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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM N-CSR

 

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF
REGISTERED MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT COMPANIES

 

Investment Company Act file number:  811-21553

 

ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

7337 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

 

85258

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip code)

 

The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange
Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 1-800-992-0180

 

Date of fiscal year end:

February 28

 

 

Date of reporting period:

February 28, 2006

 

 

 



 

Item 1. Reports to Stockholders.

 

The following is a copy of the report transmitted to stockholders pursuant to Rule 30e-1 under the Act (17 CFR 270.30e-1):

 



 

Funds

 

Annual Report

 

February 28, 2006

 

ING Global Equity Dividend and
Premium Opportunity Fund

 

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

President’s Letter

1

 

 

Market Perspective

2

 

 

Portfolio Managers’ Report

4

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

7

 

 

Statement of Assets and Liabilities

8

 

 

Statement of Operations

9

 

 

Statement of Changes in Net Assets

10

 

 

Financial Highlights

11

 

 

Notes to Financial Statements

12

 

 

Portfolio of Investments

20

 

 

Tax Information

25

 

 

Trustee and Officer Information

26

 

 

Additional Information

31

 

 

  

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

 

JAMES M. HENNESSY

                                                                

Dear Shareholder,

 

As you may recall in my last letter, I described the enthusiasm that we were experiencing here at ING Funds as we worked to bring more of the world’s investment opportunities to you, the investor.

 

I am happy to report that that enthusiasm is continuing to thrive. With the New Year, we have launched a series of new international mutual funds, each created to bring more of the world’s opportunities to you.

 

Meanwhile, we have also heard you loud and clear. Our research tells us that many investors report that they find investing an intimidating and overly-complex endeavor. That is why ING is committed to helping investors across the country cut through the confusion and clutter. “Your future. Made easier.SM are more than words, they represent our promise to you.

 

Those two objectives — bringing you more of the world’s opportunities and doing it in a way that is

easier for you — are behind the development of the ING Diversified International Fund. The new Fund is among those that we launched in January but it is unique in that it is a fund-of-funds. It is also, we believe, simply an easier way to invest internationally.

 

The ING Diversified International Fund brings together six distinct, international mutual funds, each managed by well-known asset managers who specialize in key international sub-asset classes. What’s more, the Fund is periodically reviewed by a seasoned team of ING asset allocation experts who re-adjust the Fund’s allocation based on prevailing market conditions.

 

Best of all: we’ve made it easy. With just one investment, investors can now acquire a broadly diversified, actively managed international equity portfolio.

 

The ING Diversified International Fund marks one more way that we at ING Funds are continuing to offer you the global expertise, product innovation and world-class service that you have come to expect from us.

 

On behalf of everyone at ING Funds, I thank you for your continued support and loyalty. We look forward to serving you in the future.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

James M. Hennessy

President

ING Funds

April 10, 2006

 

The views expressed in the President’s Letter reflect those of the President as of the date of the letter. Any such views are subject to change at any time based upon market or other conditions and ING Funds disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views may not be relied on as investment advice and because investment decisions for an ING Fund are based on numerous factors, may not be relied on as an indication of investment intent on behalf of any ING Fund. Reference to specific company securities should not be construed as recommendations or investment advice.

 

International investing does pose special risks including currency fluctuation, economic and political risks not found in investments that are solely domestic.

 

For more complete information, or to obtain a prospectus on any ING fund, please call your Investment Professional or ING Fund Distributor, LLC at (800) 992-0180 or log on to www.ingfunds.com. The prospectus should be read carefully investing. Consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this information and other information about the fund. Check with your Investment Professional to determine which funds are available for sale within their firm. Not all funds are available for sale at all firms.

 

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MARKET PERSPECTIVE:  YEAR ENDED FEBRUARY 28, 2006

 

In our report on the five months to August 31, 2005, we described solid if unspectacular gains in global equities markets, achieved mostly in July of 2005. In the following six months ended February 28, 2006, gains powered ahead, fuelled, as we shall see, from abroad. The Morgan Stanley Capital International (“MSCI”) World® Index(1) calculated in dollars, including net reinvested dividends, rose 10.3% for the six months ended February 28, 2006 and gained 15.5% since March 30, 2005 (inception date of the Fund). Again however the vast bulk of this took place in a much shorter interval: the last two months of 2005 and the first week of the 2006 New Year. As for currencies, the dollar extended its run, rising 3.6% against the euro (8.8% since March 30, 2005), 4.7% against the yen (8.0% since March 30, 2005), and 2.9% against the pound (7.8% since March 30, 2005). Commentators explained the dollar’s unexpected strength by pointing to relatively high U.S. interest rates, especially the re-cycling of oil exporters’ burgeoning wealth into dollar securities, the tax-related “repatriation” into dollars of U.S. corporations’ foreign currency balances, and, regarding the yen’s particular weakness, non-Japanese investors pouring into the stock market but hedging their currency risk. Each dynamic was losing steam by the 2005 year-end.

 

As in the earlier period, the main issue for U.S. fixed-income investors in the following six months ended February 28, 2006 was the unexpected flattening of the yield curve, i.e. the shrinking difference between short-term and long-term interest rates. From June 2004 through August 2005, the Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) had raised the Federal Funds rate by 25 basis points ten times, pulling other short-term rates up as well. But the yield on the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note had actually fallen by 64 basis points over the fifteen months. This was put down to an apparently growing perception in the market that inflation was a problem solved, due to a vigilant Federal Reserve Board, cheap goods and labor abroad, consistent productivity growth at home and foreign investors’ hunger for U.S. investments. At one point the effect of rising oil prices, exacerbated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, threatened to break the trend. However, by February 28, 2006, the FOMC had raised Federal Reserve rates four more times, oil prices and the inflation scare had subsided and foreigners were still buying vast amounts of U.S. securities. From August 2005 the yield on the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note did rise, by 53 basis points to 4.6%, but the 13-week U.S. Treasury Bill followed the Federal Funds rate, rising by 108 basis points to 4.5%. The broader Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond Index(2) essentially broke even, returning -0.1% for the six months ended February 28, 2006 (3.3% since March 30, 2005) while the Lehman Brothers High Yield Bond Index(3) returned 1.9% for the six months ended February, 28, 2006 (6.8% since March 30, 2005).

 

The U.S. equities market in the form of the Standard & Poor’s 500® Composite Stock Price Index (“S&P 500®”), added 5.9%, including dividends, for the six months through February 28, 2006 (10.4% since March 30, 2005) and at that point it was trading at a fairly undemanding a price-to-earnings (“P/E”) ratio of just under 15.3 times earnings for the current fiscal year. From an early August 2005 peak stock prices had been drifting as resurgent oil prices made records almost daily. This continued in September and October 2005 with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita seldom out of the news. Two attempted rallies fizzled in the face of already high prices at the pump, the certainty of an expensive winter for heating fuel and slumping consumer confidence. Although, as November approached, an evidently swift recovery from the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita reassured investors and stock prices powered ahead through mid-December 2005, as oil prices fell back below $60 per barrel, inflation moderated, corporate profits remained buoyant and gross domestic product (“GDP”) growth, at 4.1% per annum, was the envy of the developed world. Yet the market gave back nearly 1.6% between Christmas and New Year, when new reports suggested that the end of the bubbling housing market might be at hand. Investors returned to work in buying mood, however and were immediately cheered by the release of the latest FOMC minutes confirming that the end to rising short-term interest rates was in sight. The mood lasted until January 11, 2006, when the S&P 500® reached its best level since May 2001. This was fractionally bettered on February 27, 2006, but that was as good as it got as a number of high profile earnings disappointments and mixed, ultimately soft economic reports took their toll. February ended with the index slightly lower than its level on January 6, 2006.

 

In international markets Japan was the star of the six-month period, soaring 28.5%, based on the Morgan Stanley Capital International (“MSCI”) Japan® Index(5) in dollars plus net dividends, and 34.0% in yen for the six months ended February 28, 2006 (33.9% since March 30, 2005) as the market repeatedly broke

 

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MARKET PERSPECTIVE: YEAR ENDED FEBRUARY 28, 2006

 

five-year records amid new optimism among investors, albeit mainly foreign ones, that Japan is re-emerging as a balanced economy. Japanese corporations and banks have repaired their balance sheets at last. Core consumer prices were up two consecutive months and fourth quarter GDP growth, led by domestic demand, recorded a bumper 5.5% annualized increase. European ex UK markets leaped 13.7% for the six months ended February 28, 2006 (18.8% since March 30, 2005) according to the MSCI Europe ex UK® Index(6) in dollars including net dividends, and 17.6% for the six months ended February 28, 2006 (29.8% since March 30, 2005) in local currencies to the best levels in over four years, despite the first interest rate increase, to 2.25%, in over five years. Mounting evidence of a recovery in local demand, resilient profits and an upsurge of merger and acquisition activity boosted markets that are not particularly expensive. UK equities advanced 7.3% for the six months ended February 28, 2006 (11.5% since March 30 2005), based on the MSCI UK® Index(7) in dollars including net dividends, concealing a more impressive 10.2% increase in pounds for the six months ended February 28, 2006 (20.3% since March 30 2005), to the highest in well over four years. The period was dominated by the effect of five interest rate increases to restrain over-stretched consumers and soaring real estate prices. Yet, notwithstanding mostly miserable economic reports, fourth quarter GDP growth recovered to 2.4% and investors, again heartened by merger and acquisition activity, bought a reasonably valued market yielding over 3%.

 


(1)  The MSCI World® Index is an unmanaged index that measures the performance of over 1,400 securities listed on exchanges in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.

 

(2)  The Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond Index is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of publicly issued investment grade U.S. Government, mortgage-backed, asset-backed and corporate debt securities.

 

(3)  The Lehman Brothers High Yield Bond Index is an unmanaged index that measures the performance of fixed-income securities generally representative of corporate bonds rated below investment-grade.

 

(4)  The Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price Index is an unmanaged index that measures the performance of securities of approximately 500 large-capitalization companies whose securities are traded on major U.S. stock markets.

 

(5)  The MSCI Japan® Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance in Japan.

 

(6)  The MSCI Europe ex UK® Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance in Europe, excluding the UK.

 

(7)  The MSCI UK® Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance in the UK.

 

All indices are unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Past performance does not guarantee future results. The performance quoted represents past performance. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Funds’ performance is subject to change since the period’s end and may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. Please call (800) 992-0180 or log on to www.ingfunds.com to obtain performance data current to the most recent month end.

 

Market Perspective reflects the views of the Chief Investment Risk Officer only through the end of the period, and is subject to change based on market and other conditions.

 

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ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND
PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

PORTFOLIO MANAGERS’ REPORT

 

Country Allocation

as of February 28, 2006

(as a percent of total investments)

 

 

* Includes 11 countries, which each represent 1.5% or less of net assets.

 

Portfolio holdings are subject to change daily

 

The ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund (the “Fund”) seeks to provide a high level of income. Capital appreciation is a secondary investment objective.

 

The Fund seeks to achieve its objectives by:

 

                  Investing in a portfolio of global common stocks that have attractive dividend yields.

 

                  Seeking to earn additional income through a strategy of writing covered call options on a substantial portion of the portfolio of common stocks.

 

                  Seeking to provide a measure of downside protection on a portion of the value of the Fund in the event of severe market disruption through the strategic purchase of out-of the-money put options on selected global, regional or local securities indices.

 

The Fund is managed by Moudy EI Khodr, Nicolas Simar, Nina Hodzic, Bas Peeters, Frank van Etten, Ruud Boeve, and Willem van Dommelen, Portfolio Managers, ING Investment Management Advisors B.V. — the Sub-Adviser. Effective January 19, 2006, Nicolas Simar and Moudy El Khodr replaced Jorik van den Bos, Joris Franssen, and Joost de Graaf as Portfolio Managers.

 

[The following individuals share responsibility for the day-to-day management, since January 2006:

 

Nicolas Simar, Head of Value/High Dividend, is responsible for the High Dividend strategies. Mr. Simar started his career at the Banque Bruxelles Lambert in 1996 (now part of ING) as an Investment Manager of Fixed Income and moved three years later to the Equity team to manage the Euro High Dividend strategy. Mr. Simar has ten years of investment experience.

 

Moudy El Khodr, Senior Investment Manager Equities, is responsible for the management of the global and US high dividend strategies. Mr. Khodr has been in charge of the globally investing EUR 3.1 bn large Star fund since he entered ING IM, in March 2001. Prior to this, he was an equity fund manager at Banque Générale du Luxembourg (BGL). Mr. Khodr started his career at the Belgian stock exchange (now Euronext Brussels) in the study & statistical department. He has eight years of investment experience and is a European Certified Financial Analyst.]

 

Portfolio Construction: The selection process begins with constructing an eligible universe of global common stocks with market capitalizations typically over $1 billion and that have a history of paying dividend yields in excess of 3% annually. Through a multi-step screening process of various fundamental factors and fundamental analysis the portfolio managers construct a portfolio generally consisting of 65 – 90 common stocks with a history of attractive dividend yields and stable or growing dividends that are supported by business fundamentals.

 

The Fund’s Integrated Option Strategy: To generate premiums, the Fund writes covered call options on a substantial portion of the common stocks held in the Fund’s portfolio, a strategy known as covered call option writing. Writing covered call options involves selling options granting the buyer the right to purchase certain common stock at a particular price (the “strike price”) either at a particular time or during a particular span of time. If the purchaser exercises a covered call option sold by the Fund, either the common stock will be called away from the Fund and the Fund will receive payment equal to the strike price in addition to the original

 

Top Ten Industries
as of February 28, 2006
(as a percent of net assets)

 

Banks

 

21.1

%

 

 

 

 

Telecommunications

 

12.2

%

 

 

 

 

Oil & Gas

 

9.4

%

 

 

 

 

Electric

 

9.2

%

 

 

 

 

Pharmaceuticals

 

5.2

%

 

 

 

 

Agriculture

 

4.9

%

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Investment Trust

 

4.2

%

 

 

 

 

Diversified Financial Services

 

2.9

%

 

 

 

 

Retail

 

2.9

%

 

 

 

 

Food

 

2.5

%

 

Portfolio holdings are subject to change daily

 

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Ing GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND
PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

PORTFOLIO MANAGERS’ REPORT

 

premium received, or the Fund will pay the purchaser the difference between the cash value of the common stock and the strike price of the option. The payment received for the common stock may be lower than the market value of the common stock at that time.

 

Most of the common stocks held by the Fund may be part of the Fund’s covered call writing strategy. Once the underlying common stock portfolio is constructed, the percentage of each underlying common stock to be used for covered call option writing will be determined based on three factors: stock outlook; market opportunities and attractiveness of the option price

 

During the reporting period, The Fund has generally sold covered call options that are about 30 days long and at strike prices that are at-the-money or near-the-money

 

A portion of the premiums generated from the covered call option strategy may be used to buy index puts on global, regional or local securities indices to provide a measure of downside protection on a portion of the value of the Fund in the event of severe market disruption.

 

Performance: During the eleven-month period ended February 28, 2006, the Fund succeeded in meeting its goals of providing a high level of income and capital appreciation as well as being able to provide a level monthly distribution to shareholders. The Fund provided a total return of 7.84% based on net asset value and 2.13% based on market value. Morgan Stanley Capital International (“MSCI”) World® Index and the Chicago Board Options Exchange Buy Write Monthly Index returned 16.00% and 7.05%, respectively, for the same period.

 

Over the reporting period, call options were written on approximately 30-40% of the Fund’s assets and the focus was on common stocks with higher implied volatility. Since the market was up during the reporting period, all the puts that expired had no value at maturity.

 

Market Review: The world financial markets have had a strong performance over the last 12 months. The markets were boosted by strong global economic data, good earnings results from companies, continued increases in commodity prices and a relatively calm geopolitical environment. The markets were not overly concerned with the interest rate hikes by both the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and the European Central Bank and continued their strong momentum.

 

Backed by rising commodity prices, the Materials, Energy and Utilities sectors outperformed the market. The low interest rate environment continued to support the Real Estate sector. Rising stock markets and a spate of mergers and acquisition activity was positive for the Financials sector, especially for the Diversified Financials and Insurance sectors. Telecoms lagged the market on concerns of growth prospects for the sector. The Information Technology sector was plagued by companies reporting weak results. The Consumer sectors underperformed as they were affected by rising input costs and a highly competitive operating environment. Regionally, Emerging Markets was the best performing market as they benefited from higher economic growth rates. Japan also outperformed as investors were positive on the country’s restructuring prospects. Europe outperformed but the U.S. lagged.

 

Equity Portfolio Commentary: The Fund benefited from its overweight stance in the Utilities, Financials — Banks and Real Estate sectors. The Fund has large positions in Utilities as it generates enormous cash flows, which has resulted in significant dividend increases. We are overweight the Real Estate and Financials sectors as they offer attractive dividend yields, especially compared with Treasury yields, and the fundamentals of the sector remain strong. Our overweight sector positioning in the Telecoms lagged as the sector underperformed. Regionally, the Fund benefited from the overweight stance in Emerging Markets, especially Brazil. Due to the lack of suitable dividend paying opportunities the strategy has no exposure to Japan and hence the strategy suffered as the region performed well. The overweight positioning in Europe was advantageous as Europe slightly outperformed. The underweight positioning in the U.S. was beneficial as the region lagged. The Fund was adversely impacted by the strengthening in the U.S. dollar and has since put a currency hedge for a small portion of the Fund in place.

 

The main outperformers were Brazilian and Chinese oil and gas companies. Petroleo Brasilerio and PetroChina both benefited from rising oil prices and continued strong demand out of China. TDC, Denmark’s leading telecom operator performed strongly as it was taken over by KKR & Co., a private equity firm. The main underperformers were Telecom Italia and China Steel. Our key bet of the telecom sector, Telecom Italia, Italy’s largest telecom company lagged as the whole sector was under severe pressure. Telecom Italia was also affected by a minority shareholder buyout in its mobile subsidiary for a substantial price. China Steel, Taiwan’s largest steel maker with substantial exports to China faced some difficulty as the demand supply dynamics resulted in a sharp decline in the price of steel products.

 

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PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

PORTFOLIO MANAGERS’ REPORT

 

Option Portfolio Commentary: The option strategy of the Fund is designed to create more stable returns as well as income by selling covered calls on individual common stock and buying puts on global, regional and local indices.

 

The calls created premium income; however in the rising markets the strategy also dampened the returns on the equity portfolio to some extent during the reporting period. Because of the strong equity markets, the puts all have expired with no value at their maturities. Buying protective puts was relatively cheap at low volatility levels. Out-of-the money puts are an attractive and strong hedge against potential market declines together with a simultaneous rise in volatility levels.

 

Over the reporting period, covered calls were written on approximately 30-40% of the common stocks in the Fund. The focus was to seek to profit in an efficient way from attractive risk premiums on volatility across the portfolio by implementing the trades for the strategy in the over-the-counter option market. Option market specific factors are monitored by a dedicated research and option trading team with the purpose to add value in the implementation process. These option market specific factors include: volatility risk premium, option and cash market’s liquidity and volatility skew and term structure.

 

A significant part of the Fund’s investments have direct exposure to currency risk, which is partially hedged. In order to maintain full upside potential during advantageous currency moves, the Fund uses foreign exchange put options in an attempt to protect against adverse currency moves. The current low implied volatility in foreign exchange markets enables us to hedge a significant part of the risk at low costs.

 

Current Strategy and Outlook: We believe investments in defensive sectors like Utilities, Telecommunication Services, Real Estate and Consumer Staples could give the strategy downside protection. We believe these sectors are relatively cheap, less dependent on the economic environment and offer stable, high dividend yields. If markets fall significantly, we believe that defensive sectors will continue to yield high dividends, covered calls will continue to generate premium income and the protective puts will continue to offer downside protection.

 

If the equity markets move sideways, stock selection and the consistent, disciplined strategy are expected to add value. In this scenario, we believe that dividends and the premiums from the covered call writing are likely to make up a substantial part of the total return. In the case of a strong rally, the strategy is expected to generate an absolute positive return. However, the upside will be limited as the covered calls written will be exercised thus taking away some of the upside.

 

We expect to maintain the Fund’s current strategy in the current low volatility environment as risk premiums on volatility are still positive in general. We believe volatility levels are picking up a bit, which we believe will lead to lower coverage ratios for the covered calls to gain an equal amount of option premium.

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

The Board of Trustees and Shareholders
ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund

 

We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities, including the portfolio of investments, of ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund as of February 28, 2006, and the related statement of operations, statement of changes in net assets, and the financial highlights for the period from March 30, 2005 (commencement of operations) to February 28, 2006. These financial statements and financial highlights are the responsibility of management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial highlights based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements and financial highlights are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of February 28, 2006 by correspondence with the custodian and brokers. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements and financial highlights referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund as of February 28, 2006, the results of its operations, the changes in its net assets, and the financial highlights for the period from March 30, 2005 to February 28, 2006, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

 

 

Boston, Massachusetts
April 21, 2006

 

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STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006

 

ASSETS:

 

 

 

Investments in securities at value*

 

$

1,845,215,553

 

Cash

 

6,700,930

 

Receivables:

 

 

 

Dividends and interest

 

5,851,552

 

Prepaid expenses

 

25,462

 

Total assets

 

1,857,793,497

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

Payable to affiliates

 

1,136,877

 

Payable to custodian due to overdraft of foreign currency**

 

242,686

 

Payable for trustee fees

 

7,961

 

Other accrued expenses and liabilities

 

2,077,809

 

Options written (premium received $18,285,910)

 

28,483,924

 

Total liabilities

 

31,949,257

 

NET ASSETS (equivalent to $19.08 per share on 95,671,504 shares outstanding)

 

$

1,825,844,240

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS WERE COMPRISED OF:

 

 

 

Paid-in capital — shares of beneficial interest at $0.01 par value (unlimited shares authorized)

 

$

1,790,685,666

 

Distributions in excess of net investment income

 

(7,677,210

)

Accumulated net realized loss on investments, foreign currency related transactions and options

 

(17,325,715

)

Net unrealized appreciation on investments, foreign currency related transactions and options

 

60,161,499

 

NET ASSETS

 

$

1,825,844,240

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Cost of investments in securities

 

$

1,774,929,636

 

** 

Cost of foreign currencies overdraft

 

$

239,069

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

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STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED FEBRUARY 28, 2006

 

 

 

March 30,
2005
(1) to
February 28,

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

INVESTMENT INCOME:

 

 

 

Dividends, net of foreign taxes withheld*

 

$

70,538,748

 

Interest

 

6,651,041

 

Securities lending income

 

15,987

 

Total investment income

 

77,205,776

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES:

 

 

 

Investment management fees

 

16,967,983

 

Transfer agent fees

 

21,461

 

Administrative service fees

 

1,615,984

 

Shareholder reporting expense

 

345,649

 

Professional fees

 

266,263

 

Custody and accounting fees

 

538,236

 

Trustee fees

 

40,832

 

Organizational costs

 

108,000

 

Insurance expense

 

5,109

 

Miscellaneous expense

 

15,292

 

Total expenses

 

19,924,809

 

Net waived and reimbursed fees

 

(3,339,958

)

Net expenses

 

16,584,851

 

Net investment income

 

60,620,925

 

 

 

 

 

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS, FOREIGN CURRENCY RELATED
TRANSACTIONS AND OPTIONS:

 

 

 

Net realized gain (loss) on:

 

 

 

Investments

 

60,561,852

 

Foreign currency related transactions

 

(11,459,824

)

Options written

 

(33,528,213

)

Net realized gain on investments, foreign currency related transactions and options

 

15,573,815

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation on:

 

 

 

Investments

 

70,285,917

 

Foreign currency related transactions

 

73,596

 

Options written

 

(10,198,014

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation on investments, foreign currency related transactions and options

 

60,161,499

 

Net realized and unrealized gain on investments, foreign currency related transactions and options

 

75,735,314

 

Increase in net assets resulting from operations

 

$

136,356,239

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

*

Foreign taxes withheld

 

$

5,287,336

 

(1)

Commencement of operations

 

 

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

9


 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS

 

 

 

March 30,
2005
(1) to
February 28,

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

FROM OPERATIONS:

 

 

 

Net investment income

 

$

60,620,925

 

Net realized gain on investments, foreign currency related transactions and options

 

15,573,815

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation on investments, foreign currency
related transactions and options

 

60,161,499

 

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

 

136,356,239

 

 

 

 

 

FROM DISTRIBUTIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS:

 

 

 

Net investment income

 

(63,621,155

)

Net realized gain on investments

 

(37,576,510

)

Tax return of capital

 

(32,724,647

)

Total distributions

 

(133,922,312

)

 

 

 

 

FROM CAPITAL SHARE TRANSACTIONS:

 

 

 

Net proceeds from sale of shares(2)

 

1,810,700,000

 

Dividends reinvested

 

12,610,313

 

Net increase in net assets resulting from capital share transactions

 

1,823,310,313

 

Net increase in net assets

 

1,825,744,240

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS:

 

 

 

Beginning of period

 

100,000

 

End of period

 

$

1,825,844,240

 

Distributions in excess of net income

 

$

(7,677,210

)

 


(1)  Commencement of operations

(2)  Proceeds from sale of shares net of sales load of $85,500,000 and offering costs of $3,800,000

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

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ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND

 

AND PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Selected data for a share of beneficial interest outstanding throughout each period.

 

 

 

March 30,
2005
(1) to
February 28,
2006

 

Per Share Operating Performance:

 

 

 

Net asset value, beginning of period

 

$

19.06

(2)

 

Income (loss) from investment operations:

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment income

 

$

0.63

 

 

Net realized and unrealized loss

 

 

 

 

 

on investments

 

$

0.79

 

 

Total from investment operations

 

$

1.42

 

 

Less distributions from:

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment income

 

$

0.66

 

 

Net realized gain on investments

 

$

0.43

 

 

Tax return of capital

 

$

0.31

 

 

Total distributions

 

$

1.40

 

 

Net asset value, end of period

 

$

19.08

 

 

Market value, end of period

 

$

18.96

 

 

Total investment return at net asset value(3)

 

%

7.84

 

 

Total investment return at market value(4)

 

%

2.13

 

 

Ratios and Supplemental Data:

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets, end of period (millions)

 

$

1,826

 

 

Ratios to average net assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Net expenses after expense reimbursement(5)

 

%

1.03

 

 

Gross expenses prior to expense reimbursement(5)

 

%

1.23

 

 

Net investment income after expense reimbursement(5)

 

%

3.75

 

 

Portfolio turnover rate(6)

 

%

112

 

 

 

(1)              Commencement of operations.

 

(2)              Net asset value at beginning of period reflects the deduction of the sales load of $0.90 per share and offering costs of $0.04 per share paid by the shareholder from the $20.00 offering price.

 

(3)              Total investment return at net asset value has been calculated assuming a purchase at net asset value at the beginning of each period and a sale at net asset value at the end of each period and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions, if any, in accordance with the provisions of the dividend reinvestment plan. Total investment return at net asset value is not annualized for periods less than one year.

 

(4)              Total investment return at market value measures the change in the market value of your investment assuming reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions, if any, in accordance with the provisions of the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan. Total investment return at market value is not annualized for periods less than one year.

 

(5)              Annualized for periods less than one year.

 

(6)              Not Annualized.

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006

 

NOTE 1 — ORGANIZATION

 

ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund (the “Fund”) is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). The Fund is organized as a Delaware statutory trust. The primary investment strategy for the Fund is to provide a high level of income. Capital appreciation is a secondary investment objective. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing in a portfolio of global common stocks that have a history of attractive dividend yields and utilizing an integrated options writing strategy.

 

NOTE 2 — SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

The following significant accounting policies are consistently followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements, and such policies are in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for investment companies.

 

A.    Security Valuation. Investments in equity securities traded on a national securities exchange are valued at the last reported sale price. Securities reported by NASDAQ are valued at the NASDAQ official closing prices. Securities traded on an exchange or NASDAQ for which there has been no sale and equity securities traded in the over-the-counter-market are valued at the mean between the last reported bid and ask prices. All investments quoted in foreign currencies will be valued daily in U.S. dollars on the basis of the foreign currency exchange rates prevailing at that time. Debt securities are valued at prices obtained from independent services or from one or more dealers making markets in the securities and may be adjusted based on the Fund’s valuation procedures. U.S. Government obligations are valued by using market quotations or independent pricing services which use prices provided by market-makers or estimates of market values obtained from yield data relating to instruments or securities with similar characteristics.

 

Securities and assets for which market quotations are not readily available (which may include certain restricted securities which are subject to limitations as to their sale) are valued at their fair values as determined in good faith by or under the supervision of the Fund’s Board of Trustees (“Board”), in accordance with methods that are specifically authorized by the Board. Securities traded on exchanges, including foreign exchanges, which close earlier than the time that the Fund calculates its net asset value may also be valued at their fair values as determined in good faith by or under the supervision of the Fund’s Board, in accordance with methods that are specifically authorized by the Board. The value of a foreign security traded on an exchange outside the United States is generally based on its price on the principal foreign exchange where it trades as of the time the Fund determines its net asset value (“NAV”) or if the foreign exchange closes prior to the time the Fund determines its NAV, the most recent closing price of the foreign security on its principal exchange. Trading in certain Non-U.S. securities may not take place on all days on which the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) is open. Further, trading takes place in various foreign markets on days on which the NYSE is not open. Consequently, the calculations of the Fund’s NAV may not take place contemporaneously with the determination of the prices of securities held by the Fund in foreign securities markets. Further, the value of the Fund’s assets may be significantly affected by foreign trading on days when a shareholder cannot purchase or redeem shares of the Fund. In calculating the Fund’s NAV, foreign securities denominated in foreign currency are converted to U.S. dollar equivalents. If an event occurs after the time at which the market for foreign securities held by the Fund closes but before the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated, such event may cause the closing price on the foreign exchange to not represent a readily available reliable market value quotation for such securities at the time the Fund determines its NAV. In such a case, the Fund will use the fair value of such securities as determined under the Fund’s valuation procedures. Events after the close of trading on a foreign market that could require the Fund to fair value some or all of its foreign securities include, among others, securities trading in the U.S. and other markets, corporate announcements, natural and other disasters, and political and other events. Among other elements of analysis in the determination of a security’s fair value, the Board has authorized the use of one or more independent research services to assist with such determinations. An independent research service may use statistical analyses and quantitative models to help determine fair value as of the time a Fund calculates its NAV. There can be no assurance that such models accurately reflect the behavior of the applicable markets or the effect of the behavior of such markets on the fair value of securities, or that such markets will

 

12


 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

NOTE 2 — SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

continue to behave in a fashion that is consistent with such models. Unlike the closing price of a security on an exchange, fair value determinations employ elements of judgment. Consequently, the fair value assigned to a security may not represent the actual value that the Fund could obtain if it were to sell the security at the time of the close of the NYSE. Pursuant to procedures adopted by the Board, the Fund is not obligated to use the fair valuations suggested by any research service, and valuation recommendations provided by such research services may be overridden if other events have occurred or if other fair valuations are determined in good faith to be more accurate. Unless an event is such that it causes the Fund to determine that the closing prices for one or more securities do not represent readily available reliable market value quotations at the time the Fund determines its NAV, events that occur between the time of the close of the foreign market on which they are traded and the close of regular trading on the NYSE will not be reflected in the Fund’s NAV. Investments in securities maturing in 60 days or less are valued at amortized cost, which, when combined with accrued interest, approximates market value.

 

Options that are traded over-the-counter will be valued using one of three methods: (1) dealer quotes, (2) industry models with objective inputs, or (3) by using a benchmark arrived at by comparing prior-day dealer quotes with the corresponding change in the underlying security. Exchange traded options will be valued using the last reported sale. If no last sale is reported, exchange traded options will be valued using an industry accepted model such as “Black Scholes.” Options on currencies purchased by the Fund are valued at their last bid price in the case of listed options or at the average of the last bid prices obtained from dealers in the case of over-the-counter options.

 

B.    Security Transactions and Revenue Recognition. Security transactions are recorded on the trade date. Realized gains or losses on sales of investments are calculated on the identified cost basis. Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Premium amortization and discount accretion are determined using the effective yield method. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date or in the case of certain foreign dividends, when the Fund becomes overdue of a dividend payment.

 

C.    Foreign Currency Translation. The books and records of the Fund are maintained in U.S. dollars. Any foreign currency amounts are translated into U.S. dollars on the following basis:

 

(1)   Market value of investment securities, other assets and liabilities — at the exchange rates prevailing at the end of the day.

 

(2)   Purchases and sales of investment securities, income and expenses — at the rates of exchange prevailing on the respective dates of such transactions.

 

Although the net assets and the market values are presented at the foreign exchange rates at the end of the day, the Fund does not isolate the portion of the results of operations resulting from changes in foreign exchange rates on investments from the fluctuations arising from changes in market prices of securities held. Such fluctuations are included with the net realized and unrealized gains or losses from investments. For securities, which are subject to foreign withholding tax upon disposition, liabilities are recorded on the Statement of Assets and Liabilities for the estimated tax withholding based on the securities current market value. Upon disposition, realized gains or losses on such securities are recorded net of foreign withholding tax. Reported net realized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from sales of foreign currencies, currency gains or losses realized between the trade and settlement dates on securities transactions, the difference between the amounts of dividends, interest, and foreign withholding taxes recorded on the Fund’s books and the U.S. dollar equivalent of the amounts actually received or paid. Net unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses arise from changes in the value of assets and liabilities other than investments in securities at period end, resulting from changes in the exchange rate. Foreign security and currency transactions may involve certain considerations and risks not typically associated with investing in U.S. companies and U.S. Government securities. These risks include, but are not limited to, revaluation of currencies and future adverse political and economic developments which could cause securities and their markets to be less liquid and prices more volatile than those of comparable U.S. companies and U.S. Government securities.

 

D.    Forward Foreign Currency Contracts. The Fund may enter into forward foreign currency contracts primarily to hedge against foreign currency exchange rate risks on their non-U.S. dollar denominated investment securities. When entering

 

13


 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

NOTE 2 — SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

into a currency forward contract, the Fund agrees to receive or deliver a fixed quantity of foreign currency for an agreed-upon price on an agreed future date. These contracts are valued daily and the Fund’s net equity therein, representing unrealized gain or loss on the contracts as measured by the difference between the forward foreign exchange rates at the dates of entry into the contracts and the forward rates at the reporting date, is included in the statement of assets and liabilities. Realized and unrealized gains and losses on forward foreign currency contracts are included on the Statement of Operations. These instruments involve market and/or credit risk in excess of the amount recognized in the statement of assets and liabilities. Risks arise from the possible inability of counterparties to meet in terms of their contracts and from movement in currency and securities values and interest rates.

 

E.     Distributions to Shareholders. Dividends from net investment income and net realized gains, if any are declared and paid monthly by the Fund. Distributions are determined annually in accordance with federal tax principles, which may differ from accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for investment companies. The Fund may make distributions on a more frequent basis to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. Distributions are recorded on the ex-dividend date.

 

The tax treatment and characterization of the Fund’s distributions may vary significantly from time to time depending on whether the Fund has gains or losses on the call options written on its portfolio versus gains or losses on the equity securities in the portfolio. The Fund’s distributions will normally reflect past and projected net investment income, and may include income from dividends and interest, capital gains and/or a return of capital. The final composition of the tax characteristics of the distributions cannot be determined with certainty until after the end of the year, and will be reported to shareholders at that time. The amount of monthly distributions will vary, depending on a number of factors. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of dividends on the common shares will change. There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to declare a dividend in each period.

 

For the tax period beginning January 1, 2006 to February 28, 2006, the Fund estimates that distributions will be comprised of approximately 2% net investment income. The remaining portion of the Fund’s monthly distributions is estimated to come from the Fund’s covered-call option strategy, which for tax purposes, may be treated as a combination of long-term and short-term capital gains, and/or a return of capital. The tax character of the Fund’s covered-call option strategy is largely determined by movements in the underlying equity portfolio. Based on the realized appreciation in the Fund’s underlying equity portfolio during the period, the Fund estimates that approximately 41% of the distributions would be considered short-term capital gain and the remaining approximately 57% would be considered a return of capital.

 

F.     Federal Income Taxes. It is the policy of the Fund to comply with subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code and related excise tax provisions applicable to regulated investment companies and to distribute substantially all of its net investment income and any net realized capital gains to its shareholders. Therefore, no federal income tax provision is required. No capital gain distributions shall be made until any capital loss carryforwards have been fully utilized or expired.

 

G.    Use of Estimates. Management of the Fund has made certain estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of assets, liabilities, income, and expenses to prepare these financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for investment companies. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

 

H.    Securities Lending. Under an agreement with The Bank of New York (“BNY”), the Fund has the option to temporarily loan up to 30% of its total assets to brokers, dealers or other financial institutions in exchange for a negotiated lender’s fee. The borrower is required to fully collateralize the loans with cash or U.S. Government securities. Generally, in the event of counterparty default, the Fund has the right to use collateral to offset losses incurred. There would be potential loss to the Fund in the event the Fund is delayed or prevented from exercising its right to dispose of the collateral. The Fund bears the risk of loss with respect to the investment of collateral. Engaging in securities lending could have a leveraging effect, which may intensify the credit, market and other risks associated with investing in a Fund.

 

I.      Organization Expenses and Offering Costs. Costs incurred with the offering of common shares were

 

14


 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

NOTE 2 — SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

 

recorded as a reduction of capital paid in excess of par applicable to common shares. Organization expenses are expensed as incurred.

 

J.     Options Contracts. The Fund may purchase put and call options and may write (sell) put options and covered call options. The premium received by the Fund upon the writing of a put or call option is included in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities as a liability which is subsequently marked-to-market until it is exercised, or closed, or it expires. The Fund will realize a gain or loss upon the expiration or closing of the option contract. When an option is exercised, the proceeds on sales of the underlying security for a written call option or purchased put option and the purchase cost of the security for a written put option, or purchased call option is adjusted by the amount of premium received or paid. Realized and unrealized gains or losses on option contracts are reflected in the accompanying financial statements. The risk in writing a call option is that the Fund gives up the opportunity for profit if the market price of the security increases and the option is exercised. The risk in writing a put option is that the Fund may incur a loss if the market price of the security decreases and the option is exercised. The risk in buying an option is that the Fund pays a premium whether or not the option is exercised. Risks may also arise from an illiquid secondary market or from the inability of counterparties to meet the terms of the contract.

 

NOTE 3 — INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT FEE

 

ING Investments, LLC (the “Investment Adviser”) is the Investment Adviser of the Fund. The Fund pays the Investment Adviser for its services under the Management Agreement, a fee, payable monthly, based on an annual rate of 1.05% of the Fund’s managed assets. For the first five years of the Fund’s existence, the Investment Adviser will contractually waive 0.20% of the Fund’s managed assets. Beginning in the sixth year, the fee waiver will decline each year by 0.05% until it is eliminated in the ninth year. For the purposes of the Management Agreement, managed assets are defined as the Fund’s average daily gross asset value, minus the sum of the Fund’s accrued and unpaid dividends on any outstanding preferred shares and accrued liabilities (other than liabilities for the principal amount of any borrowings incurred, commercial paper or notes issued by the Fund and the liquidation preference of any outstanding preferred shares). As of February 28, 2006, there were no preferred shares outstanding.

 

The Investment Adviser entered into a Sub-Advisory Agreement with ING Investment Management Advisors B.V. (“IIMA”) for the Fund. IIMA manages the Fund’s assets in accordance with the Fund’s investment objectives, policies and limitations.

 

The Investment Adviser has also retained ING Investment Management Co. (“ING IM” or “Consultant”), a Connecticut corporation, to provide certain consulting services for the Investment Adviser. These services include, among other things, furnishing statistical and other factual information; providing advice with respect to potential investment strategies that may be employed for the Fund, including, but not limited to, potential options strategies; developing economic models of the anticipated investment performance and yield for the Fund; and providing advice to the Investment Adviser and/or Sub-Adviser with respect to the Fund’s level and/or managed distribution policy. For its services, the Consultant will receive a consultancy fee from the Investment Manager. No fee will be paid by the Fund directly to the Consultant.

 

ING Funds Services, LLC (the “Administrator”) serves as Administrator to the Fund. The Fund pays the Administrator for its services a fee based on an annual rate of 0.10% of the Fund’s managed assets. The Investment Adviser, IIMA, ING IM and the Administrator are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of ING Groep N.V. (“ING Groep”). ING Groep is one of the largest financial services organizations in the world, and offers an array of banking, insurance and asset management services to both individuals and institutional investors.

 

NOTE 4 — OTHER TRANSACTIONS WITH AFFILIATED AND RELATED PARTIES

 

At February 28, 2006, the Fund had the following amounts recorded in payable to affiliates on the accompanying Statement of Assets and Liabilities:

 

Accrued

 

 

 

 

 

Investment

 

Accrued

 

 

 

Management

 

Administrative

 

 

 

 

Fees

 

 

 

Fees

 

 

 

Total

 

 

$997,943

 

$138,934

 

$1,136,877

 

 

The Fund has adopted a Retirement Policy covering all Independent Trustees of the Fund who will have served as an Independent Trustee for at least five years at the time of retirement. Benefits under this plan are based on an annual rate as defined in the plan agreement and are recorded as trustee fees in the financial statements.

 

NOTE 5 — PURCHASES AND SALES OF INVESTMENT SECURITIES

 

The cost of purchases and proceeds from sales of investments for the period ended February 28, 2006,

 

15


 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

excluding short-term securities, were $3,702,295,558 and $1,997,952,881, respectively.

 

NOTE 6 — CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN

 

Written option activity for the Fund for the period ended February 28, 2006 was as follows:

 

 

 

Number of

 

 

 

 

 

Contracts

 

Premiums

 

 

 

 

(000’s)

 

 

 

Received

 

 

Options outstanding at
March 30, 2005

 

 

 

$

 

 

Options written

 

539,953

 

 

143,527,082

 

 

Options terminated in closing
purchase transactions

 

(266,943

)

 

(69,615,448

)

 

Options expired

 

(202,833

)

 

(48,038,725

)

 

Options exercised

 

 

(15,704

)

 

 

(7,587,000

)

 

Options outstanding at
February 28, 2006

 

 

54,473

 

 

$

18,285,909

 

 

 

NOTE 7 — CONCENTRATION OF INVESTMENT RISKS

 

Foreign Securities and Emerging Markets. The Fund makes significant investments in foreign securities and may invest up to 20% of its managed assets in securities issued by companies located in countries with emerging markets. Investments in foreign securities may entail risks not present in domestic investments. Since investments in securities are denominated in foreign currencies, changes in the relationship of these foreign currencies to the U.S. dollar can significantly affect the value of the investments and earnings of the Fund. Foreign investments may also subject the Fund to foreign government exchange restrictions, expropriation, taxation or other political, social or economic developments, as well as from movements in currency, security value and interest rate, all of which could affect the market and/or credit risk of the investments. The risks of investing in foreign securities can be intensified in the case of investments in issuers located in countries with emerging markets.

 

Non-Diversified. The Fund is classified as a “non-diversified” investment company under the 1940 Act, which means that the Fund may invest more than 5% of the value of its assets in the obligations of any single issuer. If the Fund invests a relatively high percentage of its assets in obligations of a limited number of issuers, the Fund will be more at risk to any single corporate, economic, political or regulatory event that impacts one or more of those issuers. Conversely, even though classified as non-diversified, the Fund may actually maintain a portfolio that is highly diversified with a large number of issuers. In such an event, the Fund would benefit less from appreciation in a single corporate issuer than if it had greater exposure to that issuer.

 

Leverage. Although the Fund has no current intention to do so, the Fund is authorized to utilize leverage through the issuance of preferred shares and/or borrowings, including the issuance of debt securities. In the event that the Fund determines in the future to utilize investment leverage, there can be no assurance that such a leveraging strategy will be successful during any period in which it is employed.

 

NOTE 8 — SECURITIES LENDING

 

Under an agreement with BNY, the Fund can lend its securities to approved brokers, dealers and other financial institutions. Loans are collateralized by cash and U.S. Government securities. The collateral must be in an amount equal to at least 105% of the market value of non-U.S. securities loaned and 102% of the market value of U.S. securities loaned. The cash collateral received is invested in approved investments as defined in the Securities Lending Agreement with BNY (the “Agreement”). The securities purchased with cash collateral received are reflected in the Portfolio of Investments. Generally, in the event of counterparty default, the Fund has the right to use the collateral to offset losses incurred. The Agreement contains certain guarantees by BNY in the event of counterparty default and/or a borrower’s failure to return a loaned security; however there would be a potential loss to the Fund in the event the Fund is delayed or prevented from exercising their right to dispose of the collateral. The Fund bears the risk of loss with respect to the investment of collateral. Engaging in securities lending could have a leveraging effect, which may intensify the credit, market and other risks associated with investing in the Fund. At February 28, 2006, the Fund did not have any securities on loan.

 

NOTE 9 — CAPITAL SHARES

 

Transaction in capital shares and dollars were as follows:

 

 

 

March 30, 2005(1)
to
February 28,

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

Number of Shares

 

 

 

 

Shares sold

 

95,000,000

 

 

Dividends reinvested

 

666,504

 

 

Net increase in shares outstanding

 

95,666,504

 

 

$

 

 

 

 

Shares sold(2)

 

$

1,810,700,000

 

 

Dividends reinvested

 

12,610,313

 

 

Net increase

 

$

1,823,310,313

 

 

 


(1) Commencement of operations

(2) Proceeds from sales of shares net of sales load paid of $85,500,000 and offering costs of $3,800,000.

 

16


 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

NOTE 10 — FEDERAL INCOME TAXES

 

The amount of distributions from net investment income and net realized capital gains are determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations, which may differ from U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for investment companies. These book/tax differences may be either temporary or permanent. Permanent differences are reclassified within the capital accounts based on their federal tax-basis treatment; temporary differences are not reclassified. Key differences include the treatment of short-term capital gains, foreign currency transactions, and wash sale deferrals. Distributions in excess of net investment income and/or net realized capital gains for tax purposes are reported as distributions of paid-in capital.

 

The following permanent tax differences have been reclassified as of December 31, 2005:

 

Paid-in

 

Undistributed
Net Investment Income

 

Accumulated
Net Realized

 

 

Capital

 

 

 

On Investments

 

 

 

Gains/(Losses)

 

 

$—

 

$(4,676,980)

 

$4,676,980

 

 

 

Dividends paid by the Fund from net investment income and distributions of net realized short-term capital gains are, for federal income tax purposes, taxable as ordinary income to shareholders.

 

The tax composition of dividends and distributions to shareholders was as follows:

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2005

 

 

 

 

Ordinary

 

Long-Term

 

Return

 

 

Income

 

 

 

Capital Gains

 

 

 

of Capital

 

 

$85,607,113

 

$690,634

 

$32,724,647

 

 

 

The tax-basis components of distributable earnings and the expiration dates of the capital loss carryforwards which may be used to offset future realized capital gains for federal income tax purposes as of December 31, 2005 were:

 

Undistributed
Ordinary

 

Undistributed
Long Term

 

Unrealized
Appreciation/

 

Post-October
Capital
Losses

 

Post-October
Currency
Losses

 

Capital
Loss

 

Expiration

 

 

Income

 

 

 

Capital Gains

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

Deferred

 

 

 

Deferred

 

 

 

Carryforwards

 

 

 

Dates

 

 

$—

 

$—

 

$42,191,222

 

$—

 

$—

 

$—

 

 

 

NOTE 11 — INFORMATION REGARDING TRADING OF ING’S U.S. MUTUAL FUNDS

 

In 2004 ING Investments has reported to the Boards of Directors/Trustees (the “Boards”) of the ING Funds that, like many U.S. financial services companies, ING Investments and certain of its U.S. affiliates have received informal and formal requests for information since September 2003 from various governmental and self-regulatory agencies in connection with investigations related to mutual funds and variable insurance products. ING Investments has advised the Boards that it and its affiliates have cooperated fully with each request.

 

In addition to responding to regulatory and governmental requests, ING Investments reported that management of U.S. affiliates of ING Groep N.V., including ING Investments (collectively, “ING”), on their own initiative, have conducted, through independent special counsel and a national accounting firm, an extensive internal review of trading in ING insurance, retirement, and mutual fund products. The goal of this review was to identify any instances of inappropriate trading in those products by third parties or by ING investment professionals and other ING personnel. ING’s internal review related to mutual fund trading is now substantially completed. ING has reported that, of the millions of customer relationships that ING maintains, the internal review identified several isolated arrangements allowing third parties to engage in frequent trading of mutual funds within ING’s variable insurance and mutual fund products, and identified other circumstances where frequent trading occurred, despite measures taken by ING intended to combat market timing. ING further reported that each of these arrangements has been terminated and fully disclosed to regulators. The results of the internal review were also reported to the independent members of the Board.

 

ING Investments has advised the Board that most of the identified arrangements were initiated prior to ING’s acquisition of the businesses in question in the U.S. ING Investments further reported that the companies in question did not receive special benefits in return for any of these arrangements, which have all been terminated.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

NOTE 11 — INFORMATION REGARDING TRADING OF ING’S U.S. MUTUAL FUNDS (continued)

 

Based on the internal review, ING Investments has advised the Board that the identified arrangements do not represent a systemic problem in any of the companies that were involved.

 

In September 2005, ING Funds Distributor, LLC (“IFD”), the distributor of certain ING Funds, settled an administrative proceeding with the NASD regarding three arrangements, dating from 1995, 1996 and 1998, under which the administrator to the then Pilgrim Funds, which subsequently became part of the ING Funds, entered into formal and informal arrangements that permitted frequent trading. Under the terms of the Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) with the NASD, under which IFD neither admitted nor denied the allegations or findings, IFD consented to the following sanctions: (i) a censure; (ii) a fine of $1.5 million; (iii) restitution of approximately $1.44 million to certain ING Funds for losses attributable to excessive trading described in the AWC; and (iv) agreement to make certification to NASD regarding the review and establishment of certain procedures.

 

In addition to the arrangements discussed above, in 2004 ING Investments reported to the Board that, at that time, these instances include the following, in addition to the arrangements subject to the AWC discussed above:

 

      Aeltus Investment Management, Inc. (a predecessor entity to ING Investment Management Co.) has identified two investment professionals who engaged in extensive frequent trading in certain ING Funds. One was subsequently terminated for cause and incurred substantial financial penalties in connection with this conduct and the second has been disciplined.

 

      ReliaStar Life Insurance Company (“ReliaStar”) entered into agreements seven years ago permitting the owner of policies issued by the insurer to engage in frequent trading and to submit orders until 4pm Central Time. In 2001 ReliaStar also entered into a selling agreement with a broker-dealer that engaged in frequent trading. Employees of ING affiliates were terminated and/or disciplined in connection with these matters.

 

      In 1998, Golden American Life Insurance Company entered into arrangements permitting a broker-dealer to frequently trade up to certain specific limits in a fund available in an ING variable annuity product. No employee responsible for this arrangement remains at the company.

 

For additional information regarding these matters, you may consult the Form 8-K and Form 8-K/A for each of four life insurance companies, ING USA Annuity and Life Insurance Company, ING Life Insurance and Annuity Company, ING Insurance Company of America, and ReliaStar Life Insurance Company of New York, each filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 29, 2004 and September 8, 2004. These Forms 8-K and Forms 8-K/A can be accessed through the SEC’s Web site at http://www.sec.gov. Despite the extensive internal review conducted through independent special counsel and a national accounting firm, there can be no assurance that the instances of inappropriate trading reported to the Board are the only instances of such trading respecting the ING Funds.

 

ING Investments reported to the Board that ING is committed to conducting its business with the highest standards of ethical conduct with zero tolerance for noncompliance. Accordingly, ING Investments advised the Board that ING management was disappointed that its voluntary internal review identified these situations. Viewed in the context of the breadth and magnitude of its U.S. business as a whole, ING management does not believe that ING’s acquired companies had systemic ethical or compliance issues in these areas. Nonetheless, ING Investments reported that given ING’s refusal to tolerate any lapses, it has taken the steps noted below, and will continue to seek opportunities to further strengthen the internal controls of its affiliates.

 

      ING has agreed with the ING Funds to indemnify and hold harmless the ING Funds from all damages resulting from wrongful conduct by ING or its employees or from ING’s internal investigation, any investigations conducted by any governmental or self-regulatory agencies, litigation or other formal proceedings, including any proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission. ING Investments reported to the Board that ING management believes that the total amount of any indemnification obligations will not be material to ING or its U.S. business.

 

      ING updated its Code of Conduct for employees reinforcing its employees’ obligation to conduct personal trading activity consistent with the law, disclosed limits, and other requirements.

 

      The ING Funds, upon a recommendation from ING, updated their respective Codes of Ethics applicable to investment professionals with ING entities and certain other fund personnel,

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

NOTE 11 — INFORMATION REGARDING TRADING OF ING’S U.S. MUTUAL FUNDS (continued)

 

requiring such personnel to pre-clear any purchases or sales of ING Funds that are not systematic in nature (i.e., dividend reinvestment), and imposing minimum holding periods for shares of ING Funds.

 

      ING instituted excessive trading policies for all customers in its variable insurance and retirement products and for shareholders of the ING Funds sold to the public through financial intermediaries. ING does not make exceptions to these policies.

 

      ING reorganized and expanded its U.S. Compliance Department, and created an Enterprise Compliance team to enhance controls and consistency in regulatory compliance.

 

As has been widely reported in the media, the New York Attorney General’s office (“NYAG”) is conducting broad investigations regarding insurance quoting and brokerage practices. ING U.S. has been subpoenaed in this regard, and is cooperating fully with these NYAG requests for information.

 

ING U.S. believes that its practices are consistent with our business principles and our commitment to our customers.

At this time, in light of the current regulatory factors, ING U.S. is actively engaged in reviewing whether any modifications in our practices are appropriate for the future.

 

There can be no assurance that these matters, or the adverse publicity associated with them, will not result in increased fund redemptions, reduced sale of fund shares, or other adverse consequences to ING Funds.

 

NOTE 12 — SUBSEQUENT EVENT

 

Dividends: Subsequent to February 28, 2006, the Fund declared dividends of:

 

Per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

 

 

 

Declaration Date

 

 

 

Payable Date

 

 

 

Record Date

 

 

$0.1560

 

 

03/15/2006

 

 

04/17/2006

 

 

04/03/2006

 

$0.1560

 

 

04/20/06

 

 

05/20/06

 

 

05/20/06

 

 

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ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS

PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006

 

Shares

 

 

 

 

 

Value

 

COMMON STOCK: 98.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia: 6.3%

 

 

 

1,433,737

 

 

 

Australia & New Zealand
Banking Group Ltd.

 

$

27,281,431

 

1,549,911

 

 

 

Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd.

 

8,080,581

 

3,096,080

 

 

 

GPT Group

 

9,519,727

 

706,647

 

 

 

Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd.

 

8,906,871

 

963,867

 

 

 

Santos Ltd.

 

8,105,216

 

577,581

 

 

 

SunCorp.-Metway Ltd.

 

8,748,685

 

753,905

 

 

 

TABCorp. Holdings Ltd.

 

8,479,397

 

653,026

 

 

 

Wesfarmers Ltd.

 

17,670,338

 

1,378,528

 

 

 

Westfield Group

 

18,178,856

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

114,971,102

 

 

 

 

 

Belgium:1.6%

 

 

 

810,207

 

 

 

Fortis

 

28,864,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28,864,194

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil: 2.8%

 

 

 

401,243

 

 

 

Cia Siderurgica Nacional
SA ADR

 

11,824,631

 

165,000

 

@

 

Petroleo Brasileiro SA ADR

 

14,444,100

 

183,700

 

@

 

Petroleo Brasileiro
SA ADR - Class A

 

14,690,489

 

525,100

 

@

 

Tele Norte Leste Participacoes
SA ADR

 

9,730,103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50,689,323

 

 

 

 

 

Canada: 3.2%

 

 

 

223,701

 

 

 

Enerplus Resources Fund

 

11,334,930

 

692,855

 

 

 

Fording Canadian Coal Trust

 

28,275,413

 

597,499

 

 

 

TransCanada Corp.

 

18,372,064

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

57,982,407

 

 

 

 

 

China: 1.5%

 

 

 

28,088,000

 

 

 

PetroChina Co., Ltd.

 

27,313,002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27,313,002

 

 

 

 

 

Denmark: 1.5%

 

 

 

764,800

 

 

 

Danske Bank A/S

 

27,274,413

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27,274,413

 

 

 

 

 

Germany: 2.3%

 

 

 

1,694,424

 

 

 

Deutsche Telekom AG

 

26,778,657

 

177,018

 

 

 

RWE AG

 

15,223,503

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42,002,160

 

 

 

 

 

Greece: 0.5%

 

 

 

241,880

 

 

 

OPAP SA

 

9,164,101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,164,101

 

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong: 1.5%

 

 

 

1,620,000

 

 

 

CLP Holdings Ltd.

 

9,261,169

 

1,383,000

 

 

 

Hang Seng Bank Ltd.

 

18,489,904

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27,751,073

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland: 1.1%

 

 

 

1,120,479

 

 

 

Bank of Ireland

 

19,937,097

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,937,097

 

 

 

 

 

Israel: 0.5%

 

 

 

1,957,530

 

 

 

Bank Hapoalim Ltd.

 

8,966,826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,966,826

 

 

 

 

 

Italy: 8.4%

 

 

 

4,962,914

 

 

 

Banca Intesa S.p.A.

 

$

29,326,470

 

4,433,023

 

 

 

Enel S.p.A.

 

36,888,851

 

922,663

 

 

 

ENI-Ente Nazionale
Idrocarburi S.p.A.

 

26,380,493

 

14,061,346

 

 

 

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

 

32,312,546

 

3,914,999

 

 

 

UniCredito Italiano S.p.A.

 

28,478,835

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

153,387,195

 

 

 

 

 

Netherlands: 4.6%

 

 

 

1,012,025

 

 

 

ABN Amro Holding NV

 

29,494,858

 

838,045

 

 

 

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

 

25,268,187

 

2,787,534

 

 

 

Royal KPN NV

 

28,861,969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

83,625,014

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand: 0.7%

 

 

 

3,976,750

 

 

 

Telecom Corp. of New Zealand Ltd.

 

13,979,807

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,979,807

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal: 1.4%

 

 

 

2,216,817

 

 

 

Portugal Telecom SGPS SA

 

25,583,606

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25,583,606

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore: 0.5%

 

 

 

998,000

 

 

 

United Overseas Bank Ltd.

 

9,193,320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,193,320

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa: 1.7%

 

 

 

1,250,239

 

 

 

Standard Bank Group Ltd.

 

15,969,289

 

592,561

 

 

 

Telkom SA Ltd.

 

15,598,086

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,567,375

 

 

 

 

 

South Korea: 0.5%

 

 

 

128,804

 

 

 

S-Oil Corp.

 

9,265,188

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,265,188

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden: 1.9%

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

Sandvik AB

 

861

 

233,900

 

 

 

Scania AB

 

9,770,325

 

575,000

 

 

 

Volvo AB

 

25,068,642

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34,839,828

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand: 0.4%

 

 

 

1,075,000

 

 

 

Siam Cement PCL

 

7,296,255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,296,255

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom: 17.3%

 

 

 

2,189,066

 

 

 

Aviva PLC

 

30,238,818

 

2,347,796

 

 

 

BP PLC

 

25,929,203

 

1,258,187

 

 

 

British American Tobacco PLC

 

29,927,616

 

6,213,649

 

 

 

Centrica PLC

 

31,600,347

 

1,888,418

 

 

 

Diageo PLC

 

28,934,282

 

7,962,196

 

 

 

Dixons Group PLC

 

23,970,962

 

1,077,334

 

 

 

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

 

27,318,746

 

1,593,533

 

 

 

GUS PLC

 

29,276,886

 

942,504

 

 

 

Provident Financial PLC

 

9,925,755

 

889,720

 

 

 

Royal Bank of Scotland
Group PLC

 

29,711,811

 

2,897,497

 

 

 

Taylor Woodrow PLC

 

21,083,630

 

2,290,522

 

 

 

United Utilities PLC

 

27,381,582

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

315,299,638

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

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ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS

PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

Shares

 

 

 

 

 

Value

 

 

 

 

 

United States: 38.1%

 

 

 

483,635

 

 

 

Altria Group, Inc.

 

$

34,773,357

 

348,260

 

 

 

Ameren Corp.

 

17,646,334

 

258,600

 

 

 

American Capital
Strategies Ltd.

 

9,232,020

 

1,103,740

 

 

 

AT&T, Inc.

 

30,452,187

 

802,983

 

 

 

Bank of America Corp.

 

36,816,771

 

938,080

 

 

 

BellSouth Corp.

 

29,624,566

 

751,770

 

 

 

Citigroup, Inc.

 

34,859,575

 

690,211

 

 

 

Citizens Communications Co.

 

9,214,317

 

1,043,468

 

 

 

ConAgra Foods, Inc.

 

21,944,132

 

196,000

 

 

 

Developers Diversified
Realty Corp.

 

9,837,240

 

951,576

 

 

 

Duke Energy Corp.

 

27,024,758

 

818,434

 

 

 

EI Du Pont de Nemours & Co.

 

32,933,784

 

584,100

 

 

 

Equity Office Properties Trust

 

18,369,945

 

442,700

 

 

 

Equity Residential

 

20,045,456

 

493,248

 

 

 

Exelon Corp.

 

28,169,393

 

782,457

 

 

 

Keycorp

 

29,162,172

 

270,922

 

 

 

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

 

25,136,143

 

817,036

 

 

 

Merck & Co., Inc.

 

28,481,875

 

531,967

 

 

 

New York Community
Bancorp, Inc.

 

8,974,283

 

1,493,346

 

 

 

Pfizer, Inc.

 

39,110,732

 

218,232

 

 

 

Rayonier, Inc.

 

9,405,799

 

1,395,034

 

 

 

Sara Lee Corp.

 

24,650,251

 

333,900

 

 

 

Simon Property Group LP

 

27,703,683

 

997,801

 

 

 

Southern Co.

 

33,955,168

 

153,094

 

 

 

Southern Copper Corp.

 

12,193,937

 

341,663

 

 

 

Thornburg Mortgage, Inc.

 

8,872,988

 

901,660

 

 

 

US BanCorp.

 

27,870,310

 

658,212

 

 

 

UST, Inc.

 

25,591,283

 

790,151

 

 

 

Washington Mutual, Inc.

 

33,739,448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

695,791,907

 

 

 

 

 

Total Common Stock
(Cost $1,718,231,808)

 

1,794,744,831

 

WARRANTS: 2.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India: 0.5%

 

 

 

333,215

 

@

 

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd.

 

8,520,308

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,520,308

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan: 2.0%

 

 

 

19,188,000

 

@

 

China Steel Corp.

 

18,870,767

 

5,437,720

 

@

 

Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp.

 

8,537,220

 

13,305,000

 

@,#

 

Mega Financial Holdings Co. Ltd.

 

10,111,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37,519,787

 

 

 

 

 

Total Warrants
(Cost $46,734,780)

 

46,040,095

 

 

 

No. of
Contracts

 

 

 

Value

 

 

 

 

 

PUT OPTIONS: 0.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia: 0.0%

 

 

 

7,500

 

 

 

S&P/ASX 200 Index,
strike price 4,432 AUD,
expires 03/22/06

 

1,829

 

7,300

 

 

 

S&P/ASX 200 Index,
strike price 4,560 AUD,
expires 5/19/06

 

126,690

 

7,500

 

 

 

S&P/ASX 200 Index,
strike price 4,574 AUD,
expires 04/21/06

 

$

85,257

 

31,000,000

 

(1)

 

Australian Dollar
Currency Option,
strike price 0.713 AUD,
expires 03/22/06

 

2,369

 

38,000,000

 

(1)

 

Australian Dollar
Currency Option,
strike price 0.723 AUD,
expires 04/27/06

 

130,747

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

346,892

 

 

 

 

 

European Union: 0.1%

 

 

 

22,000

 

 

 

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50
Index, strike price 3,330
EURO, expires 03/22/06

 

51,450

 

18,000

 

 

 

Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50
Index, strike price
3,330 EURO, expires 04/21/06

 

84,643

 

18,500

 

 

 

Dow Jones Euro
Stoxx 50 Index,
strike price 3,501 EURO,
expires 05/19/06

 

647,922

 

77,000,000

 

(2)

 

European Union
Currency Option,
strike price 1.161 EURO,
expires 03/22/06

 

38,344

 

94,000,000

 

(2)

 

European Union
Currency Option,
strike price 1.190 EURO,
expires 04/26/06

 

908,817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,731,176

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom: 0.1%

 

 

 

7,000

 

 

 

Financial Times 100 Index,
strike price 5,200 GBP,
expires 03/22/06

 

18,225

 

7,500

 

 

 

Financial Times 100 Index,
strike price 5,365 GBP,
expires 04/21/06

 

162,683

 

5,250

 

 

 

Financial Times 100 Index,
strike price 5,528 GBP,
expires 05/19/06

 

449,129

 

77,000,000

 

(3)

 

United Kingdom
Currency Option,
strike price 1.705 GBP,
expires 03/22/06

 

27,953

 

57,000,000

 

(3)

 

United Kingdom
Currency Option,
strike price 1.725 GBP,
expires 04/26/06

 

283,162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

941,152

 

 

 

 

 

United States: 0.1%

 

 

 

120,000

 

 

 

S&P 500® Index, strike
price $1,180,
expires 03/22/06

 

58,743

 

107,000

 

 

 

S&P 500® Index, strike
price $1,190,
expires 04/21/06

 

312,394

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

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ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS

PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

No. of
Contracts

 

 

 

 

 

Value

 

 

 

 

 

United States (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

112,000

 

 

 

S&P 500® Index,
strike price $1,223,
expires 05/19/06

 

 

 

$

1,040,270

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,411,407

 

 

 

 

 

Total Put Options
(Cost $9,963,048)

 

 

 

4,430,627

 

 

 

 

 

Total Investments in
Securities (Cost
$1,774,929,636)*

 

101.1

%

$

1,845,215,553

 

 

 

 

 

Other Assets and
Liabilities-Net

 

(1.1

)

(19,371,313

)

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

 

100.0

%

$

1,825,844,240

 

 

Certain foreign securities have been fair valued in accordance with procedures approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees (Note 2A).

@            Non-income producing security

ADR       American Depositary Receipt

#              Securities with purchases pursuant to Rule 144A, under the Securities Act of 1933 and may not be resold subject to that rule except to qualified institutional buyers. These securities have been determined to be liquid under the guidelines established by the Funds’ Board of Directors/Trustees.

(1)           Number of contracts are denominated in Austrailian Dollars.

(2)           Number of contracts are denominated in European Union Dollars.

(3)           Number of contracts are denominated in Great British Pound Sterling.

*              Cost for federal income tax purposes is $1,792,498,983. Net unrealized appreciation consists of:

Gross Unrealized Appreciation

 

$

114,387,852

 

Gross Unrealized Depreciation

 

(61,671,282

)

Net Unrealized Appreciation

 

$

52,716,570

 

 

Industry

 

Percentage of
Net Assets

 

Agriculture

 

4.9

%

 

Auto Manufacturers

 

1.9

 

 

Banks

 

21.1

 

 

Beverages

 

2.0

 

 

Building Materials

 

0.4

 

 

Chemicals

 

2.3

 

 

Coal

 

1.5

 

 

Currency Option

 

0.1

 

 

Diversified Financial Services

 

2.9

 

 

Electric

 

9.2

 

 

Entertainment

 

1.0

 

 

Food

 

2.5

 

 

Forest Products & Paper

 

0.5

 

 

Gas

 

1.7

 

 

Home Builders

 

1.2

 

 

Index Option

 

0.2

 

 

Insurance

 

1.7

 

 

Investment Companies

 

0.5

 

 

Iron/Steel

 

1.7

 

 

Media

 

0.5

 

 

Mining

 

0.7

 

 

Miscellaneous Manufacturing

 

1.0

 

 

Oil & Gas

 

9.4

 

 

Pharmaceuticals

 

5.2

 

 

Pipelines

 

2.4

 

 

Real Estate

 

1.5

 

 

Real Estate Investment Trust

 

4.2

 

 

Retail

 

2.9

 

 

Savings & Loans

 

2.3

 

 

Telecommunications

 

12.2

 

 

Water

 

1.5

 

 

Other Assets and Liabilities

 

 

(1.1

)

 

Net Assets

 

 

100.0

%

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

22


 

ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS

PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (CONTINUED)

 

No. of
Contracts

 

Expiration
Date

 

Strike
Price/Rate

 

Premiums
Received

 

Value

 

WRITTEN OPTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Options Written

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

615,000

 

 

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

24.45

 

AUD

 

$

216,999

 

$

583,259

 

1,273,000

 

 

GPT Group

 

3/1/2006

 

3.90

 

AUD

 

83,744

 

236,968

 

291,000

 

 

Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

17.12

 

AUD

 

96,151

 

7,007

 

396,000

 

 

Santos Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

12.43

 

AUD

 

133,213

 

 

240,000

 

 

Suncorp-Metway Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

20.45

 

AUD

 

94,550

 

20

 

328,000

 

 

TABCORP Holdings Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

15.35

 

AUD

 

90,723

 

2,366

 

273,000

 

 

Wesfarmers Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

36.52

 

AUD

 

196,530

 

17,012

 

571,000

 

 

Westfield Group

 

3/1/2006

 

16.94

 

AUD

 

165,191

 

265,704

 

316,000

 

 

Danske Bank A/S

 

3/1/2006

 

218.50

 

DKK

 

229,793

 

242,841

 

422,000

 

 

ABN AMRO Holding NV

 

3/1/2006

 

22.07

 

EURO

 

260,648

 

1,198,416

 

2,081,000

 

 

Banca Intesa S.p.A.

 

3/1/2006

 

4.50

 

EURO

 

326,389

 

1,162,574

 

696,000

 

 

Deutsche Telekom AG

 

3/1/2006

 

13.37

 

EURO

 

248,081

 

14,507

 

1,827,000

 

 

Enel S.p.A.

 

3/1/2006

 

6.98

 

EURO

 

324,499

 

53,246

 

380,000

 

 

ENI S.p.A.

 

3/1/2006

 

24.29

 

EURO

 

293,268

 

3,892

 

340,000

 

 

Fortis

 

3/1/2006

 

27.60

 

EURO

 

264,910

 

978,047

 

922,000

 

 

Portugal Telecom SGPS SA

 

3/1/2006

 

8.39

 

EURO

 

245,527

 

1,440,690

 

349,000

 

 

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

26.45

 

EURO

 

287,525

 

4

 

1,152,000

 

 

Royal KPN NV

 

3/1/2006

 

7.99

 

EURO

 

412,571

 

948,710

 

145,000

 

 

RWE AG

 

3/1/2006

 

65.82

 

EURO

 

322,539

 

1,077,826

 

6,207,000

 

 

Telecom Italia S.p.A.

 

3/1/2006

 

2.00

 

EURO

 

468,502

 

 

1,615,000

 

 

UniCredito Italiano S.p.A.

 

3/1/2006

 

5.71

 

EURO

 

330,088

 

761,346

 

896,000

 

 

Aviva PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

714

 

GBP

 

302,140

 

1,178,242

 

973,000

 

 

BP PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

6.50

 

GBP

 

360,081

 

81

 

2,562,000

 

 

Centrica PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

2.55

 

GBP

 

414,918

 

1,611,707

 

778,000

 

 

Diageo PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

8.33

 

GBP

 

263,924

 

593,827

 

3,279,000

 

 

DSG International PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

1.69

 

GBP

 

326,481

 

194,441

 

443,000

 

 

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

14.38

 

GBP

 

301,888

 

88,015

 

659,000

 

 

GUS PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

9.81

 

GBP

 

313,209

 

801,075

 

367,000

 

 

Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

17.56

 

GBP

 

302,050

 

986,364

 

1,134,000

 

 

Taylor Woodrow PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

3.75

 

GBP

 

243,804

 

806,024

 

980,000

 

 

United Utilities PLC

 

3/1/2006

 

6.70

 

GBP

 

267,289

 

224,549

 

12,045,000

 

 

PetroChina Co., Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

7.62

 

HKD

 

416,569

 

49,460

 

97,000

 

 

Scania AB

 

3/1/2006

 

297.69

 

SEK

 

107,472

 

408,256

 

237,000

 

 

Volvo AB

 

3/1/2006

 

363.00

 

SEK

 

313,492

 

 

418,000

 

 

United Overseas Bank Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

14.73

 

SGD

 

81,735

 

72,193

 

199,000

 

 

Altria Group, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

75.41

 

USD

 

529,341

 

19

 

147,000

 

 

Ameren Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

52.17

 

USD

 

161,700

 

4

 

457,000

 

 

AT&T, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

24.91

 

USD

 

241,296

 

1,223,966

 

334,000

 

 

Bank of America Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

44.53

 

USD

 

344,020

 

442,768

 

420,000

 

 

BellSouth Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

27.07

 

USD

 

283,080

 

1,894,384

 

160,000

 

 

Cia Siderurgica Nacional SA ADR

 

3/1/2006

 

21.98

 

USD

 

206,720

 

967,912

 

312,000

 

 

Citigroup, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

47.62

 

USD

 

368,160

 

 

312,000

 

 

Citizens Communications Co.

 

3/1/2006

 

12.30

 

USD

 

92,165

 

325,661

 

441,000

 

 

ConAgra Foods, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

20.49

 

USD

 

216,972

 

237,655

 

399,000

 

 

Duke Energy Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

28.19

 

USD

 

254,163

 

99,683

 

360,000

 

 

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

 

3/1/2006

 

39.76

 

USD

 

414,000

 

181,621

 

90,000

 

 

Enerplus Resources Fund

 

3/1/2006

 

49.98

 

USD

 

153,000

 

69,016

 

187,000

 

 

Equity Residential

 

3/1/2006

 

41.20

 

USD

 

208,000

 

764,873

 

199,000

 

 

Exelon Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

57.32

 

USD

 

409,502

 

43,304

 

290,000

 

 

Fording Canadian Coal Trust

 

3/1/2006

 

39.66

 

USD

 

489,926

 

338,250

 

341,000

 

 

KeyCorp

 

3/1/2006

 

32.76

 

USD

 

288,963

 

1,539,340

 

116,000

 

 

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

98.18

 

USD

 

324,011

 

 

341,000

 

 

Merck & Co., Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

33.32

 

USD

 

408,859

 

529,163

 

224,000

 

 

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

16.59

 

USD

 

100,329

 

63,295

 

68,000

 

 

Petroleo Brasileiro SA ADR

 

3/1/2006

 

83.93

 

USD

 

249,220

 

257,010

 

623,000

 

 

Pfizer, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

24.64

 

USD

 

510,860

 

967,599

 

605,000

 

 

Sara Lee Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

18.43

 

USD

 

277,272

 

 

141,000

 

 

Simon Property Group, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

80.93

 

USD

 

363,850

 

292,490

 

431,000

 

 

Southern Co.

 

3/1/2006

 

35.05

 

USD

 

336,180

 

3

 

63,000

 

 

Southern Copper Corp.

 

3/1/2006

 

68.58

 

USD

 

228,753

 

559,677

 

218,000

 

 

Tele Norte Leste Participacoes

 

3/1/2006

 

17.28

 

USD

 

159,358

 

272,978

 

378,000

 

 

U.S. Bancorp

 

3/1/2006

 

29.84

 

USD

 

283,084

 

406,648

 

280,000

 

 

UST, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

41.29

 

USD

 

375,200

 

 

339,000

 

 

Washington Mutual, Inc.

 

3/1/2006

 

42.90

 

USD

 

442,835

 

37,082

 

463,000

 

 

Standard Bank Group Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

76.45

 

ZAR

 

239,305

 

193,362

 

228,000

 

 

Telekom SA Ltd.

 

3/1/2006

 

142.26

 

ZAR

 

219,293

 

767,492

 

54,473,000

 

 

Total Premiums Received and Total Liability for Call Options Written

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

18,285,910

 

$

28,483,924

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

23


 

ING GLOBAL EQUITY DIVIDEND AND

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS

PREMIUM OPPORTUNITY FUND

AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2006 (UNAUDITED) (CONTINUED)

Supplemental Option Information

Supplemental Call Option Statistics as of February 28, 2006

 

 

 

% of Total Net Assets against which calls written

 

36%

 

Average Days to Expiration

 

1 days

 

Average Call Moneyness* at time written

 

0.2% ITM

 

Weighted Average Call Moneyness

 

10.1% ITM

 

Premium received for calls

 

$18,285,909

 

Value of calls

 

$28,483,924

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Put Option Statistics as of February 28, 2006

 

 

 

% of Total Net Assets against which index puts purchased

 

53%

 

Average Days to Expiration

 

51 days

 

Average Index Put Moneyness* at time purchased

 

6.07% OTM

 

Weighted Average Index Put Moneyness

 

6.69% OTM

 

Premium paid for puts

 

$9,963,048

 

Value of puts

 

$4,430,627

 

 

*              “Moneyness” is the term used to describe the relationship between the price of the underlying asset and the option’s exercise or strike price. For example, a call (buy) option is considered “in-the-money” when the value of the underlying asset exceeds the strike price. Conversely, a put (sell) option is considered “in-the-money” when its strike price exceeds the value of the underlying asset. Options are characterized for the purpose of Moneyness as, “in-the-money” (“ITM”), “out-of-the-money” (“OTM”) or “at-the-money” (“ATM”), where the underlying asset value equals the strike price.

 

See Accompanying Notes to Financial Statements

 

24


 

TAX INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)

 

Dividends paid during the year ended February 28, 2006 were as follows:

 

Fund Name

 

 

 

Type

 

 

 

Per Share Amount

 

 

ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund

 

NII

 

$0.660732

 

 

 

STCG

 

$0.428001

 

 

 

LTCG

 

$0.007212

 

 

 

ROC

 

$0.308055

 

 


NII — Net investment income
ROC — Return of capital
STCG — Short-term capital gain
LTCG — Long-term capital gain

 

Above figures may differ from those cited elsewhere in this report due to differences in the calculation of income and gains under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (book) purposes and Internal Revenue Service (tax) purposes.

 

Shareholders are strongly advised to consult their own tax advisers with respect to the tax consequences of their investments in the Fund. In January, shareholders, excluding corporate shareholders, receive an IRS 1099-DIV regarding the federal tax status of the dividends and distributions they received in the calendar year.

 

25


 

TRUSTEE AND OFFICER INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)

 

The business and affairs of the Fund are managed under the direction of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. A Trustee who is not an interested person of the Trust, as defined in the 1940 Act, is an independent trustee (“Independent Trustee”). The Trustees and Officers of the Funds are listed below. The Statement of Additional Information includes additional information about trustees of the Registrant and is available, without charge, upon request at 1-800-992-0180.