Objectives and Policies
Dividend and Income Fund’s (the “Fund”) primary investment objective is to seek high current income. Capital appreciation is a secondary objective. The Fund seeks to achieve its objectives by investing, under normal circumstances, at least 50% of its total assets in income generating equity securities, including dividend paying common stocks, convertible securities, preferred stocks, securities of registered investment companies (including, but not limited to, closed end management investment companies (“closed end funds”), open end management investment companies (“open end funds”), and business development companies (“BDCs”)) (collectively, “investment companies”), exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) organized as investment companies or otherwise, real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), depositary receipts, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”), and other equity related securities (collectively, “Income Generating Equity Securities”). The Fund may invest in fixed income securities (“Debt Securities”), including bonds issued by domestic and foreign corporate and government issuers. The Debt Securities in which the Fund may invest may be structured as fixed rate debt, floating rate debt, and debt that may not pay interest at the time of issuance. The Fund may also invest in equity securities of other issuers, including investment companies, ETFs and REITs, deemed by Bexil Advisers LLC, the Fund’s investment manager (the “Investment Manager”), not to be Income Generating Equity Securities based on the issuer’s income generation, objectives, policies, holdings, or similar criteria. The Fund may invest in securities of domestic or foreign issuers of any size. There is no assurance the Fund will achieve its investment objectives.
The Debt Securities in which the Fund may invest include high yield, high risk securities which are rated below investment grade, including the lowest rating categories, or are unrated but are determined by the Investment Manager to be of comparable quality, and are considered speculative and subject to certain risks that may be greater than those of higher rated securities. Securities rated below investment grade are those rated below “Baa” by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) or below “BBB” by S & P Global Ratings (“S&P”). The Fund normally will not invest more than 50% of its total assets in below investment grade Debt Securities, commonly known as “junk” bonds. Certain Income Generating Equity Securities in which the Fund may invest, including convertible securities and preferred stocks, may also be rated below investment grade and generally will have characteristics similar to those of lower rated Debt Securities. The Fund will not, however, normally invest in convertible securities rated below “C” by Moody’s or “CC” by S&P. Such investments are in addition to investments in below investment grade Debt Securities.
The Fund is permitted to invest in shares of registered investment companies, including money market fund shares, to the extent permitted by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). Investment company shares held by the Fund may be deemed by the Investment Manager to be Income Generating Equity Securities, Debt Securities (such as money market fund shares), or otherwise, depending on the income generation, objectives, policies, holdings, or similar criteria of the investment company. In accordance with the 1940 Act, the Fund normally will be limited in the amount the Fund and its affiliates can invest in any one investment company to 3% of the investment company’s total outstanding stock. As a result, the Fund may hold a smaller position in such investment company than if it were not subject to this restriction. To comply with provisions of the 1940 Act, on any matter upon which the Fund is solicited to vote as a shareholder in an investment company in which it invests, the Investment Manager normally seeks to vote such shares in the same general proportion as shares held by other shareholders of that investment company. The Fund does not invest in any investment companies managed by the Investment Manager or its affiliates. Investment companies typically incur advisory fees and other expenses. The Fund, as a shareholder, will indirectly bear its pro rata portion of such fees and expenses in addition to the Fund’s direct fees and expenses.
In seeking to enhance returns, the Fund may employ leverage to the extent permitted under the 1940 Act. The Fund may also buy and sell put and call options. The Fund may trade securities actively in pursuit of its investment objectives. The Fund also may lend its portfolio securities to brokers, dealers, and other financial institutions.
The Fund may, from time to time, make temporary investments for defensive purposes that are inconsistent with the Fund’s principal investment strategies in attempting to respond to adverse market, economic, political, or other conditions, pending investment of the proceeds of sales of portfolio securities, pending investment of the proceeds from Share offerings, or at other times when suitable investments are not otherwise available. To the extent the Fund takes temporary defensive positions, it may not achieve its investment objectives.
When selecting Income Generating Equity Securities for the Fund, the Investment Manager will normally emphasize primarily those offering high current income and secondarily potential for capital appreciation. In evaluating investments, the Investment Manager will typically apply fundamental investment analysis, which may consider yield, financial strength, profitability, growth potential, and risks, in view of market valuation and relative strength, as well as other considerations, such as market, sector, or industry diversification, to select the Fund’s specific portfolio securities. Except for securities related to the U.S. government, at the time a transaction is effected, the Fund will not concentrate its investments in the securities of one or more issuers conducting their principal business activities in the same industry.
When selecting Debt Securities for the Fund, the Investment Manager will usually seek investments that offer a high level of current income consistent with reasonable risk in light of the nature of the investments. Debt Securities under consideration for the Fund’s portfolio normally will be analyzed by the Investment Manager based on fundamental factors, including yield, financial and operating strength, and risk, and other considerations, including marketability, relative value characteristics, and general credit trends. The Fund will generally invest in such securities presenting, in the Investment Manager’s opinion, the potential for investment returns consistent with the Fund’s investment objectives.
The Investment Manager generally considers a variety of factors when determining whether to sell a security in the Fund’s portfolio and may sell a security at any time in its discretion. An investment is typically sold when its potential to meet the Fund’s investment objectives is deemed by the Investment Manager to be limited or exceeded by another potential investment or when it no longer appears to meet the Fund’s investment objectives.