Closed-End Fund Advisors (CEFA)

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Closed-End Fund Advisors ("CEFA") is a fee-based Registered Investment Advisory firm founded in 1989. Closed-End Fund Advisors has its corporate headquarters in Richmond, Virginia and reflects over 65 years of combined investment experience in closed-end funds ("CEFs") and other investment vehicles.

CEFA's primary business is discretionary asset management. As a global manager of managers, we build portfolios for individual and institutional clients, through either direct work with clients or through financial advisors and planners. To learn more about our firm, download our firm's profile presentation.

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CEFAdvisors is proud to be a Founding Member of The Active Investment Company Alliance.

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CEFA's global investing utilizes a value approach of reasonable risk-taking, tempered by careful analysis of all the underlying factors before investing in potentially more than 40 markets worldwide.

CEF Advisors' Model Portfolio Offerings

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CEFA currently manages 15 investment portfolio composites styles:

Investor Presentation

  1. International Opportunities
  2. Diversified Equity
  3. Diversified Growth
  4. Hybrid (High) Income
  5. Discount Opportunity
  6. Alternative Income
  7. Foundation/Balanced
  8. Taxable Bond and BDC
  9. Dividend Confidence Model
  10. Diversified Low Beta
  11. Low Correlation
  12. Diversified Tax-Sensitive Income
  13. Business Development Company Select
  14. Municipal Bond Select
  15. CEFA Select "Six Pack" Income

To learn more about these models' investment strategies, visit our investment portfolio models page or contact us to request information about our managed accounts.

CEF Advisors' 30+ CEF/BDC Indexes: We recently launched 30+ indexes cover the entire closed-end fund (CEF) and business development company (BDC) universe. The indexes cover both bond and equity sector indexes as well as diversified portfolio objective indexes. The indexes are priced daily from our internally collected research system and database launched in 2012. Data will be available on the indexes for additional benchmarking purposes including weighted discount, yield, leverage, duration, beta and other metrics for the underlying constituent funds. The indexes will be rebalanced quarterly. The indexes were developed to help us monitor our client portfolios as well as help our research/data clients and peers better benchmark themselves.

The firm's index project can be monitored via: We offer a performance table and a data table webpage summarizing each index. Clicking on each indexes' name opens a detailed page containing the following information: 1. Index Methodology, 2. Market Price and Net Asset Value Performance, 3. Discounts, 4. Data Characteristics, 5. Holdings' Asset Allocation, 6. Constituent Funds, and 7. Daily index market price and net asset value pricing.

Data Tables for CEF Advisors' 30+ Indexes:

Performance Tables for CEF Advisors' 30+ Indexes:

Diversified Portfolio Indexes
1. 12 Major Sectors Index 7. Taxable Bond & BDC Index
2. High Income Index 8. Discount CEF/BDC Index
3. Equity Income Index 9. Premium CEF/BDC Index
4. 60/40 Balanced (w/BDCs) Index 10. All Sector Equity CEF Index
5. Tax-Advantaged Equity Dividend Index 11. Alternative Income Index
6. Tax-Sensitive Income Index
Equity Sector Indexes
1. International Equity Index 6. Utilities / Infrastructure Index
2. US Equity Index 7. Master Limited Partnership (MLP) Index
3. Global Equity Index 8. Preferred Equity Index
4. Covered Call / Option Funds Index 9. Hybrid / Balanced Fund Index
5. Global Real Estate, REIT & Real Asset Index
Taxable Bond Sector Indexes Tax-Free Bond Sector Indexes
1. Debt-Focused Business Development Companies (BDC) Index 1. National Municipal Bond Index
2. BDC Baby Bond/Leverage Index 2. High Yield Municipal Index
3. High Yield Bond Index 3. Term Municipal Fund Index
4. Senior Loan Index 4. California Municipal Index
5. Convertible Bond Index 5. New York Municipal Index
6. Investment Grade Bond Index 6. State Municipal Index (Non NY/CA)
7. Multisector Bond Index
8. US Bond Index
9. International Bond Index

CEFA's Closed-End Fund Universe provides weekly data on the complete closed-end fund and business development company universe. A sample copy is available for review as well as a 14-day, no-risk free trial.

CEFA's Free BDC Universe Data Page: providing the first central location that we know of, for key BDC data on all US listed public business development companies (BDCs). The data is updated weekly and we will be adding BDC educational resources to help educate investors on the sector and investment structure.

Please contact us for more information:

Direct: 804-288-2482
Toll-free: 800-356-3508 (U.S. and Canada)

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Recent News
September 2020
The NAVigator. John Cole Scott revisits a year of The NAVigator and looks ahead, September 25, 2020.
John Cole Scott Interview for Debtwire Municipals: "Nuveen muni closed-end fund IPO biggest in years; fund could seek some familiar names, expert says", September 10, 2020.
July 2020
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. Where closed-end funds stand after a strong-but-volatile 2nd quarter, July 10, 2020.
June 2020
John Cole Scott Quoted in Financial Advisor magazine article "Hunkering Down With Closed-End Funds", June 4, 2020.
May 2020
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. Despite liquidity concerns, non-listed interval funds can be an attractive choice, May 08, 2020.
April 2020
CEF Advisors Scott: Discounts have narrowed but bargains remain, April 10, 2020.
March 2020
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. As discounts grow and yields rise, closed-end funds look good amid market turmoil, March 13, 2020.
February 2020
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. Muni bonds and preferred stocks are key closed-end income picks, February 21, 2020.
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. Return of capital isn't always the bad sign investors believe it to be, February 7, 2020.
January 2020
The NAVigator. John Cole Scott answers questions on closed-end fund basics, January 17, 2020.
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator.Three decades of data and change give a glimpse into the future, January 3, 2020.
December 2019
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. AICA's founding chairman looks back on 2019 and ahead to 2020, December 27, 2019.
November 2019
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. Answers on cash-flow generation, tax-loss selling and more, November 15, 2019.
September 2019
John Cole Scott, interview for The NAVigator. Welcome to The NAVigator!, September 27, 2019.
May 2019
John Cole Scott interviewed on Seeking Alpha. The Ups And Downs Of CEF Investing, May 25, 2019.
April 2019
Fixed Income and Yield: Best Strategies for Today. John Cole Scott, panelist at ETP Forum - NYC, April 30, 2019.
Chuck Jaffe, Sr. Columnist for Market Watch, interviews John Cole Scott for the MoneyLife Market Call, April 2, 2019.
November 2018
Often Ignored, Closed-End Funds Have Some Big Advantages - Jane Wollman Rusoff, ThinkAdvisor, November 8, 2018.
Looking for Higher Yields? Try Lending Money - Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg, November 6, 2018.
October 2018
Blackstone Lands Interval Funds at Wirehouses - Tom Stabile, Fund Fire , October 31, 2018.
Chuck Jaffe, Sr. Columnist for Market Watch, interviews John Cole Scott for the MoneyLife Market Call, October 1, 2018.
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