Closed-end funds: powerful portfolio solutions


Look Beyond Traditional 

For those investors whose primary goal is income generation, today’s low-yielding environment makes that goal challenging. Closed-end funds (CEFs) offer a strong alternative to traditional investments, providing access to specialized expertise, helping investors looking to build income, and improve financial outcomes.

We are among the top 10 largest closed-end fund managers in the U.S., offering over 25 CEFs, with over $10 billion in assets under management1. With a legacy reaching back to 1929, we offer breadth and depth of investment strategies to help meet the needs of our individual and institutional clients. We offer a comprehensive lineup of closed-end funds targeting compelling investment opportunities across fixed income, equity and specialty sectors. Our funds offer investors the potential for attractive dividends and active professional management with the convenience of an exchange-traded security.

1 Source: Lipper, as of December 31, 2016.


Income and Distribution Potential
Income and Distribution Potential 

A long-term value-oriented approach to building income and capital appreciation

Portfolio Solutions
Access to Specialized Asset Classes

Ability to invest in niche and less liquid asset classes 

Active Management
Active and Efficient Management

Structure enables managers to remain fully invested and not to be pressured by fund flows and market volatility 


What Makes Closed-End Funds Different?

CEFs look like open-end funds, but trade like stocks. A CEF raises a fixed amount of capital at inception through an initial public offering (IPO). After the IPO, shares of the fund change hands on an exchange (such as the New York Stock Exchange) just like the stocks of individual companies. When an investor wants to buy or sell shares of a CEF, the investor trades with other buyers or sellers on the exchange, instead of with the sponsor company.


Closed End Fund and Open End Fund Comparison


2 Leverage involves the use of loans, preferred shares or other financial instruments in an attempt to increase the yield, or return, of the portfolio. Leverage may result in greater volatility of the NAV and market price of common shares, and it increases a shareholder’s risk of loss.

3 Some open-end funds are available directly from their sponsor without sales charges. These are referred to as “no-load” funds.


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please see each product’s web page for specific details regarding investment objective, risks associated with hedge funds, alternative investments and other risks, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision.

The Closed-End Funds are not sold or distributed by Legg Mason Investor Services, LLC ("LMIS") or any specialized investment manager of Franklin Resources, Inc. Unlike open-end funds, shares are not continually offered. Like other public companies, closed-end funds have a one-time initial public offering, and once their shares are first issued, are generally bought and sold through non-affiliated broker/dealers and trade on nationally recognized stock exchanges. Share prices will fluctuate with market conditions and, at the time of sale, may be worth more or less than your original investment. Shares of exchange-traded closed-end funds may trade at a discount or premium to their original offering price, and often trade at a discount to their net asset value. Net Asset Value (NAV) is total assets less total liabilities divided by the number of shares outstanding. Market Price, determined by supply and demand, is the price an investor purchases or sells the fund. Investment return, market price and net asset value will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The Funds are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal invested.