ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund, ING International High Dividend Equity Income Fund, ING Global Advantage and Premium Opportunity Fund, ING Risk Managed Natural Resources Fund, ING Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income Fund and ING Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity Fund Declare Monthly/Quarterly Distributions

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ING Investments, LLC announced the distributions on the common shares of six of its closed-end funds (each a "Fund" and collectively, the "Funds"): ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund (IGD) and ING International High Dividend Equity Income Fund (IID) declare monthly distributions. ING Global Advantage and Premium Opportunity Fund (IGA), ING Risk Managed Natural Resources Fund (IRR), ING Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income Fund (IAE) and ING Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity Fund (IHD) declare quarterly distributions.

With respect to each Fund, the distribution will be paid on January 15, 2014, to shareholders of record on December 31, 2013. The ex-dividend date is December 27, 2013. The distribution per share for each Fund is as follows:

 

Fund

Distribution Per Share

Monthly Distributions


ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund (IGD)

ING International High Dividend Equity Income Fund (IID)

$0.076

$0.069

 

Quarterly Distributions


 

ING Global Advantage and Premium Opportunity Fund (IGA)

ING Risk Managed Natural Resources Fund (IRR)

$0.280

$0.252

ING Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income Fund (IAE)

ING Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity Fund (IHD)

$0.320

$0.288

 

 

Each Fund intends to make regular monthly/quarterly distributions based on the past and projected performance of the Fund. The amount of monthly/quarterly distributions may vary, depending on a number of factors. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of distributions on the common shares may change.  There can be no assurance that a Fund will be able to declare a distribution in each period. Past Performance is no guarantee of future results. 

The tax treatment and characterization of a Fund's distributions may vary significantly from time to time depending on the net investment income of the Fund and whether the Fund has realized gains or losses from its options strategy versus gain or loss realizations in the equity securities in the portfolio. Each Fund's distributions will normally reflect past and projected net investment income, and may include income from dividends and interest, capital gains and/or a return of capital.

The portion of each Fund's monthly/quarterly distributions estimated to come from the Fund's option strategy, for tax purposes, may be treated as a combination of long-term and short-term capital gains, and/or a return of capital. The tax character of each Fund's option strategy is largely determined by movements in, and gain and loss realizations in the underlying equity portfolio. Under certain conditions, federal tax regulations may also cause some or all of the return of capital to be taxed as ordinary income. The final tax characteristics of the distributions cannot be determined with certainty until after the end of the calendar year, and will be reported to shareholders at that time.

Monthly Distributions
IGD estimates that for the current fiscal year as of November 30, 2013, approximately 22% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income, 30% is characterized as short-term capital gain and 48% is characterized as return of capital.

IID estimates that for the current fiscal year as of November 30, 2013, approximately 30% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income, 42% is characterized as short-term capital gain and 28% is characterized as return of capital.

Quarterly Distributions
IGA estimates that for the current fiscal year as of September 30, 2013, approximately 35% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 65% is characterized as return of capital.

IRR estimates that for the current fiscal year as of September 30, 2013, approximately 10% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 90% is characterized as return of capital.

IAE estimates that for the current fiscal year as of September 30, 2013, approximately 35% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 65% is characterized as short-term capital gain.

IHD estimates that for the current fiscal year as of September 30, 2013, approximately 36% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 64% is characterized as return of capital.

Certain statements made on behalf of the Funds in this release are forward- looking statements. The Funds actual future results may differ significantly from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including but not limited to a decline in value in equity markets in general or the Funds investments specifically. Neither the Funds nor ING undertake any responsibility to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.

This information should not be used as a basis for legal and/or tax advice. In any specific case, the parties involved should seek the guidance and advice of their own legal and tax counsel.

ING U.S. Investment Management, which plans to rebrand as Voya Investment Management in May 2014, is a leading active asset management firm. As of September 30, 2013, ING U.S. IM manages $196 billion for affiliated and external institutions as well as for individual investors. Drawing on 40 years of history in investment management, ING U.S. IM has the experience and resources to provide clients with investment solutions with an emphasis on equities, fixed income, and multi-asset and income strategies. For more information, visit http://inginvestment.com.

SHAREHOLDER INQUIRIES: ING Funds Shareholder Services at (800) 992-0180; www.ingfunds.com

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