YTD Top Performer Convertible Securities CEFs July 15 2012

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The YTD top performer convertible securities closed end funds up to July 15, 2012 are AGIC Convertible & Income, Calamos Convertible & High Income, Putnam High Income Secs, etc.

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These best performing convertible securities CEFs may provide opportunity to investors. Convertible bonds offer investor to the opportunity to convert a bond into the company’s stock. These convertible funds carry potential risks and advantages similar to bonds.

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The YTD top performer convertible securities closed end funds up to July 15, 2012 are
  1. AGIC Convertible & Income (NCV)
  2. AGIC Convertible & Income II (NCZ)
  3. Calamos Convertible & High Income (CHY)
  4. Gabelli Convertible & Income Securities (GCV)
  5. Putnam High Income Securities (PCF)
  6. AGIC Equity & Convertible Income (NIE)
  7. Advent Claymore Convertible Securities (AVK)
  8. Ellsworth Fund Ltd (ECF)
updated on 7/15/2012

1. AGIC Convertible & Income (NCV)

The investment objective of AGIC Convertible & Income fund is to achieve total return through capital growth and high income. It utilizes its assets to purchase a diversified portfolio of U.S. domestic convertible securities and non-convertible high yield bonds. This CEF is managed by Douglas Forsyth and Justin Kass. Its expense ratio is 1.29%. The distribution yield is 11.99%.

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Morningstar has ranked this closed end fund with 3 star and bronze rating. The year to date return is 15.05%. The annual portfolio turnover rate is 33%. The top 3 holdings are Advanced Micro Devices Convertible 5.75% 15 Aug 2012, Bank of America Preferred 7.25%, and Wireco Worldgroup 9.5% 15 May 2017.

2. AGIC Convertible & Income II (NCZ)

This AGIC Convertible & Income fund is sponsored by Allianz Global Investors Fund Management LLC. The total assets are $737 million. This CEF is trading 13.52% premium to its NAV. The effective leverage is 37.14%. This fund is incepted on July 31, 2003.

This top performer convertible securities fund is ranked with bronze rating as well. It has returned 25.61% over the past 3 year, and 2.41% over the past 5 year. The fund has an average duration of 4.3%. The top 3 countries are USA (43.92%), Bermuda (1.88%), and Canada (1.70%).

3. Calamos Convertible & High Income (CHY)

Calamos Convertible & High Income fund invests mainly in a diversified portfolio of convertible securities and high yield corporate bonds. John P Calamos is the fund manager. The current yield is 8.11%. This dividend is distributed monthly. The expense ratio is 1.21%.

The YTD performance return is 13.38%. The 5 year annualized return is 5.32%. It is ranked with 5 stars and silver rating by Morningstar. The top 5 sector weightings are energy, consumer discretionary, information technology, industrials, and health care.

4. Gabelli Convertible & Income Securities (GCV)

The Gabelli Convertible & Income Securities fund objective is to provide high total return by investing in investment in convertible securities. Mario J Gabelli and A. Hartswell Woodson III are the fund managers. This fund is trading 3.04% discount from its NAV. The distribution rate is 8.86%.

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This top performer fund has a year-to-date return of 10.78%. The top 3 sectors are general equity (59.39%), convertible bonds (20.89%), and U.S. Treasuries (17.89%). This fund has total holdings of 142. The annual holding turnover rate is 41%.

5. Putnam High Income Securities (PCF)

Putnam High Income Securities fund uses its assets to buy a portfolio of junk bonds and convertible securities. It has an annual expense ratio of 0.92%. The average UNII per share is $0.0267. The dividend rate is 6.46%.

One of its worst total returns was occurred in 2008 with -32.98%. This fund has a 5 year annuazlied return of 6.08%. The average coupon is 8.31%. The top 5 sectors in its assets are consumer cyclical, financials, communication services, energy, and technology.

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Fund Performance
NoFund Desciption (Ticker)YTD ReturnLipper RankPremium / DiscountExpense RatioYield
1AGIC Conv & Income (NCV)15.05%1011.51%1.28%12.63%
2AGIC Conv & Income II (NCZ)14.27%1913.52%1.31%12.41%
3Calamos Conv & High Inc (CHY)13.38%28-1.10%1.61%8.11%
4Gabelli Conv & Inc Secs (GCV)10.78%37-3.04%1.69%8.73%
5Putnam High Income Secs (PCF)9.64%460.99%0.91%6.43%
6AGIC Eqty & Conv Income (NIE)9.63%55-9.86%1.08%6.78%
7Advent Clay Conv Secs (AVK)8.98%64-7.17%1.58%8.79%
8Ellsworth Fund Ltd (ECF)8.86%73-13.16%1.10%3.51%
9Advent Clay Gl Conv Secs (AGC)7.12%82-7.78%1.99%10.92%
10Bancroft Fund Ltd (BCV)6.94%91-13.71%1.10%3.44%

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