PHILADELPHIA, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The India Fund, Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE: IFN) announced today that its Board of Directors (the "Board") approved a renewal of its targeted discount policy whereby the Fund intends to buy back shares of common stock in the open market at times when the Fund's shares trade at a discount of 10% or more to their net asset value (NAV) and then review the targeted discount of a 10% volume-weighted average for a two-year period commencing on April 4, 2016. If a 10% volume-weighted average discount is not attained over the two-year period, the Board may, but is not obligated to, consider other actions that, in its judgment, may be effective to address the discount.
The current two-year measurement period for the targeted discount policy, previously approved by the Board, expires on April 3, 2016. Over the measurement period from April 4, 2014 to February 29, 2016, the Fund's volume-weighted average discount was 10.1%. Because this is only modestly above the 10% discount target, the Board does not expect to take any additional actions at this time.
Closed-end funds are traded on the secondary market through one of the stock exchanges. The Fund's investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares may be worth more or less than the original cost. Shares of closed-end funds may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) the NAV of the fund's portfolio. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.
International investing entails special risk considerations, including currency fluctuations, lower liquidity, economic and political risks, and differences in accounting methods; these risks are generally heightened for emerging market investments. Concentrating investments in the India region subjects the Fund to more volatility and greater risk of loss than geographically diverse funds. Equity stocks of small and mid-cap companies carry greater risk, and more volatility than equity stocks of larger, more established companies.
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SOURCE The India Fund, Inc.