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American Carnage?

Jan. 23, 2017 - First Trust -  A memorable part of President Trump’s inaugural speech pointed to mothers and children trapped in poverty, rusted-out factories, a flawed school system, and crime and gangs and drugs. He described these problems as “American carnage” and stated emphatically that it “stops right here and stops right now.”
Another Plow Horse Quarter
Jan. 17, 2017 - First Trust -  Animal spirits are back!
Confidence surveys have soared since the election. The Conference Board’s future expectations measure hit the highest level since 2003. The NFIB small business confidence index rose at its fastest pace ever. Other surveys are up, too.
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Would the Dissolution of the Fiduciary Rule Bring Back CEF IPOs?
Feb. 09, 2017 - Morningstar, Inc. -  It's unclear whether the rollback of this rule would help ignite this dormant market, but probably not.
Unlocking Historic Value in Real Assets as the Economy Shifts Gears
Jan. 30, 2017 - Cohen & Steers -  With prices of U.S. financial assets near all-time highs, we believe real assets offer an investment opportunity in inexpensive assets poised to move higher. The two views of relative value shown below offer a similar takeaway: real assets appear significantly undervalued on a historical basis. We believe the combination of a strengthening economy, rising inflation prospects and attractive relative value signal a potentially compelling opportunity for allocating to real assets.
CEF Industry Reports
Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (FAX)

Dec. 21, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  How has your positioning changed in light of the U.S. election?
Some months ago, we began to withdraw from some of the high-yield markets because they looked over-bought. The Asia premium - that is, the carry you get from taking the same risk in an Asian credit as you would in an equivalent U.S. or global credit - had been falling.
Rights Offerings
Aug. 26, 2016 - Wells Fargo Advisors -  An existing CEF may raise additional capital by offering rights, which gives existing shareholders the right (but not an obligation) to purchase additional shares of common stock at a discount to net asset value (NAV).
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Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (FAX)

Dec. 21, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  How has your positioning changed in light of the U.S. election?
Some months ago, we began to withdraw from some of the high-yield markets because they looked over-bought. The Asia premium - that is, the carry you get from taking the same risk in an Asian credit as you would in an equivalent U.S. or global credit - had been falling.
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.
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