Closed-end funds aren't the best-known investments in the market, but they often come at discount prices compared to the value of their underlying holdings. Does that make closed-ends bargain opportunities?

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at closed-end funds and whether discounted shares are bargains. Dan looks closely at Adams Express (NYSE:ADX) and Petroleum & Resources (NYSE:PEO), two closed-ends that perennially trade at discounts to their net asset value. Dan notes that Adams Express gives investors cheap exposure to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and other lucrative dividend-paying stocks, while Petroleum & Resources focuses on energy investment ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), and other high-income stocks in the energy sector. Dan runs through the pros and cons of the discounts, noting that the best of all worlds would be to buy at a discount but sell at no discount.

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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger owns shares of Adams Express, Apple, and Petroleum & Resources. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and Chevron and owns shares of Apple. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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