Cornerstone Total Return Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. It was incorporated in New York on March 16, 1973 and commenced investment operations on May 15, 1973. The Fund’s shares of Common Stock are traded on the NYSE American Marketplace under the ticker symbol “CRF.” Although the Fund’s Common Stock has frequently traded at a premium to its 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 capital appreciation with current income as a secondary objective. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives. In determining which securities to buy for the Fund’s portfolio, the Fund’s investment adviser uses a balanced approach, including “value” and “growth” investing by seeking out companies at reasonable prices, without regard to sector or industry, which demonstrate favorable long-term growth characteristics. Valuation and growth characteristics may be considered for purposes of selecting potential investment 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.