Those interested in the closed-end community
may find Wednesday's
Wall Street Journal Fund Track column
by Daisy Maxey of interest. In it, Maxey reports that some BlackRock
funds have negotiated lower auction fees on preferred shares that are for sale but fail to find buyers. Such a move, Maxey writes, could be copied by other firms with closed-end funds.
The auction fees are collected by auction agents and by broker-dealer firms.
The annual report for BlackRock MuniVest Fund II
, for instance, states that last December, commissions paid to b-ds on preferred shares that experience a failed auction fell to 15 bps on the aggregate principal amount.
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