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Read John Cole Scott’s insights in Seeking Alpha Article Titled “The Ups And Downs Of CEF Investing – Author Interviews”

Click on the link below to see John Cole Scott’s answers to the following questions presented in a recent Seeking Alpha article: Seeking Alpha Logo

1. Do you use closed-end funds for growth or for income?

2. What was the biggest mistake you’ve ever   made with CEF Investing and what was  the result?

3. Based on your own experience, what has made the biggest impact on the success of your CEF Portfolio (a particular decision, strategy, concept, piece of advice, etc.), and why?

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John Cole Scott Quoted in Kiplinger’s article ” 33 Ways to Get Higher Yields”

John Cole Scott of Closed-End Fund Advisors was recently quoted in a May 3, 2019 Kiplinger red logoKiplinger article by John Waggoner. Click on the link below to read the article titled “33 Ways to Get Higher Yields” to see what John had to say regarding closed-end funds.


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CEF Advisors’ Quarterly Closed-End Fund, BDC Universe, and Interval Closed-End Fund Update, IPO Review & Outlook April 11, 2019

On April 11th we held our Quarterly Closed-End Fund, BDC Universe, and Closed-End Interval Fund Update, Outlook, and IPO Review.  Cover Slide for 1Q 2019 Webinar

Please watch the replay or download the slides to see what trends we covered in the CEF industry including:

*Discounts & Discount Trends
*Yield and Yield Trends
*Dividend Changes
*Last Quarter’s and Recent Peer-group performance (NAV and Market Price).
*UNII, Earnings and Return of Capital (RoC) Trends
* Recent CEF IPO’s
* Liquidity & Liquidity Trends
* Activist Updates & Trends
* CEF Deaths & Mergers
* NAV vs. Market Price Volatility
* New CEF Universe Data
* 2019 Outlook
* Pre-submitted & Live Q&A

Slides in PDF Format

Chuck Jaffe MoneyLife “Market Call” Interview of John Cole Scott, CIO at CEF Advisors on April 2, 2018.

John Cole Scott, CIO @ CEF Advisors was back on Money Life with Chuck Jaffe. During the interview: Business Development Companies (BDCs), Preferred Equity, Municipal Bond CEFs. New Money Life LogoHe discussed the value in contractual income from funds and how they might help you get  though economic bumps or even a recession. 
Closed-End Funds (CEFs) in Focus: 
$GHY –  PGIM Global High Yield Fund (High Yield Sector) 
$JRI – Nuveen Real Asset Income &  Growth Fund (REIT & Real Asset Fund) 
  • With a CEF you are buying the common stock of an investment company (the fund) NOT the net asset value (NAV) = Volatility from retail “Fear” & “Greed”. 
  • Don’t just buy the “Yield” OR “Discount”!
  • Analyze After-Tax Yield, Duration, Leverage, Beta to S&P 500 and portfolios holdings Correlation
  • Dividend risk too high OR just right? … Look at a fund’ “Leverage Adjusted NAV Yield”
Listen to whole show (60 minutes): April 2nd Episode of “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe”
Listen to John Cole Scott’s interview ONLY April 2nd “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe”

Hold It or Fold It BUY Calls:


$EMO, Clearbridge Midstream Opportunity Fund – MLP Sector
$BIT, Blackrock Multi-Sector Income Fund – Multisector Bond Sector
Hold It or Fold It SELL Calls:
$NAN  Nuveen NY Quality Muni Income Fund, Swap Idea: $NVG  Nuveen AMT-Free Muni Credit Income Fund
$HPI, John Hancock Preferred Income Fund, Swap Idea: $FLC Fleherty & Crumrine Total Return Fund
$ACV Alliance Global Investors Diversified Income & Convertible Fund, Swap Idea: $AVK Advent Claymore Convertible Securities & Income Fund


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JohnCole Scott Quoted in ThinkAdvisor Article

Click HERE to see what John Cole Scott had to say about closed-end funds in a recent ThinkAdvisor article. Think-Advisor-Logo-Color_1

John Cole Scott Quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek

John Cole Scott, chief investment officer at Closed-End Fund Advisors, was recently Bloomberg Businessweek Logoquoted in Bloomberg Businessweek. Click HERE to read the article.

Fast Growing Fund Structure Offering Investors Increased Access to Alternative Investments

Richmond, VA, October 2, 2018

CEF Advisors announces it’s launch of data coverage for the interval closed-end fund structure (iCEF) on This adds to their offering full and robust data October 2 Image for iCEF Press Release in Blogcoverage of all US listed closed-end funds and Business Development Companies (BDCs) since 2012, including the only known public profile pages for BDCs.

iCEFs have been growing in popularity as an alternative investment vehicle in recent years even though the first interval fund is almost 30 years old and the SEC officially recognized iCEFs in 1992. According to our database there are 42 funds with $29 Billion in assets compared to the $280 billion in 564 listed CEF/BDC fund universe. The SEC has approved 17 iCEFs from January 1, 2017 through August 30, 2018 and 10 CEF/BDC fund sponsors have launched at least one iCEF. Read more…