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Mike Taggart

Mike Taggart, CFA, is an associate director on the active funds research team and heads up the team's coverage of closed-end funds. In this role, he oversees a team of analysts and is responsible for Morningstar's coverage of the U.S. closed-end fund universe, providing analysis and commentary to advisors, individuals, and institutions. He covers a variety of equity, MLP, and commodity-oriented strategies from asset managers including ClearBridge, Kayne Anderson, and Tortoise. Before assuming his current position, Taggart was a senior equity analyst, covering consumer goods and retail companies. Taggart joined Morningstar in 2003 and has more than 14 years of financial industry experience.

Taggart holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech University, a master’s degree in Russian history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

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The discount a CEF is trading at versus its net asset value is only the starting point to creating a successful portfolio, says CLC Management's Tony Cutinelli.

CEF strategist Mike Taggart checks in with Anne Kritzmire, Nuveen's managing director of closed-end funds, on the firm's online efforts to enhance closed-end fund transparency for investors.