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The Glass Half Empty
Sep. 19, 2016 - First Trust -  We get called perma-bulls, wrongly we think, becausewe were late to call 2008 a Panic, and because we've pushedback against the doom and gloom of the past 7 1/2 years. Time and again over the past several years, we’ve argued the Plow Horse economy would continue to grow   
Leveraged Loans (Senior Loans) Could Be One Of The Beneficiaries Of Higher Interest Rates

Sep. 13, 2016 - First Trust -  View from the Observation Deck
1. Conventional thought says that it is prudent to shorten the duration of one's bond holdings when interest rates are on the rise. With respect to pricing,fixed-rate bonds are particularly vulnerable to rising interest rates.
2. Today’s post seeks to illustrate that investors may shift capital in and out of floating-rate corporate securities based on the rise or fall of either short-term or longer-term interest rates.
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The Glass Half Empty
Sep. 19, 2016 - First Trust -  We get called perma-bulls, wrongly we think, becausewe were late to call 2008 a Panic, and because we've pushedback against the doom and gloom of the past 7 1/2 years. Time and again over the past several years, we’ve argued the Plow Horse economy would continue to grow   
Size Matters When It Comes to CEF Premiums
Sep. 15, 2016 - Morningstar, Inc. -  Thirsty investors are pushing some CEF share prices into the stratosphere.
CEF Industry Reports
Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund, Inc. (JEQ)
Jul. 30, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  How has the British vote to exit the European Union (Brexit) impacted Japan?
We believe it has driven investors to perceived safe havens such as the yen, which dipped below 100 to the U.S. dollar for the first time in three years.
class="portal_thumbnail" > Unexpected Returns
Jul. 13, 2016 - Cohen & Steers -  Valuation and income potential are good places to start when evaluating closed-end funds, but investors who rely on them as an indicator of future performance are likely to be disappointed.
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Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund, Inc. (JEQ)
Jul. 30, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  How has the British vote to exit the European Union (Brexit) impacted Japan?
We believe it has driven investors to perceived safe havens such as the yen, which dipped below 100 to the U.S. dollar for the first time in three years.
The India Fund, Inc. (IFN)

Jun. 30, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  Is Rajan leaving a blow for reforms?
Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan announced he will leave in September when his current term ends, dashing any hopes for an extension. There are concerns the departure of the respected but outspoken central banker, a key architect of reforms, may help trigger a new period of uncertainty.
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