Closed-End Funds

All data as of 8-31-19 unless otherwise noted.
NAV
as of 9-17-19
Daily change Daily change
$13.26 $0.01 0.08%
Market Price
as of 9-17-19
Daily change Daily change
$12.25 $-0.03 -0.24%
Premium/discount as of 9-17-19
-7.62%
Inception date 6-25-03
Ticker ERC
NAV ticker XERCX
CUSIP 94987D101
Distribution rate (NAV) as of 9-17-19 9.11%
Distribution rate (market price) as of 9-17-19 9.84%
30-day SEC yield (NAV) as of 9-16-19 5.65%
30-day unsubsidized SEC yield as of 9-16-19 5.65%
Assets as of 9-17-19 405687102

Objective

The fund seeks to provide a high level of current income consistent with limiting its overall exposure to domestic interest-rate risk.

Investment strategy

The Fund allocates its assets between three separate investment strategies, or sleeves. Under normal market conditions, the fund will allocate approximately 30%-70% of its total assets to a sleeve consisting of non-investment-grade (high yield) corporate debt, including floating-rate high yield bank loan securities; approximately 10%-40% to a sleeve of foreign debt securities, including emerging market debt; and approximately 10%-30% to a sleeve of adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage backed securities, and investment grade corporate bonds.

Management

Dividend history

Declaration date Ex-dividend date Record date Payable date Dividend rate/share ($)
2019-09-12 2019-09-13 2019-10-01 0.099270000
2019-08-12 2019-08-13 2019-09-03 0.099420000
2019-06-28 2019-07-11 2019-07-12 2019-08-01 0.099670000
2019-04-26 2019-05-13 2019-05-14 2019-06-03 0.100540000
2019-03-29 2019-04-11 2019-04-12 2019-05-01 0.101110000
2019-02-21 2019-03-11 2019-03-12 2019-04-01 0.101750000
2019-01-25 2019-02-13 2019-02-14 2019-03-01 0.102620000
2018-12-28 2019-01-15 2019-01-16 2019-02-01 0.103490000
2018-11-09 2018-12-14 2018-12-17 2019-01-02 0.104200000
2018-09-28 2018-10-12 2018-10-15 2018-11-01 0.105570000
2018-07-27 2018-08-14 2018-08-15 2018-09-04 0.106660000
2018-06-29 2018-07-13 2018-07-16 2018-08-01 0.107200000
2018-05-23 2018-06-12 2018-06-13 2018-07-02 0.107610000
2018-04-27 2018-05-14 2018-05-15 2018-06-01 0.107810000
2018-03-29 2018-04-13 2018-04-16 2018-05-01 0.107950000
2018-02-28 2018-03-13 2018-03-14 2018-04-02 0.108050000
2018-01-26 2018-02-13 2018-02-14 2018-03-01 0.107940000
2017-12-29 2018-01-16 2018-01-17 2018-02-01 0.107830000
2017-11-10 2017-12-12 2017-12-13 2018-01-02 0.107700000
2017-10-27 2017-11-14 2017-11-15 2017-12-01 0.107720000
2017-09-29 2017-10-13 2017-10-16 2017-11-01 0.107590000
2017-08-16 2017-09-12 2017-09-13 2017-10-02 0.107500000
2017-07-28 2017-08-11 2017-08-15 2017-09-01 0.107280000
2017-06-30 2017-07-13 2017-07-17 2017-08-01 0.106820000
2017-05-17 2017-06-12 2017-06-14 2017-07-03 0.106330000
2017-04-28 2017-05-16 2017-05-18 2017-06-01 0.105810000
2017-03-31 2017-04-13 2017-04-18 2017-05-01 0.105100000
2017-03-01 2017-03-13 2017-03-15 2017-04-03 0.104040000
2017-01-27 2017-02-13 2017-02-15 2017-03-01 0.103210000
2016-12-30 2017-01-12 2017-01-17 2017-02-01 0.092300000
2016-11-16 2016-12-12 2016-12-14 2017-01-03 0.092300000
2016-10-28 2016-11-14 2016-11-16 2016-12-01 0.092300000
2016-09-30 2016-10-13 2016-10-17 2016-11-01 0.092300000
2016-08-10 2016-09-12 2016-09-14 2016-10-03 0.092300000
2016-07-29 2016-08-11 2016-08-15 2016-09-01 0.092300000
2016-06-24 2016-07-11 2016-07-13 2016-08-01 0.096700000
2016-05-25 2016-06-13 2016-06-15 2016-07-01 0.092300000
2016-04-29 2016-05-12 2016-05-16 2016-06-01 0.096700000
2016-03-24 2016-04-11 2016-04-13 2016-05-02 0.096700000
2016-02-18 2016-03-11 2016-03-15 2016-04-01 0.096700000
2016-01-29 2016-02-11 2016-02-16 2016-03-01 0.096700000
2016-01-04 2016-01-14 2016-01-19 2016-02-01 0.096700000
2015-11-18 2015-12-11 2015-12-15 2016-01-04 0.096700000
2015-10-30 2015-11-12 2015-11-16 2015-12-01 0.096700000
2015-09-25 2015-10-13 2015-10-15 2015-11-02 0.096700000
2015-08-12 2015-09-11 2015-09-15 2015-10-01 0.096700000
2015-07-31 2015-08-13 2015-08-17 2015-09-01 0.096700000
2015-06-26 2015-07-13 2015-07-15 2015-08-03 0.096700000
2015-05-20 2015-06-11 2015-06-15 2015-07-01 0.096700000
2015-04-24 2015-05-11 2015-05-13 2015-06-01 0.096700000
2015-03-27 2015-04-13 2015-04-15 2015-05-01 0.096700000
2015-02-19 2015-03-12 2015-03-16 2015-04-01 0.096700000
2015-01-30 2015-02-11 2015-02-13 2015-03-02 0.096700000
2014-12-26 2015-01-12 2015-01-14 2015-02-02 0.096700000
2014-11-07 2014-12-11 2014-12-15 2015-01-02 0.096700000
2014-10-31 2014-11-13 2014-11-17 2014-12-01 0.100000000
2014-09-26 2014-10-14 2014-10-16 2014-11-03 0.100000000
2014-08-13 2014-09-11 2014-09-15 2014-10-01 0.100000000
2014-07-25 2014-08-11 2014-08-13 2014-09-02 0.100000000
2014-06-27 2014-07-11 2014-07-15 2014-08-01 0.100000000
2014-05-16 2014-06-12 2014-06-16 2014-07-01 0.100000000
2014-04-25 2014-05-12 2014-05-14 2014-06-02 0.100000000
2014-03-28 2014-04-11 2014-04-15 2014-05-01 0.100000000
2014-02-20 2014-03-13 2014-03-17 2014-04-01 0.100000000
2014-01-31 2014-02-13 2014-02-18 2014-03-03 0.100000000
2014-01-03 2014-01-13 2014-01-15 2014-02-03 0.100000000
2013-11-20 2013-12-12 2013-12-16 2014-01-02 0.100000000
2013-10-25 2013-11-12 2013-11-14 2013-12-02 0.100000000
2013-09-27 2013-10-10 2013-10-15 2013-11-01 0.100000000
2013-08-14 2013-09-13 2013-09-17 2013-10-01 0.100000000
2013-07-26 2013-08-12 2013-08-14 2013-09-03 0.100000000
2013-06-28 2013-07-11 2013-07-15 2013-08-01 0.100000000
2013-05-22 2013-06-13 2013-06-17 2013-07-01 0.100000000
2013-04-26 2013-05-13 2013-05-15 2013-06-03 0.100000000
2013-03-28 2013-04-12 2013-04-16 2013-05-01 0.100000000
2013-02-21 2013-03-12 2013-03-14 2013-04-01 0.100000000
2013-01-25 2013-02-11 2013-02-13 2013-03-01 0.100000000
2012-12-28 2013-01-11 2013-01-15 2013-02-01 0.100000000
2012-11-07 2012-12-13 2012-12-17 2013-01-02 0.100000000
2012-10-26 2012-11-13 2012-11-15 2012-12-03 0.100000000
2012-09-28 2012-10-11 2012-10-15 2012-11-01 0.100000000
2012-08-15 2012-09-14 2012-09-18 2012-10-01 0.100000000
2012-07-27 2012-08-10 2012-08-14 2012-09-04 0.100000000
2012-06-22 2012-07-12 2012-07-16 2012-08-01 0.100000000
2012-05-16 2012-06-11 2012-06-13 2012-07-02 0.100000000
2012-04-20 2012-05-11 2012-05-15 2012-06-01 0.100000000
2012-03-16 2012-04-12 2012-04-16 2012-05-01 0.100000000
2012-02-09 2012-03-12 2012-03-14 2012-04-02 0.100000000
2012-01-20 2012-02-13 2012-02-15 2012-03-01 0.100000000
2011-12-16 2012-01-13 2012-01-18 2012-02-01 0.100000000
2011-11-16 2011-12-12 2011-12-14 2012-01-03 0.100000000
2011-10-21 2011-11-14 2011-11-16 2011-12-01 0.100000000
2011-09-16 2011-10-13 2011-10-17 2011-11-01 0.100000000
2011-08-17 2011-09-12 2011-09-14 2011-10-03 0.100000000
2011-07-22 2011-08-11 2011-08-15 2011-09-01 0.100000000
2011-06-17 2011-07-11 2011-07-13 2011-08-01 0.100000000
2011-05-18 2011-06-13 2011-06-15 2011-07-01 0.100000000
2011-04-22 2011-05-12 2011-05-16 2011-06-01 0.100000000
2011-03-18 2011-04-11 2011-04-13 2011-05-02 0.100000000
2011-02-11 2011-03-11 2011-03-15 2011-04-01 0.100000000
2011-01-21 2011-02-11 2011-02-15 2011-03-01 0.108300000
2010-12-17 2011-01-13 2011-01-18 2011-02-01 0.108300000
2010-11-19 2010-12-13 2010-12-15 2011-01-03 0.108300000
2010-10-15 2010-11-11 2010-11-15 2010-12-01 0.108300000
2010-09-17 2010-10-13 2010-10-15 2010-11-01 0.108300000
2010-08-20 2010-09-13 2010-09-15 2010-10-01 0.108300000
2010-07-16 2010-08-12 2010-08-16 2010-09-01 0.108300000
2010-06-10 2010-07-13 2010-07-15 2010-08-02 0.108300000
2010-05-21 2010-06-11 2010-06-15 2010-07-01 0.108300000
2010-04-16 2010-05-12 2010-05-14 2010-06-01 0.108300000
2010-03-10 2010-04-13 2010-04-15 2010-05-03 0.108300000
2010-02-19 2010-03-11 2010-03-15 2010-04-01 0.108300000
2010-01-15 2010-02-11 2010-02-16 2010-03-01 0.108300000
2009-12-11 2010-01-14 2010-01-19 2010-02-01 0.108300000
2009-11-20 2009-12-11 2009-12-15 2010-01-04 0.108300000
2009-10-16 2009-11-12 2009-11-16 2009-12-01 0.108300000
2009-09-24 2009-10-12 2009-10-14 2009-11-02 0.108300000
2009-08-21 2009-09-14 2009-09-16 2009-10-01 0.108300000
2009-07-17 2009-08-13 2009-08-17 2009-09-01 0.108300000
2009-06-11 2009-07-13 2009-07-15 2009-08-03 0.108300000
2009-05-15 2009-06-11 2009-06-15 2009-07-01 0.108300000
2009-04-17 2009-05-11 2009-05-13 2009-06-01 0.108300000
2009-03-12 2009-04-13 2009-04-15 2009-05-01 0.108300000
2009-02-20 2009-03-11 2009-03-13 2009-04-01 0.108300000
2009-01-16 2009-02-13 2009-02-11 2009-03-02 0.108300000
2008-12-04 2009-01-14 2009-01-16 2009-02-02 0.108300000
2008-12-19 2008-12-24 2008-12-29 2009-01-02 1.120000000
2008-11-24 2008-12-11 2008-12-15 2009-01-02 0.108300000
2008-10-17 2008-11-13 2008-11-17 2008-12-01 0.108300000
2008-09-18 2008-10-14 2008-10-16 2008-11-03 0.108300000
2008-08-15 2008-09-12 2008-09-16 2008-10-01 0.108300000
2008-07-18 2008-08-11 2008-08-13 2008-09-02 0.108300000
2008-07-11 2008-07-15 2008-08-01 0.108300000
2008-05-16 2008-06-12 2008-06-16 2008-07-01 0.108300000
2008-05-12 2008-05-14 2008-06-02 0.108300000
2008-03-13 2008-04-11 2008-04-15 2008-05-01 0.108300000
2008-02-15 2008-03-13 2008-03-17 2008-04-01 0.108300000
2008-01-18 2008-02-11 2008-02-13 2008-03-03 0.108300000
2007-12-06 2008-01-14 2008-01-16 2008-02-01 0.108300000
2007-11-16 2007-12-13 2007-12-17 2008-01-02 0.108300000
2007-10-19 2007-11-13 2007-11-15 2007-12-03 0.108300000
2007-09-21 2007-10-11 2007-10-15 2007-11-01 0.108300000
2007-08-17 2007-09-13 2007-09-17 2007-10-01 0.108300000
2007-07-20 2007-08-13 2007-08-15 2007-09-04 0.108300000
2007-06-14 2007-07-12 2007-07-16 2007-08-01 0.108300000
2007-05-18 2007-06-11 2007-06-13 2007-07-02 0.108300000
2007-04-20 2007-05-11 2007-05-15 2007-06-01 0.108300000
2007-03-15 2007-04-12 2007-04-16 2007-05-01 0.108300000
2007-02-16 2007-03-12 2007-03-14 2007-04-02 0.108300000
2007-01-19 2007-02-12 2007-02-14 2007-03-01 0.108300000
2006-12-07 2007-01-12 2007-01-17 2007-02-01 0.108300000
2006-11-17 2006-12-11 2006-12-13 2007-01-02 0.116700000
2006-10-20 2006-11-13 2006-11-15 2006-12-01 0.116700000
2006-09-22 2006-10-12 2006-10-16 2006-11-01 0.116700000
2006-08-18 2006-09-11 2006-09-13 2006-10-02 0.116700000
2006-07-21 2006-08-11 2006-08-15 2006-09-01 0.116700000
2006-06-15 2006-07-13 2006-07-17 2006-08-01 0.116700000
2006-05-19 2006-06-12 2006-06-14 2006-07-03 0.116700000
2006-04-21 2006-05-11 2006-05-15 2006-06-01 0.116700000
2006-03-17 2006-04-13 2006-04-18 2006-05-01 0.116700000
2006-02-17 2006-03-10 2006-03-14 2006-04-03 0.116700000
2006-01-20 2006-02-10 2006-02-14 2006-03-01 0.116700000
2005-12-08 2006-01-13 2006-01-18 2006-02-01 0.116700000
2005-12-20 2005-12-28 2005-12-30 2006-01-03 0.035700000
2005-11-18 2005-12-12 2005-12-14 2006-01-03 0.116700000
2005-10-21 2005-11-10 2005-11-15 2005-12-01 0.116700000
2005-09-22 2005-10-13 2005-10-17 2005-11-01 0.116700000
2005-08-19 2005-09-12 2005-09-14 2005-10-03 0.116700000
2005-07-22 2005-08-11 2005-08-15 2005-09-01 0.116700000
2005-06-16 2005-07-11 2005-07-13 2005-08-01 0.116700000
2005-05-20 2005-06-13 2005-06-15 2005-07-01 0.116700000
2005-04-18 2005-05-12 2005-05-16 2005-06-01 0.116700000
2005-03-18 2005-04-11 2005-04-13 2005-05-02 0.116700000
2005-02-22 2005-03-10 2005-03-14 2005-04-01 0.116700000
2005-01-20 2005-02-11 2005-02-15 2005-03-01 0.116700000
2004-12-09 2005-01-13 2005-01-18 2005-02-01 0.116700000
2004-11-19 2004-12-13 2004-12-15 2005-01-03 0.130840000
2004-10-20 2004-11-10 2004-11-15 2004-12-01 0.130840000
2004-09-20 2004-10-13 2004-10-15 2004-11-01 0.130840000
2004-08-20 2004-09-13 2004-09-15 2004-10-01 0.130840000
2004-07-20 2004-08-12 2004-08-16 2004-09-01 0.130840000
2004-06-21 2004-07-13 2004-07-15 2004-08-02 0.130840000
2004-05-20 2004-06-11 2004-06-15 2004-07-01 0.130840000
2004-04-20 2004-05-12 2004-05-14 2004-06-01 0.130840000
2004-03-19 2004-04-13 2004-04-15 2004-05-03 0.130840000
2004-02-20 2004-03-11 2004-03-15 2004-04-01 0.130840000
2004-01-20 2004-02-12 2004-02-17 2004-03-01 0.130840000
2003-12-19 2004-01-13 2004-01-15 2004-02-02 0.130840000
2003-12-12 2003-12-29 2003-12-31 2004-01-02 0.050100000
2003-11-20 2003-12-11 2003-12-15 2004-01-02 0.130840000
2003-10-20 2003-11-13 2003-11-17 2003-12-01 0.130840000
2003-07-29 2003-10-10 2003-10-15 2003-11-03 0.130840000
2003-07-29 2003-09-11 2003-09-15 2003-10-01 0.130840000
2003-07-29 2003-08-13 2003-08-15 2003-09-02 0.130840000

The quoted distribution rates are figures that use the funds' previous distribution to calculate an annualized figure. Distribution Rate is calculated by annualizing the last distribution and then dividing by the period ending NAV or market price. Special distributions, including special capital gains distributions, are not included in the calculation. Distributions may be sourced from any or all of the following: income, capital gains and return of capital.

Dividends are paid monthly. Historical dividend sources have included net investment income, realized gains, and return of capital. Each fund will send shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell shareholders how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. A fund's current distribution rate and historical dividends are not indicative of future performance. If a distribution is from a source other than net investment income, the Fund provides a notice to shareholders with an estimate of its distribution source at that time. The final determination of the source of all dividend distributions in the current year will be made after year-end. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon a fund's investment experience during the remainder of the fiscal year and may be subject to change based on tax regulations. Each fund will send shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell shareholders how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Figures quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and do not reflect taxes that a shareholder may pay on fund distributions or the sales of fund shares. Investment return, principal value, and yields of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted, which assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Performance shown is net of all applicable fund fees and expenses. Performance figures of the fund do not reflect fees an investor may be charged pursuant to the terms of any brokerage account agreements with their broker or financial intermediary. To obtain performance information current to the most recent month-end, please call 1-800-222-8222.

The closed-end funds (CEFs) are no longer offered as initial public offerings. Investors who wish to buy or sell fund shares of a CEF need to place orders through an intermediary, or broker, who will buy or sell fund shares on the stock exchange in a process identical to the purchase or sale of any other listed stock.

The 30-day SEC yield is calculated with a standardized formula mandated by the SEC. The formula is based on maximum offering price per share and includes the effect of any fee waivers. Without waivers, yields would be reduced. The 30-day unsubsidized SEC yield does not reflect waivers in effect. A fund's actual distribution rate will differ from the SEC yield and any income distributions from the fund may be higher or lower than the SEC yield.

The fund is leveraged through a revolving credit facility and also may incur leverage by issuing preferred shares in the future. The use of leverage results in certain risks, including, among others, the likelihood of greater volatility of net asset value and the market value of common shares. Foreign investments are especially volatile and can rise or fall dramatically due to differences in the political and economic conditions of the host country. These risks are generally intensified in emerging markets. Derivatives involve additional risks, including interest rate risk, credit risk, the risk of improper valuation, and the risk of noncorrelation to the relevant instruments that they are designed to hedge or closely track. Bond values fluctuate in response to the financial condition of individual issuers, general market and economic conditions, and changes in interest rates. Changes in market conditions and government policies may lead to periods of heightened volatility in the bond market and reduced liquidity for certain bonds held by the fund. In general, when interest rates rise, bond values fall and investors may lose principal value. Interest rate changes and their impact on the fund and its share price can be sudden and unpredictable. High-yield securities have a greater risk of default and tend to be more volatile than higher-rated debt securities. This fund is exposed to mortgage- and asset-backed securities risk. This closed-end fund is no longer available as an initial public offering and is only offered through broker/dealers on the secondary market.