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Closed-Ended Funds

Closed-ended funds, like their more populous and popular open-ended cousins, are investment companies set up to own securities portfolios.

But unlike traditional funds, closed-ended funds trade on exchanges, and their prices aren’t directly linked to the underlying value of assets held in the fund.

A closed-end fund sells a fixed number of shares at one time through an initial public offering (IPO), which occurs when a private company puts up its stock for purchase by the public for the first time. See what are IPOs for more information on public company offerings.

Additional Comments:

Closed-ended funds can provide a unique opportunity for value investors.

Unlike open-ended funds, the market price of a closed-ended fund doesn’t necessarily match its net asset value. Because price doesn’t necessarily track value, and because closed-ended funds are less popular to the investing community, their prices tend to lag net asset value. That makes for possible bargains, and indeed, most closed-ended funds trade at a discount to their net asset value.

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