Closed-end Fund 封闭式基金
Closed-end Fund 封 闭 式 基 金
Closed-end funds (or closed-ended funds) are mutual funds with a fixed number of shares (or units). Unlike open-end funds, new shares/units in a closed-end fund are not created by managers to meet demand from investors. Instead, the shares can only be purchased (and sold) in the market. This is the original design of mutual fund which predates open-end mutual funds but offers the same actively managed pooled investments.
Closed-end funds are usually listed on a recognised stock exchange and can be bought and sold on that exchange. The price per share is determined by the market and is usually different from the underlying value or net asset value (NAV) per share of the investments held by the fund. The price is said to be at a discount or premium to the NAV when it is below or above the NAV, respectively.
A premium might be due to the market’s confidence in the investment managers’ ability to produce above-market returns. A discount might reflect the charges to be deducted from the fund in future by the managers.
In the United States, closed-end funds are referred to under the law as closed-end companies and they form one of four SEC recognized types of investment companies along with mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and unit investment trusts. Other examples of closed-ended funds are investment trusts in the United Kingdom and listed investment companies in Australia.
1. Availability 现有
2. Distinguishing features 显著特色
3. Initial offering 首次招售
4. Exchange-traded 交易所买卖
5. Discounts and premiums 折价与溢价
6. Comparison with open-ended funds 与开放式基金比较
7. Examples 例子
8. See also 另见
9. External links 外部链接
Closed end funds are typically traded on the major global stock exchanges. In the United States the New York Stock Exchange is dominant although the NASDAQ is in competition; in the United Kingdom the London Stock Exchange’s main market is home to the mainstream funds although AIM supports many small funds especially the Venture Capital Trusts; in Canada, the Toronto Stock Exchange lists many closed-end funds.
Like their better-known open-ended cousins, closed-end funds are usually sponsored by a fund management company which will control how the fund is invested. They begin by soliciting money from investors in an initial offering, which may be public or limited. The investors are given shares corresponding to their initial investment. The fund managers pool the money and purchase securities or other assets. What exactly the fund manager can invest in depends on the fund’s charter, prospectus and the applicable government regulations. Some funds invest in stocks, others in bonds, and some in very specific things (for instance, tax-exempt bonds issued by the state of Florida in the USA).
Distinguishing features 显著特色
Some characteristics that distinguish a closed-end fund from an ordinary open-end mutual fund are that:
- it is closed to new capital after it begins operating, and
- its shares (typically) trade on stock exchanges rather than being redeemed directly by the fund.
- its shares can therefore be traded at any time during market opening hours. An open-end fund can usually be traded only at a time of day specified by the managers, and the dealing price will usually not be known in advance.
- a CEF usually trades at a premium or discount to its Net Asset Value. An open-end fund trades at its Net Asset Value (to which sales charges may be added; and adjustments may be made for e.g. the frictional costs of purchasing or selling the underlying investments).
- in the United States, a closed-end company can own unlisted securities.
Another distinguishing feature of a closed-end fund is the common use of leverage or gearing to enhance returns. CEFs can raise additional investment capital by issuing auction rate securities, preferred stock, long-term debt, and/or reverse-repurchase agreements. In doing so, the fund manager hopes to earn a higher return with this excess invested capital.
When a fund leverages through the issuance of preferred stock, two types of shareholders are created: preferred stock shareholders and common stock shareholders.
Preferred stock shareholders benefit from expenses based on the total managed assets of the fund. Total managed assets include both the assets attributable to the purchase of stock by common shareholders and those attributable to the purchase of stock by preferred shareholders.
The expenses charged to the common shareholders are based on the common assets of the fund, rather than the total managed assets of the fund. The common shareholders’ returns are reduced more significantly than those of the preferred shareholders because the expenses are spread among a smaller asset base.
For the most part, closed-end fund companies report expense ratios based on the fund’s common assets only. However, the contractual management fees charged to the closed-end funds may be based on the common asset base or the total managed asset base.
Long-term debt arrangements and reverse repurchase agreements are two additional ways to raise additional capital for the fund. Funds may use a combination of leveraging tactics or each individually. However, it is more common for the fund to use only one leveraging technique.
Since stock in closed-end funds is traded like other stock, an investor trading them will pay a brokerage commission similar to that paid when trading other stocks (as opposed to commissions on open-ended mutual funds, where the commission will vary based on the share class chosen and the method of purchasing the fund). In other words, closed-end funds typically do not have sales-based share classes with different commission rates and annual fees. The main exception is loan-participation funds.
Initial offering 首次招售
Like a company going public, a closed-end fund will have an initial public offering of its shares at which it will sell, say, 10 million shares for $10 each. That will raise $100 million for the fund manager to invest. At that point, the fund’s 10 million shares will begin to trade on a secondary market, typically the NYSE or the AMEX for American closed-end funds. Any investor who subsequently wishes to buy or sell fund shares will do so on the secondary market. In normal circumstances, closed-end funds do not redeem their own shares. Nor, typically, do they sell more shares after the IPO (although they may issue preferred stock, in essence taking out a loan secured by the portfolio).
Closed-end fund shares are traded throughout market opening hours at whatever price the market will support. It may be possible to deal using advanced types of orders such as limit orders and stop orders. This is in contrast to some open-end funds which are only available for buying and selling at the close of business each day, at the calculated NAV, and for which orders must be placed in advance, before the NAV is known, and by simple buy or sell orders. Some funds require that orders be placed hours or days in advance, in order to simplify their administration, make it easier to match buyers with sellers, and eliminate the possibility of arbitrage (for example if the fund holds investments which are traded in other time zones).
Closed-end funds are traded on exchanges and in that respect they are like exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but there are important differences between these two kinds of security. The price of a closed-end fund is completely determined by the valuation of the market, and this price often diverges substantially from the NAV of the fund assets. In contrast, the market price of an ETF trades in a narrow range very close to its net asset value, because the structure of ETFs allows major market participants to redeem shares of an ETF for a “basket” of the fund’s underlying assets. This feature could in theory lead to potential arbitrage profits if the market price of the ETF were to diverge substantially from its NAV. The market prices of closed-end funds are often 10% to 20% higher or lower than their NAV, while the market price of an ETF is typically within 1% of its NAV. Since the market downturn of late 2008 a number of fixed income ETFs have traded at premiums of roughly 2% to 3% above their NAV.
Discounts and premiums 折价与溢价
As they are exchange-traded, the price of CEFs will be different from the NAV – an effect known as the closed-end fund puzzle. In particular, fund shares often trade at what look to be irrational prices because secondary market prices are often very much out of line with underlying portfolio values. A CEF can trade at a premium at some times, and a discount at other times. For example, Morgan Stanley Eastern Europe Fund (RNE) on the NYSE was trading at a premium of 39% in May 2006 and at a discount of 6% in October 2006. These huge swings are difficult to explain.
US and other closed-end stock funds often have share prices that are 5% or more below the NAV. That is, if a fund has 10 million shares outstanding and its portfolio is worth $200 million, then each share represents a claim on assets worth $20 and you might expect that the market price of the fund’s shares on the secondary market would be around $20 but that is typically not the case. The shares may trade for only $19 or even only $17, i.e., a 5% or 15% discount to NAV.
The existence of discounts is puzzling since if a fund is trading at a discount, and if permitted by the rules or constitution of the fund, theoretically a well-capitalized investor could come along and buy up enough of the fund’s shares at the discounted price to gain control of the company and force the fund managers to liquidate the portfolio at its (higher) market value (although in reality, liquidity issues may make this difficult since the bid–offer spread will drastically widen as fewer and fewer shares are available in the market). Benjamin Graham claimed that an investor can hardly go wrong by buying such a fund with a 15% discount. However, the opposing view is that the fund may not liquidate in your timeframe and you may be forced to sell at an even worse discount; in any case, in the meantime the fund will have incurred costs and charges imposed by the managers. But like any investment, these discounts could simply represent the assessment of the marketplace that the investments in the fund may lose value.
折扣的现象让人摸不着头脑，既然基金是以折价交易，如果是基金的规则和宪章允准的，理论上一名资金雄厚的投资者可以入场用折扣价买下大量的基金股票取得公司的控制权，然后强迫基金经理人以(原本更高的)市值去变现整个投资组合(实际上，套现的问题让这个行动变得困难，因为买卖差价会大幅度地扩大差距，导致市场上的股票越来越少) 。Benjamin Graham认为，用15%折价买入这种基金的投资者很难出错，然而，相对的观点是，这个基金不一定能在你的时间表里变现，你可能会被迫以更低的折价脱售；无论如何，眼前这个基金已经累积出经理人附加的成本与费用。正如其他任何投资，这些折扣只是简单地反映出市场的评估，告诉你这个基金的投资可能会贬值。
Even stranger, funds very often trade at a substantial premium to NAV. Some of these premiums are extreme, with premiums of several hundred percent having been seen on occasion. Why anyone would pay $30 per share for a fund whose portfolio value per share is only $10 is not well understood, although irrational exuberance has been mentioned. One theory is that if the fund has a strong track record of performance, investors may speculate that the out-performance is due to good investment choices by the fund managers and that the fund managers will continue to make good choices in the future. Thus the premium represents the ability to instantly participate in the fruits of the fund manager’s decisions.
A great deal of academic ink has been spent trying to explain why closed-end fund share prices are not forced by arbitrageurs to be equal to underlying portfolio values. Though there are many strong opinions, the jury is still out. It is easier to understand in cases where the CEF is able to pick and choose assets, and arbitrageurs are not able to access information on the specific assets held until months later, but some funds are forced to replicate a specific index and still trade at a discount.
Comparison with open-ended funds 与开放式基金比较
With open-end funds, the value is precisely equal to the NAV. So investing $1000 into the fund means buying shares that lay claim to $1000 worth of underlying assets (apart from sales charges and the fund’s investment costs). But buying a closed-end fund trading at a premium might mean buying $900 worth of assets for $1000.
Some advantages of closed-end funds over their open-ended cousins are financial. CEFs do not have to deal with the expense of creating and redeeming shares, they tend to keep less cash in their portfolio, and they need not worry about market fluctuations to maintain their “performance record”. So if a stock drops irrationally, the closed-end fund may snap up a bargain, while open-ended funds might sell too early.
Also, if there is a market panic, investors may sell en masse. Faced with a wave of sell orders and needing to raise money for redemptions, the manager of an open-ended fund may be forced to sell stocks he would rather keep, and keep stocks he would rather sell, because of liquidity concerns (selling too much of any one stock causes the price to drop disproportionately). Thus it may become overweight in the shares of lower perceived quality or underperforming companies for which there is little demand. But an investor pulling out of a closed-end fund must sell it on the market to another buyer, so the manager need not sell any of the underlying stock. The CEF’s price will likely drop more than the market does (severely punishing those who sell during the panic), but it is more likely to make a recovery when the intrinsically sound stocks rebound.
Because a closed-end fund is listed on the market, it must obey certain rules, such as filing reports with the listing authority and holding annual stockholder meetings. Thus stockholders can more easily find out about their fund and engage in shareholder activism, such as protest against poor management.
Among the biggest, long-running CEFs are:
- Adams Express Company (NYSE:ADX)
- 亚当斯速递公司 (纽约证券交易所：代号为ADX)
- Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc (LSE:FRCL)
- 国外与殖民投资信托公司 (伦敦证券交易所：代号为FRCL)
- Witan Investment Trust plc (LSE:WTAN)
- Witan投资信托公司 (伦敦证券交易所：代号为WTAN)
- Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE:SMT)
- 苏格兰抵押贷款投资信托 (伦敦证券交易所：代号为SMT)
- Tri-Continental Corporation (NYSE:TY)
- 三大陆企业 (纽约证券交易所：代号为TY)
- Gabelli Equity Trust (NYSE:GAB)
- Gabelli股权信托 (纽约证券交易所：代号为GAB)
- General American Investors Company, Inc. (NYSE:GAM)
- 大众美国人投资者公司 (纽约证券交易所：代号为GAM)
See also 另见
- Collective investment schemes for generic information.
- Investment trust a United Kingdom closed-ended collective investment.
- Mutual funds for United States information.
- Listed investment companies for Australia.
External Links 外部链接
Investment management 投资管理
Collective investment scheme structures 集体投资方案的结构
- Common contractual fund 共同合约基金
- Fond commun de placement (法国) 共同基金
- Investment trust 投资信托
- Unit trust 单位信托
- Listed investment company 上市投资公司
- Mutual fund 共同基金 / 互助基金
- Open-ended investment company 开放式投资公司
- SICAV (西班牙/法国/意大利) 可变/不定额 资金投资公司
- Real estate investment trust 房地产投资信托
- Unit investment trust 单位投资信托
- Exchange-traded fund 交易所买卖基金
- Offshore fund 离岸基金 / 境外基金
- Unitised insurance fund 单位化保险基金
Investment styles 投资式样
- Active or Passive management 积极或消极管理
- Value or Growth investing 价值或增长投资
- Hedge fund 对冲基金
- Socially responsible investing 社会道义投资 (对社会负责任的投资)
- Impact investing 冲击投资 (有影响投资)
- Fund of funds 基金中基金 (投资在基金的基金)
- Manager of managers 经理的经理
- Index fund 指数基金
Theory and terminology 理论与术语
- Efficient-market hypothesis 有效市场假说
- Net asset value 资产净值
- Open-end fund 开放式基金
- Closed-end fund 封闭式基金
Related topics 相关话题
- List of asset management firms 资产管理公司的名单
- Returns-based style analysis 以回报为本的分析方式
- Umbrella fund 伞子基金
- UCITS 可转让证券集体投资事业
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