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Closed-end Fund Discounts and Interest Rates: Positive Covariance in US Data after 1985

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Previous papers find no relationship between interest rates and the discounts of US closed-end funds before 1985. This is taken as evidence against management fees being a cause of discounts because a negative relationship is expected: if interest rates rise, you would expect to see discounts fall as the present value of future fees is reduced. But from 1985 forward, there has been a strong positive relationship between interest rates and discounts. This supports an alternative view in which the discount varies positively with interest rates because bond yields are an alternative return against which closed-end funds must compete.

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  • Flynn, Sean M., 2005. "Closed-end Fund Discounts and Interest Rates: Positive Covariance in US Data after 1985," Vassar College Department of Economics Working Paper Series 73, Vassar College Department of Economics.
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    1. Lee, Charles M C & Shleifer, Andrei & Thaler, Richard H, 1991. " Investor Sentiment and the Closed-End Fund Puzzle," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 46(1), pages 75-109, March.
    2. Flynn, Sean Masaki, 2012. "Noise-trading, costly arbitrage, and asset prices: Evidence from US closed-end funds," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 108-125.
    3. Jeffrey Pontiff, 1996. "Costly Arbitrage: Evidence from Closed-End Funds," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 111(4), pages 1135-1151.
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    1. Stylianos X. Koufadakis, 2015. "Asymmetries on Closed End Country Funds Premium and Monetary Policy Announcements: An Approach Trough the Perspective of Foreign Countries," SPOUDAI Journal of Economics and Business, SPOUDAI Journal of Economics and Business, University of Piraeus, vol. 65(3-4), pages 29-65, july-Dece.

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