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CLOSED ENDED FUNDS - DO THEY HAVE A PLACE IN YOUR PORTFOLIO?

CLOSED ENDED FUNDS - DO THEY HAVE A PLACE IN YOUR PORTFOLIO?

Many Dividend Growth investors routinely make the comment section of Articles written by Chowder to go to place for active discussions. Of late there has been growing interest among the DG community on whether CEFs can or even should play a role in our portfolios.

Many of us are already retired and facing or already dealing with Required Minimum Distributions. We have as a group grown more defensive as safe steady income takes the Center Stage. We have worked hard to develop those income streams and are concerned that income not be reduced particularly at this important junction.

Some like Dividend Sleuth, maybenot and Ron Smith to name a few, have developed an increased interest in learn more about CEFs and the role they may play.

I thought I would put up this short blog in hopes that its comment section could serve to foster further discussion among those interested.

Going into this process I have more questions than I have answers. Here's just a few of mine.

What are the best resources for evaluating CEFs?

What specifics should we evaluate when closing a holding?

What percentage of my portfolio if any should be devoted to CEFs?

Under what conditions should we consider swap or sell?

Now it's your turn.

What are your thoughts on my questions?