Business development companies

A prolonged period of low interest rates has made it difficult for investors to find investments that provide a high level of current income. At the same time, in the face of sweeping regulatory changes, many banks have reduced or eliminated lending to private U.S. middle market companies. Business development companies (BDCs) have emerged as both an alternative source of income and diversification for investors and a timely source of capital for private U.S. middle market companies.
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Open-end and closed-end funds

Open-end and closed-end funds are investment companies that allow investors to pool their capital to invest in a wide range of securities. They provide investors access to professionally managed portfolios to help meet their investment objectives.
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