Best Performing US Equity Closed End Funds

Find the best performing US equity closed end funds in 2015. This list is sorted based on its 1 year total return up to January 18, 2015.

US Stock Funds

The US equity funds are investing in U.S. companies’ stocks. These funds are typically less volatile than international stock funds. You can find the fund review below.

Best performing US general equity closed end funds in 2015 are:
    Top US Stock Closed End Funds
  1. Denali Fund (DNY)
  2. Boulder Total Return Fund (BTF)
  3. Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund (JCE)
  4. Boulder Growth & Income Fund (BIF)
  5. Adams Express (ADX)
  6. Guggenheim EW Enhanced Equity Fund (GEQ)
  7. Tri-Continental Corporation (TY)
  8. Source Capital Inc (SOR)
  9. Zweig Fund (ZF)
  10. General American Investors Fund (GAM)

Denali Fund

This Denali Fund objective is to provide total return through income & capital growth. This closed end fund has $133 million of assets. The fund managers are Brendon Fischer and Stewart R. Horejsi. It invests in stocks & bonds. The expense fee is 2.10%.

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This top performing US equity closed end fund has returned 19.84% over the past 1 year, 21.12% over the past 3 year, and 14.22% over the past 5 year. The highest return occurred in 2009 with 37.87%. Top 3 stocks are Berkshire Hathaway Inc A, Ventas Inc, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Boulder Total Return Fund

Boulder Total Return Fund has total assets of $476 million. The expense ratio fee is 2.02%. This actively managed fund utilizes its assets to purchase common stocks & income producing securities. The current share price is $27.03.

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The fund performance for the past 3 year is as follows:
  • Year 2014: 21.79%
  • Year 2013: 28.00%
  • Year 2012: 19.47%

Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund

Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund has a high yield of 7.08%. With assets of $277 million, this Nuveen fund objective is to provide long term capital growth. Its expense fee is only 1.03%. This equity fund has returned 15.44% over the past 1 year, and 18.25% over the past 5 year.

Top 4 stocks in its portfolio are Southwest Airlines Co, Home Depot Inc, Northrop Grumman Corp, and Apple Inc. There are 362 holdings. Top 3 sectors are aerospace & defense; oil, gas & consumable, and media.

Fund Performance

NoFund NameTickerDistribution Rate1Y Rtn on Price
1Denali FundDNY0.40%19.84%
2Boulder Total Return FundBTF--17.81%
3Nuveen Core Equity AlphaJCE7.08%15.44%
4Boulder Growth & IncomeBIF0.22%14.23%
5Adams ExpressADX8.85%12.68%
6Guggenheim EW Enhanced EquityGEQ9.15%12.25%
7Tri-Continental CorporationTY3.59%9.52%
8Source Capital IncSOR4.77%9.03%
9Zweig FundZF7.14%8.75%
10General American InvestorsGAM1.67%8.43%
11Eagle Capital GrowthGRF0.28%4.78%
12Central Securities CorporationCET0.77%4.02%
13Liberty All-Star EquityUSA6.99%3.81%
14Cornerstone Total ReturnCRF20.05%0.95%
15Royce Micro Cap TrustRMT9.88%0.73%
16Foxby CorpFXBY1.09%-0.54%
17Royce Value TrustRVT9.28%-1.36%
18Royce Focus TrustFUND6.18%-1.78%
19Liberty All-Star GrowthASG6.49%-3.71%
20Special Opportunities FundSPE9.80%-3.99%
21Cornerstone Strategic ValueCLM22.34%-7.04%
22Cornerstone Progressive ReturnCFP23.16%-11.46%
23Gabelli Equity TrustGAB12.06%-19.30%


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