Top 14 Closed End Funds in 2015

See top 14 closed end funds in 2015. These best funds are Cornerstone Total Return, Tekla Life Sciences Investors, etc.

Best Funds

Closed end funds are similar to exchange traded funds. They may offer value for investors though yield and discounted value from its NAV (Net Asset Value). These funds are traded like stock.

These best performing closed end funds are sorted based on its year to date return in 2015 (up to July, 13 2015). You may find other fund review information: expense ratio, fund’s NAV, management, objective, yield, top holdings, etc.

Top 14 closed end funds in 2015 are:
    Top 14 Closed End Funds in 2015
  1. Cornerstone Total Return (CRF)
  2. Tekla Life Sciences Investors (HQL)
  3. Tekla Healthcare Investors (HQH)
  4. Cornerstone Strategic Value (CLM)
  5. JH Financial Opportunities (BTO)
  6. Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund (JEQ)
  7. Japan Smaller Capitalization (JOF)
  8. New Ireland Fund (IRL)
  9. Herzfeld Caribbean Basin (CUBA)
  10. EV Tax-Managed Global Buy Write Opportunities (ETW)
  11. BlackRock International Growth & Income (BGY)
  12. Aberdeen Israel (ISL)
  13. New Germany Fund (GF)
  14. Apollo Senior Floating Rate (AFT)

Cornerstone Total Return Fund

This Cornerstone Total Return Fund invests mainly in common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible stock. It has $73 million of assets. The fund manager is Ralph W. Bradshaw. The current yield is 15.82%. Its share price is $24.71.

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Morningstar has ranked this top closed end fund with 4 star rating. In 2015, it has YTD return of 40.89%. It has returned 26.55% over the past 3 year, and 17.20% over the past 5 year. Top 3 stocks are Apple Inc, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Tekla Life Sciences Investors Fund

As one of the top 14 closed end funds in 2015, Tekla Life Sciences Investors Fund utilizes its assets to purchase stocks of life sciences companies. It is popular among investors. It has total assets of $576 million. The expense fee is 1.33% per year.

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In 2015, it has year to date return of 17.72%. The average 3 year return is 36.48%. Top 5 stocks are Celgene Corporation, Gilead Sciences Inc, Biogen Idec Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, and Incyte Corporation.

Fund Returns

NoFund NameTickerCategoryYTD Return %
1Cornerstone Total ReturnCRFUS Equity-General Equity40.72%
2Tekla Life Sciences InvestorsHQLUS Equity-Health/Biotech20.77%
3Tekla Healthcare InvestorsHQHUS Equity-Health/Biotech19.60%
4Cornerstone Strategic ValueCLMUS Equity-General Equity18.79%
5JH Financial OpportunitiesBTOUS Equity-Finance17.96%
6Aberdeen Japan Equity FundJEQNon-US/Other-Asia Equity17.13%
7Japan Smaller CapitalizationJOFNon-US/Other-Asia Equity17.06%
8New Ireland FundIRLNon-US/Other-Other Non-US Equity14.22%
9Herzfeld Caribbean BasinCUBANon-US/Other-Latin American Equity13.61%
10EV Tax-Managed Glb B-W OppsETWUS Equity-Covered Call13.54%
11BlackRock Intern'l Grth & IncBGYUS Equity-Covered Call12.87%
12Aberdeen IsraelISLNon-US/Other-Other Non-US Equity12.39%
13New Germany FundGFNon-US/Other-Other Non-US Equity12.22%
14Apollo Senior Floating RateAFTTaxable Income-Senior Loan11.83%


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