Second Quarter 2019 CEF Review
Second Quarter 2019 Overview

After a very solid first quarter of 2019 when the average Closed-End Fund (CEF) was up 11.8%, the momentum continued in the second quarter with the average CEF gaining 2.8%. Through the first half of the year, the average CEF is now up 15.1%. It continues to be a broad-based rally across most categories of the CEF marketplace. While Equity CEFs were up on average 0.6% during the second quarter (and are now up 15.9% for the first half of the year), it was the fixed-income funds that on average provided the biggest gains. Taxable Fixed-Income CEFs were up on average 4.0% for the second quarter (and are now up 15.7% for the first half of the year), while the average Municipal CEF gained 4.3% (now up 14.2% for the first half of the year). (Source: Morningstar. All data is share price total return).

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Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 1:37 PM

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