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Mexico Closed-End Fund Outperforms in Dismal December

Scott Van Voorhis

Closed-end municipal bond funds bucked an otherwise dismal December and an equity fund focused on Mexico managed decent gains, even as other bond and equity counterparts took a beating amid the market rout. Municipal debt CEFs posted an average return of 1.1% in December, even as closed-end bond funds as a whole saw declines of 0.37% in net asset value and 1.5% on a market basis, according to Lipper's FundMarket Insight Report. Closed-end equity funds were hit even harder, with a 6.13% decline in net asset value and an 8.53% slide on a market basis.