Cornerstone Progressive Return Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund is an unincorporated statutory trust established under the laws of the State of Delaware upon the filing of a Certificate of Trust with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on April 26, 2007. The Fund commenced investment operations on September 10, 2007. The Fund’s shares of beneficial interest (“Shares”) are traded on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol “CFP.” Although the Fund’s Shares have frequently traded at a premium to net asset value during the past several years, shares of closed-end funds often trade at a discount from their net asset value. Closed-end funds differ from open-end management investment companies (commonly referred to as mutual funds) in that closed-end funds do not redeem their shares at the option of the stockholder and generally list their shares for trading on a securities exchange. By comparison, mutual funds issue securities that are redeemable daily at net asset value at the option of the stockholder and typically engage in a continuous offering of their shares. Mutual funds are subject to continuous asset in-flows and out-flows that can complicate portfolio management, whereas closed-end funds generally can stay more fully invested in securities consistent with the closed-end fund’s investment objectives and policies.
The Fund’s investment objective is to provide total return. The Fund pursues its investment objective through investing primarily in the equity securities of U.S. and non-U.S. companies. The Fund invests primarily all of its assets in equity securities of U.S. issuers, non-U.S. issuers whose securities trade on a U.S. securities exchange or over the counter or as ADRs or other forms of depositary receipts, such as IDRs, which trade in the United States, closed-end investment companies and ETFs. The Fund pursues current income, as a component of total return, by investing in dividend-paying equity securities and U.S. dollar-denominated debt securities.
The Fund may invest without limitation in other closed-end investment companies and ETFs, provided that the Fund limits its investment in securities issued by other investment companies so that not more than 3% of the outstanding voting stock of any one investment company will be owned by the Fund. As a stockholder in any investment company, the Fund will bear its ratable share of the investment company’s expenses and would remain subject to payment of the Fund’s advisory and administrative fees with respect to the assets so invested.