When I talk to investors about closed-end funds (CEFs), I get an almost universal response: They simply can’t believe the big dividends — and upside potential — these funds actually claim. .
I agree, if you are not familiar with CEFs, they have many benefits Doing Sound a little over the top: A pocket of money that yields an average of 7.5% yet still holds the investments we’re all familiar with, such as stocks. Alphabet (Google) And master card
The sizable payouts seem especially unrealistic when you consider that most of these blue chips pay little (or no) dividends to themselves. and he is Earlier We note the fact that CEFs may hold a range of other investments beyond stocks, such as corporate bonds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and municipal bonds.
Furthermore, whether they own stocks or not, many CEFs—those that are actively managed—regularly beat their benchmarks, putting the age-old debate over passive-versus-active investing to bed once and for all. Let’s give
Winning a CEF Is All About Dividends and Discounts
The truth is that there are two important ways that CEFs generate strong returns: their large dividends (which we’ll now “demystify”) and their discount to net asset value (NAV, or the value of their portfolio), which we’ll dig into in a second. In.
The best CEFs distribute their large dividends in a very straightforward manner: Management only sells its winners, combines the profits with dividends it receives from its portfolio, and passes the total on to us as dividends.
Furthermore, some CEFs use leverage to further increase returns. It’s a great tool for management to use (in a reasonable way, of course!), because they can borrow at lower rates than you and I can. The best way to see this in action—and to see how CEF investing can produce lasting wealth—is to look at an example. Let’s do it now.
An “All-Star” CEF That Crushes ETFs
Liberty All-Star Equity Fund (USA) There is one CEF that regularly attracts my attention due to its strong portfolio and track record. With a large-cap US stock focus, USA is a good replacement for a popular S&P 500 index fund. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY
, The United States in particular (in orange below) has long beat the SPY.
USA overtakes the market
Since May 1, 2017, the United States, which uses no leverage, has outperformed the S&P 500, delivering a 98.7% total return (or 11.4% annualized) to investors. It is ahead of the broader stock market (purple line above). I’m not telling that date on the air: this is the first time I’ve written about the USA for Contrarian Outlook. Back then, I wrote that the fund was “definitely a better option than passive index investing.” The above chart proves this point.
Investors who put their money back in the USA earned $9,873 for every $10,000 invested, while receiving $80 a month for every $10,000 invested in dividends. Also, the United States payout, which was 9.5% when I first recommended it, has gone up.
Growing Income Stream of the United States
Before we go any further, as you can see above, USA’s dividends don’t go up in a straight line. This is because management’s policy is to pay 10% of the fund’s net asset value (NAV, or the per share value of its portfolio) as dividends per year, so the payout floats with the NAV.
Which brings me to another important aspect of choosing CEFs: You need to make sure you’re looking at the right charts to get a clear picture of past performance. and popular screeners, such as Yahoo! Finance and Google Finance, just don’t cut it here.
The Orange Line—Not the Purple—Tells the Real Story of CEF Profits
If you look at the USA, or any CEF for that matter, on these screeners, you’ll see the fund’s market-value returns by default. That’s the purple line above, which shows an average gain of 8.7% over a six-year period!
But let’s back up for a second. see the orange line? He Involved Dividend. And USA has paid out a nearly 10% yield during this time period, while delivering an 11.4% annualized total return. In other words, almost all of the United States’ profits have been given to investors in the form of cash dividends. And those dividends don’t show up on stock-price charts.
To see profit with dividends included, you need to see net-return value—a function that is not available on any free finance website that I know of. But it’s a significant number: If we look at USAA’s total profits in both dividends and capital gains, we see that CEFs made nearly double the investments they made in May 2017, in addition to beating the broader market.
About those CEF exemptions
Now let’s talk about discounts, which are important because CEFs can and often do trade at a different level than their portfolio value (these discounts only exist with CEFs, which typically issue new shares to new investors). can not do).
USA’s closing discount has increased its market value
That was another factor in USA’s gains over the past six years: As you can see above, in May 2017, the fund traded at a nearly 14% discount to returns that narrowed to about 1%. As the discount closed, it supported the share price, allowing investors to collect their double-digit dividends from USA without paying any cash back in the form of share-price declines.
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