Note 1. Accounting Policies
The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the
Fund in the preparation of its financial statements.
Security Valuation: Portfolio securities that are actively traded in the
over-the-counter market, including listed securities for which the primary
market is believed to be over-the-counter, are valued at prices provided by
principal market makers and pricing agents. Any security for which the primary
market is on an exchange is valued at the last sales price on such exchange on
the day of valuation or, if there was no sale on such day, the last bid price
quoted on such day. Securities issued in private placements are valued at the
bid price or the mean between the bid and asked prices, if available, provided
by principal market makers. Any security for which a reliable market quotation
is unavailable is valued at fair value as determined in good faith by or under
the direction of the Fund's Board of Directors.
Short-term securities which mature in more than 60 days are valued at current
market quotations. Short-term securities which mature in 60 days or less are
valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value.
In connection with transactions in repurchase agreements, it is the Fund's
policy that its custodian or designated subcustodians, under triparty repurchase
agreements as the case may be, take possession of the underlying collateral
securities, the value of which exceeds the principal amount of the repurchase
transaction, including accrued interest and, to the extent that any repurchase
transaction exceeds one business day, the value of the collateral is
marked-to-market on a daily basis to ensure the adequacy of the collateral. If
the seller defaults and the value of the collateral declines or if bankruptcy
proceedings are commenced with respect to the seller of the security,
realization of the collateral by the Fund may be delayed or limited.
The Fund may hold up to 15% of its net asset