NEW IRELAND FUND $6.98

NEW IRELAND FUND $6.98 (New York symbol IRL; Shares outstanding: 7.2 million; Market cap: $50.3 million; CWA Rating: Aggressive) invests in Irish companies. Bank of Ireland manages the fund.

Lower housing prices and a struggling banking sector have hurt the Irish economy. However, the country is… Read More

Further gains ahead for these closed-ends

Around the world, governments have increased spending in a bid to counter the recession. These efforts are now starting to show results. Global economic growth is resuming, and top-quality foreign stocks have rebounded.

Here are four closed-end funds that trade on the New York exchange at… Read More

NEW IRELAND FUND $4.26 – New York symbol IRL

NEW IRELAND FUND $4.26 (New York symbol IRL; Shares outstanding: 5.1 million; Market cap: $21.8 million; CWA Rating: Aggressive) invests in Irish companies. The Bank of Ireland manages the $50.9-million New Ireland Fund. The bank dates back to 1783.

Lower housing prices and a struggling banking… Read More

Four foreign closed-ends to buy now

Around the world, governments have been increasing spending in a bid to counter the recession. When these efforts start to take effect, and economic growth resumes, top-quality foreign stocks should rebound.

Here are four closed-end funds that trade on the New York exchange at discounts to… Read More

New Ireland Fund $9.20 – New York symbol IRL

NEW IRELAND FUND $9.20 (New York symbol IRL; Shares outstanding: 5.1 million; Market cap: $47.2 million; CWA Rating: Aggressive) invests in Irish companies. The fund’s manager is the Bank of Ireland, which dates back to 1783.

The Irish economy has slowed along with lower housing prices… Read More

Foreign Closed-ends: Three Buys, One Hold

Turmoil in financial markets and slowing economies have hurt stock markets worldwide. But when government measures to counter the credit crisis begin to take effect, and when economic growth resumes, top-quality foreign stocks should rebound.

Here are four closed-end funds trading on the New York Exchange… Read More

Five Foreign Closed-ends to Buy Now

SWISS HELVETIA FUND $16.02 (New York symbol SWZ; CWA Rating: Conservative) invests mainly in large-capitalization Swiss stocks. The manager of the fund is Hottinger Group, which, as Banque Hottinger, dates back to 1786.

The $621.9 million fund’s top holdings are Nestle SA (food & beverages), 13.4%;… Read More

Foreign Closed-ends With Long-term Appeal

SWISS HELVETIA FUND $16.50 (New York symbol SWZ; CWA Rating: Conservative) invests mainly in large-capitalization Swiss stocks. The manager of the fund is Hottinger Group, which, as Banque Hottinger, dates back to 1786.

The Swiss economy has picked up lately, despite slower growth in the U.S.,… Read More

Three Foreign Closed-ends to Buy Now

SWISS HELVETIA FUND $17.44 (New York symbol SWZ; CWA Rating: Conservative) invests mainly in large-capitalization Swiss stocks. The manager of the fund is Hottinger Group, which, as Banque Hottinger, dates back to 1786.

The Swiss economy has picked up lately, despite slower growth in the U.S.,… Read More

Foreign Closed-Ends With Growth Ahead

SWISS HELVETIA FUND $20.07 (New York symbol SWZ; CWA Rating: Conservative) invests mainly in large-capitalization Swiss stocks. The manager of the fund is Hottinger Group, which, as Banque Hottinger, dates back to 1786.

The Swiss economy has slowed lately, along with the U.S., one of Switzerland’s… Read More