Dividends and Distributions

The Trust has paid dividends in each quarter since its organization.  The Trust earns dividends, interest and other income from its investments, and distributes this income (less expenses) to shareholders as dividends.  These payments are generally made around the end of February, May, August and November.  The Trust may also realize net capital gains from its investments, and would distribute these gains (net of any losses) to shareholders as capital gain distributions.  Such distributions, if any, would occur between October 31 and December 31.  The Trust has made only one such distribution since 1970, in 1998.

When you open an account, specify on your application how you want to receive your distributions.  The following options are available for the Trust’s distributions:

(1) Reinvestment Option.  Your dividends and capital gains distributions will be  automatically invested in additional shares of the Trust. If you do not indicate a choice on your application, you will be assigned this option; 

(2) Cash/Reinvest Option. Your dividends will be paid in cash. Your capital gains  distributions will be automatically reinvested in additional shares of the Trust;

(3) Cash Option.  Your dividends and capital gains distributions will be paid in cash.

Note: For quicker access to your cash distributions the Trust recommends direct deposit for shareholders electing Option 2 or 3.

If you elect to receive your distributions paid by check and your check remains uncashed for a period of six months, your distribution option may be converted to the Reinvestment Option.    You will not receive interest on amounts represented by uncashed distribution checks.

Trust Dividend Distribution Information

Ex Dividend Date 05/23/2017
Payable Date 05/24/2017
Rate $.07
Recent Distributions and Rates
2/15/2017 $.07
11/23/2016 $.085
08/17/2016 $.07
Dividend Yield* 6.26%
* Trailing 12-Month  

Tax Information for 2016

0% of the income reported in Box 1 of your 2016 Form 1099-DIV was derived from United States Government Obligations. 8.69% of the ordinary dividend is considered qualified.

Tax Consequences

As with any investment, your investment in the Trust could have tax consequences for you.  This prospectus provides only general tax information.  If you are investing through a tax-advantaged retirement account, such as an IRA, special tax rules may apply.  Otherwise you should consider these tax consequences.

Taxes on Distributions. Distributions you receive from the Trust are subject to federal income tax, and may also be subject to state or local taxes. 

For federal tax purposes, the Trust’s dividends made from income and distributions of short-term capital gains are taxable to you as ordinary income.  The Trust’s distributions of long-term capital gains are taxable to you generally as capital gains.

If you buy shares when the Trust has realized but not yet distributed income or capital gains, you will be “buying a dividend” by paying the full price for the shares and then receiving a portion of the price back in the form of a taxable distribution.

Any taxable distributions you receive from the Trust will normally be taxable to you when you receive them, regardless of your distribution option.

Taxes on transactions.  Your redemptions may result in a capital gain or loss for federal tax purposes.  A capital gain or loss on your investment in the Trust is the difference between the cost of your shares and price you receive when you sell them.  Reinvested distributions add to the cost basis of your investment.

A 3.8% Medicare contribution tax may also be imposed on net investment income, including dividends and capital gains.