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Centina CEO Talks the Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Network Performance at Digital Transformation World 2019

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Anand Gonuguntla Speaks to Importance of Assuring Networks in a 5G
Business Environment

NICE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/5G?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#5Glt;/agt;–Centina,
the leading provider in network performance management and strategic
assurance solutions for communications service providers (CSPs)
worldwide, announced today that its Co-Founder and CEO, Anand
Gonuguntla, will speak on a CxO Panel at Digital Transformation World
2019. TM Forum’s Digital Transformation World 2019 is taking place this
week from May 14-16 in Nice, France.

Gonuguntla will address the importance of assuring networks in 5G
environments in the “Optimizing IT to enable a 5th generation
business” session taking place on Wednesday, May 15th from
9:05-9:45am in the Hermes Auditorium. More specifically, he will speak
to the impact of AI and machine learning on hybrid and virtual networks.

“As operators prepare for 5G business, the need to monitor, optimize,
and manage these complex networks is more critical than ever,” said
Gonuguntla. “We look forward to leading conversations with our industry
colleagues on the latest digital transformation advancements,
challenges, and solutions during the event.”

Centina will exhibit at Digital Transformation World in booth #235. They
will be showcasing their flagship vSure®
solution that provides next-generation assurance for physical and
virtual networks.

To speak with Gonuguntla or to schedule a demo of vSure at Digital
Transformation World 2019, please contact Lyndsay Pocorobba at lyndsay@smartmarkusa.com.

Centina

Centina is the market leader in service assurance analytics and network
performance management solutions, partnering with operators globally as
they undergo digital transformation. The company’s unrivaled domain
expertise in assuring networks and services leveraging its flagship
vSure™ product ensures that today’s service providers continue to
provide outstanding customer experience while facing unprecedented
change. To learn more how Centina is assuring operators make the best
decisions on the road to network virtualization, visit www.centinasystems.com.

Contacts

Gregg Hara
Centina
+1-469-298-0471 ext 1515
gregg@centinasystems.com

Lyndsay Pocorobba
SmartMark Communications, LLC for Centina
+1-215-504-4272
lyndsay@smartmarkusa.com

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First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund Declares its Monthly Common Share Distribution of $0.11 Per Share for July

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WHEATON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE: FIF) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.11 per share payable on July 15, 2019, to shareholders of record as of July 2, 2019. The ex-dividend date is expected to be July 1, 2019. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below.

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (FIF):

Distribution per share:

$0.11

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 NAV of $17.84:

7.40%

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 closing market price of $15.76:

8.38%

The Fund’s Board of Trustees has approved a managed distribution policy for the Fund (the “Plan”) in reliance on exemptive relief received from the Securities and Exchange Commission which permits the Fund to make periodic distributions of long-term capital gains as frequently as monthly each tax year. Under the Plan, the Fund intends to continue to pay its recurring monthly distribution in the amount of $0.11 per share that reflects the distributable cash flow of the Fund. A portion of this monthly distribution may include long-term capital gains. This may result in a reduction of the long-term capital gain distribution necessary at year end by distributing long-term capital gains throughout the year. The annual distribution rate is independent of the Fund’s performance during any particular period. Accordingly, you should not draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of any distribution or from the terms of the Plan.

The distribution may consist of net investment income earned by the Fund, net short-term and long-term capital gains and/or tax-deferred return of capital. Tax-deferred return of capital, if any, is primarily due to the tax treatment of cash distributions made by master-limited partnerships (“MLPs”) in which the Fund invests. The final determination of the source of tax status of all 2019 distributions will be made after the end of 2019 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV.

The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks to provide a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions paid to shareholders. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing primarily in securities of companies engaged in the energy infrastructure sector. These companies principally include publicly-traded MLPs and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships, MLP affiliates, YieldCos, pipeline companies, utilities, and other companies that derive at least 50% of their revenues from operating or providing services in support of infrastructure assets such as pipelines, power transmission and petroleum and natural gas storage in the petroleum, natural gas and power generation industries (collectively, “Energy Infrastructure Companies”). To generate additional income, the Fund expects to write (or sell) covered call options on up to 35% of the managed assets held in the Fund’s portfolio.

First Trust Advisors L.P. (“FTA”) is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the Fund’s investment advisor. FTA and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately-held companies that provide a variety of investment services. FTA has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $126 billion as of May 31, 2019 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. FTA is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. FTA and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois.

Energy Income Partners, LLC (“EIP”) serves as the Fund’s investment sub-advisor and provides advisory services to a number of investment companies and partnerships for the purpose of investing in MLPs and other energy infrastructure securities. EIP is one of the early investment advisors specializing in this area. As of May 31, 2019, EIP managed or supervised approximately $6.1 billion in client assets.

Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. The Fund may not be appropriate for all investors.

Principal Risk Factors: The Fund is subject to risks, including the fact that it is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company.

Because the Fund is concentrated in securities issued by energy infrastructure companies, it will be more susceptible to adverse economic or regulatory occurrences affecting that industry, including high interest costs, high leverage costs, the effects of economic slowdown, surplus capacity, increased competition, uncertainties concerning the availability of fuel at reasonable prices, the effects of energy conservation policies and other factors.

The Fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Because the Fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

There can be no assurance as to what portion of the distributions paid to the Fund’s Common Shareholders will consist of tax-advantaged qualified dividend income.

Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.

The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings.

The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial advisors are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.

The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

Contacts

Press Inquiries Jane Doyle 630-765-8775

Analyst Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

Broker Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

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First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund Declares its Monthly Common Share Distribution of $0.07 Per Share for July

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WHEATON, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE: FAM) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.07 per share payable on July 15, 2019, to shareholders of record as of July 2, 2019. The ex-dividend date is expected to be July 1, 2019. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below.

 

First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (FAM):

     

 

Distribution per share:

     

$0.07

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 NAV of $11.65:

     

7.21%

Distribution Rate based on the June 19, 2019 closing market price of $10.21:

     

8.23%

This distribution will consist of net investment income earned by the Fund and may also consist of return of capital and/or realized capital gains. The final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in 2019 will be made after the end of 2019 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV.

The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks to provide a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks capital appreciation. The Fund pursues these investment objectives by investing in the world bond markets through a diversified portfolio of investment grade and below-investment grade government and corporate debt securities.

First Trust Advisors L.P. (“FTA”) is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the Fund’s investment advisor. FTA and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately-held companies that provide a variety of investment services. FTA has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $126 billion as of May 31, 2019 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. FTA is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. FTA and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois.

Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc. (“ASII”), (formerly, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.), serves as the Fund’s investment sub-advisor. ASII is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Standard Life Aberdeen plc. Aberdeen Standard Investments is the brand name for the asset management group of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, managing approximately $702.4 billion in assets as of December 31, 2018, for a range of pension funds, financial institutions, investment trusts, unit trusts, offshore funds, charities and private clients.

Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. The Fund may not be appropriate for all investors.

Principal Risk Factors: The Fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. Because the Fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

The Fund invests in non-investment grade debt instruments, commonly referred to as “high-yield securities”. High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt.

The debt securities in which the Fund invests are subject to certain risks, including issuer risk, reinvestment risk, prepayment risk, credit risk, and interest rate risk. Issuer risk is the risk that the value of fixed-income securities may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer. Reinvestment risk is the risk that income from the Fund’s portfolio will decline if the Fund invests the proceeds from matured, traded or called bonds at market interest rates that are below the Fund portfolio’s current earnings rate. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the Fund derives interest income will be reduced. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates.

Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.

The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings.

The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial advisors are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.

The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

 

Contacts

Press Inquiries Jane Doyle 630-765-8775

Analyst Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

Broker Inquiries Jeff Margolin 630-915-6784

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UDR Declares Quarterly Dividend

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DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR), a leading multifamily real estate investment trust, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend on its common stock for the second quarter of 2019 in the amount of $0.3425 per share, payable in cash, on July 31, 2019 to UDR common stock shareholders of record as of July 10, 2019. The July 31st dividend will be the 187th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company on its common stock.

UDR also announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend on its Series E preferred stock for the second quarter of 2019 in the amount of $0.3708 per share. The preferred dividend is payable on July 31, 2019 to Series E preferred stock shareholders of record as of July 10, 2019.

About UDR, Inc.

UDR, Inc. (NYSE: UDR), an S&P 500 company, is a leading multifamily real estate investment trust with a demonstrated performance history of delivering superior and dependable returns by successfully managing, buying, selling, developing and redeveloping attractive real estate properties in targeted U.S. markets. As of March 31, 2019, UDR owned or had an ownership position in 49,795 apartment homes including 366 homes under development. For over 46 years, UDR has delivered long-term value to shareholders, the best standard of service to residents and the highest quality experience for associates.

Contacts

UDR, Inc.

Chris Van Ens

cvanens@udr.com

720-348-7762

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