into management and past performance.

In order to understand why CEFs may be time bombs, it is important to understand

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