Interval Fund

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What is an interval fund?

An interval fund is a non-traditional type of closed-end mutual fund that periodically offers to buy back a percentage of the outstanding shares from shareholders. However, shareholders are often not required to sell their shares back to the fund.

This can be contrasted with traditional closed-end funds which only raise a prescribed amount of capital at one point in time, often through an IPO. Once all the shares are sold, the offer is “closed” to new assets, hence the name. No new investment capital enters the fund.

Key points to remember

  • An interval fund is a type of pooled investment that allows the issuer to redeem fund shares from its shareholders at certain times or at intervals, if the shareholder wishes.
  • Benefits for investors include generally higher returns since stocks can be sold back to the fund at net asset value while controlling investor psychology due to limited lock-in periods.
  • The downsides typically include higher fees, lower liquidity, and greater complexity or opacity of the product than standard open or closed funds.

Understanding interval funds

Although shares of a traditional closed-end fund can trade in the secondary market, shares of interval funds generally do not trade in the secondary market, although many interval funds offer stocks for sale on the other hand. current net asset value (NAV) on an ongoing basis.

Periodic redemption offers are made at predefined intervals of three, six or twelve months, as indicated in the prospectus and the annual report of the fund. The redemption price is based on the NAV per share on a date specified (and announced in advance) by the fund. Note that in most cases shareholders of the fund have the option to redeem their shares at regular intervals and are not required to do so.

The buyback announcement will specify a date on which you must accept the tender offer and the percentage of all outstanding shares that the fund will buy, typically 5%, and sometimes up to 25%. Since the buyback is on a pro rata basis, there is no guarantee that investors will be able to buy back the number of shares they want during a given buyback interval.

The fees for interval funds tend to be higher than for other types of mutual funds, as do returns0. Minimum investments are often between $ 10,000 and $ 25,000 and have expense ratios as high as 3%.

Interval funds are primarily regulated by rule 23c-3 of the Investment Companies Act 1940 and are subject to the rules of the Securities Act 1933 and the Securities Trading Act 1934.

Example of interval funds

The Pimco Flexible Credit Income Fund, which aims to provide a flexible approach to investing in credit, is an example of an interval fund. Like all interval funds, it is not publicly traded.

There are three main reasons the bond company chose the interval fund model:

  1. It offers a wider universe of opportunities and allows managers to invest in its most compelling credit ideas such as private debt transactions.
  2. It provides investors with greater exposure to higher yielding credit markets while avoiding the lower realized returns that can result from investor psychology, favoring longer term investment periods. Investing in higher yielding, less liquid assets presents a challenge in open-ended mutual funds, which have daily liquidity.
  3. Investors can sell their shares back to the company at the net asset value (NAV) instead of a discount or premium, unlike other closed-end funds.
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