by Tom Roseen.
For the month, 34% of all closed-end funds (CEFs) posted net asset value (NAV)-based returns in the black, with just 13% of equity CEFs and 49% of fixed income CEFs chalking up returns in the plus column. The average equity and fixed income CEF posted NAV-based losses of 1.98% and 0.54%, respectively, for August.
Lipper’s mixed-assets CEFs (-1.26%) macro-group, for the first month in four, mitigated losses better than its two equity-based brethren: domestic equity CEFs (-1.73%) and world equity CEFs (-3.39%). The Energy MLP CEFs classification (-0.59%) moved to the top of the equity leaderboard, for the first month in 12, followed by Income & Preferred Stock CEFs (-0.61%) and Natural Resources CEFs (-1.09%).
Year to date, both equity and fixed income CEFs chalked up plus-side returns on a NAV basis, rising 5.74% and 5.08%, respectively.
The domestic taxable bond CEFs macro-group—for the first month in three—outpaced the other two macro-groups in the fixed income universe, posting a 0.60% gain on average, followed by world income CEFs (-0.36%) and municipal debt CEFs (-2.39%). Investors pushed Loan Participation CEFs (+1.26%) to the top of the domestic taxable fixed income leaderboard for the first month in six, followed by General Bond CEFs (+0.63%) and High Yield CEFs (+0.42%).
The median discount of all CEFs widened 49 bps to 10.64% for August—wider than the 12-month moving average median discount (9.81%). Equity CEFs’ median discount widened by 47 bps to 11.88%, while fixed income CEFs’ median discount widened by 42 bps to 9.85%.
In this report, we highlight August 2023 CEF performance trends, premiums and discounts, and corporate actions and events.
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