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Closed-End Fund Strategies for a Rising Rate Environment

If interest rates are indeed on the rise then closed-end stock funds should perform better than ones that invest in bonds.

If interest rates are indeed on the rise then closed-end funds (CEFs) that invest in equities should perform better than CEFs that invest in bonds. "Rising interest rates are a market response to better-than-expected growth-and equities generally rise as earnings and profits expand," said Doug Bond, portfolio manager for the Cohen & Steers Closed-End Opportunity Fund (FOF) - Get Report . Bond said the market has recently been focusing a lot on the sell-off in the 10-year Treasury note. The yield on the 10-year Treasury has jumped to 1.8% at last check from 1.4% in July. Bond said historically, in the one-year period after 10-year yields have risen by 30%, equity CEFs perform better than fixed-income CEFs. Bond believes the most common mistake made by investors in the CEF selection process is putting too much weight on the current distribution yield or discount to net asset value. Recently, new issue activity has been pretty quiet, but Bond believes it could get busier if the discount narrowing the market has seen in 2016 persists.

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