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Potential benefits
  • High tax-advantaged monthly income: all or almost all of the Fund's distributions of net investment income are expected to be treated as QDI
  • Reduced interest rate risk: the Fund's focus on lower duration, variable rate securities may help to reduce price sensitivity to interest rate changes and help improve performance in a rising-rate environment
  • Access to a broad opportunity set: the Fund provides access to both the retail and institutional preferred securities markets, as well as diversification across the U.S. dollar denominated global market, enhancing opportunities while minimizing currency risk.

Fund description

The Fund seeks to provide a high level of current income and total return by investing in primarily investment grade, variable rate preferred securities and other variable rate income-producing securities from high quality, highly regulated companies such as banks, utilities and insurance companies. All, or almost all, of the Fund’s distributions of net investment income are expected to be treated as qualified dividend income (QDI) which is generally taxed at a lower rate than interest and ordinary dividend income, assuming holding period and certain other requirements are met.

The Fund may invest up to 20% of Managed Assets in contingent capital securities or contingent convertible securities (CoCos) and up to 15% in companies located in emerging market countries but will only invest in U.S. dollar denominated securities. More than 25% of Managed Assets will be invested in securities of companies in the financial services sector.

The Fund uses leverage and has a 12-year term with the potential to convert to perpetual.1

For term definitions and index descriptions, please access the glossary in the footer.

  • Fund basics
  • Capital structure
  • Leverage
  • Common shares
  • Annual expense ratios

Fund basics

Capital structure

Leverage

*The ratio of total assets of the Fund, less all liabilities that are not outstanding borrowings or outstanding preferreds, at par, to the sum of the Fund’s outstanding borrowings and outstanding preferreds, at par.

**The annualized ratio of the sum of leverage costs to the average leverage amount for a given time period.

Common shares

Annual expense ratios

Fund fees and expenses are presented as a percentage of both common shareholder capital and total fund investment capital. The first column portrays the costs directly and indirectly borne by common shareholders. The second column portrays the costs borne by the Fund on its total investment capital, which includes common assets as well as assets attributable to the Fund's issuance of senior securities (e.g. preferred shares and debt). This column enables a common shareholder to better understand how fund expenses impact portfolio investment returns. Interest expenses from leverage represent costs associated with the Fund's financing activities, which are distinct from the costs associated with the Fund's underlying core operations. Certain leveraging instruments including repurchase agreements (repos) are sometimes more efficient forms of leverage, but when used, the costs are difficult to accurately disaggregate and are not shown here.

Expense ratios are calculated using the prior 12 months of expense data as of the previous month-end, except for new funds where the prospectus expense ratios are used for the first full three months following the Fund’s inception.  After the initial three months, actual expenses, annualized, are used until a full 12 months of expenses have been recorded. Annualized leverage financing expense is included if the Fund was leveraged as of the previous month end.

Pricing

  • Overview
  • Premium/discount history
  • Share price and NAV history

Overview

*The premium/discount is calculated as (most recent price/most recent NAV) -1.

Premium/discount history

Share price and NAV history

Premium/discount history and Share price and NAV history data shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Market price and net asset value (NAV) of a Fund's shares will fluctuate with market conditions. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown.

Performance

  • Hypothetical growth of 10K
  • Calendar year returns
  • Average annual total returns

Hypothetical growth of 10K

The table illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made on the date indicated. Original Investment & Cumulative Distributions is the original investment value added to the cash flow received from distributions. The total returns are not adjusted to reflect the effects of taxation and assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Calendar year returns

Average annual total returns

Past performance does not predict or guarantee future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the data shown. NAV returns are net of fund expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions.

Distributions

Key information regarding distributions

Total distributions per share

Income Only Distribution: Distributions are sourced entirely from net investment income, unless noted otherwise.

Distribution Rates represent the latest declared regular distribution, annualized, relative to the market price and NAV. Special distributions, including special capital gains distributions, are not included in the calculation.

Characteristics

Fund characteristics

  • Top 10 issuers
  • Call exposure
  • Top 5 industries
  • Top countries
  • Credit quality
  • Coupon structure
  • Issue denomination

Top 10 issuers

Call exposure

For the percentage of the portfolio in debt, preferred and other hybrid securities, including CoCos (if any). Percentages reflect the percentage of the Fund's investment exposure callable in the timeframe relative to the “as of” date shown. The "Next 12 months" figure (if shown) includes investments that are currently callable, as well as callable in the next 12 months. Securities subject to call may not be called.

Top 5 industries

Top countries

Based on bond holdings and reflects country of risk of the issuer. Holdings may vary and are subject to change.

Credit quality

Ratings shown are the highest rating given by one of the following national rating agencies: S&P, Moody's, Fitch, DBRS or AM Best. Credit ratings are subject to change. AAA, AA, A, and BBB are investment grade ratings; BB, B, CCC/CC/C and D are below-investment grade ratings. U.S. government securities, if owned by the Fund, are included in the U.S. Treasury/Agency category (included only if applicable). Holdings designated NR are not rated by these national rating agencies and, where applicable, include net derivative positions.

Coupon structure

Other Securities includes income-producing securities that do not have a specified coupon structure. Examples would include, but are not limited to, shares of income-oriented ETFs or other closed-end funds.

Issue denomination

All characteristics as a percentage of the fund's total net assets. Holdings and ratings are subject to change. Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

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1 The Fund will terminate as of the close of business on 1 February, 2034, provided that the Fund’s Board of Trustees may, in its sole discretion and without any action by the shareholders of the Fund, by vote of a majority of the then Board of Trustees with notice to the shareholders, extend the Fund’s term for up to two one year periods. In addition, the Board may determine to cause the Fund to conduct an Eligible Tender Offer. If the Eligible Tender Offer is completed, the Board of Trustees may, in its sole discretion and without any action by the shareholders of the Fund, by vote of a majority of the then Board of Trustees, provide that the Fund may continue without limitation of time subject to certain terms and conditions. If an Eligible Tender Offer is not conducted, the Fund will cease investment operations, retire or redeem its leverage facilities, liquidate its investment portfolio (to the extent possible) and distribute all of its liquidated net assets to Common Shareholders of record in one or more distributions on or after 1 February, 2034 or as extended by the Board.

Important information on risk

Risk Considerations

Shares of closed-end funds are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal invested. Closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to their net asset value (NAV).

An investment in this fund presents a number of risks and is not suitable for all investors. Investors should carefully review and consider potential risks before investing.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Past performance does not predict or guarantee future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the data shown. NAV returns are net of fund expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions.

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC is the subadviser to the Fund and an affiliate of Nuveen, LLC.

Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC.

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