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Morningstar Commentaries
Oil, Cuba, and Russia, Oh My!
Jan. 15, 2015 - Morningstar, Inc. -  A surprising December capped off a decent year for most CEFs.
Nearing the End of a Decent Year in CEFs
Dec. 18, 2014 - Morningstar, Inc. -  Falling oil prices buffet some CEFs, but many have turned out strong returns so far this year.
Market Commentaries
Higher Inflation Not Only Welcome But Sought In Current Climate

Jan. 22, 2015 - First Trust -  View from the Observation Deck
1. Today,the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it will soon implement its own version of quantitative easing (QE) in an effort to stimulate growth in the European economy.
Davos – And the Euro 
Jan. 20, 2015 - First Trust -  Perfect! Last week, the Swiss National Bank in reaction to market pressure, ended its crawling peg against the euro. The Swiss Franc surged 40% versus the euro, before settling around 20% higher, and roughly 17% against the already strong dollar. So, guess what? Attendees at The World Economic Forum – an annual gaggle of the global financial elite held in Davos, Switzerland, which starts today – just saw their trip get a lot more expensive.
Recent Commentaries
Early Thoughts on Tax-Loss Selling Season
Sep. 24, 2014 - First Trust -  With the fourth quarter about a week and a half away, the topic of tax-loss selling and closed-end funds (CEFs) is one that is often on the forefront of CEF investors’ minds.Tax-loss selling is when investors sell securities to realize losses in order to offset gains within their portfolios. Tax-loss selling in the CEF structure often is most pronounced from roughly mid-November to the third week of December
Searching for Bargains in Closed-End Funds
Jul. 19, 2014 - Barron's -  Closed-end bond funds have been on a tear this year, returning an average of 11% during the first half, including dividends, according to Closed-End Fund Advisors, a research group. The average yield at the end of June was 6.4%. Compare that with a first-half total return of just 5.4% for SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond (ticker: JNK), an exchange-traded fund that tracks junk bonds.
CEF Industry Reports
REIT Correlations Have Returned to Historical Norms

Jan. 15, 2015 - Cohen & Steers -  Investors are paying closer attention to the fundamental drivers of REIT cash flows, and the asset class is once again reflecting traditional diversification attributes.
North American Equity Investment Outlook

Dec. 29, 2014 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  Economic and market overview
The major North American equity market indices moved higher in November mainly on optimism regarding generally improving economic data reports. Shares of large-cap companies, as measured by the broader-market S&P 500 Index,1 outperformed their small-cap counterparts, as represented by the Russell 2000 Index.2 Nine of the ten sectors within the S&P 500 Index gained ground during the month, led by consumer discretionary and information technology.
Featured CEF Fund Reports
Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (FAX)

Jan. 15, 2015 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  Economic & market overview
It was a quiet end to 2014 for Asian fixed income markets, though most currencies lost ground against the U.S. dollar and credit markets retreated in December.
Deutsche High Income Trust - Annual Report 2014
Nov. 30, 2014 - Deutsche Asset & Wealth Managment -  All performance information below is historical and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal fluctuate, so your shares may be worth more or less when sold. Current performance may differ from performance data shown. Please visit dws-investments.com for the fund’s most recent month-end performance. Fund performance includes reinvestment of all distributions. Please refer to pages 9 through 10 for more complete performance information.
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