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  • Michael Lee
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  • AWP . Business . Closed-end fund . FHY . FSD . HQH . HQL . Investing . Market price . Mutual fund . NAV . Net asset value . Share price .

A myriad of closed end funds (CEFs) took a big hit this week on the back of concerns about the fiscal-cliff and possible tax increases. This CEF sell-off, however, has not been a result of an overall decrease in net asset values (NAV) and, therefore, may present a buying opportunity for many funds. (The net asset value of a CEF is the total value of all the securities in the fund divided by the number of shares and, therefore, represents…

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  • CEF . Closed-end fund . Exchange-traded fund . FSD . Funds . GOF . HHY . High-yield debt . Investment . Investor . Mutual fund . NCV . NCZ . PGP . PHT .

With the significantly negative market performance that surrounded our last election, investors are acutely aware of a potential increase in market volatility as the days pass by. Though the factors that affected our markets in 2008 are significantly less of a concern this time around, safer, well diversified investments are, in my opinion, becoming very attractive as this year's election approaches. In a search for safety and diversity, many closed-end funds (CEF) can offer both; as well as a consistent…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Closed-end fund . Exchange-traded fund . Investing . Mutual fund . NAV . Net asset value . Trade .

I am a value investor and, when investing in stocks, I often seek out companies that appear undervalued. Closed-end fund (CEF) values can often be found in a similar fashion. The net asset value (NAV) of a CEF is the total value of all the securities in the fund divided by the number of shares and, therefore, represents the true current value of the fund. The market price of the fund, however, often varies from the NAV. When the fund's…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . CEF . Closed-end fund . Exchange-traded fund . Funds . Income . Investing . Investor . Mutual fund . Net asset value .

The theoretical safety and predictability of mutual funds has, at times, attracted the conservative investor in me. But the actual transaction, unlike buying and selling stocks or ETFs, always left me wanting more excitement, more involvement. Closed-end funds (CEF), with their mutual fund-like management and their equity-like tradability, offer, in my opinion, a wonderful option for conservative, yet actively involved investors, like me. As CEFs pay out before-tax distributions to investors, they are also a great choice for those looking…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Dividend . Exchange-traded fund . Investing . Investment . Mutual fund . Standard & Poor . Wall Street .

If you haven't read What Works on Wall Street: A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time by James P. O'Shaughnessy, you should. Using 45 years of S&P Compustat market data and a systematic, fundamental approach, O'Shaughnessy researched the performance of many different investment strategies and concluded that some produced greater returns than the S&P 500 while others produced less. This type of analysis may sound anything but groundbreaking in our current, digital trading universe but very few…

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