The Month In Closed-End Funds: October 2022

Nov. 08, 2022 10:15 AM ETPEO, NDP, EMO, CEM, CTR, NHS, MFV, CIF, VLT, EAD1 Comment
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  • For the first month in three, equity CEFs (+4.49%) on average witnessed plus-side returns, while their fixed income CEF cohorts (-0.41%) suffered a third month of declines in October.
  • Only 17% of all CEFs traded at a premium to their NAV at month end, with 24% of equity CEFs and 11% of fixed income CEFs trading in premium territory.
  • Natural Resources CEFs (+13.36%) outshined the other classifications in the equity CEF universe for October.
  • For the first month in 20, High Yield CEFs (Leveraged) (+1.84%) moved to the top of the leaderboard in the fixed income CEF universe for October.
  • For the third month in a row, the municipal debt CEFs macro-group posted a negative return (-2.28% on average), with all nine classifications experiencing negative performance for the month.

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For the month, 59% of all closed-end funds (CEFs) posted net-asset-value (NAV)-based returns in the black, with 79% of equity CEFs and just 43% of fixed income CEFs chalking up returns in the plus column. For the first month in three, Lipper’s domestic


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Tom Roseen is the Head of Research Services, joining from Janus in 1996. He is the editor and an author of Lipper's U.S. Research Studies, FundFlows Insight Reports and FundIndustry Insight Reports. He is involved in fund analysis and research, and contributes to the monthly and quarterly equity and fixed income FundMarket Insight reports, webcasts and podcasts, where he focuses on domestic and world fund performance and attribution. His areas of expertise include closed-end fund analysis, portfolio evaluation, equity and fixed income fund research, fund flows analysis, after-tax performance and Lipper Leaders. Tom has a BS in finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master's in International Management from the University of Denver.

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