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Distribution Policy

The current policy is to pay distributions on its common shares totaling approximately 8 percent of its net asset value per year, payable in four quarterly installments of 2 percent of the Fund's net asset value at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on the Friday prior to each quarterly declaration date. The fixed distributions are not related to the amount of the Fund's net investment income or net realized capital gains or losses and may be taxed as ordinary income up to the amount of the Fund's current and accumulated earnings and profits. If, for any calendar year, the total distributions made under the distribution policy exceed the Fund's net investment income and net realized capital gains, the excess will generally be treated as a non-taxable return of capital, reducing the shareholder's adjusted basis in his or her shares. If the Fund's net investment income and net realized capital gains for any year exceed the amount distributed under the distribution policy, the Fund may, in its discretion, retain and not distribute net realized capital gains and pay income tax thereon to the extent of such excess.

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      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Jan. 27, 2017 Mar. 13, 2017 $0.10 6.79% 17.27% 75.94% -
Apr. 28, 2017 Jun. 12, 2017 $0.10 6.79% 17.27% 75.94% -
Jul. 28, 2017 Sept. 11, 2017 $0.11 6.79% 17.27% 75.94% -
Nov. 17, 2017 Jan. 02, 2018 $0.11 6.79% 17.27% 75.94% -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Feb. 18, 2016 Mar. 28, 2016 $0.08 - - 100% -
Apr, 29, 2016 Jun. 13, 2016 $0.09 - - 100% -
Jul. 29, 2016 Sept. 12, 2016 $0.10 - - 100% -
Oct. 28, 2016 Jan. 03, 2017 $0.09 - - 100% -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Jan. 23, 2015 Mar. 09, 2015 $0.08 - - 100% -
May 01, 2015 Jun. 15, 2015 $0.12 - - 100% -
Jul. 31, 2015 Sept. 14, 2015 $0.12 - - 100% -
Oct. 30, 2015 Jan. 04, 2016 $0.11 - - 100% -
Dec. 23, 2015 Jan. 29, 2016 $0.34 - - 100% -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Jan. 24, 2014 Mar. 10, 2014 $0.09 - - 100% -
May 02, 2014 Jun. 16, 2014 $0.08 - - 100% -
Aug. 01, 2014 Sept. 15, 2014 $0.08 - - 100% -
Oct. 31, 2014 Jan. 02, 2015 $0.08 - - 100% -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 02, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 $0.0279 8.29% 24.35% 67.36% -
Jan. 25, 2013 Mar. 11, 2013 $0.07 8.29% 24.35% 67.36% -
May 3, 2013 Jun. 17, 2013 $0.07 8.29% 24.35% 67.36% -
Aug. 02, 2013 Sept. 16, 2013 $0.08 8.29% 24.35% 67.36% -
Nov. 01, 2013 Jan. 2, 2014 $0.09 8.29% 24.35% 67.36% -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 3, 2012 $0.043547 - - 72.72% 27.28%
Feb 24, 2012 Mar. 12, 2012 $0.07 - - 72.72% 27.28%
May 25, 2012 Jun. 11, 2012 $0.07 - - 72.72% 27.28%
Aug. 03, 2012 Sept. 17, 2012 $0.06 - - 72.72% 27.28%
Nov. 02, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 $0.042100 - - 72.72% 27.28%
Nov. 02, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 $0.027900 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Dec. 17, 2010 Jan. 3, 2011 $0.07 - 31.29% 68.71% -
Feb. 25, 2011 Mar. 14, 2011 $0.07 - 31.29% 68.71% -
May 27, 2011 Jun. 13, 2011 $0.07 - 31.29% 68.71% -
Aug. 26, 2011 Sept. 12, 2011 $0.06 - 31.29% 68.71% -
Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 3, 2012 $0.026453 - 31.29% 68.71% -
Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 3, 2012 $0.043547        
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Dec. 18, 2009 Jan. 4, 2010 $0.06 - 77.79% - 22.21%
Feb. 26, 2010 Mar. 15, 2010 $0.06 - 77.79% - 22.21%
May 28, 2010 Jun. 14, 2010 $0.06 - 77.79% - 22.21%
Aug. 27, 2010 Sept. 13, 2010 $0.06 - 77.79% - 22.21%
Dec. 17, 2010 Jan. 3, 2011 $0.07 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Dec. 12, 2008 Jan. 2, 2009 $0.08 - - - 100.00%
Jan. 30, 2009 Mar. 16, 2009 $0.08 - - - 100.00%
May 8, 2009 Jun. 22, 2009 $0.05 - - - 100.00%
Aug. 28, 2009 Sep. 14, 2009 $0.05 - - - 100.00%
Dec. 18, 2009 Jan. 4, 2010 $0.06 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Feb. 1, 2008 Mar. 17, 2008 $0.13 - 0.02% 5.76% 94.22%
May 9, 2008 Jun. 23, 2008 $0.14 - 0.02% 5.76% 94.22%
Aug. 8, 2008 Sep. 22, 2008 $0.12 - 0.02% 5.76% 94.22%
Dec. 12, 2008 Jan. 2, 2009 $0.08 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 10, 2006 Jan. 2, 2007 $0.14 5.07% 15.12% 79.81% -
Mar. 2, 2007 Mar. 19, 2007 $0.15 5.07% 15.12% 79.81% -
May 11, 2007 Jun. 25, 2007 $0.15 5.07% 15.12% 79.81% -
Aug. 10, 2007 Sep. 24, 2007 $0.15 5.07% 15.12% 79.81% -
Nov. 9, 2007 Jan. 2, 2008 $0.16 5.07% 15.12% 79.81% -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 10, 2005 Jan. 3, 2006 $0.14 - 32.98% 47.53% 19.49%
Mar. 3, 2006 Mar. 20, 2006 $0.16 - 32.98% 47.53% 19.49%
Jun. 2, 2006 Jun. 19, 2006 $0.15 - 32.98% 47.53% 19.49%
Sep. 1, 2006 Sep. 18, 2006 $0.14 - 32.98% 47.53% 19.49%
Nov. 10, 2006 Jan. 2, 2007 $0.14 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 12, 2004 Jan. 3, 2005 $0.15 4.01% 15.21% - 80.78%
Feb. 4, 2005 Mar. 21, 2005 $0.15 4.01% 15.21% - 80.78%
May 13, 2005 Jun. 27, 2005 $0.14 4.01% 15.21% - 80.78%
Aug. 5, 2005 Sep. 26, 2005 $0.15 4.01% 15.21% - 80.78%
Nov. 10, 2005 Jan. 3, 2006 $0.14 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 14, 2003 Jan. 2, 2004 $0.16 4.39% 48.61% - 47.00%
Feb. 6, 2004 Mar. 22, 2004 $0.17 4.39% 48.61% - 47.00%
May 14, 2004 Jun. 28, 2004 $0.16 4.39% 48.61% - 47.00%
Aug. 13, 2004 Oct. 4, 2004 $0.15 4.39% 48.61% - 47.00%
Nov. 12, 2004 Jan. 3, 2005 $0.15 - - - -
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Qualified Non-Qualified Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 15, 2002 Jan. 2, 2003 $0.14 3.68% 55.96% - 40.36%
Feb. 7, 2003 Mar. 17, 2003 $0.13 3.68% 55.96% - 40.36%
May 16, 2003 Jun. 30, 2003 $0.14 3.68% 55.96% - 40.36%
Aug. 15, 2003 Oct. 6, 2003 $0.15 3.68% 55.96% - 40.36%
Nov. 14, 2003 Jan. 2, 2004 $0.16 - - - -
      Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Short-Term Capital Gains Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Nov. 16, 2001 Jan. 2, 2002 $0.19 - - 100.00%
Feb 1, 2002 Mar. 18, 2002 $0.20 - - 100.00%
May 17, 2002 Jul. 1, 2002 $0.19 - - 100.00%
Aug. 30, 2002 Sep. 16, 2002 $0.14 - - 100.00%
Nov. 15, 2002 Jan. 2, 2003 $0.14 - - -
      Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Short-Term Capital Gains Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Mar. 2, 2001 Mar. 19, 2001 $0.26 - - 100.00%
May 18, 2001 Jul. 2, 2001 $0.24 - - 100.00%
Aug. 17, 2001 Oct. 9, 2001 $0.23 - - 100.00%
Nov. 16, 2001 Jan. 2, 2002 $0.19 - - -
      Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Short-Term Capital Gains Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Mar. 3, 2000 Mar. 20, 2000 $0.32 6.79% 90.11% 3.10%
Jun. 2, 2000 Jun. 19, 2000 $0.33 - 96.28% 3.72%
Sep. 1, 2000 Sep. 18, 2000 $0.36 - 96.28% 3.72%
Nov. 17, 2000 Jan. 2, 2001 $0.33 - 96.28% 3.72%
      Ordinary Dividends  
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Short-Term Capital Gains Long-Term Capital Gains
Mar. 5, 1999 Apr. 19, 1999 $0.31 13.68% 86.32%
May 21, 1999 Jul. 6, 1999 $0.32 13.03% 86.97%
Aug. 20, 1999 Oct. 4, 1999 $0.29 14.14% 85.86%
Nov. 19, 1999 Jan. 3, 2000 $0.31 13.00% 87.00%
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Net Investment Income Short-Term Capital Gains Long-Term Capital Gains Return of Capital
Mar. 6, 1998 Apr. 20, 1998 $0.35 - - 69.09% 30.91%
May 22, 1998 Jul. 6, 1998 $0.36 - - 28.42% 71.58%
Aug. 21, 1998 Oct. 5, 1998 $0.33 - - 28.42% 71.58%
Nov. 20, 1998 Jan. 4, 1999 $0.31 - - 28.42% 71.58%
      Total Ordinary Dividends    
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Net Investment Income Short-Term Capital Gains 28% Rate Gains 20% Rate Gains
Mar. 21, 1997 May 7, 1997 $0.30 0.97% 80.34% 18.69% -
May 23, 1997 Jul. 7, 1997 $0.29 - 12.45% 61.40% 26.15%
Aug. 22, 1997 Oct. 6, 1997 $0.33 - 10.77% 62.57% 26.66%
Nov. 21, 1997 Jan. 5, 1998 $0.32 - 10.93% 62.46% 26.61%
      Total Ordinary Dividends  
Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share Net Investment Income Short-Term Capital Gains Long-Term Capital Gains
Nov. 20, 1996 Dec. 27, 1996 $1.02 0.36% 16.03% 83.61%
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