Web Sites for Closed-End Funds
Nonetheless, there are several Web sites that offer comprehensive information specifically related to closed-end funds that are available to the public for freein particular, the Closed-end Fund Association Web site and ETF Connect.
These closed-end fund Web sites also provide links to the fund sponsor, so you can go directly to the source for further information.
One other closed-end fund Web site of note requires a subscription but provides comprehensive coverage as well as selection advice. The site does, however, include free links to individual funds sponsors.
And because closed-end funds are traded on stock exchanges just like individual stocks, you can get general market and trading information by typing in the ticker symbol from the Web sites that provide stock data and news.
Closed-End Fund Comprehensive Web Sites
Closed-End Fund Association
This site shows daily net asset value information for all closed-end funds: Just type in the ticker symbol. It also allows you to conduct searches and zero in on individual funds, obtaining a full picture of the funds historical performance data, including total return performance, discounts and premiums, the funds top holdings, and distributions data. The site also includes information on closed-end fund IPOs and recent rights offerings. A fund selector allows you to search for specific funds. A portfolio tracker [registration required] allows you to keep track of your closed-end mutual fund holdings.
ETF Connect is maintained by Nuveen Investments. In spite of its name (ETF stands for exchange-traded fund), ETF Connect contains daily price information as well as historical performance information for closed-end funds as well as for exchange-traded funds. The recently redesigned site offers a wide array of data including share price and net asset value history, dividend history, portfolio manager, investment objective, diversification of assets, performance numbers and expense ratios, as well as links to SEC filings and the fund sponsor Web site. The multi-fund search tool allows you to search by asset class, sector, industry, region and fund sponsor while the fund sorter lets you sort funds by various criteria including premium or discount, year-to-date return, and current market yield. An interactive technical analysis charting tool allows for performance comparison against other funds and indexes over a wide range of timeframes.
Morningstar reports on individual closed-end funds follow the standard mutual fund reporting format, which provides style data, return and risk information, Morningstar ratings, sector breakdowns and a listing of top holdings. The site also shows a chart listing the premium or discount of the share price to the underlying net asset value of the funds shares.
Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc.
The best coverage of closed-end bond funds is contained in a newsletter published by Thomas HerzfeldThe Investors Guide to Closed-End Fundsalthough it is expensive (one-year on-line subscription is $475; a two-month on-line trial subscription is available for $85). However, the Web site does provide a free Links to Funds section that includes contact phone numbers for all closed-end funds, price information and links to numerous Web sites, as well as a free sample newsletter.
Stock Data Web Sites
Stock trading information includes pricing, performance, holdings and risk, as well as comparisons with various indexes, and links to SEC filings.
Stock trading information includes pricing, performance, holdings and risk, as well as comparisons with various indexes and links to SEC filings.