The investment objective of the Fund is to provide attractive total return, comprised of high current income and price appreciation primarily through mid-stream MLPs and energy investments. Mid-stream MLPs and energy investments are engaged in the exploration, production, gathering, transportation, processing, storage, refining, distribution or marketing of gas, oil and coal related energy sources.
NOT FDIC INSURED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NO BANK GUARANTEE
Leverage represented as a percentage of the Fund’s managed assets as of the most recent month end. Leverage is created whenever a closed-end fund has investment exposure in excess of its net assets. The use of leverage is speculative and there are special risks and costs associated with leverage. The use of leverage increases the volatility of the Fund's net asset value in both up and down markets. The Fund seeks to enhance its dividend yield through leverage but there is no guarantee that the Fund's leverage strategy will be successful.
Common Share Expense Ratio excludes deferred tax (benefit) expense.
Expense ratios as disclosed in the Fund’s most recent annual report to stockholders dated November 30, 2016. Expense ratios are net of waivers and/or reimbursements.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change without notice. The mention of specific securities is not a recommendation or solicitation for any person to buy, sell or hold any particular security. Top ten holdings are determined on the basis of the value of individual securities held. The Fund may also hold positions in other types of securities issued by the companies listed above. You can obtain a complete listing of holdings by clicking here
NAV per share is as of the prior day’s market close of regular trading on the NYSE, generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, on each day the NYSE is open for trading.
Distribution Rate is calculated dividing the last distribution paid per share (annualized) by the market price. Note that the number of income distributions is based on the fund’s distribution payment frequency (i.e. monthly or quarterly). A fund may pay distributions in excess of its net investment company taxable income and, to the extent this occurs, the distribution yield quoted will include a return of capital. The estimated return of capital for each distribution is also available on this Web site by clicking on the Distributions tab on each fund’s landing page.
SEC yield is calculated by dividing annualized net investment income per share during a 30-day period by the maximum offering price per share as of the close of that period. SEC yield reflects the rate at which the fund is earning income on its current portfolio of securities. Since certain distributions received by the funds from master limited partnerships (MLPs) may consist of dividend income, and/or return of capital, and the character of these distributions cannot be determined until after the end of the year, the SEC yield has been adjusted for the funds that invest significantly in MLPs based on estimates of return of capital.
Quarterly distribution per share is as of the most recent quarter end. The fund pays regular quarterly cash distributions to common shareholders at a level rate that may be adjusted from time to time, based on the projected income of the fund. The amount of quarterly distributions may vary depending on a number of factors, including changes in portfolio and market conditions. Each fund’s distributions reflect net investment income, and may also include net realized capital gains and/or return of capital. Return of capital includes distributions paid by a fund in excess of its net investment income and such excess is distributed from the fund’s assets. Under federal tax regulations, some or all of the return of capital distributed by a fund may be taxed as ordinary income.
The source of all distributions paid by the Fund, including net investment income is subject to change. This is because the Fund invests primarily in Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and similar companies. Distributions from Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) are estimated as income and return of capital based on information reported by the MLPs and management’s estimates of such amounts based on historical information. These estimates are adjusted when the actual source of distributions is disclosed by the MLPs and actual amounts may differ from the estimated amounts.
Please note that distributions are subject to recharacterization for tax purposes and the final tax treatment of these distributions will be reported to shareholders after the close of each fiscal year on form 1099-DIV.
On December 1, 2015, the Fund completed the previously disclosed change in the Fund’s tax status from a regulated investment company to a taxable C-Corporation under the Internal Revenue Code. The change in tax status enables the Fund to invest up to 100% of its assets in MLPs and to continue to pursue its investment objective of attractive total return, comprised of high current income and price appreciation. The change was in response to the adoption of previously proposed regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
As a registered investment company taxed as a C-Corporation, the Fund’s income and gains will be taxed under Federal and state income tax laws. In addition, distributions to shareholders from the Fund may also be taxed as ordinary income eligible for qualified dividend income treatment for U.S. individual taxpayers. In connection with the change in tax status, all of the assets and liabilities of the Fund’s subsidiary were transferred to the Fund in a tax-free transaction. Additionally, the Fund’s subsidiary will be dissolved on a future date.
Risks of Investing in MLP Securities
An investment in MLPs involves risks that differ from a similar investment in equity securities, such as common stock, of a corporation. Holders of equity securities issued by MLPs have the rights typically afforded to limited partners in a limited partnership. As compared to common shareholders of a corporation, holders of such equity securities have more limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the partnership. There are certain tax risks associated with an investment in equity MLP units. Additionally, conflicts of interest may exist among common unit holders, subordinated unit holders and the general partner or managing member of an MLP; for example a conflict may arise as a result of incentive distribution payments. The Fund will be subject to more risks related to the energy sector than if the Fund were more broadly diversified over numerous sectors of the economy. A downturn in the energy sector of the economy could have a larger impact on the Fund than on an investment company that does not concentrate in the sector. In addition, there are several specific risks associated with investments in the energy sector, including the following: Commodity Price Risk, Depletion Risk, Supply and Demand Risk, Regulatory Risk, Acquisition Risk, Weather Risks, Exploration Risk, Catastrophic Event Risk, Interest Rate Transaction Risk, Affiliated Party Risk and Limited Partner Risk and Risks of Subordinated MLP Units. MLPs which invest in the energy industry are highly volatile due to significant fluctuation in the prices of energy commodities as well as political and regulatory developments. MLPs are subject to significant regulation and may be adversely affected by changes in the regulatory environment including the risk that an MLP could lose its tax status as a partnership. MLPs may trade less frequently than larger companies due to their small capitalizations which may result in erratic price movement or difficulty in buying or selling. A significant portion of the Fund's distributions will consist of return of capital for U.S. federal tax purposes, which reduce a shareholder's adjusted cost basis in the Fund's shares and impacts the amount of any capital gains or loss realized by the shareholder upon selling the Fund's shares. Once a shareholder's adjusted cost basis has been reduced to zero (due to return of capital), any further return of capital will be treated as a capital gain. MLPs may have additional expenses, as some MLPs pay incentive distribution fees to their general partners. The value of MLPs depends largely on the MLPs being treated as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes. If MLPs were subject to U.S. federal income taxation, distributions generally would be taxed as dividend income. As a result, after-tax returns could be reduced, which could cause a decline in the value of MLPs. If MLPs are unable to maintain partnership status because of tax law changes, the MLPs would be taxed as corporation and there could be a decrease in the value of the MLP securities.
Risks of Investing in Closed-End Funds
Risks associated with investing in closed-end end funds generally include market risk, leverage risk, risk of anti-takeover provisions and non-diversification. In addition, shares of many closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value.
The fund is classified as a "non-diversified" fund under the federal securities laws because it can invest in fewer individual companies than a diversified fund. However, the fund must meet certain diversification requirements under the U.S. tax laws.