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File No. 333-204886
Rule 497(c)
 
RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation
 
Common Stock
 
The Fund.  RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation (the “Fund”) is a newly organized, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), that is operated as an interval fund.  The Fund intends to qualify and has elected to be treated as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
 
Investment Objective.  The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a high level of current income.  There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be achieved.
 
Investment Strategies and Policies.  Under normal market conditions, the Fund will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 80% of its Managed Assets (as defined below) in marketplace lending investments.
 
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Investing in the shares of common stock of the Fund (“Shares”) involves special risks that are described in the “Risks” section beginning on page 32 of this prospectus, including the following:
 
· The Fund’s Shares will not be listed on an exchange in the foreseeable future, if at all.  It is not anticipated that a secondary market for the Shares will develop unless the Shares are listed on an exchange.  Thus, an investment in the Fund is not suitable for investors who need certainty about their ability to access all of the money they invest in the short term or who may need the money they invest in a specified timeframe.
 
· If a borrower is unable to make its payments on a loan, the Fund may be greatly limited in its ability to recover any outstanding principal and interest under such loan, as (among other reasons) the Fund may not have direct recourse against the borrower or may otherwise be limited in its ability to directly enforce its rights under the loan, whether through the borrower or the platform through which such loan was originated, the loan may be unsecured or undercollateralized, and/or it may be impracticable to commence a legal proceeding against the defaulting borrower.
 
· Substantially all of the Marketplace Loans (as defined below) in which the Fund invests will not be guaranteed or insured by a third party.  In addition, the Marketplace Lending Instruments (as defined below) in which the Fund may invest will not be backed by any governmental authority.
 
· Prospective borrowers supply a variety of information regarding the purpose of the loan, income, occupation and employment status (as applicable) to the lending platforms.  As a general matter, platforms do not verify the majority of this information, which may be incomplete, inaccurate, false or misleading.  Prospective borrowers may misrepresent any of the information they provide to the platforms, including their intentions for the use of the loan proceeds.
 
· Marketplace Lending Instruments are generally not rated by the nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (“NRSROs”).  Such unrated instruments, however, are considered to be comparable in quality to securities falling into any of the ratings categories used by such NRSROs to classify “junk” bonds (i.e., below investment grade securities).  Accordingly, the Fund’s unrated Marketplace Lending Instrument investments constitute highly risky and speculative investments similar to investments in “junk” bonds, notwithstanding that the Fund is not permitted to invest in loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment.
 
· Although the Fund is not permitted to invest in loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment, an investment in the Fund’s Shares should be considered speculative and involving a high degree of risk, including the risk of loss of investment.  There can be no assurance that payments due on underlying Marketplace Loans will be made.
 
· At any given time, the Fund’s portfolio may be substantially illiquid and subject to increased credit and default risk.  The Shares therefore should be purchased only by investors who could afford the loss of the entire amount of their investment.  Investors should consider their investment goals, time horizons and risk tolerance before investing in the Fund.
 
· The amount of distributions that the Fund may pay, if any, is uncertain.
 
· The Fund may pay distributions in significant part from sources that may not be available in the future and that are unrelated to its performance, such as from offering proceeds, borrowings and other amounts that are subject to repayment.
 
· As a result of the foregoing and other risks described in this Prospectus, an investment in the Fund is considered to be highly speculative.
 
· The Fund may decline to accept any subscription requests for any reason regardless of the order in which such subscription request was submitted to the Fund.
 
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete.  Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 
Price to Public(2)
Sales Load
Proceeds to the Fund(3)
Per Share  
At current net asset value
None
At current net asset value
Total(1)  
Up to $1,000,000,000
None
Up to $1,000,000,000

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Quasar Distributors, LLC acts as distributor (the “Distributor”) for the Shares and serves in that capacity on a best efforts basis, subject to various conditions.
 
The date of this Prospectus is August 19, 2016.

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(1) Assumes all Shares registered under this registration statement are sold.
(2) The Fund is offering the Shares at the net asset value per Share calculated each regular business day.  The initial net asset value per Share is $25.00.  See “—The Offering.”
(3) The Shares are not subject to a sales load.  The Adviser (and not the Fund) has agreed to pay an annual fee of $15,000, plus 0.005% of the then-current offering price with respect to any Shares sold in excess of the first $100 million of sales, paid to the Distributor in connection with the Distributor’s efforts to sell the Shares on a best efforts basis (the “Distributor Fee”).  See “Plan of Distribution.”  The expenses of issuance and distribution are estimated to be $799,978.
 
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The Fund’s marketplace lending investments may be made through a combination of: (i) investing in loans to consumers, small- and mid-sized companies and other borrowers, including borrowers of student loans, originated through online platforms (or an affiliate) that provide a marketplace for lending (“Marketplace Loans”) through purchases of whole loans (either individually or in aggregations); (ii) investing in notes or other pass-through obligations issued by a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) representing the right to receive the principal and interest payments on a Marketplace Loan (or fractional portions thereof) originated through the platform; (iii) purchasing asset-backed securities representing ownership in a pool of Marketplace Loans; (iv) investing in private investment funds that purchase Marketplace Loans, (v) acquiring an equity interest in a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate); and (vi) providing loans, credit lines or other extensions of credit to a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) (the foregoing listed investments are collectively referred to herein as the “Marketplace Lending Instruments”).  The Fund may invest without limit in any of the foregoing types of Marketplace Lending Instruments, except that the Fund will not invest greater than 45% of its Managed Assets in the securities of, or loans originated by, any single platform (or a group of related platforms) and the Fund’s investments in private investment funds will be limited to no more than 10% of the Fund’s Managed Assets.  The Fund currently anticipates that the Marketplace Loans in which it will invest will be newly issued and/or current as to interest and principal payments at the time of investment, and that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Lending Instrument investments will be made through purchases of whole loans.  The Fund will not invest in Marketplace Loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment.  The Fund has no intention as of the date of this Prospectus to invest in Marketplace Loans originated from lending platforms based outside the United States or made to non-U.S. borrowers.  However, the Fund may in the future invest in such Marketplace Loans and, prior to such time, will amend the Prospectus to provide additional information on such investments, including the associated risks.  See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies” and “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks.”  Unless the context suggests otherwise, all references to loans generally in this Prospectus refer to Marketplace Loans.
 
The Fund intends to invest substantially all of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Lending Instruments; however, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in other income-producing securities of any maturity and credit quality, including below investment grade, and equity securities, including exchange-traded funds.  Below investment grade securities are commonly referred to as “junk” or “high yield” securities and are considered speculative with respect to the issuer’s capacity to pay interest and repay principal.  Such income-producing securities in which the Fund may invest may include, without limitation, corporate debt securities, U.S. government debt securities, short-term debt securities, asset‑backed securities, exchange-traded notes, loans other than Marketplace Loans, including secured and unsecured senior loans, and cash and cash equivalents.  See “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks.”  “Managed Assets” means the total assets of the Fund, including assets attributable to leverage, minus liabilities (other than debt representing leverage and any preferred stock that may be outstanding).
 
Investment Adviser.  The Fund’s investment adviser is RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (the “Adviser”).  See “Management of the Fund.”
 
The Offering.  This Prospectus applies to the offering of the Shares.  The Shares will be offered on a continuous basis at the net asset value (“NAV”) per Share calculated each regular business day.  The initial NAV per Share is $25.00.
 
The Shares will be continuously offered through Quasar Distributors, LLC (the “Distributor”).  The Shares may be purchased only through the Distributor or the Fund.  The Distributor is not required to sell any specific number or dollar amount of the Shares, but will use its best efforts to sell the Shares.
 
The minimum initial investment in Shares is $1,000,000, with a minimum subsequent investment of $5,000.  The Fund may vary the investment minimums from time to time or waive them for certain subscribers in whole or in part.  The Fund does not impose any other eligibility requirements with respect to the purchase of Shares.  See “Plan of Distribution.”
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One or more registered management investment companies advised by the Adviser (a “RiverNorth Fund”) may purchase Shares at the applicable public offering price.  A RiverNorth Fund would be deemed to control the Fund until it owns less than 25% of the outstanding Shares.  As a result of any such purchases, one or more RiverNorth Funds could become a controlling holder of the Fund’s Shares (“Shareholder”) and, in such a case, such Fund(s) would be able to exercise a controlling influence in matters submitted to a vote of the Shareholders.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Controlling Shareholder Risk.”
 
Repurchase Policy.  The Fund is operated as an interval fund under Rule 23c-3 of the 1940 Act.  As an interval fund, the Fund has adopted a fundamental policy to conduct quarterly repurchase offers for at least 5% and up to 25% of the outstanding Shares at NAV, subject to certain conditions described herein (the “repurchase policy”).  The Fund will not otherwise be required to repurchase or redeem Shares at the option of a Shareholder.  It is possible that a repurchase offer may be oversubscribed, in which case Shareholders may only have a portion of their Shares repurchased.
 
Shareholders will be notified in writing of each repurchase offer under the repurchase policy, how they may request that the Fund repurchase their Shares and the date the repurchase offer ends (the “Repurchase Request Deadline”).  The time between the notification to Shareholders and the Repurchase Request Deadline may vary from no more than 42 days to no less than 21 days, and is expected to be approximately 30 days.  Shares will be repurchased at the NAV per Share determined as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange typically as of the Repurchase Request Deadline, but no later than the 14th day after such date, or the next business day if the 14th day is not a business day (each, a “Repurchase Pricing Date”).  Payment pursuant to the repurchase will be distributed to Shareholders or financial intermediaries for distribution to their customers no later than seven days after the Repurchase Pricing Date.  The initial repurchase offer of the Fund under the repurchase policy is anticipated to be conducted approximately six months after the date of this Prospectus.  Although the repurchase policy permits repurchases of between 5% and 25% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares, for each quarterly repurchase offer, the Fund currently expects to offer to repurchase 5% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares at NAV, subject to approval of the Board of Directors.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Repurchase Policy Risks” and “Repurchase Policy” below.
 
Non-Listed Closed-End Fund.  The Fund is organized as a closed-end management investment company.  Unlike shares of open-end management investment companies (commonly known as mutual funds), which generally are redeemable on a daily basis, the Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option (other than pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy) and, unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Shares will not be listed on any securities exchange.  Therefore, investors should not expect to be able to sell their Shares regardless of how the Fund performs.  Although the Fund will conduct quarterly repurchase offers pursuant to its repurchase policy, investors should consider that they may not have access to all of the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe. The Fund is designed for long-term investors and an investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, should be considered illiquid. An investment in the Shares is not suitable for investors who need certainty about their ability to access all of the money they invest in the short term or who may need the money they invest in a specified timeframe.
 
No Prior History and No Secondary Market.  The Fund has no operating history and the Shares have no history of public trading.  You should not expect to be able to sell your Shares other than through the Fund’s repurchase policy, regardless of how the Fund performs.  The Shares will not be listed on a securities exchange, and the Fund does not expect a secondary market in the Shares to develop unless the Shares are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.  As a result of the foregoing, an investment in the Shares may not be suitable for investors that require liquidity, other than liquidity provided through the Fund’s repurchase policy.  An investor may not be able to sell or otherwise liquidate his, her or its Shares whenever such investor would prefer.  If and to the extent that a public trading market ever develops, shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their NAV per share.  The Fund may not be suitable for investors who cannot bear the risk of loss of all or part of their investment or who need a reasonable expectation of being able to liquidate all or a portion of their investment in a particular time frame.  The Shares are appropriate only for those investors who can tolerate risk and do not require a liquid investment.  Although the Fund makes quarterly offers to repurchase its Shares, there can be no assurance that the Fund will repurchase all Shares that are tendered by a Shareholder in connection with any repurchase offer.  See “Prospectus Summary—Investor Suitability” and “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Liquidity Risks.”
 
Leverage.  The Fund currently intends to use leverage for investment and other purposes, such as for satisfying repurchase requests or to otherwise provide the Fund with liquidity.  Under the 1940 Act, the Fund may utilize leverage through the issuance of preferred stock in an amount up to 50% of its total assets and/or through borrowings and/or the issuance of notes or debt securities (collectively, “Borrowings”) in an aggregate amount of up to 33-1/3% of its total assets.  The Fund anticipates that its leverage will vary from time to time, based upon changes in market conditions and variations in the value of the portfolio’s holdings; however, the Fund’s leverage will not exceed the limitations set forth under the 1940 Act.  Under current market conditions, it is expected that the Fund’s leverage will be approximately 10% of the Fund’s net assets.  The Fund initially anticipates utilizing leverage through bank borrowings or similar term loans, subject to the limitations of the 1940 Act.  The cost associated with any issuance and use of leverage will be borne by Shareholders.  The use of leverage is a speculative technique and investors should note that there are special risks and costs associated with the leveraging of the Shares.  There can be no assurance that a leveraging strategy will be successful during any period in which it is employed.  See “Use of Leverage” and “Risks—Leverage Risks.”
 
This prospectus sets forth concisely the information about the Fund that a prospective investor should know before investing in the Shares.  You are advised to read this prospectus carefully and to retain it for future reference.  A Statement of Additional Information dated August 19, 2016 (the “SAI”) containing additional information about the Fund has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and is incorporated by reference in its entirety into this prospectus.  You may request a free copy of the SAI (the table of contents of which is on page 67 of this prospectus), annual and semi-annual reports to Shareholders (when available) and other information about the Fund or make shareholder inquiries by calling (844) 569-4750, by writing to the Fund at P.O. Box 219184, Kansas City, Missouri, 64121-9184, or by visiting the Fund’s and the Adviser’s website at http://www.rivernorth.com.  Please note that the information contained in the Fund’s or Adviser’s website, whether currently posted or posted in the future, is not part of this prospectus or the documents incorporated by reference in this prospectus.  The SAI, material incorporated by reference and other information about the Fund are also available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
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The Shares do not represent a deposit or obligation of, and are not guaranteed or endorsed by, any bank or other insured depository institution, and are not federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve or any other government agency.
 
Prospective investors should not construe the contents of this prospectus as legal, tax, financial or other advice.  Each prospective investor should consult with his, her or its own professional advisers as to the legal, tax, financial or other matters relevant to the suitability of an investment in the Fund.
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Table of Contents
 
Section
Page
PROSPECTUS SUMMARY
1
SUMMARY OF FUND EXPENSES
22
THE FUND
24
USE OF PROCEEDS
24
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE, STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
24
EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT
30
USE OF LEVERAGE
30
NON-LISTED CLOSED-END FUND
32
RISKS
32
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
49
INVESTOR SUITABILITY
50
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
50
REPURCHASE POLICY
51
DETERMINATION OF NET ASSET VALUE
54
DISTRIBUTIONS
55
DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT PLAN
56
DESCRIPTION OF THE SHARES
56
CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE FUND’S CHARTER AND BYLAWS AND OF MARYLAND LAW
57
U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS
62
CUSTODIANS AND TRANSFER AGENT
66
LEGAL MATTERS
66
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
66
THE FUND’S PRIVACY POLICY
66
 
You should rely only on the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus.  The Fund has not authorized any other person to provide you with different information.  If anyone provides you with different or inconsistent information, you should not rely on it.  The Fund is not making an offer to sell these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.  You should not assume that the information provided by this prospectus is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of this prospectus.

PROSPECTUS SUMMARY
 
This is only a summary of information contained elsewhere in this prospectus.  This summary may not contain all of the information that you should consider before investing in the Fund’s shares of common stock (“Shares”) offered by this prospectus.  You should carefully read the entire prospectus and the Statement of Additional Information dated August 19, 2016 (the “SAI”), particularly the section entitled “Risks.”
 
The Fund.  RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation (the “Fund”) is a newly organized, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), that is operated as an interval fund.
 
The Offering.  This Prospectus applies to the offering of the Shares.  The Shares will be offered on a continuous basis at the net asset value (“NAV”) per Share calculated each regular business day.  The initial NAV per Share is $25.00.
 
The Shares will be continuously offered through Quasar Distributors, LLC (the “Distributor”).  The Shares may be purchased only through the Distributor or the Fund.  The Distributor is not required to sell any specific number or dollar amount of the Shares, but will use its best efforts to sell the Shares.  This is not a “firm commitment” offering in which an underwriter has committed to sell a pre-determined number of Shares to investors.  The Adviser (and not the Fund) has agreed to pay an annual fee of $15,000, plus 0.005% of the then-current offering price with respect to any Shares sold in excess of the first $100 million of sales, paid to the Distributor in connection with the Distributor’s efforts to sell the Shares on a best efforts basis.
 
The minimum initial investment in Shares is $1,000,000, with a minimum subsequent investment of $5,000.  The Fund may vary the investment minimums from time to time or waive them for certain subscribers in whole or in part.  The Fund does not impose any other eligibility requirements with respect to the purchase of Shares.
 
All investments are subject to approval of the Adviser, and all investors must complete and submit the necessary account registration forms in good order.  The Fund reserves the right to reject any initial or additional investment and to suspend the offering of Shares.  The Fund and the Distributor will have the sole right to accept orders to purchase Shares and reserve the right to reject any order in whole or in part.  Holders of the Fund’s Shares (“Shareholders”) who invest in the Fund through an investment adviser should contact the investment adviser regarding purchase procedures.
 
A purchase of Shares will be made at the NAV per share next determined following receipt of a purchase order in good order by the Fund.  A purchase order is in “good order” when the Fund, the Distributor, an authorized intermediary or, if applicable, its respective agent or representative, receives all required information, including properly completed and signed documents, and the purchase order is approved by the Fund.  Once the Fund accepts a purchase order, you may not cancel or revoke it.  The Fund reserves the right to cancel any purchase order it receives if the Fund believes that it is in the best interest of the Shareholders to do so.
 
The Shares will not be listed on an exchange in the foreseeable future, if at all.  It is not anticipated that a secondary market for the Shares will develop unless the Shares are listed on an exchange.  Neither the Adviser nor the Distributor intends to make a market in the Fund’s Shares.  See “Plan of Distribution.”
 
One or more registered management investment companies advised by the Adviser (a “RiverNorth Fund”) may purchase Shares at the applicable public offering price.  A RiverNorth Fund would be deemed to control the Fund until it owns less than 25% of the outstanding Shares.  As a result of any such purchases, one or more RiverNorth Funds could become a controlling Shareholder of the Fund and, in such a case, such Fund(s) would be able to exercise a controlling influence in matters submitted to a vote of the Shareholders.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Controlling Shareholder Risk.”
 
Investment Objective.  The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a high level of current income.  There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be achieved.
 
The Fund’s investment objective and, unless otherwise specified, the investment policies and limitations of the Fund are not considered to be fundamental by the Fund and can be changed without a vote of the Shareholders.  However, the Fund’s policy of investing at least 80% of its Managed Assets (as defined below) in Marketplace Loans (as defined below) and other marketplace lending investments may only be changed by the Board of Directors following the provision of 60 days’ prior written notice to the Shareholders.  Certain investment restrictions specifically identified as such in the SAI are considered fundamental and may not be changed without the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, as defined in the 1940 Act, which includes Shares and shares of preferred stock of the Fund (“Preferred Shares”), if any, voting together as a single class, and the holders of the outstanding Preferred Shares, if any, voting as a single class.
 
Investment Strategies and Policies.  Under normal market conditions, the Fund will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 80% of its Managed Assets in marketplace lending investments.  The Fund’s marketplace lending investments may be made through a combination of: (i) investing in loans to consumers, small- and mid-sized companies (“SMEs”) and other borrowers, including borrowers of student loans, originated through online platforms (or an affiliate) that provide a marketplace for lending (“Marketplace Loans”) through purchases of whole loans (either individually or in aggregations); (ii) investing in notes or other pass-through obligations issued by a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) representing the right to receive the principal and interest payments on a Marketplace Loan (or fractional portions thereof) originated through the platform (“Pass-Through Notes”); (iii) purchasing asset-backed securities representing ownership in a pool of Marketplace Loans; (iv) investing in private investment funds that purchase Marketplace Loans, (v) acquiring an equity interest in a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate); and (vi) providing loans, credit lines or other extensions of credit to a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) (the foregoing listed investments are collectively referred to herein as the “Marketplace Lending Instruments”).  The Fund may invest without limit in any of the foregoing types of Marketplace Lending Instruments, except that the Fund will not invest greater than 45% of its Managed Assets in the securities of, or loans originated by, any single platform (or a group of related platforms) and the Fund’s investments in private investment funds will be limited to no more than 10% of the Fund’s Managed Assets.  Subject to the foregoing limitation, as of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund anticipates it could invest 25% or more of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans originated from a single platform.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Platform Concentration Risk.”  The Fund currently anticipates that the Marketplace Loans in which it will invest will be newly issued and/or current as to interest and principal payments at the time of investment, and that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Lending Instrument investments will be made through purchases of whole loans.  As a fundamental policy (which cannot be changed without the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund), the Fund will not invest in Marketplace Loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment.  The Fund has no intention as of the date of this Prospectus to invest in Marketplace Loans originated from lending platforms based outside the United States or made to non-U.S. borrowers.  However, the Fund may in the future invest in such Marketplace Loans and, prior to such time, will amend the Prospectus to provide additional information on such investments, including the associated risks. For a general discussion of marketplace lending and Marketplace Lending Instruments, see “—Marketplace Lending” below and “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending” in the SAI.  Unless the context suggests otherwise, all references to loans generally in this Prospectus refer to Marketplace Loans.

Marketplace Lending Instruments are generally not rated by the nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (“NRSROs”).  Such unrated instruments, however, are considered to be comparable in quality to securities falling into any of the ratings categories used by such NRSROs to classify “junk” bonds.  Accordingly, the Fund’s unrated Marketplace Lending Instrument investments constitute highly risky and speculative investments similar to investments in “junk” bonds, notwithstanding that the Fund is not permitted to invest in loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Credit and Below Investment Grade Securities Risk.”  The Marketplace Lending Instruments in which the Fund may invest may have varying degrees of credit risk.  There can be no assurance that payments due on underlying Marketplace Loans will be made.  At any given time, the Fund’s portfolio may be substantially illiquid and subject to increased credit and default risk.  If a borrower is unable to make its payments on a loan, the Fund may be greatly limited in its ability to recover any outstanding principal and interest under such loan.  The Shares therefore should be purchased only by investors who could afford the loss of the entire amount of their investment.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks.”
 
The Fund intends to invest substantially all of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Lending Instruments; however, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in other income-producing securities of any maturity and credit quality, including below investment grade securities (which are commonly referred to as “junk” bonds), and equity securities, including exchange-traded funds.  Such income-producing securities in which the Fund may invest may include, without limitation, corporate debt securities, U.S. government debt securities, short-term debt securities, asset-backed securities, exchange-traded notes, loans other than Marketplace Loans, including secured and unsecured senior loans, and cash and cash equivalents.  See “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks.”  For a general discussion of the foregoing investments and the associated risks, see “Investment Policies and Techniques—Additional Investments and Practices of the Fund” in the SAI.
 
“Managed Assets” means the total assets of the Fund, including assets attributable to leverage, minus liabilities (other than debt representing leverage and any preferred stock that may be outstanding).  Percentage limitations described in this prospectus are as of the time of investment by the Fund and may be exceeded on a going-forward basis as a result of market value fluctuations of the Fund’s portfolio investments.
 
Investment Adviser.  RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser (the “Adviser”), is the Fund’s investment adviser and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio, managing the Fund’s business affairs and providing certain administrative services.  The Adviser will also be responsible for determining the Fund’s overall investment strategy and overseeing its implementation.  As of June 30, 2016, the Adviser managed approximately $3.34 billion for four series of a registered open-end management investment company, one registered closed-end management investment company and four private investment funds.  See “Management of the Fund.”
 
Investment Philosophy and Process.  The Adviser believes that the recent and continuing growth of the online and mobile marketplace lending industry has created a relatively untapped and attractive investment opportunity, with the potential for large returns.  The Adviser seeks to capitalize on this opportunity by participating in the evolution of this industry, which has served as an alternative to, and has begun to take market share from, the more traditional lending operations of large commercial banks.  The ability of borrowers to obtain loans through marketplace lending with interest rates that may be lower than those otherwise available to them (or to obtain loans that would otherwise be unavailable to them) has contributed to the significant rise of the use of Marketplace Loans.  At the same time, marketplace lending has also enabled investors to purchase or invest in loans with interest rates and credit characteristics that can offer attractive returns.
 
In selecting the Fund’s Marketplace Loan investments, the Adviser will employ a bottom-up approach to evaluate the expected returns of loans by loan segment (e.g., consumer, SME and student loans) and by platform origination (as discussed below), as well as a top-down approach to seek to identify investment opportunities across the various segments of the marketplace lending industry.  In doing so, the Adviser will conduct an analysis of each segment’s anticipated returns relative to its associated risks, which will take into consideration for each segment duration, scheduled amortization, seniority of the claim of the loan, prepayment terms and prepayment expectations, current coupons and trends in coupon pricing, origination fees, servicing fees and anticipated losses based on historical performance of similar credit instruments.  The Adviser will then seek to allocate Fund assets to the segments identified as being the most attractive on a risk-adjusted return basis.
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Within each segment, the Adviser will conduct a platform-specific analysis, as opposed to a loan-specific analysis, and, as such, the Adviser’s investment process will not result in a review of each individual Marketplace Loan to which the Fund has investment exposure.  Instead, the Adviser will generally seek loans that have originated from platforms that have met the Adviser’s minimum requirements related to, among other things, loan default history and overall borrower credit quality.  In this regard, the Adviser will engage in a thorough and ongoing due diligence process of each platform to assess, among other things, the viability of the platform to sustain its business for the foreseeable future; whether the platform has the appropriate expertise, ability and operational systems to conduct its business; the financial condition and outlook of the platform; and the platform’s ability to manage regulatory, business and operational risk.  In addition, the Adviser’s due diligence efforts will include reviews of the servicing and underwriting functions of a platform (as further described below) and/or funding bank (as applicable), the ability of a platform to attract borrowers and the volume of loan originations, and loan performance relative to model expectations, among other things.  In conducting such due diligence, the Adviser will have access to, and will review, the platform’s credit models as well.  Moreover, the Adviser will visit each platform from time to time for on-site reviews of the platform, including discussions with each of the significant business units within the platform (e.g., credit underwriting, customer acquisition and marketing, information technology, communications, servicing and operations).
 
As part of the foregoing due diligence efforts, the Adviser will monitor on an ongoing basis the underwriting quality of each platform through which it invests in Marketplace Loans, including (i) an analysis of the historical and ongoing “loan tapes” that includes loan underwriting data and actual payment experience for all individual loans originated by the platform since inception that are comparable to the loans purchased, or to be purchased, by the Fund, (ii) reviews of the credit model used in the platform’s underwriting processes, including with respect to the assignment of credit grades by the platform to its Marketplace Loans and the reconciliation of the underlying data used in the model, (iii) an assessment of any issues identified in the underwriting of the Marketplace Loans and the resulting remediation efforts of the platform to address such issues, and (iv) a validation process to confirm that loans purchased by the Fund conform with the terms and conditions of any applicable purchase agreement entered into with the platform.
 
Although the Adviser does not review each individual Marketplace Loan prior to investment, it is able to impose minimum quantitative and qualitative criteria on the loans in which it will invest by limiting the Fund’s loans to the loan segments and platforms selected by the Adviser, as noted above.  In effect, the Adviser adopts the minimum investment criteria inherent in a loan segment or imposed by a platform that it has identified as having the appropriate characteristics for investment.  Furthermore, each platform assigns the Marketplace Loans it originates a platform-specific credit grade reflecting the potential risk-adjusted return of the loan, which may be based on various factors such as: (i) the term, interest rate and other characteristics of the loans; (ii) the location of the borrowers; (iii) if applicable, the purpose of the loans within the platform (e.g., consumer, SME or student loans); and (iv) the credit and risk profile of the borrowers, including, without limitation (to the extent applicable based on the type of loan), the borrower’s annual income, debt-to-income ratio, credit score (e.g., FICO score), delinquency rate and liens.  In purchasing Marketplace Loans from a platform, the Fund will provide the applicable platform with instructions as to which platform credit grades are eligible for purchase (or, conversely, which platform credit grades are ineligible for Fund purchase).  The Adviser performs an ongoing analysis of each of the criteria within a platform’s credit grades to determine historical and predicted prepayment, charge-off, delinquency and recovery rates acceptable to the Adviser.  While, under normal circumstances, the Adviser will not provide instructions to the platforms as to any individual criterion used to determine platform-specific grades prior to purchasing Marketplace Loans (except as noted below), the Adviser does retain the flexibility to provide more specific instructions (e.g., term; interest rate; geographic location of borrower) if the Adviser believes that investment circumstances dictate any such further instructions.  Specifically, the Adviser will instruct platforms that the Fund will not purchase any Marketplace Loans that are of “subprime quality” (as determined at the time of investment).  Although there is no specific legal or market definition of subprime quality, it is generally understood in the industry to signify that there is a material likelihood that the loan will not be repaid in full.  The Fund considers a consumer Marketplace Loan, and other Marketplace Loans to individual borrowers such as student loans, to be of subprime quality if the individual borrower of such loan has a FICO score of below 640.  The Fund considers an SME loan to be of “subprime quality” if the likelihood of repayment on such loan is determined by the Adviser based on its due diligence and the credit underwriting policies of the originating platform to be similar to that of consumer loans that are of subprime quality. In determining whether an SME loan is of subprime quality, the Adviser will generally look to a number of borrower-specific factors, which will include the payment history of the borrower and, as available, financial statements, tax returns and sales data.
 
The Adviser will not invest the Fund’s assets in loans originated by platforms for which the Adviser cannot evaluate to its satisfaction the completeness and accuracy of the individual Marketplace Loan data provided by such platform relevant to determining the existence and valuation of such Marketplace Loans and utilized in the accounting of the loans (i.e., in order to select a platform, the Adviser must assess that it believes all relevant loan data for all loans purchased from the platform is included and correct).
 
The Adviser will significantly rely on borrower credit information provided by the platforms through which they will make the Fund’s investments.  The Adviser will depend on the applicable platform to collect, verify and provide information to the Fund about each whole loan and borrower.  The Adviser will receive updates of such borrower credit information provided by independent third party service providers to the platforms and will therefore be able to monitor the credit profile of its investments on an ongoing basis.  See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Investment Philosophy and Process” and “Determination of Net Asset Value” below.
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Repurchase Policy.  The Fund is operated as an interval fund under Rule 23c-3 of the 1940 Act.  As an interval fund, the Fund has adopted a fundamental policy to conduct quarterly repurchase offers for at least 5% and up to 25% of the outstanding Shares at NAV, subject to certain conditions described herein (the “repurchase policy”), unless such offer is suspended or postponed in accordance with regulatory requirements.  See “Repurchase Policy—Suspension or Postponement of Repurchase Offer.”  Although the repurchase policy permits repurchases of between 5% and 25% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares, for each quarterly repurchase offer, the Fund currently expects to offer to repurchase 5% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares at NAV, subject to approval of the Board of Directors.  The Fund will not otherwise be required to repurchase or redeem Shares at the option of a Shareholder.  It is possible that a repurchase offer may be oversubscribed, in which case Shareholders may only have a portion of their Shares repurchased.  If the number of Shares tendered for repurchase in any repurchase offer exceeds the number of Shares that the Fund has offered to repurchase, the Fund will repurchase Shares on a pro-rata basis or may, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, increase the number of Shares to be repurchased.
 
The Fund may find it necessary to hold a portion of its net assets in cash or other liquid assets, sell a portion of its portfolio investments or borrow money in order to finance any repurchases of its Shares.  The Fund may accumulate cash by holding back (i.e., not reinvesting or distributing to Shareholders) payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments.  The Fund believes payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments and any cash or liquid assets held by the Fund will be sufficient to meet the Fund’s repurchase offer obligations each quarter.  If at any time cash and other liquid assets held by the Fund are not sufficient to meet the Fund’s repurchase offer obligations, the Fund may sell its other investments.  Although most, if not all, of the Fund’s investments are expected to be illiquid and the secondary market for such investments is likely to be limited, the Fund believes it would be able to find willing purchasers of its investments if such sales were ever necessary to supplement such cash generated by payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments.  The Fund may also borrow money in order to meet its repurchase obligations.  There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to obtain such financing for its repurchase offers.  The Fund reserves the right to conduct a special or additional repurchase offer that is not made pursuant to the repurchase policy under certain circumstances.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Repurchase Policy Risks” below.
 
The initial repurchase offer of the Fund under the repurchase policy is anticipated to be conducted approximately six months after the date of this Prospectus.  Shareholders will be notified in writing of each repurchase offer under the repurchase policy.  Shares will be repurchased at the NAV per Share determined as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) typically as of the date a repurchase offer ends, but no later than the 14th day after such date, or the next business day if the 14th day is not a business day.  As a fundamental policy of the Fund, the repurchase policy may not be changed without the vote of the holders of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities.  See “Repurchase Policy” below.
 
Marketplace Lending.
 
General.  Marketplace lending is often referred to as “peer-to-peer” lending, which term originally reflected the initial focus of the industry on individual investors and consumer loan borrowers.  In addition, the marketplace lending platforms may retain on their balance sheets a portion of the loan portfolios they originate.  In marketplace lending, loans are originated through online platforms that provide a marketplace that matches consumers, small- and mid-sized companies and other borrowers seeking loans with investors willing to provide the funding for such loans.  Since its inception, the industry has grown to include substantial involvement of institutional investors.  The procedures through which borrowers obtain loans can vary between platforms, and between the types of loans (e.g., consumer versus SME).  In the case of consumer platforms, prospective borrowers must disclose or otherwise make available to the platform operator certain financial and other information including, for example, the borrower’s credit score (as determined by a credit reporting agency), income, debt-to-income ratio, credit utilization, employment status, homeownership status, number of existing credit lines, intended use of funds  and the number and/or amount of recent payment defaults and delinquencies, certain of which information is then made available to prospective lenders.  The borrower must satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements set by the operator.  The operator uses the information provided by the borrower (along with other relevant data such as the characteristics of the loan) to assign its own credit rating (in the case of most consumer platforms) and the interest rate for the requested loan.  Lenders may select which loans to fund based on such borrower-provided information and platform-assigned credit rating (to the extent available) and the yield to the lender, which is the fixed interest rate assigned by the platform to the loan net of any fees charged by the platform, including servicing fees for screening borrowers for their eligibility, managing the supply and demand of the marketplace, and facilitating payments and debt collection, among other things.  A typical servicing fee charged to the lender is 1% of the outstanding loan balance.  Operators may also charge borrowers an origination fee, which is typically 1% to 5% of the loan balance.  The platforms may set limits as to the maximum dollar amount that may be requested by a borrower (whether through one or multiple loans) and the minimum dollar amount that a lender must provide under each loan.  The loans originated through the online consumer lending platforms typically have a fixed term ranging between six months and five years in principal amounts with a minimum (e.g., $1,000) and maximum (e.g., $100,000), and typically amortize through equal monthly payments to their maturity dates.  The Fund intends to hold its Marketplace Loan investments until maturity.
 
The Fund currently anticipates that its Marketplace Loan investments will originate from lending platforms based in the United States, a substantial portion of which is expected to be whole loans.  A small number of marketplace lending platforms originate a substantial portion of the Marketplace Loans in the United States (in particular, LendingClub Corporation (“LendingClub”) and Prosper Funding LLC (“Prosper”) currently originate the large majority of all U.S. consumer Marketplace Loans).  As such, the Fund initially anticipates that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Loan investments will have originated from one of these platforms.  The Adviser intends to continue to build relationships and enter into agreements with additional platforms.  However, if there are not sufficient qualified loan requests through any platform, the Fund may be unable to deploy its capital in a timely or efficient manner.  In such event, the Fund may be forced to invest in cash, cash equivalents, or other assets that fall within its investment policies that are generally expected to offer lower returns than the Fund’s target returns from investments in Marketplace Loans.  The Fund will enter into purchase agreements with platforms, which will outline, among other things, the terms of the loan purchase, loan servicing, the rights of the Fund to assign the loans and the remedies available to the parties.  Although the form of these agreements are similar to those typically available to all investors, institutional investors such as the Fund (unlike individual retail investors) will have an opportunity to negotiate some of the terms of the agreement.  In particular, the Fund will have greater negotiating power related to termination provisions and custody of the Fund’s account(s) relative to other investors due to the restrictions placed on the Fund by the 1940 Act, of which the platforms are aware.  Pursuant to such agreements, the platform or a third-party servicer will typically service the loans, collecting payments and distributing them to the Fund, less any servicing fees, and the servicing entity, unless directed by the Fund, typically will make all decisions regarding acceleration or enforcement of the loans following any default by a borrower.  The Fund expects to have a backup servicer in case any platform or third-party servicer ceases or fails to perform the servicing functions, which the Fund expects will mitigate some of the risks associated with a reliance on platforms or third-party servicers for servicing of the Marketplace Loans.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Platform Concentration Risk” and “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Servicer Risk”
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In the United States, a platform may be subject to extensive regulation, oversight and examination at both the federal and state level, and across multiple jurisdictions if it operates its business nationwide.  Accordingly, platforms are generally subject to various securities, lending, licensing and consumer protection laws.  In addition, courts have recently considered the regulatory environment applicable to marketplace lending platforms and purchasers of Marketplace Loans.  In light of recent decisions, if upheld and widely applied, certain marketplace lending platforms could be required to restructure their operations and certain loans previously made by them through funding banks may not be enforceable, whether in whole or in part, by investors holding such loans.  As a result, large amounts of Marketplace Loans purchased by the Fund (directly or indirectly) could become unenforceable, thereby causing losses for Shareholders.  See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Marketplace Lending” and “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans.”
 
Marketplace Loans and Pass-Through Notes.  As noted above, the underlying Marketplace Loan origination processes employed by each platform may vary significantly.  Under one model employed by certain platforms in the United States, the operator of the platform maintains with a bank a segregated deposit account that has on deposit the amounts to be provided by the lenders with respect to each loan.  The principal amount of each loan is then advanced to the borrower by the same or a different bank (the “funding bank”).  The platform operator purchases the loan from the funding bank at par promptly after its origination and may resell it directly to an investor under a whole loan purchase program.  Institutional investors, such as the Fund, typically invest in whole loans, and therefore acquire the entire beneficial interest in the loans in which they invest, rather than fractional portions of or participations in such loans.  Alternatively, the operator of the platform may purchase the loan from the funding bank at par using the funds of multiple lenders on deposit in the segregated deposit account and then issues to each such lender at par a Pass-Through Note of the operator (or an affiliate of the operator) representing the right to receive the lender’s proportionate share of all principal and interest payments received by the operator from the borrower on the loan funded by such lender (net of the platform servicing fees).  As a further alternative, certain operators (including most SME lenders) do not engage funding banks but instead extend their loans directly to the borrowers.  These lenders similarly may sell the funded loans as whole loans to institutional investors or sell Pass-Through Notes backed by individual loans or engage in other capital market transactions.
 
The platform operator typically will service the loans it originates and will maintain a separate segregated deposit account into which it will deposit all payments received from the obligors on the loans.  Upon identification of the proceeds received with respect to a loan and deduction of applicable fees, the platform operator forwards the amounts owed to the lenders or the holders of any related Pass-Through Notes, as applicable.
 
A platform operator is not obligated to make any payments due on a Marketplace Loan or Pass-Through Note (except to the extent that the operator actually receives payments from the borrower on the related loan).  Accordingly, lenders assume all of the credit risk on the loans they fund through a Pass-Through Note or whole loan purchased from a platform operator and are not entitled to recover any deficiency of principal or interest from the platform operator if the underlying borrower defaults on its payments due with respect to a loan.  In addition, a platform operator is generally not required to repurchase Marketplace Loans from a lender or purchaser except under very narrow circumstances, such as in cases of verifiable identity fraud by the borrower or as may otherwise be negotiated by a purchaser of whole loans.  As loan servicer, the platform operator or an affiliated entity typically has the ability to refer any delinquent Marketplace Loan to a collection agency (which may impose additional fees and costs that are often as high, or higher in some cases, as 35% of any recovered amounts).  The Fund itself will not directly enter into any arrangements or contracts with the collection agencies (and, accordingly, the Fund does not currently anticipate it would have, under current law and existing interpretations, substantial risk of liability for the actions of such collection agencies).  At the same time, the relatively low principal amounts of Marketplace Loans often make it impracticable for the platform operator to commence legal proceedings against defaulting borrowers.  Marketplace Loans may be secured (generally in the case of SME loans and real estate-related loans) or unsecured (generally in the case of consumer loans).  For example, real estate Marketplace Loans may be secured by a deed of trust, mortgage, security agreement or legal title to real estate.  There can be no assurance that any collateral pledged to secure a Marketplace Loan can be liquidated quickly or at all or will generate proceeds sufficient to offset any defaults on such loan.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks.”
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The documentation for Marketplace Loans is executed electronically.  Accordingly, the borrower does not execute a physical loan note and no such note is available for delivery to investors.  No Marketplace Loans currently being offered have been registered with the SEC and the only Pass-Through Notes that have been registered with the SEC are those issued by LendingClub and Prosper.  In addition, Marketplace Loans are not listed on any securities exchange (although secondary market trading in Pass-Through Notes issued by LendingClub and Prosper does occur on an electronic “alternative trading system” maintained by FOLIOfn, Inc., a registered broker-dealer).  Marketplace Loans are therefore generally illiquid and the issuers provide no assurances as to the liquidity or value of the loans.  An active secondary market for the Marketplace Loans does not currently exist and an active market for the Marketplace Loans may not develop in the future.  See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Marketplace Lending—Marketplace Loans and Pass-Through Notes.”
 
Asset-Backed Securities.  The Fund also may invest in Marketplace Loans through special purpose vehicles (“SPVs”) established solely for the purpose of holding assets (e.g., commercial loans) and issuing securities (“asset-backed securities”) secured only by such underlying assets (which practice is known as securitization).  The Fund may invest, for example, in an SPV that holds a pool of loans originated by a particular platform.  The SPV may enter into a service agreement with the operator or a related entity to ensure continued collection of payments, pursuit of delinquent borrowers and general interaction with borrowers in much the same manner as if the securitization had not occurred.
 
The SPV may issue multiple classes of asset-backed securities with different levels of seniority.  The more senior classes will be entitled to receive payment before the subordinate classes if the cash flow generated by the underlying assets is not sufficient to allow the SPV to make payments on all of the classes of the asset-backed securities.  Accordingly, the senior classes of asset-backed securities receive higher credit ratings (if rated) whereas the subordinated classes have higher interest rates.  In general, the Fund may invest in both rated senior classes of asset-backed securities as well as unrated subordinated (residual) classes of asset-backed securities.  The subordinated classes of asset-backed securities in which the Fund may invest are typically considered to be an illiquid and highly speculative investment, as losses on the underlying assets are first absorbed by the subordinated classes.
 
The value of asset-backed securities, like that of traditional fixed-income securities, typically increases when interest rates fall and decreases when interest rates rise.  However, asset-backed securities differ from traditional fixed-income securities because they generally will be subject to prepayment based upon prepayments received by the SPV on the loan pool.  The price paid by the Fund for such securities, the yield the Fund expects to receive from such securities and the weighted average life of such securities are based on a number of factors, including the anticipated rate of prepayment of the underlying assets.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Asset-Backed Securities Risks.”
 
Private Investment Funds.  The Fund may invest up to 10% of its Managed Assets in private investment funds that invest in Marketplace Loans.  Under one such fund structure, the platform operator may form (i) an investment fund that offers partnership interests or similar securities to investors on a private placement basis, and (ii) a subsidiary that acts as the investment fund’s general partner and investment manager.  The investment fund then applies its investors’ funds to purchase Marketplace Loans originated on the platform (or portions thereof) from the operator.  As an investor in an investment fund, the Fund would hold an indirect interest in a pool of Marketplace Loans and would receive distributions on its interest in accordance with the fund’s governing documents.  This structure is intended to create diversification and to reduce operator credit risk for the investors in the investment fund by enabling them to invest indirectly in Marketplace Loans through the private investment fund rather than directly from the operator of the platform.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Private Investment Funds Risk.”
 
Other Investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments.  The Fund may invest in the equity securities and/or debt obligations of platform operators (or their affiliates), which may provide these platforms and their related entities with the financing needed to support their lending business.  An equity interest in a platform or related entity represents ownership in such company, providing voting rights and entitling the Fund, as a shareholder, to a share of the company’s success through dividends and/or capital appreciation.  A debt investment made by the Fund could take the form of a loan, convertible note, credit line or other extension of credit made by the Fund to a platform operator.  The Fund would be entitled to receive interest payments on its investment and repayment of the principal at a set maturity date or otherwise in accordance with the governing documents.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Investments in Platforms Risk” and “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks.”
 
The Fund also may wholly-own or otherwise control certain pooled investment vehicles which hold Marketplace Loans and/or other Marketplace Lending Instruments, which pooled investment vehicle may be formed and managed by the Adviser (a “Subsidiary”).  Each Subsidiary may invest in Marketplace Loans and other instruments that the Fund may hold directly.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Subsidiary Risk.”
 
Non-listed Closed-End Fund.  The Fund is organized as a closed-end management investment company.  Unlike shares of open-end management investment companies (commonly known as mutual funds), which generally are redeemable on a daily basis, the Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option (other than pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy) and, unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Shares will not be listed on any securities exchange.  The Fund does not expect a secondary market in the Shares to develop unless the Shares are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.  Therefore, investors should not expect to be able to sell their Shares regardless of how the Fund performs.  As a result of the foregoing, an investment in the Shares may not be suitable for investors that require liquidity, other than liquidity provided through the Fund’s repurchase policy.  An investor may not be able to sell or otherwise liquidate his, her or its Shares whenever such investor would prefer.  If and to the extent that a public trading market ever develops, shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their NAV per share.  The Fund may not be suitable for investors who cannot bear the risk of loss of all or part of their investment or who need a reasonable expectation of being able to liquidate all or a portion of their investment in a particular time frame.  The Shares are appropriate only for those investors who can tolerate risk and do not require a liquid investment.  Although the Fund makes quarterly offers to repurchase its Shares, there can be no assurance that the Fund will repurchase all Shares that are tendered by a Shareholder in connection with any repurchase offer and Shareholders should consider that they may not have access to all of the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe.  The Fund is designed for long-term investors and an investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, should be considered illiquid.  An investment in the Shares is not suitable for investors who need certainty about their ability to access all of the money they invest in the short term or who may need the money they invest in a specified timeframe.  See “Non-Listed Closed-End Fund” and “Investor Suitability.”  See also “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Non-Listed Closed-End Fund Risk” and “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Liquidity Risks.”
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Distributions.  The Fund has adopted a distribution policy to provide Shareholders with a relatively stable cash flow.  Under this policy, the Fund intends to declare and pay regular quarterly distributions to Shareholders at a level rate.  However, the amount of actual distributions that the Fund may pay, if any, is uncertain.  The policy may be changed or discontinued without notice.  The distributions will be paid from net investment income (including excess gains taxable as ordinary income), if any, and net capital gains, if any, with the balance (which may comprise the entire distribution) representing return of capital.  Any return of capital should not be considered by Shareholders as yield or total return on their investment in the Fund.  The Fund may pay distributions in significant part from sources that may not be available in the future and that are unrelated to the Fund’s performance, such as the net proceeds from the sale of Shares pursuant to this Prospectus (representing a return of capital originally invested in the Fund by Shareholders) and Fund borrowings.  Shareholders who periodically receive a distribution consisting of a return of capital may be under the impression that they are receiving net profits when they are not.  Shareholders should not assume that the source of a distribution from the Fund is net profit. See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Distribution Policy Risks.”
 
Net capital gains recognized in the current year are distributable as ordinary income in accordance with tax regulations so long as the Fund has a capital loss carryforward and are referred to as excess gains.  If, for any distribution, the sum of previously undistributed net investment income and net realized capital gains is less than the amount of the distribution, the difference, i.e., the return of capital, will be charged against the Fund’s capital.  The Fund’s distributions are not tied to its net investment income and net realized capital gains and do not represent yield or investment return.  The Fund’s final distribution for each calendar year may include remaining net investment income and net capital gains otherwise undistributed during the year.
 
If, for any taxable year of the Fund (which ends on June 30), the total distributions exceed the sum of the Fund’s net investment income and net realized short and long term capital gains, the excess will generally be treated first as ordinary dividend income (up to the amount, if any, of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, which takes into account taxable distributions) and then as a return of capital (tax-free for a Shareholder up to the amount of its tax basis in its Shares).  The amount treated as a tax-free return of capital will reduce a Shareholder’s adjusted basis in its Shares, thereby increasing the Shareholder’s potential gain or reducing its potential loss on the subsequent sale of those Shares.  This distribution policy may, under certain circumstances, have certain adverse consequences to the Fund and the Shareholders.  Distributions to Shareholders will only be payable after the payment of any interest on the Fund’s outstanding debt.
 
The Fund may in the future seek to file an exemptive application with the SEC seeking an order under the 1940 Act to exempt the Fund from the requirements of Section 19(b) of the 1940 Act and Rule 19b-1 thereunder, permitting the Fund to make periodic distributions of long-term capital gains, provided that the distribution policy of the Fund with respect to the Shares calls for periodic distributions in an amount equal to a fixed percentage of the Fund’s average NAV over a specified period of time or market price per Share at or about the time of distribution or pay-out of a level dollar amount.  There can be no assurance that the staff of the SEC will grant such relief to the Fund.  See “Distributions” in this Prospectus.
 
Dividend Reinvestment Plan.  The Fund has a dividend reinvestment plan commonly referred to as an “opt-out” plan.  Unless the registered owner of Shares elects to receive cash by contacting DST Systems, Inc. (the “Plan Administrator”), all dividends declared on Shares will be automatically reinvested by the Plan Administrator for Shareholders in the Fund’s Automatic Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the “Plan”) in additional Shares.  Shareholders who elect not to participate in the Plan will receive all dividends and other distributions in cash paid by check mailed directly to the Shareholder of record (or, if the Shares are held in street or other nominee name, then to such nominee) by the Plan Administrator as dividend disbursing agent.  All correspondence or questions concerning the Plan should be directed to the Plan Administrator at (844) 569-4750.  See “Dividend Reinvestment Plan” below.
 
Expense Reimbursement.  For a period of two years from the effective date of the Fund's Investment Advisory Agreement the Adviser has contractually agreed to waive or reimburse expenses of the Fund (excluding brokerage fees and commissions; loan servicing fees; borrowing costs such as (i) interest and (ii) dividends on securities sold short; taxes; indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund may invest; the cost of leverage; and extraordinary expenses) to ensure that the Fund’s total annual operating expenses do not exceed 1.95% of the Fund’s average daily Managed Assets for that period.  This agreement may only be terminated by the Board of Directors.  The Adviser is permitted to seek reimbursement from the Fund, subject to certain limitations, of fees waived or payments made to the Fund for a period of three years from the date of the waiver or payment.  See “Expense Reimbursement.”
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Use of Leverage.  The Fund currently intends to use leverage for investment and other purposes, such as for financing the repurchase of its Shares or to otherwise provide the Fund with liquidity.  Under the 1940 Act, the Fund may utilize leverage through the issuance of preferred stock in an amount up to 50% of its total assets and/or through borrowings and/or the issuance of notes or debt securities (collectively, “Borrowings”) in an aggregate amount of up to 33-1/3% of its total assets.  The Fund anticipates that its leverage will vary from time to time, based upon changes in market conditions and variations in the value of the portfolio’s holdings; however, the Fund’s leverage will not exceed the limitations set forth under the 1940 Act.  Under current market conditions, it is expected that the Fund’s leverage will be approximately 10% of the Fund’s net assets.
 
The Fund initially anticipates utilizing leverage through bank Borrowings or similar term loans, subject to the limitations of the 1940 Act.  The Fund does not anticipate issuing preferred stock during its first year of operations.  Certain types of Borrowings may result in the Fund being subject to covenants in credit agreements relating to asset coverage and portfolio composition requirements.  In addition, the Borrowings in which the Fund may incur will likely be secured by a lien on the assets of the Fund.  Borrowings may be at a fixed or floating rate and generally will be based upon short-term rates.  So long as the rate of return, net of applicable Fund expenses, on the Fund’s portfolio investments purchased with Borrowings exceeds the then-current interest rate and other costs on such Borrowings, the Fund will generate more return or income than will be needed to pay such interest payments and other costs.  In this event, the excess will be available to pay higher dividends to Shareholders.  If the net rate of return on the Fund’s investments purchased with Borrowings does not exceed the costs of such Borrowings, the return to Shareholders will be less than if leverage had not been used.  The cost associated with any issuance and use of leverage will be borne by the Shareholders and result in a reduction of the NAV of the Shares.  Such costs may include legal fees, audit fees, structuring fees, commitment fees and a usage (borrowing) fee.  See “Use of Leverage.”
 
The use of leverage is a speculative technique and investors should note that there are special risks and costs associated with the leveraging of the Shares.  There can be no assurance that a leveraging strategy will be successful during any period in which it is employed.  When leverage is employed, the NAV and the yield to Shareholders will be more volatile.  Leverage creates a greater risk of loss, as well as potential for more gain, for the Shares that if leverage is not used.  In addition, the Adviser is paid more if the Fund uses leverage, which creates a conflict of interest for the Adviser.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Leverage Risks.”
 
SPECIAL RISK CONSIDERATIONS
 
An investment in the Fund involves special risk considerations.  You should consider carefully the risks summarized below, which are described in more detail under “Risks” beginning on page 32 of this Prospectus, before investing in the Shares.
 
Investors should carefully consider the Fund’s risks and investment objective, as an investment in the Fund may not be appropriate for all investors and is not designed to be a complete investment program.  An investment in the Fund involves a high degree of risk.  It is possible that investing in the Fund may result in a loss of some or all of the amount invested.  Before making an investment/allocation decision, investors should (i) consider the suitability of this investment with respect to an investor’s investment objectives and individual situation and (ii) consider factors such as an investor’s net worth, income, age and risk tolerance.  Investment should be avoided where an investor/client has a short-term investing horizon and/or cannot bear the loss of some or all of the investment.
 
Marketplace Lending-Related Risks:
 
The risks listed below are in alphabetical order and specifically apply to marketplace lending and the investments of the Fund in Marketplace Lending Instruments.  See “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks” for a discussion of additional risks associated with the Fund’s investments, which may also apply to the Fund’s Marketplace Lending Instruments.  In addition, see “Risks—Marketplace-Lending-Related Risks” below and “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending” in the SAI for additional risks of investing in Marketplace Lending Instruments.
 
Asset-backed Securities Risks.  Asset-backed securities often involve risks that are different from or more acute than risks associated with other types of debt instruments.  For instance, asset-backed securities may be particularly sensitive to changes in prevailing interest rates.  In addition, the underlying assets are subject to prepayments that shorten the securities’ weighted average maturity and may lower their return.  Asset-backed securities are also subject to risks associated with their structure and the nature of the assets underlying the security and the servicing of those assets.  Payment of interest and repayment of principal on asset-backed securities is largely dependent upon the cash flows generated by the assets backing the securities and, in certain cases, supported by letters of credit, surety bonds or other credit enhancements.  The values of asset-backed securities may be substantially dependent on the servicing of the underlying asset pools, and are therefore subject to risks associated with the negligence by, or defalcation of, their servicers.  Furthermore, debtors may be entitled to the protection of a number of state and federal consumer credit laws with respect to the assets underlying these securities, which may give the debtor the right to avoid or reduce payment.  In addition, due to their often complicated structures, various asset-backed securities may be difficult to value and may constitute illiquid investments.  If many borrowers on the underlying Marketplace Loans default, losses could exceed the credit enhancement level and result in losses to investors in asset-backed securities.
 
An investment in subordinated (residual) classes of asset-backed securities is typically considered to be an illiquid and highly speculative investment, as losses on the underlying assets are first absorbed by the subordinated classes.  The risks associated with an investment in such subordinated classes of asset-backed securities include credit risk, regulatory risk pertaining to the Fund’s ability to collect on such securities, platform performance risk and liquidity risk.
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Competition for Assets Risk.  The current marketplace lending market in which the Fund seeks to participate is competitive and rapidly changing.  The Fund may face increasing competition for access to platforms and Marketplace Lending Instruments as the marketplace lending industry continues to evolve.  The Fund may face competition from other institutional lenders such as pooled investment vehicles and commercial banks that are substantially larger and have considerably greater financial and other resources than the Fund.  These potential competitors may have higher risk tolerances or different risk assessments than the Fund, which could allow them to consider a wider variety of investments and establish more relationships with platforms than the Adviser.  A platform with which the Fund has entered into an arrangement to purchase Marketplace Lending Instruments may have similar arrangements with other parties, thereby reducing the potential investments of the Fund through such platform.  There can be no assurance that the competitive pressures the Fund may face will not erode the Fund’s ability to deploy capital.  If the Fund is limited in its ability to invest in Marketplace Lending Instruments, it may be forced to invest in cash, cash equivalents or other assets that may result in lower returns than otherwise may be available through investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments.  If the Fund’s access to platforms is limited, it would also be subject to increased concentration and counterparty risk.  See “—Platform Concentration Risk.”
 
The consumer and commercial lending business is highly competitive and Marketplace Loan platforms compete with other Marketplace Loan platforms as well as larger banking, securities and investment banking firms that have substantially greater financial resources.  There can be no guarantee that the rapid origination growth experienced by certain platforms in recent periods will continue.  Without a sufficient number of new qualified loan requests, there can be no assurances that the Fund will be able to compete effectively for Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments with other market participants.  General economic factors and market conditions, including the general interest rate environment, unemployment rates and residential home values, may affect borrower willingness to seek Marketplace Loans and investor ability and desire to invest in Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments.
 
Credit and Below Investment Grade Securities Risks.  Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security may be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments.  Credit risk may be heightened for the Fund because it may invest in below investment grade securities, as well as Marketplace Lending Instruments that may be of credit quality comparable to securities rated below investment grade by a NRSRO (notwithstanding the Fund’s fundamental policy prohibiting investments in Marketplace Loans of subprime quality, as determined at the time of investment).  Such below investment grade securities are commonly referred to as “junk” or “high yield” securities.  Such securities or Marketplace Lending Instruments of comparable credit quality, while generally offering the potential for higher yields than investment grade securities with similar maturities, involve greater risks, including the possibility of dividend or interest deferral, default or bankruptcy, and are regarded as predominantly speculative with respect to the issuer’s capacity to pay dividends or interest and repay principal.  In addition, these securities and Marketplace Lending Instruments of comparable credit quality are generally susceptible to decline in market value due to adverse economic and business developments and are often unsecured and subordinated to other creditors of the issuer.  The market values for below investment grade securities or Marketplace Lending Instruments of comparable credit quality tend to be very volatile, and these instruments are generally less liquid than investment grade securities.
 
Credit and Interest Rate Analysis Risk.  The Adviser is reliant in part on the borrower credit information provided to it or assigned by the platforms when selecting Marketplace Lending Instruments for investment.  To the extent a credit rating is assigned to each borrower by a platform, such rating may not accurately reflect the borrower’s actual creditworthiness.  A platform may be unable, or may not seek, to verify all of the borrower information obtained by it, which it may use to determine such borrower’s credit rating.  Borrower information on which platforms and lenders may rely may be outdated.  For example, following the date a borrower has provided its information to the platform, it may have defaulted on a pre-existing debt obligation, taken on additional debt or sustained an adverse financial or life event.  In addition, certain information that the Adviser would otherwise seek may not be available, such as financial statements and other financial information.  Furthermore, the Adviser may be unable to perform any independent follow-up verification with respect to a borrower to the extent the borrower’s name, address and other contact information is required to remain confidential.  There is risk that a borrower may have supplied false or inaccurate information.  If a borrower supplied false, misleading or inaccurate information, repayments on the corresponding Marketplace Loan may be lower, in some cases significantly lower, than expected.
 
Although the Adviser conducts diligence on the credit scoring methodologies used by platforms from which the Fund purchases Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund typically will not have access to all of the data that platforms utilize to assign credit scores to particular loans purchased directly or indirectly by the Fund, and will not confirm the truthfulness of such information or otherwise evaluate the basis for the platform’s credit score of those loans.  In addition, the platforms’ credit decisions and scoring models are based on algorithms that could potentially contain programming or other errors or prove to be ineffective or otherwise flawed.  This could adversely affect loan pricing data and approval processes and could cause loans to be mispriced or misclassified, which could ultimately have a negative impact on the Fund’s performance.  See “—Information Technology Risk” below.
 
The interest rates on Marketplace Loans established by the platforms may have not been appropriately set.  A failure to set appropriate rates on the Marketplace Loans may adversely impact the ability of the Fund to receive returns on its Marketplace Lending Instruments that are commensurate with the risks associated with directly or indirectly owning such instruments.
 
In addition, certain other information used by the platforms and the Adviser in making loan and investment decisions may be deficient and/or incorrect, which increases the risk of loss on the loan.  For example, with respect to real estate-related loans, the valuation of the underlying property that is used by platforms in determining whether or not to make a Marketplace Loan to the borrower may prove to be overly optimistic, in which case there would be an increased risk of default on the loan.  See “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending—Additional Considerations with Regard to Real Estate Marketplace Lending Instruments” in the SAI for additional discussion of real estate-related loans and the risks associated with such loans.  See also “—Platform Reliance Risk” below.
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Credit Risk.  Certain of the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund may invest may represent obligations of consumers who would not otherwise qualify for, or would have difficulty qualifying for, credit from traditional sources of lending, or SMEs that are unable to effectively access public equity or debt markets, as a result of, among other things, limited assets, adverse income characteristics, limited credit or operating history or an impaired credit record, which may include, for example in the case of consumers, a history of irregular employment, previous bankruptcy filings, repossessions of property, charged off loans and/or garnishment of wages.  The average interest rate charged to, or required of, such obligors generally is higher than that charged by commercial banks and other institutions providing traditional sources of credit or that set by the debt market.  These traditional sources of credit typically impose more stringent credit requirements than the loans provided by certain platforms through which the Fund may make its investments.  As a result of the credit profile of the borrowers and the interest rates on Marketplace Loans, the delinquency and default experience on the Marketplace Lending Instruments may be significantly higher than those experienced by financial products arising from traditional sources of lending.  Shareholders are urged to consider the highly risky nature of the credit quality of Marketplace Loans when analyzing an investment in the Shares.
 
Default Risk.  The ability of the Fund to generate income through its Marketplace Lending Instruments is dependent upon payments being made by the borrower underlying such Marketplace Lending Instruments.  If a borrower is unable to make its payments on a Marketplace Loan, the Fund may be greatly limited in its ability to recover any outstanding principal and interest under such loan.
 
A substantial portion of the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund may invest will not be secured by any collateral, will not be guaranteed or insured by a third party and will not be backed by any governmental authority.  The Fund may need to rely on the collection efforts of the platforms and third party collection agencies, which also may be limited in their ability to collect on defaulted loans.  The Fund may not have direct recourse against borrowers, may not be able to obtain the identity of the borrowers in order to contact a borrower about a loan and may not be able to pursue borrowers to collect payment under loans.  After a limited period of time following the final maturity date of a Pass-Through Note (typically, a year), platforms may not have any obligation to make late payments to the lenders even if the borrower has submitted such a payment to the platform.  In addition, platforms will retain from the funds received from borrowers and otherwise available for payment to lenders any insufficient payment fees and the amounts of any attorneys’ fees or collection fees it, a third party service provider or collection agency may impose in connection with any collection efforts.  To the extent a Marketplace Loan is secured, there can be no assurance as to the amount of any funds that may be realized from recovering and liquidating any collateral or the timing of such recovery and liquidation and hence there is no assurance that sufficient funds (or, possibly, any funds) will be available to offset any payment defaults that occur under the Marketplace Loan.
 
Marketplace Loans are credit obligations of the borrowers and the terms of certain loans may not restrict the borrowers from incurring additional debt.  If a borrower incurs additional debt after obtaining a loan through a platform, the additional debt may adversely affect the borrower’s creditworthiness generally, and could result in the financial distress, insolvency or bankruptcy of the borrower.  This circumstance would ultimately impair the ability of that borrower to make payments on its Marketplace Loan and the Fund’s ability to receive the principal and interest payments that it expects to receive on such loan.  To the extent borrowers incur other indebtedness that is secured, such as a mortgage, the ability of the secured creditors to exercise remedies against the assets of that borrower may impair the borrower’s ability to repay its Marketplace Loan or it may impair the platform’s ability to collect on the Marketplace Loan upon default.  To the extent that a Marketplace Loan is unsecured, borrowers may choose to repay obligations under other indebtedness (such as loans obtained from traditional lending sources) before repaying a loan facilitated through a platform because the borrowers have no collateral at risk.  The Fund will not be made aware of any additional debt incurred by a borrower, or whether such debt is secured.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Default Risk.”
 
Fraud Risk.  The Fund is subject to the risk of fraudulent activity associated with the various parties involved in marketplace lending, including the platforms, banks, borrowers and third parties handling borrower and investor information.  A platform’s resources, technologies and fraud prevention tools may be insufficient to accurately detect and prevent fraud.  Platforms generally are obligated to repurchase Marketplace Loans in cases of confirmed identity theft.  High profile fraudulent activity or significant increases in fraudulent activity could lead to regulatory intervention, negatively impact operating results, brand and reputation and lead the defrauded platform to take steps to reduce fraud risk, which could increase costs.
 
Funding Bank Risk.  Multiple banks may originate loans for marketplace lending platforms.  If such a bank were to suspend, limit or cease its operations or a platform’s relationship with a bank were to otherwise terminate, such platform would need to implement a substantially similar arrangement with another funding bank, obtain additional state licenses or curtail its operations.  Transitioning loan originations to a new funding bank is untested and may result in delays in the issuance of loans or may result in a platform’s inability to facilitate loans.  If a platform is unable to enter in an alternative arrangement with a different funding bank, the platform may need to obtain a state license in each state in which it operates in order to enable it to originate loans, as well as comply with other state and federal laws, which would be costly and time-consuming.  If a platform is unsuccessful in maintaining its relationships with the funding banks, its ability to provide loan products could be materially impaired and its operating results would suffer.  The Fund is dependent on the continued success of the platforms that originate the Fund’s Marketplace Loans.  If such platforms were unable or impaired in their ability to operate their lending business, the Adviser may be required to seek alternative sources of investments (e.g., loans originated by other platforms), which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance and/or prevent the Fund from pursuing its investment objective and strategies.
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Geographic Concentration Risk.  The Fund is not subject to any geographic restrictions when investing in Marketplace Loans and therefore could be concentrated in a particular state or region.  A geographic concentration of the Marketplace Loans may expose the Fund to an increased risk of loss due to risks associated with certain regions.  Certain regions of the United States from time to time will experience weaker economic conditions and, consequently, will likely experience higher rates of delinquency and loss than on similar loans nationally.  In addition, natural disasters in specific geographic regions may result in higher rates of delinquency and loss in those areas.  In the event that a significant portion of the pool of Marketplace Loans is comprised of Marketplace Loans owed by borrowers resident or operating in certain states, economic conditions, localized weather events, environmental disasters, natural disasters or other factors affecting these states in particular could adversely impact the delinquency and default experience of the Marketplace Loans and could impact Fund performance.  Further, the concentration of the Marketplace Loans in one or more states would have a disproportionate effect on the Fund if governmental authorities in any of those states took action against the platforms lending in such states.
 
Information Technology Risk.  Marketplace Loans are originated and documented in electronic form and there are generally no tangible written documents evidencing such loans or any payments owed thereon.  Because the Fund relies on electronic systems maintained by the custodian and the platforms to maintain records and evidence ownership of Marketplace Loans and to service and administer Marketplace Loans (as applicable) it is susceptible to risks associated with such electronic systems.  These risks include, among others: power loss, computer systems failures and Internet, telecommunications or data network failures; operator negligence or improper operation by, or supervision of, employees; physical and electronic loss of data or security breaches, misappropriation and similar events; computer viruses; cyber attacks, intentional acts of vandalism and similar events; and hurricanes, fires, floods and other natural disasters.
 
In addition, platforms rely on software that is highly technical and complex and depend on the ability of such software to store, retrieve, process and manage immense amounts of data.  Such software may contain errors or bugs.  Some errors may only be discovered after the code has been released for external or internal use.  Errors or other design defects within the software on which a platform relies may result in a negative experience for borrowers who use the platform, delay introductions of new features or enhancements, result in errors or compromise the platform’s ability to protect borrower or investor data or its own intellectual property.  Any errors, bugs or defects discovered in the software on which a platform relies could negatively impact operations of the platform and the ability of the platform to perform its obligations with respect to the Marketplace Loans originated by the platform.
 
The electronic systems on which platforms rely may be subject to cyber attacks that could result, among other things, in data breaches and the release of confidential information and thus expose the platform to significant liability.  A security breach could also irreparably damage a platform’s reputation and thus its ability to continue to operate its business.
 
The Adviser is also reliant on information technology to facilitate the Marketplace Loan acquisition process.  Any failure of such technology could have a material adverse effect on the ability of the Adviser to acquire Marketplace Loans and therefore may impact the performance of the Fund.  Any delays in receiving the data provided by such technology could also impact, among other things, the valuation of the portfolio of Marketplace Loans.
 
Investments in Platforms Risk.  The platforms in which the Fund may invest may have a higher risk profile and be more volatile than companies engaged in lines of business with a longer, established history and such investments should be viewed as longer term investments.  The Fund may invest in listed or unlisted equity securities of platforms.  Investments in unlisted equity securities, by their nature, generally involve a higher degree of valuation and performance uncertainties and liquidity risks than investments in listed equity securities.  The companies of unlisted securities, in comparison to companies of listed securities, may:
 
· have shorter operating histories and a smaller market share, rendering them more vulnerable to competitors’ actions and market conditions, as well as general economic downturns;
 
· often operate at a financial loss;
 
· be more likely to depend on the management talents and efforts of a small group of persons and the departure of any such persons could have a material adverse impact on the business and prospects of the company; and
 
· generally have less predictable operating results and require significant additional capital to support their operations, expansion or competitive position.
 
The success of a platform is dependent upon payments being made by the borrowers of Marketplace Loans originated by the platform.  Any increase in default rates on a platform’s Marketplace Loans could adversely affect the platform’s profitability and, therefore, the Fund’s investments in the platform.  See also “—Small and Mid-Capitalization Investing Risk.”
 
Illiquidity Risk.  Marketplace Loans generally have a maturity between six months to five years.  Investors acquiring Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments directly through platforms and hoping to recoup their entire principal must generally hold their loans through maturity.  Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments may not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and are not listed on any securities exchange.  Accordingly, those Marketplace Lending Instruments may not be transferred unless they are first registered under the Securities Act and all applicable state or foreign securities laws or the transfer qualifies for exemption from such registration.  A reliable secondary market has yet to develop, nor may one ever develop, for Marketplace Loans and such other Marketplace Lending Instruments and, as such, these investments should be considered illiquid.  Until an active secondary market develops, the Fund intends to primarily hold its Marketplace Loans until maturity.  The Fund may not be able to sell any of its Marketplace Lending Instruments even under circumstances when the Adviser believes it would be in the best interests of the Fund to sell such investments.  In such circumstances, the overall returns to the Fund from its Marketplace Lending Instruments may be adversely affected.  Moreover, certain Marketplace Lending Instruments are subject to certain additional significant restrictions on transferability.  Although the Fund may attempt to increase its liquidity by borrowing from a bank or other institution, its assets may not readily be accepted as collateral for such borrowing.
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Limited Operating History of Platforms Risk.  Many of the platforms, and marketplace lending in general, are in the early stages of development and have a limited operating history.  As a result, there is a lack of significant historical data regarding the performance of Marketplace Loans and the long term outlook of the industry is uncertain.  In addition, because Marketplace Loans are originated using a lending method on a platform that has a limited operating history, borrowers may not view or treat their obligations on such loans as having the same significance as loans from traditional lending sources, such as bank loans.
 
Marketplace Loans and Pass-Through Notes Risk.  Marketplace Lending Instruments are generally not rated and constitute a highly risky and speculative investment, similar to an investment in “junk” bonds.  There can be no assurance that payments due on underlying Marketplace Loans will be made.  The Shares therefore should be purchased only by investors who could afford the loss of the entire amount of their investment.
 
A substantial portion of the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund may invest will not be secured by any collateral, will not be guaranteed or insured by a third party and will not be backed by any governmental authority.  Accordingly, the platforms and any third-party collection agencies will be limited in their ability to collect on defaulted Marketplace Loans.  With respect to Marketplace Loans secured by collateral, there can be no assurance that the liquidation of any such collateral would satisfy a borrower’s obligation in the event of a default under its Marketplace Loan.
 
Furthermore, Marketplace Loans may not contain any cross-default or similar provisions.  A cross-default provision makes a default under certain debt of a borrower an automatic default on other debt of that borrower.  The effect of this can be to allow other creditors to move more quickly to claim any assets of the borrower.  To the extent a Marketplace Loan does not contain a cross-default provision, the loan will not be placed automatically in default upon that borrower’s default on any of the borrower’s other debt obligations, unless there are relevant independent grounds for a default on the loan.  In addition, the Marketplace Loan will not be referred to a third-party collection agency for collection because of a borrower’s default on debt obligations other than the Marketplace Loan.  If a borrower first defaults on debt obligations other than the Marketplace Loan, the creditors to such other debt obligations may seize the borrower’s assets or pursue other legal action against the borrower, which may adversely impact the ability to recoup any principal and interest payments on the Marketplace Loan if the borrower subsequently defaults on the loan.  In addition, an operator of a platform is generally not required to repurchase Marketplace Loans from a lender except under very narrow circumstances, such as in cases of verifiable identity fraud by the borrower or as may otherwise be negotiated by the Fund when purchasing whole loans.
 
Borrowers may seek protection under federal bankruptcy law or similar laws.  If a borrower files for bankruptcy (or becomes the subject of an involuntary petition), a stay will go into effect that will automatically put any pending collection actions on hold and prevent further collection action absent bankruptcy court approval.  Whether any payment will ultimately be made or received on a Marketplace Loan after bankruptcy status is declared depends on the borrower’s particular financial situation and the determination of the court.  It is possible that the borrower’s liability on the Marketplace Loan will be discharged in bankruptcy.  In most cases involving the bankruptcy of a borrower with an unsecured Marketplace Loan, unsecured creditors will receive only a fraction of any amount outstanding on their loan, if anything at all.
 
As Pass-Through Notes are pass-through obligations of the operators of the lending platforms, and not direct obligations of the borrowers under the underlying Marketplace Loans originated by such platforms, holders of certain Pass-Through Notes are exposed to the credit risk of the operator.  An operator that becomes subject to bankruptcy proceedings may be unable to make full and timely payments on its Pass-Through Notes even if the borrowers of the underlying Marketplace Loans timely make all payments due from them.  In addition, Pass-Through Notes are non-recourse obligations (except to the extent that the operator actually receives payments from the borrower on the loan).  Accordingly, lenders assume all of the borrower credit risk on the loans they fund and are not entitled to recover any deficiency of principal or interest from the operator if the borrower defaults on its payments.
 
There may be a delay between the time the Fund commits to purchase a Pass-Through Note and the issuance of such note and, during such delay, the funds committed to such an investment will not be available for investment in other Marketplace Lending Instruments.  Because the funds committed to an investment in Pass-Through Notes do not earn interest until the issuance of the note, the delay in issuance will have the effect of reducing the effective rate of return on the investment.
 
Platform Concentration Risk.  The Fund initially anticipates that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Loan investments will have originated from a limited number of platforms and that it may invest 25% or more of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans originated from each or any of LendingClub, Prosper and SoFi Lending Corp.  The Fund may, in the future, invest 25% or more of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans originated from another or other platform(s).
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A concentration in select platforms may subject the Fund to increased dependency and risks associated with those platforms than it would otherwise be subject to if it were more broadly diversified across a greater number of platforms.  The Fund may be more susceptible to adverse events affecting such platforms, particularly if such platforms were unable to sustain their current lending models.  In addition, many platforms and/or their affiliated entities have incurred operating losses since their inception and may continue to incur net losses in the future.  The Fund’s concentration in certain platforms may also expose it to increased risk of default and loss on the Marketplace Loans in which it invests through such platforms if such platforms have, among other characteristics, lower borrower credit criteria or other minimum eligibility requirements, or have deficient procedures for conducting credit and interest rate analyses as part of their loan origination processes, relative to other platforms.
 
An investor may become dissatisfied with a platform’s marketplace if a loan underlying its investment is not repaid and it does not receive full payment.  As a result, such platform’s reputation may suffer and the platform may lose investor confidence, which could adversely affect investor participation on the platform’s marketplace.
 
Platform Reliance Risk.  The Fund is dependent on the continued success of the platforms that originate the Fund’s Marketplace Lending Instruments and the Fund materially depends on such platforms for loan data and the origination, sourcing and servicing of Marketplace Loans.  If such platforms were unable or impaired in their ability to operate their lending business, the Adviser may be required to seek alternative sources of investments (e.g., Marketplace Loans originated by other platforms), which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance and/or prevent the Fund from pursuing its investment objective and strategies.  In order to sustain its business, platforms and their affiliated entities may be dependent in large part on their ability to raise additional capital to fund their operations.  If a platform and its affiliated entities are unable to raise additional funding, they may be unable to continue their operations.
 
The Fund may have limited knowledge about the underlying Marketplace Loans in which it invests and will be dependent upon the platform originating such loans for information on the loans.  Some investors of Marketplace Lending Instruments, including the Fund, may not review the particular characteristics of the loans in which they invest at the time of investment, but rather negotiate in advance with platforms the general criteria of the investments, as described under “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Investment Philosophy and Process.”  As a result, the Fund is dependent on the platforms’ ability to collect, verify and provide information to the Fund about each Marketplace Loan and borrower.  See also “—Credit and Interest Rate Analysis Risk” above.
 
In addition, when the Fund owns fractional loans and certain other Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund and its custodian generally will not have a contractual relationship with, or personally identifiable information regarding, individual borrowers, so the Fund will not be able to enforce such underlying loans directly against borrowers and may not be able to appoint an alternative servicing agent in the event that a platform or third-party servicer, as applicable, ceases to service the underlying loans.  Therefore, the Fund will be more dependent on the platform for servicing such fractional loans than in the case in which the Fund owns whole loans.  See “—Servicer Risk” below.
 
Each of the platforms from which the Fund will purchase Marketplace Lending Instruments retains an independent auditor to conduct audits on a routine basis.
 
Prepayment Risk.  Borrowers may decide to prepay all or a portion of the remaining principal amount due under a borrower loan at any time without penalty (unless the underlying loan agreements provide for prepayment penalties as may be the case in certain non-consumer Marketplace Loans).  In the event of a prepayment of the entire remaining unpaid principal amount of a Marketplace Loan, the Fund will receive such prepayment amount but further interest will not accrue on the loan after the principal has been paid in full.  If the borrower prepays a portion of the remaining unpaid principal balance, interest will cease to accrue on such prepaid portion, and the Fund will not receive all of the interest payments that the Adviser may have originally expected to receive on the loan.
 
Private Investment Funds Risk.  The Fund, as a holder of securities issued by private investment funds, will bear its pro rata portion of the private funds’ expenses.  These expenses are in addition to the direct expenses of the Fund’s own operations, thereby increasing costs and/or potentially reducing returns to Shareholders.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Private Investment Funds Risk” and “—Asset-Backed Securities Risks.”
 
Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans.  The platforms through which Marketplace Loans are originated are subject to various rules and regulations issued by federal, state and local government authorities.  For example, these rules may require extensive disclosure to, and consents from, applicants and borrowers and may impose multiple qualification and licensing obligations on platforms before they may conduct their business.  Federal and state consumer protection laws in particular impose requirements and place restrictions on creditors in connection with extensions of credit and collections on personal loans and protection of sensitive customer data obtained in the origination and servicing thereof.  A failure to comply with the applicable rules and regulations may, among other things, subject the platform or its related entities to certain registration requirements with government authorities and the payment of any penalties and fines; result in the revocation of their licenses; cause the loan contracts originated by the platform to be voided or otherwise impair the enforcement of such loans; and subject them to potential civil and criminal liability, class action lawsuits and/or administrative enforcement actions.  Any of the foregoing could have a material adverse effect on a platform’s financial condition, results of operations or ability to perform its obligations with respect to its lending business or could otherwise result in modifications in the platform’s methods of doing business which could impair the platform’s ability to service Marketplace Loans or collect on Marketplace Loans.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans.”
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Even absent regulations, plaintiffs may successfully challenge the funding bank or other lending models.  Recent case law raises questions regarding the viability of the model in which many consumer platforms operate and specifically the ability of investors to charge the same rate as the funding bank after the loan has been sold to investors.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in May 2015 issued a significant decision interpreting the scope of federal preemption under the National Bank Act (the “NBA”) and held that a non-bank assignee of loans originated by a national bank was not entitled to the benefits of NBA preemption as to state law claims of usury.  Although binding only in Connecticut, New York and Vermont, this decision nonetheless may significantly affect non-bank assignees of loans, including the loan origination practices of certain marketplace lending platforms.  At a minimum, non-bank assignees/purchasers of bank loans may face uncertainty as to their ability to rely upon federal preemption of state usury laws.  In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the case, although in a brief to that court, the Solicitor General of the U.S. stated that the Second Circuit decision was incorrectly decided.  The case was remanded to the federal district court for consideration of choice of law issues.  Some marketplace lending platforms purchase loans from state-chartered banks shortly after origination and rely upon federal preemption to exempt the loans from state usury caps.  The Second Circuit decision, although directly ruling on purchasers of national bank loans, could be applied by courts considering the scope of federal preemption under the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (which generally preempts state usury laws in favor of federally insured state-chartered banks).  The decision, which appears to be contrary to other federal circuit court decisions and inconsistent with long-standing commercial practice, could be challenged and reconsidered and therefore the long term impact of the decision is uncertain.  If, however, the decision is upheld or is more widely applied, certain marketplace lending platforms may be required to restructure their operations and certain loans previously made through funding banks may not be enforceable, whether in whole or in part, by investors holding such loans.  As a result, large amounts of Marketplace Loans purchased by the Fund (directly or indirectly) could become unenforceable or subject to diminished return or penalties, thereby causing losses for Shareholders.  The risk from this court decision in the three states comprising the Second Circuit may be mitigated by purchasing or investing in loans that are not above the state usury limitations in those states.
 
The regulatory environment applicable to platforms and their related entities may be subject to periodic changes.  Any such changes could have an adverse effect on the platforms’ and related entities’ costs and ability to operate.  The platforms would likely seek to pass through any increase in costs to lenders such as the Fund.  Further, changes in the regulatory application or judicial interpretation of the laws and regulations applicable to financial institutions generally also could impact the manner in which the marketplace lending industry conducts its business.  In addition, Congress, the states and regulatory agencies could further regulate the consumer credit industry in ways that would make it more difficult to collect payments on Marketplace Loans.  The regulatory environment in which financial institutions operate has become increasingly complex and robust, and following the financial crisis of 2008, supervisory efforts to apply relevant laws, regulations and policies have become more intense.  Additionally, in May 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a white paper regarding its review of the online marketplace lending industry.  The white paper provided policy recommendations, highlighted the benefits and risks associated with online marketplace lending and set forth certain best practices applicable to established and emerging market participants, among other things.  The white paper is part of a multi-stage process led by the U.S. Treasury Department, in consultation with other regulatory agencies, to inform appropriate policy responses.  The U.S. Treasury Department’s focus on marketplace lending signifies the increasing spotlight on the industry and could ultimately result in significant and sweeping changes to the current regulatory framework governing marketplace lending.  In addition, some states such as California are requesting information from marketplace lenders.  See “—Risks Associated with Recent Events in the Marketplace Lending Industry.”
 
Risk of Adverse Market and Economic Conditions.  Marketplace Loan default rates, and marketplace lending generally, may be significantly affected by economic downturns or general economic conditions beyond the control of any borrowers.  In particular, default rates on Marketplace Loans may increase due to factors such as prevailing interest rates, the rate of unemployment, the level of consumer confidence, residential real estate values, the value of the U.S. dollar, energy prices, changes in consumer spending, the number of personal bankruptcies, disruptions in the credit markets and other factors.  A significant downturn in the economy could cause default rates on the Marketplace Loans to increase.  A substantial increase in default rates, whether due to market and economic conditions or otherwise, could adversely impact the viability of the overall marketplace lending industry.
 
Risk of Inadequate Guarantees and/or Collateral of Marketplace Loans.  To the extent that the obligations under a Marketplace Loan are guaranteed by a third-party, there can be no assurance that the guarantor will perform its payment obligations should the underlying borrower to the loan default on its payments.  Similarly, to the extent a Marketplace Loan is secured, there can be no assurance as to the amount of any funds that may be realized from recovering and liquidating any collateral or the timing of such recovery and liquidation and hence there is no assurance that sufficient funds (or, possibly, any funds) will be available to offset any payment defaults that occur under the Marketplace Loan.  For example, with respect to real estate-related loans, which include loans used for financing real estate-related transactions, the real property security for a Marketplace Loan may decline in value, which could result in the loan amount being greater than the property value and therefore increase the likelihood of borrower default.  In addition, if it becomes necessary to recover and liquidate any collateral with respect to a secured Marketplace Loan, it may be difficult to sell such collateral and there will likely be associated costs that would reduce the amount of funds otherwise available to offset the payments due under the loan.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Risk of Inadequate Guarantees and/or Collateral of Marketplace Loans.”
 
Risk of Regulation as an Investment Company or an Investment Adviser.  If platforms or any related entities are required to register as investment companies under the 1940 Act or as investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, their ability to conduct business may be materially adversely affected, which may result in such entities being unable to perform their obligations with respect to their Marketplace Loans, including applicable indemnity, guaranty, repurchasing and servicing obligations, and any contracts entered into by a platform or related entity while in violation of the registration requirements may be voidable.
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Risks Associated with Recent Events in the Marketplace Lending Industry.  The marketplace lending industry is heavily dependent on investors for liquidity and there has been decreasing interest from institutional investors in purchasing Marketplace Loans (due both to yield considerations as well as reactions to the recent events described below), causing some platforms to increase rates.  In addition, there is concern that a weakening credit cycle could stress servicing of Marketplace Loans and result in significant losses.  
 
Concerns have recently been raised pertaining to certain loan identification practices and other compliance related issues of LendingClub.  The circumstances surrounding these events have increased the volatility in the industry and have caused some institutional investors to retrench from purchasing Marketplace Lending Instruments, either from LendingClub specifically or in general with respect to any Marketplace Lending Instruments.  The occurrence of any additional negative business practices involving a marketplace lending platform, or the inability for marketplace lending platforms to assure investors and other market participants of its ability to conduct business practices acceptable to borrowers and investors, may significantly and adversely impact the platforms and/or the marketplace lending industry as a whole and, therefore, the Fund’s investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments.
 
There has been increased regulatory scrutiny of the marketplace lending industry, including the recent U.S. Department of the Treasury white paper, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency white paper and state investigations into marketplace lending platforms in California and New York.  In addition, an increasing number of lawsuits have been filed alleging that the platforms are the true lender and not the funding banks.  See “—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans” above.
 
Servicer Risk.  The Fund expects that all of its direct and indirect investments in loans originated by marketplace lending platforms will be serviced by a platform or a third-party servicer.  However, the Fund’s investments could be adversely impacted if a platform that services the Fund’s investments becomes unable or unwilling to fulfill its obligations to do so.  In the event that the servicer is unable to service the loans, there can be no guarantee that a backup servicer will be able to assume responsibility for servicing the loans in a timely or cost-effective manner; any resulting disruption or delay could jeopardize payments due to the Fund in respect of its investments or increase the costs associated with the Fund’s investments.  If the servicer becomes subject to a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, there is some risk that the Fund’s investments could be re-characterized as secured loans from the Fund to the platform, which could result in uncertainty, costs and delays from having the Fund’s investment deemed part of the bankruptcy estate of the platform, rather than an asset owned outright by the Fund.  To the extent the servicer becomes subject to a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, there is a risk that substantial losses will be incurred by the Fund.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans.”
 
Small and Mid-Capitalization Investing Risk.  The Fund may gain exposure to the securities of small capitalization companies, mid-capitalization companies and recently organized companies.  For example, the Fund may invest in securities of marketplace lending platforms or may gain exposure to other small capitalization, mid-capitalization and recently organized companies through investments in the borrowings of such companies facilitated through a marketplace lending platform.  Historically, such investments, and particularly investments in smaller capitalization companies, have been more volatile in price than those of larger capitalized, more established companies.  Many of the risks that apply to small capitalization companies apply equally to mid-capitalization companies, and such companies are included in the term “small capitalization companies” for the purposes of this risk factor.  The securities of small capitalization and recently organized companies pose greater investment risks because such companies may have limited product lines, distribution channels and financial and managerial resources.  In particular, small capitalization companies may be operating at a loss or have significant variations in operating results; may be engaged in a rapidly changing business with products subject to substantial risk of obsolescence; may require substantial additional capital to support their operations, to finance expansion or to maintain their competitive position; and may have substantial borrowings or may otherwise have a weak financial condition.  In addition, these companies may face intense competition, including competition from companies with greater financial resources, more extensive development, manufacturing, marketing, and other capabilities and a larger number of qualified managerial and technical personnel.  The equity securities of marketplace lending platforms or other issuers that are small capitalization companies are often traded over-the-counter or on regional exchanges and may not be traded in the volumes typical on a national securities exchange.  Investments in instruments issued by, or loans of, small capitalization companies may also be more difficult to value than other types of investments because of the foregoing considerations as well as, if applicable, lower trading volumes.  Investments in companies with limited or no operating histories are more speculative and entail greater risk than do investments in companies with an established operating record.
 
SME Loans Risk.  The businesses of SME loan borrowers may not have steady earnings growth, may be operated by less experienced individuals, may have limited resources and may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments, among other concerns, which may adversely affect the ability of such borrowers to make principal and interest payments on the SME loans.  See also “—Small and Mid-Capitalization Investing Risk” above.
 
Student Loans Risk.  In general, the repayment ability of borrowers of student loans, as well as the rate of prepayments on student loans, may be influenced by a variety of economic, social, competitive and other factors, including changes in interest rates, the availability of alternative financings, regulatory changes affecting the student loan market and the general economy.  For instance, certain student loans may be made to individuals who generally have higher debt burdens than other individual borrowers (such as students of post-secondary programs).  The effect of the foregoing factors is impossible to predict.
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Treatment of Marketplace Lending Instruments Purchased by the Fund under Federal Securities Laws.  The Fund has been advised that it is the current view of the SEC and its Staff that the purchase of whole loans through marketplace lending platforms involves the purchase of “securities” issued by the originating platforms under the Securities Act.  If the Marketplace Lending Instruments purchased by the Fund, such as whole loans, are deemed to be “securities” under federal securities law, then the issuers of such instruments are subject to a wide range of obligations and sanctions.  At the federal level, the issuer, the underwriter and other individuals in a public offering signing a registration statement are strictly liable for any inaccurate statements in the document.  Even though an exemption from registration with the SEC is typically utilized by the issuers of the Marketplace Lending Instruments that are securities, the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws still apply.  Avoidance of fraud requires full and fair disclosure of all material facts and the usual method of discharging this disclosure obligation is for the issuer to prepare and distribute a prospectus that has been registered with the SEC or, in a private transaction, an “offering memorandum” that incorporates the same type of information as would be contained in a registration statement.  Noncompliance with federal securities laws can involve potentially severe consequences for the issuer and the Fund may recover civil damages from the applicable issuer of a security if the requisite intent can be shown against its directors, managers and/or other responsible persons.  Securities regulators can also institute administrative proceedings, suits for injunction and, in the appropriate circumstances, even criminal actions.  In addition, there are separate obligations and sanctions under securities laws which exist in each and every state.
 
There is no bright line test to determine whether notes evidencing loans should be deemed “securities” within the purview of the SEC.  In general, a determination of whether a note evidencing a loan is a security under the Securities Act is subject to an analysis of the facts and circumstances of the transaction involving the issuance of the notes.  To the extent certain Marketplace Lending Instruments, such as whole loans, are not, in the future, deemed to be “securities” under the Securities Act, the Fund would not be able to seek the remedies described above with respect to such instruments.
 
Valuation Risk.  Many of the Fund’s investments may be difficult to value.  Where market quotations are not readily available or deemed unreliable, the Fund will value such investments in accordance with fair value procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.  Valuation of illiquid investments may require more research than for more liquid investments.  In addition, elements of judgment may play a greater role in valuation in such cases than for investments with a more active secondary market because there is less reliable objective data available.  An instrument that is fair valued may be valued at a price higher or lower than the value determined by other funds using their own fair valuation procedures.  Prices obtained by the Fund upon the sale of such investments may not equal the value at which the Fund carried the investment on its books, which would adversely affect the NAV of the Fund.
 
Tax Risk.  The treatment of Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments for tax purposes is uncertain.  In addition, changes in tax laws or regulations, or interpretations thereof, in the future could adversely affect the Fund, including its ability to qualify as a regulated investment company, or the participants in the marketplace lending industry.  Investors should consult their tax advisors as to the potential tax treatment of Shareholders.
 
The Fund intends to elect to be treated as a regulated investment company for federal income tax purposes.  In order to qualify for such treatment, the Fund will need to meet certain organization, income, diversification and distribution tests.  The Fund has adopted policies and guidelines that are designed to enable the Fund to meet these tests, which will be tested for compliance on a regular basis for the purposes of being treated as a regulated investment company for federal income tax purposes.  However, some issues related to qualification as a regulated investment company are open to interpretation.  For example, the Fund intends to primarily invest in whole loans originated by marketplace lending platforms.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has given the Fund is opinion that the issuer of such loans will be the identified borrowers in the loan documentation.  However, if the IRS were to disagree and successfully assert that the marketplace lending platforms should be viewed as the issuer of the loans, the Fund would not satisfy the regulated investment company diversification tests.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has given its opinion that, if the Fund follows its methods of operation as described in the Registration Statement and its compliance manual, the Fund will satisfy the regulated investment company diversification tests.
 
If, for any taxable year, the Fund did not qualify as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it would be treated as a U.S. corporation subject to U.S. federal income tax at the Fund level, and possibly state and local income tax, and distributions to its Shareholders would not be deductible by the Fund in computing its taxable income.  As a result of these taxes, NAV per Share and amounts distributed to Shareholders may be substantially reduced.  Also, in such event, the Fund’s distributions, to the extent derived from the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, would generally constitute ordinary dividends, which would generally be eligible for the dividends received deduction available to corporate Shareholders, and non-corporate Shareholders would generally be able to treat such distributions as “qualified dividend income” eligible for reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation, provided in each case that certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied.  In addition, in such an event, in order to re-qualify for taxation as a RIC, the Fund might be required to recognize unrealized gains, pay substantial taxes and interest and make certain distributions.  This would cause a negative impact on Fund returns.  In such event, the Fund’s Board of Directors may determine to recognize or close the Fund or materially change the Fund’s investment objective and strategies.  See “U.S. Federal Income Tax Matters.”
 
Structural and Market-Related Risks:
 
The risks listed below are in alphabetical order and generally relate to the structure of the Fund, as opposed to any specific investments of the Fund (which are listed below under “—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks” and “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks”), and the risks associated with general market and economic conditions.
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Anti-Takeover Provisions.  Maryland law and the Fund’s Charter and Bylaws include provisions that could limit the ability of other entities or persons to acquire control of the Fund or convert the Fund to open-end status.  These provisions could deprive Shareholders of opportunities to sell their Shares.  However, the Fund, in its Charter, has exempted all of its shares from the application of the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act (the “MCSAA”), which provides that control shares of a Maryland corporation acquired in a control share acquisition have no voting rights except to the extent approved by a vote of two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast on the matter.  In the absence of a judgment of a federal court of competent jurisdiction or the issuance of a rule or regulation of the SEC or a published interpretation by the SEC or its staff that the provisions of the MCSAA are not inconsistent with the provisions of the 1940 Act, or a change to the provisions of the 1940 Act having the same effect, the Fund does not intend to amend its Charter to remove the exemption or to make an election to be subject to the MCSAA.  See “Certain Provisions of the Fund’s Charter and Bylaws and of Maryland Law.”
 
Controlling Shareholder Risk.  The Shares may be held by a Shareholder, such as a RiverNorth Fund, or a group of Shareholders that may own a significant percentage of the Fund for an indefinite period of time.  As long as a RiverNorth Fund holds a substantial amount of the Fund’s Shares, it may be able to exercise a controlling influence in matters submitted to a vote of Shareholders, including, but not limited to, the election of the Fund’s directors, approval or renewal of advisory or sub-advisory contracts, and any vote relating to a reorganization or merger of the Fund.  As a majority Shareholder, the RiverNorth Fund(s) also would have the ability to call special meetings of the Fund pursuant to the Fund’s Charter and/or By-laws.  The ability to exercise a controlling influence over the Fund may result in conflicts of interest because, among other things, the Adviser is the investment adviser of the Fund and each of the RiverNorth Funds.
 
Cyber Security Risk.  With the increased use of the Internet and because information technology (“IT”) systems and digital data underlie most of the Fund’s operations, the Fund and the Adviser, transfer agent, Underwriter and other service providers and the vendors of each (collectively “Service Providers”) are exposed to the risk that their operations and data may be compromised as a result of internal and external cyber-failures, breaches or attacks (“Cyber Risk”).  This could occur as a result of malicious or criminal cyber-attacks.  Cyber-attacks include actions taken to: (i) steal or corrupt data maintained online or digitally, (ii) gain unauthorized access to or release confidential information, (iii) shut down the Fund or Service Provider web site through denial-of-service attacks, or (iv) otherwise disrupt normal business operations.  However, events arising from human error, faulty or inadequately implemented policies and procedures or other systems failures unrelated to any external cyber-threat may have effects similar to those caused by deliberate cyber-attacks.
 
Successful cyber-attacks or other cyber-failures or events affecting the Fund or its Service Providers may adversely impact the Fund or its shareholders or cause an investment in the Fund to lose value.  For instance, such attacks, failures or other events may interfere with the processing of shareholder transactions, impact the Fund’s ability to calculate its NAV, cause the release of private shareholder information or confidential Fund information, impede trading, or cause reputational damage.  Such attacks, failures or other events could also subject the Fund or its Service Providers to regulatory fines, penalties or financial losses, reimbursement or other compensation costs, and/or additional compliance costs.  Insurance protection and contractual indemnification provisions may be insufficient to cover these losses.  The Fund or its Service Providers may also incur significant costs to manage and control Cyber Risk.  While the Fund and its Service Providers have established IT and data security programs and have in place business continuity plans and other systems designed to prevent losses and mitigate Cyber Risk, there are inherent limitations in such plans and systems, including the possibility that certain risks have not been identified or that cyber-attacks may be highly sophisticated.
 
Cyber Risk is also present for issuers of securities or other instruments in which the Fund invests, which could result in material adverse consequences for such issuers, and may cause a Fund’s investment in such issuers to lose value.
 
Distribution Policy Risks.  The Fund currently intends to make distributions to Shareholders on a quarterly basis.  Such distributions are not tied to the Fund’s investment income and capital gains and do not represent yield or investment return on the Fund’s portfolio.  To the extent that the amount distributed in cash exceeds the total net investment income of the Fund, the assets of the Fund will decline.  A decline in Fund assets may result in an increase in the Fund’s expense ratio.  In addition, the maintenance of the Fund’s distribution policy may cause the Fund’s assets to be less fully invested than would otherwise be the case, which could reduce the Fund’s total investment return.  Furthermore, the Fund may need to raise additional capital in order to maintain the distribution policy.
 
A portion or all of any distribution of the Fund may consist of a return of capital.  A return of capital represents the return of a Shareholder’s original investment in the Shares, and should not be confused with a dividend from profits and earnings.  Such distributions are generally not treated as taxable income for the investor.  Instead, Shareholders will experience a reduction in the basis of their Shares, which may increase the taxable capital gain, or reduce capital loss, realized upon the sale of such Shares.  Upon a sale of their Shares, Shareholders generally will recognize capital gain or loss measured by the difference between the sale proceeds received by the Shareholder and the Shareholder’s federal income tax basis in the Shares sold, as adjusted to reflect return of capital.  It is possible that a return of capital could cause a Shareholder to pay a tax on capital gains with respect to Shares that are sold for an amount less than the price originally paid for them.  Shareholders are advised to consult with their own tax advisers with respect to the tax consequences of their investment in the Fund.
 
The Fund’s distribution policy may result in the Fund making a significant distribution in December of each year in order to maintain the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company.  Depending upon the income of the Fund, such a year-end distribution may be taxed as ordinary income to investors.
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Interest Rate Risk.  Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed rate instruments will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates.  When market interest rates rise, the market value of such instruments generally will fall.  Longer-term fixed rate instruments are generally more sensitive to interest rate changes.  The Fund’s investment in such instruments means that the NAV and market price of the Shares will tend to decline if market interest rates rise.  These risks may be greater in the current market environment because interest rates are near historically low levels.  Moreover, an increase in interest rates could negatively affect financial markets generally, increase market volatility and reduce the value and liquidity of securities and loans in which the Fund may invest, particularly given the current market environment.  Because the values of lower-rated and comparable unrated fixed rate instruments are affected both by credit risk and interest rate risk, the price movements of such lower grade instruments in response to changes in interest rates typically have not been highly correlated to the fluctuations of the prices of investment grade quality instruments in response to changes in market interest rates.
 
The Fund’s use of leverage, as described in this prospectus, will tend to increase the Fund’s interest rate risk.  For example, a change in market interest rates could adversely impact the Fund’s ability to utilize leverage due to an increase in the cost of Borrowings, which could reduce the Fund’s net investment income.
 
The investment vehicles in which the Fund may invest may be similarly subject to the foregoing interest rate risks.  In addition, rising interest rates could affect the ability of the operating companies in which the Fund may directly or indirectly invest to service their debt obligations and, therefore, could adversely impact the Fund’s investments in such companies.
 
Leverage Risks.  The leverage issued by the Fund will have seniority over the Shares and may be secured by the assets of the Fund.  The use of leverage by the Fund can magnify the effect of any losses.  If the income and gains earned on the securities and investments purchased with leverage proceeds are greater than the cost of the leverage, the Shares’ return will be greater than if leverage had not been used.  Conversely, if the income and gains from the securities and investments purchased with such proceeds do not cover the cost of leverage, the return to the Shares will be less than if leverage had not been used.  Leverage involves risks and special considerations for Shareholders including:
 
· the likelihood of greater volatility of NAV (and market price) of the Shares than a comparable portfolio without leverage;
 
· the risk that fluctuations in interest rates on leverage, including Borrowings, or in the dividend rates on any preferred stock that the Fund may pay will reduce the return to Shareholders or will result in fluctuations in the dividends paid on the Shares;
 
· the effect of leverage in a declining market, which is likely to cause a greater decline in the NAV of the Shares than if the Fund were not leveraged (which may result in a greater decline in the market price of the Shares); and
 
· the investment advisory fee payable to the Adviser will be higher than if the Fund did not use leverage because the definition of “Managed Assets” includes the proceeds of leverage.
 
There can be no assurances that a leveraging strategy will be successful.  See “Use of Leverage” and “Risks—Leverage Risks.”
 
Liquidity Risks.  An investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, may be illiquid.  Unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Fund has not listed the Shares for trading on any securities exchange, and the Fund does not expect any secondary market to develop for the Shares unless they are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.  Even if a secondary market develops, there can be no assurances that such a market will be efficient.  In addition, although the Fund will conduct quarterly repurchase offers of its Shares, there is no guarantee that all tendered Shares will be accepted for repurchase or that Shareholders will be able to sell all of the Shares they desire in a quarterly repurchase offer.  In certain instances, repurchase offers may be suspended or postponed.  See “Repurchase Policy—Suspension or Postponement of Repurchase Offer.”
 
An investment in Shares is not suitable for investors who need access to the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe.  Unlike open-end funds (commonly known as mutual funds) which generally permit redemptions on a daily basis, Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option (other than pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy).  The NAV of the Shares may be volatile.  As the Shares are not traded, investors may not be able to dispose of their investment in the Fund no matter how poorly the Fund performs.  The Fund is designed for long-term investors and not as a trading vehicle.  Moreover, the Shares will not be eligible for “short sale” transactions or other directional hedging products.
 
The Fund’s investments are also subject to liquidity risk, which exists when particular investments of the Fund are difficult to purchase or sell, possibly preventing the Fund from selling such illiquid investments at an advantageous time or price, or possibly requiring the Fund to dispose of other investments at unfavorable times or prices in order to satisfy its obligations.
 
Management Risk and Reliance on Key Personnel.  The Fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio.  The Adviser will apply investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the Fund, but there can be no guarantee that these will produce the desired results.  The Adviser’s judgments about the attractiveness, value and potential appreciation of a marketplace lending platform or individual security in which the Fund invests may prove to be incorrect.  In addition, the implementation of the Fund’s investment strategies depends upon the continued contributions of certain key employees of the Adviser, some of whom have unique talents and experience and would be difficult to replace.  The loss or interruption of the services of a key member of the portfolio management team could have a negative impact on the Fund during the transitional period that would be required for a successor to assume the responsibilities of the position.
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Market Risks.  Overall stock market risks may affect the value of the Fund.  The market price of a security or instrument may decline, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to general market conditions that are not specifically related to a particular company, such as real or perceived adverse economic or political conditions throughout the world, changes in the general outlook for corporate earnings, changes in interest or currency rates or adverse investor sentiment generally.  The market value of a security or instrument also may decline because of factors that affect a particular industry or industries, such as labor shortages or increased production costs and competitive conditions within an industry.  For example, the financial crisis that began in 2008 caused a significant decline in the value and liquidity of many securities.  Such environments could make identifying investment risks and opportunities especially difficult for the Adviser.  In response to the crisis, the United States and other governments have taken steps to support financial markets.  The withdrawal of this support or failure of efforts in response to the crisis could negatively affect financial markets generally as well as the value and liquidity of certain securities.  In addition, policy and legislative changes in the United States and in other countries are changing many aspects of financial regulation.  The impact of these changes on the markets, and the practical implications for market participants, may not be fully known for some time.
 
No Operating History.  The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with no operating history.
 
Non-Diversification Risk.  The Fund is classified as non-diversified, which means the Fund may invest a larger percentage of its assets in the securities of a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund.  Investment in securities of a limited number of issuers exposes the Fund to greater market risk and potential losses than if its assets were diversified among the securities of a greater number of issuers.
 
Non-Listed Closed-End Fund Risk.  The Fund is designed for long-term investors and not as a trading vehicle.  An investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, should be considered illiquid.  An investment in Shares is not suitable for investors who need access to the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe.  Unlike open-end funds (commonly known as mutual funds) which generally permit redemptions on a daily basis, Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option (other than pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy).  Unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Fund has not listed the Shares for trading on any securities exchange, and the Fund does not expect any secondary market to develop for the Shares unless they are listed on a securities exchange.  The NAV of the Shares may be volatile.  As the Shares are not traded, investors may not be able to dispose of their investment in the Fund no matter how poorly the Fund performs.
 
Not a Complete Investment Program.  The Fund is not intended to be a short-term trading vehicle.  An investment in the Shares should not be considered a complete investment program.  Each investor should take into account the Fund’s investment objective and other characteristics, as well as the investor’s other investments, when considering an investment in the Shares.
 
Potential Conflicts of Interest.  The Adviser and the portfolio manager of the Fund have interests which may conflict with the interests of the Fund.  In particular, the Adviser manages and/or advises, or in the future may manage and/or advise, other investment funds or accounts with the same investment objective and strategies as the Fund.  As a result, the Adviser and the Fund’s portfolio manager may devote unequal time and attention to the management of the Fund and those other funds and accounts, and may not be able to formulate as complete a strategy or identify equally attractive investment opportunities as might be the case if they were to devote substantially more attention to the management of the Fund.  In addition, while the Fund is using leverage, the amount of the fees paid to the Adviser for investment advisory and management services are higher than if the Fund did not use leverage because the fees paid are calculated based on the Fund’s Managed Assets, which include assets purchased with leverage.  Therefore, the Adviser has a financial incentive to leverage the Fund, which creates a conflict of interest between the Adviser on the one hand and the Shareholders on the other.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Potential Conflicts of Interest.”
 
Regulation as Lender Risk.  The loan industry is highly regulated and loans made through lending platforms are subject to extensive and complex rules and regulations issued by various federal, state and local government authorities.  One or more regulatory authorities may assert that the Fund, when acting as a lender under the platforms, is required to comply with certain laws or regulations which govern the consumer or commercial (as applicable) loan industry.  If the Fund were required to comply with additional laws or regulations, it would likely result in increased costs for the Fund and may have an adverse effect on its results or operations or its ability to invest in Marketplace Loans and certain Marketplace Lending Instruments.  In addition, although in most cases the Fund is not currently required to hold a license in connection with the acquisition and ownership of Marketplace Loans, certain states require (and other states could in the future take a similar position) that lenders under marketplace lending platforms or holders of Marketplace Loans be licensed.  Such a licensing requirement could subject the Fund to a greater level of regulatory oversight by state governments as well as result in additional costs for the Fund.  If required but unable to obtain such licenses, the Fund may be forced to cease investing in loans issued to borrowers in the states in which licensing may be required.  To the extent required or determined to be necessary or advisable, the Fund intends to obtain such licenses in order to pursue its investment strategy.
 
Under current law, purchasers/assignees of loans made by insured depository institutions do not need to be licensed under consumer lending license statutes because the assignee is not extending credit after the time the loan is purchased (with the possible exception of certain consumer loans made in a limited number of states).  The federal Truth in Lending Act and its implementing regulation, however, make consumer loan assignees liable for certain disclosure violations apparent on the face of the note.  Most, but not all, purchase agreements for whole loans require the lender to comply with all applicable laws and provide remedies such as indemnities or repurchase obligations with respect to non-compliant loans.  Although the Fund may reduce the risk of the Fund’s exposure to lender regulation risk through appropriate due diligence procedures, there is no assurance that such procedures, or recourse against platforms, would absolve the Fund from any and all claims.
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Repurchase Policy Risks.  Repurchases of Shares will reduce the amount of outstanding Shares and, thus, the Fund’s net assets.  To the extent that additional Shares are not sold, a reduction in the Fund’s net assets may increase the Fund’s expense ratio (subject to the Adviser’s reimbursement of expenses) and limit the investment opportunities of the Fund.
 
If a repurchase offer is oversubscribed by Shareholders, the Fund will repurchase only a pro rata portion of the Shares tendered by each Shareholder.  In addition, because of the potential for such proration, Shareholders may tender more Shares than they may wish to have repurchased in order to ensure the repurchase of a specific number of their Shares, increasing the likelihood that other Shareholders may be unable to liquidate all or a given percentage of their investment in the Fund.  To the extent Shareholders have the ability to sell their Shares to the Fund pursuant to a repurchase offer, the price at which a Shareholder may sell Shares, which will be the NAV per Share most recently determined as of the last day of the offer, may be lower than the price that such Shareholder paid for its Shares.
 
The Fund may find it necessary to hold a portion of its net assets in cash or other liquid assets, sell a portion of its portfolio investments or borrow money in order to finance any repurchases of its Shares.  The Fund may accumulate cash by holding back (i.e., not reinvesting or distributing to Shareholders) payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments, which could potentially limit the ability of the Fund to generate income.  The Fund also may be required to sell its more liquid, higher quality portfolio investments to purchase Shares that are tendered, which may increase risks for remaining Shareholders and increase Fund expenses.  Although most, if not all, of the Fund’s investments are expected to be illiquid and the secondary market for such investments is likely to be limited, the Fund believes it would be able to find willing purchasers of its investments if such sales were ever necessary to supplement such cash generated by payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments.  However, the Fund may be required to sell such investments during times and at prices when it otherwise would not, which may cause the Fund to lose money.  The Fund may also borrow money in order to meet its repurchase obligations.  There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to obtain financing for its repurchase offers.  If the Fund borrows to finance repurchases, interest on any such borrowings will negatively affect Shareholders who do not tender their Shares in a repurchase offer by increasing the Fund’s expenses (subject to the Adviser’s reimbursement of expenses) and reducing any net investment income.  The purchase of Shares by the Fund in a repurchase offer may limit the Fund’s ability to participate in new investment opportunities.
 
In the event a Shareholder chooses to participate in a repurchase offer, the Shareholder will be required to provide the Fund with notice of intent to participate prior to knowing what the repurchase price will be on the repurchase date.  Although the Shareholder may have the ability to withdraw a repurchase request prior to the repurchase date, to the extent the Shareholder seeks to sell Shares to the Fund as part of a repurchase offer, the Shareholder will be required to do so without knowledge of what the repurchase price of the Shares will be on the repurchase date.  It is possible that general economic and market conditions could cause a decline in the NAV per Share prior to the repurchase date.  See “Repurchase Policy” below for additional information on, and the risks associated with, the Fund’s repurchase policy.
 
Subsidiary Risk.  By investing through its Subsidiaries (if any), the Fund is exposed to the risks associated with the Subsidiaries’ investments (which risks are generally the same as the investment risks described in this Prospectus applicable to the Fund).  Subsidiaries will not be registered as investment companies under the 1940 Act and will not be subject to all of the investor protections of the 1940 Act.  However, the Fund will comply with the applicable requirements of the 1940 Act on a consolidated basis with its Subsidiaries (if any) and each such Subsidiary will be subject to the same investment restrictions and limitations, and will adhere to the same compliance policies and procedures, as the Fund.  Changes in the laws of the United States and/or the jurisdiction in which a Subsidiary is organized, including any changes in the interpretations of, or treatment with respect to, applicable federal tax related matters impacting the Fund and its status as a regulated investment company, could result in the inability of the Fund and/or the Subsidiary to operate as described in this Prospectus and could adversely affect the Fund.
 
Federal Tax Matters.  The Fund intends to elect to be treated as and to qualify each year for taxation as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).  In order for the Fund to qualify as a regulated investment company, it must meet income and asset diversification tests each year.  If the Fund so qualifies and satisfies certain distribution requirements, the Fund (but not its Shareholders) will not be subject to federal income tax to the extent it distributes its investment company taxable income and net capital gains (the excess of net long-term capital gains over net short-term capital loss) in a timely manner to its Shareholders in the form of dividends or capital gain distributions.  The Code imposes a 4% nondeductible excise tax on regulated investment companies, such as the Fund, to the extent they do not meet certain distribution requirements by the end of each calendar year.  The Fund anticipates initially meeting these distribution requirements.  However, the excise tax may apply to the Fund from time to time depending upon distribution levels.  See “U.S. Federal Income Tax Matters.”
 
Determination of Net Asset Value.  NAV per Share is determined daily.  NAV per Share is calculated by dividing the value of all of the securities and other assets of the Fund, less the liabilities (including accrued expenses and indebtedness) and the aggregate liquidation value of any outstanding preferred shares, by the total number of Shares outstanding.
 
In determining the NAV of the Shares, portfolio instruments generally are valued using prices provided by independent pricing services or obtained from other sources, such as broker-dealer quotations.  With respect to investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund will generally utilize prices provided by Duff & Phelps Corp.
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If a price cannot be obtained from a pricing service or other pre-approved source, or if the Adviser deems such price to be unreliable, or if a significant event occurs after the close of the local market but prior to the time at which the Fund’s NAV is calculated, a portfolio instrument will be valued at its fair value as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors or persons acting at their direction.  See “Determination of Net Asset Value” and “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Valuation Risk” below.
 
Investor Suitability.  An investment in the Fund involves substantial risks and may not be suitable for all investors.  You may lose money or your entire investment in the Fund.  An investment in the Fund is suitable only for investors who can bear the risks associated with the limited liquidity of the Shares and should be viewed as a long-term investment.  Before making an investment decision, prospective investors and their financial advisers should (i) consider the suitability of an investment in the Shares with respect to the investor’s investment objectives and personal situation, and (ii) consider factors such as personal net worth, income, age, risk tolerance and liquidity needs.  The Fund should be considered an illiquid investment.  See “Investor Suitability.”
 
Administrator, Custodians and Transfer Agent.  U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (“USBFS”) is the Fund’s administrator.  Under an Administration Servicing Agreement, USBFS is responsible for calculating NAVs, with oversight from the Board of Directors, and providing additional fund accounting and tax services, fund administration and compliance-related services.  USBFS is entitled to receive a monthly fee at the annual rate of 9 basis points of the Fund’s average net assets on the first $500 million, 7 basis points of the Fund’s average net assets on the next $500 million, and 5 basis points of the Fund’s average net assets on the assets over $1.0 billion.  See “Summary of Fund Expenses.”
 
DST Systems, Inc. will act as the Fund’s transfer agent and registrar and will be responsible for coordinating and processing all repurchase offers.  U.S. Bank, N.A. will be the custodian for the Fund’s cash and securities.  Millennium Trust Company will act as the custodian for the Fund’s loans.  See “Administrator, Custodians and Transfer Agent.”
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SUMMARY OF FUND EXPENSES
 
The purpose of the table and the example below is to help you understand certain fees and expenses that you, as a Shareholder, would bear directly or indirectly.  The expenses shown in the table and related footnotes are based on estimated amounts for the Fund’s first year of operations and assume average Fund net assets during the year of $500,000,000.  The Fund’s actual expenses may vary from the estimated expenses shown in the table and, all other things being equal, will increase as a percentage of net assets attributable to Shares if the net assets of the Fund are less than $500,000,000.  The following table assumes the use of leverage in an amount equal to 10% of the Fund’s net assets and shows Fund expenses as a percentage of net assets attributable to Shares.

 
As a Percentage of Net Assets Attributable to Shares (Assuming the Use of Leverage Equal to 10% of the Fund’s Net Assets)
Annual Expenses
 
Management fee (1)(2)
1.38%
Interest payments on borrowed funds (3)
0.20%
Other expenses
 
Loan Servicing Fees (4)
0.90%
All Other Expenses (5)
0.55%
Total annual expenses (6)
3.03%
   Less fee waiver and expense reimbursement (7)(8)
-0.33%
Total annual expenses after fee waiver (7)(8)
2.70%
 
Example (9)
 
The example illustrates the expenses you would pay on a $1,000 investment in the Shares (including the estimated organizational and offering expenses payable by the Fund of $978,523), assuming (1) “Net annual expenses” of 2.70% of net assets attributable to Shares in year 1, 2.50% of net assets attributable to Shares in year 2, and 2.83% of net assets attributable to Shares in years 3 through 10, (2) a 5% annual return, and (3) reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at NAV.

1 Year
3 Years
5 years
10 years
$27
$87
$149
$316
 
The example should not be considered a representation of future expenses.  Actual expenses may be greater or less than those shown.
 
(1)            The Fund has agreed to pay the Adviser a management fee payable on a monthly basis at the annual rate of 1.25% of the Fund’s average monthly Managed Assets.  Managed Assets” means the total assets of the Fund, including assets attributable to leverage, minus liabilities (other than debt representing leverage and any preferred stock that may be outstanding).  See “Management of the Fund.”
 
(2)            The management fee is charged as a percentage of the Fund’s average monthly Managed Assets, as opposed to net assets.  With leverage, Managed Assets are greater in amount than net assets, because Managed Assets includes borrowings for investment purposes and the liquidation preference of any preferred stock that may be outstanding.
 
(3)            The Interest on borrowed funds is based on the assumed borrowing of $50,000,000 at an annual interest rate of 2.0%.  This amount reflects the assumption that there will not be any additional fees payable by the Fund under the assumed borrowings.  If the Fund does not use leverage, the Fund’s expenses would be as set out in the table below:
 
 
As a Percentage of Net Assets Attributable to Shares
Annual Expenses
 
Management fee (1)(2)
1.25%
Other expenses
 
Loan servicing fees 0.90%
All other expenses (4) 0.55%
Total annual expenses (5)
2.70%
Less fee waiver and expense reimbursement (6)
-0.30%
Total annual expenses after fee waiver (6)
2.40%
 
(4)            Loan servicing fees are paid to the applicable servicer of the underlying Marketplace Loans.
 
(5)            Based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year, including offering expenses payable by the Fund estimated to be $799,978.  The organizational expenses of the Fund will also be paid by the Fund.
 
(6)            Total annual expenses of the Fund include the expenses of the Fund’s Subsidiaries, if any.
 
(7)            The Adviser has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee for the first two years of the Investment Advisory Agreement and, therefore, the Fund will pay a monthly management fee computed at an annual rate of 0.95% of the average monthly Managed Assets for such two year period.  See “Expense Reimbursement.”
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(8)            The management fee waiver expressed in this table is calculated by determining the total dollar amount of the management fee that is waived assuming Managed Assets of $550,000,000 for the first year of operations (which amount includes an assumed $50,000,000 from leverage) and dividing such amount by the assumed $500,000,000 of net assets attributable to the Shares for the first year of operations.  See “Management of the Fund.”  In addition, the Adviser has agreed to waive or reimburse expenses of the Fund (other than brokerage fees and commissions; loan servicing fees; borrowing costs such as (i) interest and (ii) dividends on securities sold short; taxes; indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund may invest; the cost of leverage; and extraordinary expenses) to the extent necessary to limit the Fund’s total annual operating expenses at 1.95% of the average daily Managed Assets for that period.  The Adviser may recover from the Fund expenses reimbursed for three years after the date of the payment or waiver if the Fund’s operating expenses, including the recovered expenses, falls below the expense cap.  The amount of any recovery, taken together with the fees and expenses of the Fund at the time of recovery, will not exceed the lesser of (i) the expense cap in effect at the time the expenses were reimbursed, and (ii) the expense cap in effect at the time the recovery is sought.  Subject to the foregoing waiver or reimbursement of Fund expenses, the Shareholders will indirectly bear all of the expenses of the Fund.  See “Expense Reimbursement.”
 
(9)            The example assumes that the estimated “Other expenses” set forth in the table are accurate and that all dividends and distributions are reinvested at the Share net asset values.  The Fund’s actual rate of return may be greater or less than the hypothetical 5% annual return shown in the example.  The differences in “Net annual expenses” among Year 1, Year 2 and Years 3 through 10 reflect the inclusion of organizational and offering expenses during Year 1, but not Years 2 through 10, and the application of the management fee waiver during Year 1 and Year 2, but not Years 3 through 10.
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THE 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”), that is operated as an interval fund.  The Fund was organized as a Maryland corporation on June 9, 2015.  As a newly organized entity, the Fund has no operating history.  The Fund’s principal office is located at 325 North LaSalle Street, Suite 645, Chicago, Illinois 60654, and its telephone number is (312) 832-1440.
 
One or more registered management investment companies advised by the Adviser (a “RiverNorth Fund”) may purchase shares of common stock of the Fund (the “Shares”) at the applicable public offering price. A RiverNorth Fund would be deemed to control the Fund until it owns less than 25% of the outstanding Shares.  As a result of any such purchases, one or more RiverNorth Funds could become a controlling shareholder of the Fund and, in such a case, such Fund(s) would be able to exercise a controlling influence in matters submitted to a vote of the holders of the Fund’s Shares (“Shareholders”).  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Controlling Shareholder Risk.”
 
USE OF PROCEEDS
 
The Adviser anticipates that the investment of the net proceeds of the continuous offering of Shares will be made in accordance with the Fund’s investment objective and policies as soon as practicable after receipt by the Fund.  Pending investment of the net proceeds, the Fund may invest in cash, cash equivalents, short-term debt securities or U.S. government securities.  The Fund may maintain a portion of the proceeds of the continuous offering in cash to meet operational needs.  See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies.”  In addition, the Fund may use such proceeds to pay distributions to Shareholders.
 
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE, STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
 
Investment Objective
 
The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a high level of current income.  There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be achieved.
 
The Fund’s investment objective and, unless otherwise specified, the investment policies and limitations of the Fund are not considered to be fundamental by the Fund and can be changed without a vote of the Shareholders.  However, the Fund’s policy of investing at least 80% of its Managed Assets (as defined below) in Marketplace Loans (as defined below) and other investments in the marketplace lending may only be changed by the Board of Directors following the provision of 60 days’ prior written notice to the Shareholders.  Certain investment restrictions specifically identified as such in the SAI are considered fundamental and may not be changed without the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, as defined in the 1940 Act, which includes Shares and shares of preferred stock of the Fund (“Preferred Shares”), if any, voting together as a single class, and the holders of the outstanding Preferred Shares, if any, voting as a single class.
 
Investment Strategies and Policies
 
Under normal market conditions, the Fund will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 80% of its Managed Assets (as defined below) in marketplace lending investments.  The Fund’s marketplace lending investments may be made through a combination of: (i) investing in loans to consumers, small- and mid-sized companies (“SMEs”) and other borrowers, including borrowers of student loans, originated through online platforms (or an affiliate) that provide a marketplace for lending (“Marketplace Loans”) through purchases of whole loans (either individually or in aggregations); (ii) investing in notes or other pass-through obligations issued by a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) representing the right to receive the principal and interest payments on a Marketplace Loan (or fractional portions thereof) originated through the platform (“Pass-Through Notes”); (iii) purchasing asset-backed securities representing ownership in a pool of Marketplace Loans; (iv) investing in private investment funds that purchase Marketplace Loans, (v) acquiring an equity interest in a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate); and (vi) providing loans, credit lines or other extensions of credit to a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) (the foregoing listed investments are collectively referred to herein as the “Marketplace Lending Instruments”).  The Fund may invest without limit in any of the foregoing types of Marketplace Lending Instruments, except that the Fund will not invest greater than 45% of its Managed Assets in the securities of, or loans originated by, any single platform (or a group of related platforms) and the Fund’s investments in private investment funds will be limited to no more than 10% of the Fund’s Managed Assets.  Subject to the foregoing limitation, as of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund anticipates it could invest 25% or more of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans originated from a single platform.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Platform Concentration Risk.”  The Fund currently anticipates that the Marketplace Loans in which it will invest will be newly issued and/or current as to interest and principal payments at the time of investment, and that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Lending Instrument investments will be made through purchases of whole loans.  As a fundamental policy (which cannot be changed without the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund), the Fund will not invest in Marketplace Loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment.  The Fund has no intention as of the date of this Prospectus to invest in Marketplace Loans originated from lending platforms based outside the United States or made to non-U.S. borrowers.  However, the Fund may in the future invest in such Marketplace Loans and, prior to such time, will amend the Prospectus to provide additional information on such investments, including the associated risks.  For a general discussion of marketplace lending and Marketplace Lending Instruments, see “—Marketplace Lending” below and “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending” in the SAI.  Unless the context suggests otherwise, all references to loans generally in this Prospectus refer to Marketplace Loans.
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Marketplace Lending Instruments are generally not rated by the nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (“NRSROs”).  Such unrated instruments, however, are considered to be comparable in quality to securities falling into any of the ratings categories used by such NRSROs to classify “junk” bonds.  Accordingly, the Fund’s unrated Marketplace Lending Instrument investments constitute highly risky and speculative investments similar to investments in “junk” bonds, notwithstanding that the Fund is not permitted to invest in loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment.  “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Credit and Below Investment Grade Securities Risk.”  The Marketplace Lending Instruments in which the Fund may invest may have varying degrees of credit risk.  There can be no assurance that payments due on underlying Marketplace Loans will be made.  At any given time, the Fund’s portfolio may be substantially illiquid and subject to increased credit and default risk.  If a borrower is unable to make its payments on a loan, the Fund may be greatly limited in its ability to recover any outstanding principal and interest under such loan.  The Shares therefore should be purchased only by investors who could afford the loss of the entire amount of their investment.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks.”
 
The Fund intends to invest substantially all of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Lending Instruments; however, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in other income-producing securities of any maturity and credit quality, including below investment grade (which are commonly referred to as “junk” bonds), and equity securities, including exchange-traded funds.  Such income-producing securities in which the Fund may invest may include, without limitation, corporate debt securities, U.S. government debt securities, short-term debt securities, asset-backed securities, exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”), loans other than Marketplace Loans, including secured and unsecured senior loans, and cash and cash equivalents.  See “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks.”  For a general discussion of the foregoing investments and the associated risks, see “Investment Policies and Techniques—Additional Investments and Practices of the Fund” in the SAI.
 
“Managed Assets” means the total assets of the Fund, including assets attributable to leverage, minus liabilities (other than debt representing leverage and any preferred stock that may be outstanding).  Percentage limitations described in this prospectus are as of the time of investment by the Fund and may be exceeded on a going-forward basis as a result of market value fluctuations of the Fund’s portfolio investments.
 
To the extent any affiliate of the Adviser or the Fund (“Affiliated Broker”) receives any fee, payment, commission or other financial incentive of any type (“Broker Fees”) in connection with the purchase and sale of securities by the Fund, such Broker Fees will be subject to policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 17(e) and Rule 17e-1 of the 1940 Act.  These policies and procedures include quarterly review by the Board of Directors of any such payments.  Among other things, Section 17(e) and those procedures provide that, when acting as broker for the Fund in connection with the purchase or sale of securities to or by the Fund, an affiliated broker may not receive any compensation exceeding the following limits: (1) if the transaction is effected on a securities exchange, the compensation may not exceed the “usual and customary broker’s commission” (as defined in Rule 17e-1 under the 1940 Act); (2) in the case of the purchase of securities by the Fund in connection with a secondary distribution, the compensation cannot exceed 2% of the sale price; and (3) the compensation for transactions otherwise effected cannot exceed 1% of the purchase or sale price.  Rule 17e-1 defines a “usual and customary broker’s commission” as one that is fair compared to the commission received by other brokers in connection with comparable transactions involving similar securities being purchased or sold on an exchange during a comparable period of time.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Affiliated Broker will receive any undisclosed fees from the Fund in connection with any transaction involving the Fund and such Affiliated Broker, and to the extent any transactions involving the Fund are effected by an Affiliated Broker, such Affiliated Broker’s Broker Fees for such transactions shall be limited in accordance with Section 17(e)(2) of the 1940 Act and the Fund’s policies and procedures concerning Affiliated Brokers.
 
Investment Philosophy and Process
 
The Adviser believes that the recent and continuing growth of the online and mobile marketplace lending industry has created a relatively untapped and attractive investment opportunity, with the potential for large returns.  The Adviser seeks to capitalize on this opportunity by participating in the evolution of this industry, which has served as an alternative to, and has begun to take market share from, the more traditional lending operations of large commercial banks.  The ability of borrowers to obtain loans through marketplace lending with interest rates that may be lower than those otherwise available to them (or to obtain loans that would otherwise be unavailable to them) has contributed to the significant rise of the use of Marketplace Loans.  At the same time, marketplace lending has also enabled investors to purchase or invest in loans with interest rates and credit characteristics that can offer attractive returns. 
 
In selecting the Fund’s Marketplace Loan investments, the Adviser will employ a bottom-up approach to evaluate the expected returns of loans by loan segment (e.g., consumer, SME and student loans) and by platform origination (as discussed below), as well as a top-down approach to seek to identify investment opportunities across the various segments of the marketplace lending industry.  In doing so, the Adviser will conduct an analysis of each segment’s anticipated returns relative to its associated risks, which will take into consideration for each segment duration, scheduled amortization, seniority of the claim of the loan, prepayment terms and prepayment expectations, current coupons and trends in coupon pricing, origination fees, servicing fees and anticipated losses based on historical performance of similar credit instruments.  The Adviser will then seek to allocate Fund assets to the segments identified as being the most attractive on a risk-adjusted return basis. 
 
Within each segment, the Adviser will conduct a platform-specific analysis, as opposed to a loan-specific analysis, and, as such, the Adviser’s investment process will not result in a review of each individual Marketplace Loan to which the Fund has investment exposure.  Instead, the Adviser will generally seek loans that have originated from platforms that have met the Adviser’s minimum requirements related to, among other things, loan default history and overall borrower credit quality.  In this regard, the Adviser will engage in a thorough and ongoing due diligence process of each platform to assess, among other things, the viability of the platform to sustain its business for the foreseeable future; whether the platform has the appropriate expertise, ability and operational systems to conduct its business; the financial condition and outlook of the platform; and the platform’s ability to manage regulatory, business and operational risk.  In addition, the Adviser’s due diligence efforts will include reviews of the servicing and underwriting functions of a platform (as further described below) and/or funding bank (as applicable), the ability of a platform to attract borrowers and the volume of loan originations, and loan performance relative to model expectations, among other things.  In conducting such due diligence, the Adviser will have access to, and will review, the platform’s credit models as well.  Moreover, the Adviser will visit each platform from time to time for on-site reviews of the platform, including discussions with each of the significant business units within the platform (e.g., credit underwriting, customer acquisition and marketing, information technology, communications, servicing and operations).
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As part of the foregoing due diligence efforts, the Adviser will monitor on an ongoing basis the underwriting quality of each platform through which it invests in Marketplace Loans, including (i) an analysis of the historical and ongoing “loan tapes” that includes loan underwriting data and actual payment experience for all individual loans originated by the platform since inception that are comparable to the loans purchased, or to be purchased, by the Fund, (ii) reviews of the credit model used in the platform’s underwriting processes, including with respect to the assignment of credit grades by the platform to its Marketplace Loans and the reconciliation of the underlying data used in the model, (iii) an assessment of any issues identified in the underwriting of the Marketplace Loans and the resulting remediation efforts of the platform to address such issues, and (iv) a validation process to confirm that loans purchased by the Fund conform with the terms and conditions of any applicable purchase agreement entered into with the platform.
 
Although the Adviser does not review each individual Marketplace Loan prior to investment, it is able to impose minimum quantitative and qualitative criteria on the loans in which it will invest by limiting the Fund’s loans to the loan segments and platforms selected by the Adviser, as noted above.  In effect, the Adviser adopts the minimum investment criteria inherent in a loan segment or imposed by a platform that it has identified as having the appropriate characteristics for investment.  Furthermore, each platform assigns the Marketplace Loans it originates a platform-specific credit grade reflecting the potential risk-adjusted return of the loan based on various factors such as: (i) the term, interest rate and other characteristics of the loans; (ii) the location of the borrowers; (iii) if applicable, the purpose of the loans within the platform (e.g., consumer, SME or student loan); and (iv) the credit and risk profile of the borrowers, including, without limitation (to the extent applicable based on the type of loan), the borrower’s annual income, debt-to-income ratio, credit score (e.g., FICO score), delinquency rate and liens.  In purchasing Marketplace Loans from a platform, the Fund will provide the applicable platform with instructions as to which platform credit grades are eligible for purchase (or, conversely, which platform credit grades are ineligible for Fund purchase).  The Adviser performs an ongoing analysis of each of the criteria within a platform’s credit grades to determine historical and predicted prepayment, charge-off, delinquency and recovery rates acceptable to the Adviser.  While, under normal circumstances, the Adviser will not provide instructions to the platforms as to any individual criterion used to determine platform-specific grades prior to purchasing Marketplace Loans (except as noted below), the Adviser does retain the flexibility to provide more specific instructions (e.g., term; interest rate; geographic location of borrower) if the Adviser believes that investment circumstances dictate any such further instructions.  Specifically, the Adviser will instruct platforms that the Fund will not purchase any Marketplace Loans that are of “subprime quality” (as determined at the time of investment).  Although there is no specific legal or market definition of subprime quality, it is generally understood in the industry to signify that there is a material likelihood that the loan will not be repaid in full.  The Fund considers a consumer Marketplace Loan, and other Marketplace Loans to individual borrowers such as student loans, to be of subprime quality if the individual borrower of such loan has a FICO score of below 640.  The Fund considers an SME loan to be of “subprime quality” if the likelihood of repayment on such loan is determined by the Adviser based on its due diligence and the credit underwriting policies of the originating platform to be similar to that of consumer loans that are of subprime quality.  In determining whether an SME loan is of subprime quality, the Adviser will generally look to a number of borrower-specific factors, which will include the payment history of the borrower and, as available, financial statements, tax returns and sales data. 
 
The Adviser will not invest the Fund’s assets in loans originated by platforms for which the Adviser cannot evaluate to its satisfaction the completeness and accuracy of the individual Marketplace Loan data provided by such platform relevant to determining the existence and valuation of such Marketplace Loans and utilized in the accounting of the loans (i.e., in order to select a platform, the Adviser must assess that it believes all relevant loan data for all loans purchased from the platform is included and correct).
 
The Adviser will significantly rely on borrower credit information provided by the platforms through which they will make the Fund’s investments.  The Adviser will depend on the applicable platform to collect, verify and provide information to the Fund about each whole loan and borrower.  The Adviser will receive updates of such borrower credit information provided by independent third party service providers to the platforms and will therefore be able to monitor the credit profile of its investments on an ongoing basis.  See “Determination of Net Asset Value.”
 
The Adviser will invest in Marketplace Loans through the use of a web-based service that provides direct access to platforms and facilitates the loan acquisition process by retrieving for the Adviser data such as bidding and listing information.  Given the increased reliance on the use of information technology in marketplace lending, the Adviser will conduct due diligence on the platforms through which it will seek its Marketplace Loan investments, including a review of each platform’s information technology security, fraud protection capabilities and business continuity plan.  The Adviser will generally require a platform to have, among other things, industry standard data backup protections, including off-site backup datacenters and state of the art data encryption, and appropriate cybersecurity measures.  In addition, the Adviser has adopted various protections for itself, including a business continuity plan which provides procedures related to the recovery and restoration of its business, particularly with respect to any critical functions and systems of the Adviser, following an interruption in service or disaster.
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Marketplace Lending
 
General.  Marketplace lending is often referred to as “peer-to-peer” lending, which term originally reflected the initial focus of the industry on individual investors and consumer loan borrowers.  In addition, the marketplace lending platforms may retain on their balance sheets a portion of the loan portfolios they originate.  In marketplace lending, loans are originated through online platforms that provide a marketplace that matches consumers, small- and mid-sized companies and other borrowers seeking loans with investors willing to provide the funding for such loans.  Since its inception, the industry has grown to include substantial involvement of institutional investors.  These borrowers may seek such loans for a variety of different purposes, ranging, for example, from loans to fund elective medical procedures to loans for franchise financing.  The procedures through which borrowers obtain loans can vary between platforms, and between the types of loans (e.g., consumer versus SME).  In the case of consumer platforms, prospective borrowers must disclose or otherwise make available to the platform operator certain financial and other information including, for example, the borrower’s credit score (as determined by a credit reporting agency), income, debt-to-income ratio, credit utilization, employment status, homeownership status, number of existing credit lines, intended use of funds and the number and/or amount of recent payment defaults and delinquencies, certain of which information is then made available to prospective lenders.  The borrower must satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements set by the operator.  The operator uses the information provided by the borrower (along with other relevant data such as the characteristics of the loan) to assign its own credit rating (in the case of most consumer platforms) and the interest rate for the requested loan.  Lenders may select which loans to fund based on such borrower-provided information and platform-assigned credit rating (to the extent available) and the yield to the lender, which is the fixed interest rate assigned by the platform to the loan net of any fees charged by the platform, including servicing fees for screening borrowers for their eligibility, managing the supply and demand of the marketplace, and facilitating payments and debt collection, among other things.  A typical servicing fee charged to the lender is 1% of the outstanding loan balance.  Operators may also charge borrowers an origination fee, which is typically 1% to 5% of the loan balance.  The platforms may set limits as to the maximum dollar amount that may be requested by a borrower (whether through one or multiple loans) and the minimum dollar amount that a lender must provide under each loan.  The loans originated through the online consumer lending platforms typically have a fixed term ranging between six months and five years in principal amounts with a minimum (e.g., $1,000) and maximum (e.g., $100,000), and typically amortize through equal monthly payments to their maturity dates.  The Fund intends to hold its Marketplace Loan investments until maturity.
 
The Fund currently anticipates that its Marketplace Loan investments will originate from lending platforms based in the United States, a substantial portion of which is expected to be whole loans.  A small number of marketplace lending platforms originate a substantial portion of the Marketplace Loans in the United States (in particular, LendingClub Corporation (“LendingClub”) and Prosper Funding LLC (“Prosper”) currently originate the large majority of all U.S. consumer Marketplace Loans).  As such, the Fund initially anticipates that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Loan investments will have originated from one of these platforms.  The Adviser intends to continue to build relationships and enter into agreements with additional platforms.  However, if there are not sufficient qualified loan requests through any platform, the Fund may be unable to deploy its capital in a timely or efficient manner.  In such event, the Fund may be forced to invest in cash, cash equivalents, or other assets that fall within its investment policies that are generally expected to offer lower returns than the Fund’s target returns from investments in Marketplace Loans.  The Fund will enter into purchase agreements with platforms, which will outline, among other things, the terms of the loan purchase, loan servicing, the rights of the Fund to assign the loans and the remedies available to the parties.  Although the form of these agreements are similar to those typically available to all investors, institutional investors such as the Fund (unlike individual retail investors) will have an opportunity to negotiate some of the terms of the agreement.  In particular, the Fund will have greater negotiating power related to termination provisions and custody of the Fund’s account(s) relative to other investors due to the restrictions placed on the Fund by the 1940 Act, of which the platforms are aware.  Pursuant to such agreements, the platform or a third-party servicer will typically service the loans, collecting payments and distributing them to the Fund, less any servicing fees, and the servicing entity, unless directed by the Fund, typically will make all decisions regarding acceleration or enforcement of the loans following any default by a borrower.  The Fund expects to have a backup servicer in case any platform or third-party servicer ceases or fails to perform the servicing functions, which the Fund expects will mitigate some of the risks associated with a reliance on platforms or third-party servicers for servicing of the Marketplace Loans.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Platform Concentration Risk” and “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Servicer Risk”
 
In the United States, a platform may be subject to extensive regulation, oversight and examination at both the federal and state level, and across multiple jurisdictions if it operates its business nationwide.  Accordingly, platforms are generally subject to various securities, lending, licensing and consumer protection laws.  Most states limit by statute the maximum rate of interest that lenders may charge on consumer loans.  A limited number of states also may have interest rate caps for certain commercial loans.  The maximum permitted interest rate can vary substantially between states.  Some states impose a fixed maximum rate while others link the maximum rate to a floating rate index.  However, as described further below, through a partnership with a bank, an operator of a platform may be able to (through existing law and legal interpretations) impose rates that exceed statutory maximum limits.  An operator that is subject to state licensing requirements must also comply with any associated recordkeeping, financial reporting, disclosure, minimum net worth, surety bond or similar requirements imposed by state law, must observe any limitations that applicable state laws impose on the business activities or practices of licensed entities (including any limits imposed on permitted rates or fees) and will be subject to examination by the applicable state regulators.  The federal and state consumer protection laws generally (i) require lenders to provide consumers with specified disclosures regarding the terms of the loans and/or impose substantive restrictions on the terms on which loans are made; (ii) prohibit lenders from discriminating against consumers on the basis of certain protected classes; and (iii) restrict the actions that a lender or debt collector can take to realize on delinquent or defaulted loans.  Operators of platforms that are not organized as banks are not subject to direct supervision by federal bank or financial institution regulators such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency or the Federal Reserve Bank.  However, operators of platforms that have partnered with banks (as described below) may nonetheless agree (at the request of such banks) to comply with certain banking laws not otherwise applicable to the platforms.
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In addition to the foregoing, courts have recently considered the regulatory environment applicable to marketplace lending platforms and purchasers of Marketplace Loans.  In light of recent decisions, if upheld and widely applied, certain marketplace lending platforms could be required to restructure their operations and certain loans previously made by them through funding banks may not be enforceable, whether in whole or in part, by investors holding such loans.  As a result, large amounts of Marketplace Loans purchased by the Fund (directly or indirectly) could become unenforceable, thereby causing losses for Shareholders.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans.”
 
Marketplace Loans and Pass-Through Notes.  As noted above, the underlying Marketplace Loan origination processes employed by each platform may vary significantly.  Under one model employed by certain platforms in the United States, the operator of the platform maintains with a bank a segregated deposit account that has on deposit the amounts to be provided by the lenders with respect to each loan.  The principal amount of each loan is then advanced to the borrower by the same or a different bank (the “funding bank”).  The platform operator purchases the loan from the funding bank at par promptly after its origination and may resell it directly to an investor under a whole loan purchase program.  Institutional investors, such as the Fund, typically invest in whole loans, and therefore acquire the entire beneficial interest in the loans in which they invest, rather than fractional portions of or participations in such loans.  Alternatively, the operator of the platform may purchase the loan from the funding bank at par using the funds of multiple lenders on deposit in the segregated deposit account and then issues to each such lender at par a Pass-Through Note of the operator (or an affiliate of the operator) representing the right to receive the lender’s proportionate share of all principal and interest payments received by the operator from the borrower on the loan funded by such lender (net of the platform servicing fees).  As a further alternative, certain operators (including most SME lenders) do not engage funding banks but instead extend their loans directly to the borrowers.  These lenders similarly may sell the funded loans as whole loans to institutional investors or sell Pass-Through Notes backed by individual loans or engage in other capital market transactions. 
 
The platform operator typically will service the loans it originates and will maintain a separate segregated deposit account into which it will deposit all payments received from the obligors on the loans.  Upon identification of the proceeds received with respect to a loan and deduction of applicable fees, the platform operator forwards the amounts owed to the lenders or the holders of any related Pass-Through Notes, as applicable.
 
A platform operator is not obligated to make any payments due on a Marketplace Loan or Pass-Through Note (except to the extent that the operator actually receives payments from the borrower on the related loan).  Accordingly, lenders assume all of the credit risk on the loans they fund through a Pass-Through Note or whole loan purchased from a platform operator and are not entitled to recover any deficiency of principal or interest from the platform operator if the underlying borrower defaults on its payments due with respect to a loan.  In addition, a platform operator is generally not required to repurchase Marketplace Loans from a lender or purchaser except under very narrow circumstances, such as in cases of verifiable identity fraud by the borrower or as may otherwise be negotiated by a purchaser of whole loans.  As loan servicer, the platform operator or an affiliated entity typically has the ability to refer any delinquent Marketplace Loan to a collection agency (which may impose additional fees and costs that are often as high, or higher in some cases, as 35% of any recovered amounts).  The Fund itself will not directly enter into any arrangements or contracts with the collection agencies (and, accordingly, the Fund does not currently anticipate it would have, under current law and existing interpretations, substantial risk of liability for the actions of such collection agencies).  At the same time, the relatively low principal amounts of Marketplace Loans often make it impracticable for the platform operator to commence legal proceedings against defaulting borrowers.  Marketplace Loans may be secured (generally in the case of SME loans and real estate-related loans) or unsecured (generally in the case of consumer loans).  For example, real estate Marketplace Loans may be secured by a deed of trust, mortgage, security agreement or legal title to real estate.  There can be no assurance that any collateral pledged to secure a Marketplace Loan can be liquidated quickly or at all or will generate proceeds sufficient to offset any defaults on such loan.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks.”
 
Generally, the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund intends to invest will fully amortize and will not be interest-only.  However, in some sectors (e.g., real estate-related loans), the loans may be interest-only with the principal to be paid at the end of the term. 
 
The documentation for Marketplace Loans is executed electronically.  Accordingly, the borrower does not execute a physical loan note and no such note is available for delivery to investors.  No Marketplace Loans currently being offered have been registered with the SEC and the only Pass-Through Notes that have been registered with the SEC are those issued by LendingClub and Prosper.  In addition, Marketplace Loans are not listed on any securities exchange (although secondary market trading in Pass-Through Notes issued by LendingClub and Prosper does occur on an electronic “alternative trading system” maintained by FOLIOfn, Inc., a registered broker-dealer).  Marketplace Loans are therefore generally illiquid and the issuers provide no assurances as to the liquidity or value of the loans.  An active secondary market for the Marketplace Loans does not currently exist and an active market for the Marketplace Loans may not develop in the future.
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As described above, borrowers of Marketplace Loans electronically execute each of the loan documents prepared in connection with the applicable loan, binding the borrower to the terms of the loan, which include the provision that the loan may be transferred to another party.  Each platform requires buyers to open an account with the platform in order to purchase loans.  The Fund will direct the custodian to open an account with each platform selected by the Fund.  The account will be opened in the name of the custodian as custodian for the Fund.  When the Fund directs the purchase of a loan, the custodian receives electronically from the platform the loan documents and evidence of the purchase and ownership by the Fund, thereby obtaining custody of the documentation that creates and represents the Fund’s rights in the loan.  In addition to the promissory note, such documentation generally includes (depending on the platform) the borrower agreement, authorization to obtain credit reports for loan listing, truth in lending disclosure, terms of use and consent to electronic transactions and disclosures, credit profile authorization, bank account verification and debit authorization (or equivalents thereof).   The Fund’s custodian then wires funds to the platform in payment of the loans.  The custodian maintains on its books a custodial account for the Fund through which the custodian holds in custody the platform account, the loan/loan documents, and, if applicable, any cash in the platform account including the interest and principal payments received on the loan.  The Fund generally will not have access to personally identifiable information about the individual borrowers (e.g., names or similar identifying information) prior to purchasing loans or other Marketplace Lending Instruments, although the Fund’s custodian will have this information for whole loans owned by the Fund (and the Fund and the Adviser have established procedures with the Fund’s custodian designed to prevent the inadvertent communication of personally identifiable borrower information by the Fund’s custodian to the Fund or the Adviser).  As transferee of the platform’s ownership rights in the loan, the Fund obtains all of the platform’s ownership rights in the loan and is able to enforce the Fund’s contractual rights against the platform, as well as enforce the servicing agreements, including the right to direct the servicer to enforce the Fund’s rights against the borrower in accordance with the servicer’s servicing policies and the terms of the servicing agreement, as applicable.
 
Operators of platforms that have entered into arrangements with funding banks, as described above, may avoid being subject to state usury law limitations in reliance on a federal law preemption that permits banks to “export” their home state interest rates and to not be subject to the borrower’s state usury laws.  These arrangements are structured such that the funding bank, and not the operator of the platform, is deemed to be the “true lender.”  This model, however, has been brought into question by a recent court decision.  Under other models employed by various platforms, operators may determine not to engage in any arrangements with a funding bank.  In these cases, operators may determine to rely on a single state’s lending license in order to lend to borrowers across multiple states.  See “—Risk Considerations—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks” below for a discussion of the principal risks associated with the Fund’s investments in Marketplace Loans and “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending” in the SAI for additional discussion of marketplace lending, including continued discussion of the regulatory landscape applicable to industry participants.
 
Asset-Backed Securities.  The Fund also may invest in Marketplace Loans through special purpose vehicles (“SPVs”) established solely for the purpose of holding assets (e.g., commercial loans) and issuing securities (“asset-backed securities”) secured only by such underlying assets (which practice is known as securitization).  The Fund may invest, for example, in an SPV that holds a pool of loans originated by a particular platform.  The SPV may enter into a service agreement with the operator or a related entity to ensure continued collection of payments, pursuit of delinquent borrowers and general interaction with borrowers in much the same manner as if the securitization had not occurred.
 
The SPV may issue multiple classes of asset-backed securities with different levels of seniority.  The more senior classes will be entitled to receive payment before the subordinate classes if the cash flow generated by the underlying assets is not sufficient to allow the SPV to make payments on all of the classes of the asset-backed securities.  Accordingly, the senior classes of asset-backed securities receive higher credit ratings (if rated) whereas the subordinated classes have higher interest rates.  In general, the Fund may invest in both rated senior classes of asset-backed securities as well as unrated subordinated (residual) classes of asset-backed securities.  The subordinated classes of asset-backed securities in which the Fund may invest are typically considered to be an illiquid and highly speculative investment, as losses on the underlying assets are first absorbed by the subordinated classes. 
 
The value of asset-backed securities, like that of traditional fixed-income securities, typically increases when interest rates fall and decreases when interest rates rise.  However, asset-backed securities differ from traditional fixed-income securities because they generally will be subject to prepayment based upon prepayments received by the SPV on the loan pool.  The price paid by the Fund for such securities, the yield the Fund expects to receive from such securities and the weighted average life of such securities are based on a number of factors, including the anticipated rate of prepayment of the underlying assets.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Asset-Backed Securities Risks.”
 
Private Investment Funds.  The Fund may invest up to 10% of its Managed Assets in private investment funds that invest in Marketplace Loans.  Under one such fund structure, the platform operator may form (i) an investment fund that offers partnership interests or similar securities to investors on a private placement basis, and (ii) a subsidiary that acts as the investment fund’s general partner and investment manager.  The investment fund then applies its investors’ funds to purchase Marketplace Loans originated on the platform (or portions thereof) from the operator.  As an investor in an investment fund, the Fund would hold an indirect interest in a pool of Marketplace Loans and would receive distributions on its interest in accordance with the fund’s governing documents.  This structure is intended to create diversification and to reduce operator credit risk for the investors in the investment fund by enabling them to invest indirectly in Marketplace Loans through the private investment fund rather than directly from the operator of the platform.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Private Investment Funds Risk.”
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Other Investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments.  The Fund may invest in the equity securities and/or debt obligations of platform operators (or their affiliates), which may provide these platforms and their related entities with the financing needed to support their lending business.  An equity interest in a platform or related entity represents ownership in such company, providing voting rights and entitling the Fund, as a shareholder, to a share of the company’s success through dividends and/or capital appreciation.  A debt investment made by the Fund could take the form of a loan, convertible note, credit line or other extension of credit made by the Fund to a platform operator.  The Fund would be entitled to receive interest payments on its investment and repayment of the principal at a set maturity date or otherwise in accordance with the governing documents.  See “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks—Investments in Platforms Risk” and “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks.”
 
The Fund also may wholly-own or otherwise control certain pooled investment vehicles which hold Marketplace Loans and/or other Marketplace Lending Instruments, which pooled investment vehicle may be formed and managed by the Adviser (a “Subsidiary”).  Each Subsidiary may invest in Marketplace Loans and other instruments that the Fund may hold directly.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Subsidiary Risk.”
 
EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT
 
For a period of two years from the effective date of the Fund’s Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser has contractually agreed to waive or reimburse expenses of the Fund (excluding brokerage fees and commissions; loan servicing fees; borrowing costs such as (i) interest and (ii) dividends on securities sold short; taxes; indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund may invest; the cost of leverage; and extraordinary expenses) to ensure that the Fund’s total annual operating expenses do not exceed 1.95% of the Fund’s average daily Managed Assets for such period.  This agreement may only be terminated by the Board of Directors.  The Adviser is permitted to seek reimbursement from the Fund, subject to certain limitations, of fees waived or payments made to the Fund for a period of three years from the date of the waiver or payment.  The amount of any recovery, taken together with the fees and expenses of the Fund at the time of recovery, will not exceed the lesser of (1) the expense cap in effect at the time the expenses were reimbursed, and (2) the expense cap in effect at the time the recovery is sought.
 
USE OF LEVERAGE
 
The Fund currently intends to use leverage for investment and other purposes, such as for financing the repurchase of its Shares or to otherwise provide the Fund with liquidity.  Under the 1940 Act, the Fund may utilize leverage through the issuance of preferred stock in an amount up to 50% of its total assets and/or through borrowings and/or the issuance of notes or debt securities (collectively, “Borrowings”) in an aggregate amount of up to 33-1/3% of its total assets.  The Fund anticipates that its leverage will vary from time to time, based upon changes in market conditions and variations in the value of the portfolio’s holdings; however, the Fund’s leverage will not exceed the limitations set forth under the 1940 Act.  Under current market conditions, it is expected that the Fund’s leverage will be approximately 10% of the Fund’s net assets. 
 
The Fund initially anticipates utilizing leverage through bank Borrowings or similar term loans, subject to the limitations of the 1940 Act.  The Fund does not anticipate issuing preferred stock during its first year of operations.  Borrowings may be at a fixed or floating rate and generally will be based upon short-term rates.  The Borrowings in which the Fund may incur may be secured by mortgaging, pledging or otherwise subjecting as security the assets of the Fund.  So long as the rate of return, net of applicable Fund expenses, on the Fund’s portfolio investments purchased with Borrowings exceeds the then-current interest rate and other costs on such Borrowings, the Fund will generate more return or income than will be needed to pay such interest payments and other costs.  In this event, the excess will be available to pay higher dividends to Shareholders.  If the net rate of return on the Fund’s investments purchased with Borrowings does not exceed the costs of such Borrowings, the return to Shareholders will be less than if leverage had not been used.  In the latter case, the Adviser, in its best judgment, nevertheless may determine to maintain the Fund’s leveraged position if it expects that the benefits to the Shareholders of maintaining the leveraged position will outweigh the current reduced return.  Under normal market conditions, the Fund anticipates that it will be able to invest the proceeds from leverage at a higher rate of return than the costs of leverage, which would enhance returns to Shareholders.  In addition, the cost associated with any issuance and use of leverage will be borne by the Shareholders and result in a reduction of the NAV of the Shares.  Such costs may include legal fees, audit fees, structuring fees, commitment fees and a usage (borrowing) fee.
 
Certain types of Borrowings may result in the Fund being subject to covenants in credit agreements relating to asset coverage and portfolio composition requirements.  Generally, covenants to which the Fund may be subject include affirmative covenants, negative covenants, financial covenants, and investment covenants.  An example of an affirmative covenant would be one that requires the Fund to send its annual audited financial report to the lender.  An example of a negative covenant would be one that prohibits the Fund from making any amendments to its fundamental policies.  An example of a financial covenant is one that would require the Fund to maintain a 3:1 asset coverage ratio.  An example of an investment covenant is one that would require the Fund to limit its investment in a particular asset class.  The Fund may need to liquidate its investments when it may not be advantageous to do so in order to satisfy such obligations or to meet any asset coverage and segregation requirements (pursuant to the 1940 Act or otherwise).  As the Fund’s portfolio will be substantially illiquid, any such disposition or liquidation could result in substantial losses to the Fund.
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The terms of the Fund’s Borrowings may also contain provisions which limit certain activities of the Fund, including the payment of dividends to Shareholders in certain circumstances, and the Fund may be required to maintain minimum average balances with the lender or to pay a commitment or other fee to maintain a line of credit.  Any such requirements will increase the cost of Borrowing over the stated interest rate.  In addition, certain types of Borrowings may involve the rehypothecation of the Fund’s securities.  Furthermore, the Fund may be subject to certain restrictions on investments imposed by guidelines of one or more rating agencies, which may issue ratings for the short-term corporate debt securities or preferred stock issued by the Fund.  These guidelines may impose asset coverage or portfolio composition requirements that are more stringent than those imposed by the 1940 Act, as described below.  It is not anticipated that these covenants or guidelines will impede the Adviser from managing the Fund’s portfolio in accordance with the Fund’s investment objective and policies.  Any Borrowing will likely be ranked senior or equal to all other existing and future Borrowings of the Fund.  The leverage utilized by the Fund would have complete priority upon distribution of assets over the Shares. 
 
Under the requirements of the 1940 Act, the Fund, immediately after any Borrowing, must have an “asset coverage” of at least 300% (33-1/3% of total assets).  With respect to such Borrowing, asset coverage means the ratio which the value of the total assets of the Fund, less all liabilities and indebtedness not represented by senior securities (as defined in the 1940 Act), bears to the aggregate amount of such borrowing represented by senior securities issued by the Fund.  Also under the 1940 Act, the Fund is not permitted to issue preferred stock unless immediately after such issuance the value of the Fund’s total assets is at least 200% of the liquidation value of the outstanding preferred stock (i.e., the liquidation value may not exceed 50% of the Fund’s total assets).  In addition, the Fund is not permitted to declare any cash dividend or other distribution on its Shares unless, at the time of such declaration, the value of the Fund’s total assets is at least 200% of such liquidation value.  If preferred stock is issued, the Fund intends, to the extent possible, to purchase or redeem its preferred stock from time to time to the extent necessary in order to maintain coverage of any preferred stock of at least 200%.  In addition, as a condition to obtaining ratings on the preferred stock, the terms of any preferred stock issued are expected to include asset coverage maintenance provisions which will require the redemption of the preferred stock in the event of non-compliance by the Fund and also may prohibit dividends and other distributions on the Shares in such circumstances.  In order to meet redemption requirements, the Fund may have to liquidate portfolio securities.  Such liquidations and redemptions would cause the Fund to incur related transaction costs and could result in capital losses to the Fund.  Prohibitions on dividends and other distributions on the Shares could impair the Fund’s ability to qualify as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).
 
The rights of lenders to the Fund to receive interest on and repayment of principal of any Borrowings will likely be senior to those of the Shareholders.  Further, the 1940 Act grants, in certain circumstances, to the lenders to the Fund certain voting rights in the event of default in the payment of interest on or repayment of principal.  In the event that such provisions would impair the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company under the Code, the Fund, subject to its ability to liquidate its portfolio, intends to repay the Borrowings.  If the Fund has preferred stock outstanding, two of the Fund’s directors will be elected by the holders of preferred stock as a class.  The remaining directors of the Fund will be elected by holders of Shares and preferred stock voting together as a single class.  In the event the Fund failed to pay dividends on preferred stock for two years, the holders of the preferred stock would be entitled to elect a majority of the directors of the Fund.  If preferred stock is issued, it may pay dividends based on short-term interest rates.  The adjustment period for preferred stock dividends could be as short as one day or as long as a year or more. 
 
The Fund also may borrow money as a temporary measure for extraordinary or emergency purposes, including the payment of dividends and the settlement of securities transactions which otherwise might require untimely dispositions of Fund securities.
 
The use of leverage is a speculative technique and investors should note that there are special risks and costs associated with the leveraging of the Shares.  There can be no assurance that a leveraging strategy will be successful during any period in which it is employed.  When leverage is employed, the NAV and the yield to Shareholders will be more volatile.  Leverage creates a greater risk of loss, as well as potential for more gain, for the Shares that if leverage is not used.  In addition, the Adviser is paid more if the Fund uses leverage, which creates a conflict of interest for the Adviser.  See “Risks—Leverage Risks.”
 
Effects of Leverage
 
Assuming that the Borrowings of the Fund will represent approximately 10% of the Fund’s net assets and pay interest at an annual combined average rate of 2.00%, the return generated by the Fund’s portfolio (net of estimated expenses) must exceed 0.20% in order to cover the dividend and interest payments specifically related to the Fund’s leverage.  Of course, these numbers are merely estimates used for illustration.  Actual dividends and interest rates on the leverage utilized by the Fund will vary frequently and may be significantly higher or lower than the rate estimated above.
 
The following table is furnished in response to requirements of the SEC.  It is designed to illustrate the effect of leverage on Share total return, assuming investment portfolio total returns (comprised of income and changes in the value of securities held in the Fund’s portfolio) of -10%, -5%, 0%, 5% and 10%.  These assumed investment portfolio returns are hypothetical figures and are not necessarily indicative of the investment portfolio returns experienced or expected to be experienced by the Fund.  See “Risks.”
 
The table further reflects the use of leverage through Borrowings representing 10% of the Fund’s net assets, net of expenses, and the Fund’s currently projected annual dividend or interest on its leverage of 2.00%.
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Assumed Return on Portfolio (Net of Expenses)
-10.00%
-5.00%
0.00%
5.00%
10.00%
Corresponding Return to Shareholder
-11.20%
-5.70%
-0.20%
5.30%
10.80%
 
Share total return is composed of two elements: the dividends on Shares paid by the Fund (the amount of which is largely determined by the Fund’s net investment income after paying dividends or interest on its leverage) and gains or losses on the value of the securities the Fund owns.  As required by SEC rules, the table above assumes that the Fund is more likely to suffer capital losses than to enjoy capital appreciation.  For example, to assume a total return of 0%, the Fund must assume that the interest it receives on its investments is entirely offset by losses in the value of those investments.  Figures appearing in the table are hypothetical.  Actual returns may be greater or less than those appearing in the table.
 
NON-LISTED CLOSED-END FUND
 
The Fund is organized as a closed-end management investment company.  Unlike shares of open-end management investment companies (commonly known as mutual funds), which generally are redeemable on a daily basis, the Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option (other than pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy) and, unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Shares will not be listed on any securities exchange.  The Fund does not expect a secondary market in the Shares to develop unless the Shares are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.  Therefore, investors should not expect to be able to sell their Shares regardless of how the Fund performs.  As a result of the foregoing, an investment in the Shares may not be suitable for investors that require liquidity, other than liquidity provided through the Fund’s repurchase policy.  An investor may not be able to sell or otherwise liquidate his, her or its Shares whenever such investor would prefer.  If and to the extent that a public trading market ever develops, shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their NAV per share.  The Fund may not be suitable for investors who cannot bear the risk of loss of all or part of their investment or who need a reasonable expectation of being able to liquidate all or a portion of their investment in a particular time frame.  The Shares are appropriate only for those investors who can tolerate risk and do not require a liquid investment.  Although the Fund makes quarterly offers to repurchase its Shares, there can be no assurance that the Fund will repurchase all Shares that are tendered by a Shareholder in connection with any repurchase offer and Shareholders should consider that they may not have access to all of the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe.  The Fund is designed for long-term investors and an investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, should be considered illiquid.  An investment in the Shares is not suitable for investors who need certainty about their ability to access all of the money they invest in the short term or who may need the money they invest in a specified timeframe.  See “Investor Suitability.”
 
RISKS
 
An investment in the Fund involves special risk considerations.  You should consider carefully the risks summarized below before investing in the Shares.
 
Investors should carefully consider the Fund’s risks and investment objective, as an investment in the Fund may not be appropriate for all investors and is not designed to be a complete investment program.  An investment in the Fund involves a high degree of risk.  It is possible that investing in the Fund may result in a loss of some or all of the amount invested.  Before making an investment/allocation decision, investors should (i) consider the suitability of this investment with respect to an investor’s investment objectives and individual situation and (ii) consider factors such as an investor’s net worth, income, age and risk tolerance.  Investment should be avoided where an investor/client has a short-term investing horizon and/or cannot bear the loss of some or all of the investment.
 
Marketplace Lending-Related Risks:
 
The risks listed below are in alphabetical order and specifically apply to marketplace lending and the investments of the Fund in Marketplace Lending Instruments.  See below under “—Other Investment-Related Risks” for a discussion of additional risks associated with the Fund’s investments, which may also apply to the Fund’s Marketplace Lending Instruments.  In addition, see “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending” in the SAI for additional risks of investing in Marketplace Lending Instruments.
 
Asset-Backed Securities Risks
 
Asset-backed securities often involve risks that are different from or more acute than risks associated with other types of debt instruments.  For instance, asset-backed securities may be particularly sensitive to changes in prevailing interest rates.  In addition, the underlying assets are subject to prepayments that shorten the securities’ weighted average maturity and may lower their return.  Asset-backed securities are also subject to risks associated with their structure and the nature of the assets underlying the security and the servicing of those assets.  Payment of interest and repayment of principal on asset-backed securities is largely dependent upon the cash flows generated by the assets backing the securities and, in certain cases, supported by letters of credit, surety bonds or other credit enhancements.  The values of asset-backed securities may be substantially dependent on the servicing of the underlying asset pools, and are therefore subject to risks associated with the negligence by, or defalcation of, their servicers.  Furthermore, debtors may be entitled to the protection of a number of state and federal consumer credit laws with respect to the assets underlying these securities, which may give the debtor the right to avoid or reduce payment.  In addition, due to their often complicated structures, various asset-backed securities may be difficult to value and may constitute illiquid investments.  If many borrowers on the underlying Marketplace Loans default, losses could exceed the credit enhancement level and result in losses to investors in asset-backed securities.
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An investment in subordinated (residual) classes of asset-backed securities is typically considered to be an illiquid and highly speculative investment, as losses on the underlying assets are first absorbed by the subordinated classes.  The risks associated with an investment in such subordinated classes of asset-backed securities include credit risk, regulatory risk pertaining to the Fund’s ability to collect on such securities, platform performance risk and liquidity risk.
 
Competition for Assets Risk
 
The current marketplace lending market in which the Fund seeks to participate is competitive and rapidly changing.  The Fund may face increasing competition for access to platforms and Marketplace Lending Instruments as marketplace lending continues to evolve.  The Fund may face competition from other institutional lenders such as pooled investment vehicles and commercial banks that are substantially larger and have considerably greater financial and other resources than the Fund.  These potential competitors may have higher risk tolerances or different risk assessments than the Fund, which could allow them to consider a wider variety of investments and establish more relationships with platforms than the Adviser.  A platform with which the Fund has entered into an arrangement to purchase Marketplace Lending Instruments may have similar arrangements with other parties, thereby reducing the potential investments of the Fund through such platform.  There can be no assurance that the competitive pressures the Fund may face will not erode the Fund’s ability to deploy capital.  If the Fund is limited in its ability to invest in Marketplace Lending Instruments, it may be forced to invest in cash, cash equivalents or other assets that may result in lower returns than otherwise may be available through investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments.  If the Fund’s access to platforms is limited, it would also be subject to increased concentration and counterparty risk.  See “—Platform Concentration Risk.”
 
The consumer and commercial lending business is highly competitive and Marketplace Loan platforms compete with other Marketplace Loan platforms as well as larger banking, securities and investment banking firms that have substantially greater financial resources.  There can be no guarantee that the rapid origination growth experienced by certain platforms in recent periods will continue.  Without a sufficient number of new qualified loan requests, there can be no assurances that the Fund will be able to compete effectively for Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments with other market participants.  General economic factors and market conditions, including the general interest rate environment, unemployment rates and residential home values, may affect borrower willingness to seek Marketplace Loans and investor ability and desire to invest in Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments.
 
Credit and Below Investment Grade Securities Risks
 
Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security may be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments.  Credit risk may be heightened for the Fund because it may invest in below investment grade securities, as well as Marketplace Lending Instruments that may be of credit quality comparable to securities rated below investment grade by a NRSRO (notwithstanding the Fund’s fundamental policy prohibiting investments in Marketplace Loans of subprime quality, as determined at the time of investment).  Such below investment grade securities are commonly referred to as “junk” or “high yield” securities.  Such securities or Marketplace Lending Instruments of comparable credit quality, while generally offering the potential for higher yields than investment grade securities with similar maturities, involve greater risks, including the possibility of dividend or interest deferral, default or bankruptcy, and are regarded as predominantly speculative with respect to the issuer’s capacity to pay dividends or interest and repay principal.  In addition, these securities and Marketplace Lending Instruments of comparable credit quality are generally susceptible to decline in market value due to adverse economic and business developments and are often unsecured and subordinated to other creditors of the issuer.  The market values for below investment grade securities or Marketplace Lending Instruments of comparable credit quality tend to be very volatile, and these instruments are generally less liquid than investment grade securities.
 
Credit and Interest Rate Analysis Risk
 
The Adviser is reliant in part on the borrower credit information provided to it or assigned by the platforms when selecting Marketplace Lending Instruments for investment.  To the extent a credit rating is assigned to each borrower by a platform, such rating may not accurately reflect the borrower’s actual creditworthiness.  A platform may be unable, or may not seek, to verify all of the borrower information obtained by it, which it may use to determine such borrower’s credit rating.  Borrower information on which platforms and lenders may rely may be outdated.  For example, following the date a borrower has provided its information to the platform, it may have defaulted on a pre-existing debt obligation, taken on additional debt or sustained an adverse financial or life event.  In addition, certain information that the Adviser would otherwise seek may not be available, such as financial statements and other financial information.  Furthermore, the Adviser may be unable to perform any independent follow-up verification with respect to a borrower to the extent the borrower’s name, address and other contact information is required to remain confidential.  There is risk that a borrower may have supplied false or inaccurate information.  If a borrower supplied false, misleading or inaccurate information, repayments on the corresponding Marketplace Loan may be lower, in some cases significantly lower, than expected.
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Although the Adviser conducts diligence on the credit scoring methodologies used by platforms from which the Fund purchases Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund typically will not have access to all of the data that platforms utilize to assign credit scores to particular loans purchased directly or indirectly by the Fund, and will not confirm the truthfulness of such information or otherwise evaluate the basis for the platform’s credit score of those loans.  In addition, the platforms’ credit decisions and scoring models are based on algorithms that could potentially contain programming or other errors or prove to be ineffective or otherwise flawed.  This could adversely affect loan pricing data and approval processes and could cause loans to be mispriced or misclassified, which could ultimately have a negative impact on the Fund’s performance.  See “—Information Technology Risk” below.
 
The interest rates on Marketplace Loans established by the platforms may have not been appropriately set.  A failure to set appropriate rates on the Marketplace Loans may adversely impact the ability of the Fund to receive returns on its Marketplace Lending Instruments that are commensurate with the risks associated with directly or indirectly owning such instruments.
 
In addition, certain other information used by the platforms and the Adviser in making loan and investment decisions may be deficient and/or incorrect, which increases the risk of loss on the loan.  For example, with respect to real estate-related loans, the valuation of the underlying property that is used by platforms in determining whether or not to make a Marketplace Loan to the borrower may prove to be overly optimistic, in which case there would be an increased risk of default on the loan.  See “Investment Policies and Techniques—Marketplace Lending—Additional Considerations with Regard to Real Estate Marketplace Lending Instruments” in the SAI for additional discussion of real estate-related loans and the risks associated with such loans.  See also “—Platform Reliance Risk” below.
 
Credit Risk
 
Certain of the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund may invest may represent obligations of consumers who would not otherwise qualify for, or would have difficulty qualifying for, credit from traditional sources of lending, or SMEs that are unable to effectively access public equity or debt markets, as a result of, among other things, limited assets, adverse income characteristics, limited credit or operating history or an impaired credit record, which may include, for example in the case of consumers, a history of irregular employment, previous bankruptcy filings, repossessions of property, charged off loans and/or garnishment of wages.  The average interest rate charged to, or required of, such obligors generally is higher than that charged by commercial banks and other institutions providing traditional sources of credit or that set by the debt market.  These traditional sources of credit typically impose more stringent credit requirements than the loans provided by certain platforms through which the Fund may make its investments.  As a result of the credit profile of the borrowers and the interest rates on Marketplace Loans, the delinquency and default experience on the Marketplace Lending Instruments may be significantly higher than those experienced by financial products arising from traditional sources of lending.  Shareholders are urged to consider the highly risky nature of the credit quality of Marketplace Loans when analyzing an investment in the Shares.
 
Default Risk
 
The ability of the Fund to generate income through its Marketplace Lending Instruments is dependent upon payments being made by the borrower underlying such Marketplace Lending Instruments.  If a borrower is unable to make its payments on a Marketplace Loan, the Fund may be greatly limited in its ability to recover any outstanding principal and interest under such loan.
 
A substantial portion of the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund may invest will not be secured by any collateral, will not be guaranteed or insured by a third party and will not be backed by any governmental authority.  The Fund may need to rely on the collection efforts of the platforms and third party collection agencies, which also may be limited in their ability to collect on defaulted loans.  The Fund may not have direct recourse against borrowers, may not be able to obtain the identity of the borrowers in order to contact a borrower about a loan and may not be able to pursue borrowers to collect payment under loans.  After a limited period of time following the final maturity date of a Pass-Through Note (typically, a year), platforms may not have any obligation to make late payments to the lenders even if a borrower has submitted such a payment to the platform.  In such case, the platform is entitled to such payments submitted by a borrower and the lender will have no right to such payments.  In addition, platforms will retain from the funds received from borrowers and otherwise available for payment to lenders any insufficient payment fees and the amounts of any attorneys’ fees or collection fees it, a third party service provider or collection agency may impose in connection with any collection efforts.  To the extent a Marketplace Loan is secured, there can be no assurance as to the amount of any funds that may be realized from recovering and liquidating any collateral or the timing of such recovery and liquidation and hence there is no assurance that sufficient funds (or, possibly, any funds) will be available to offset any payment defaults that occur under the Marketplace Loan. 
 
Marketplace Loans are credit obligations of the borrowers and the terms of certain loans may not restrict the borrowers from incurring additional debt.  If a borrower incurs additional debt after obtaining a loan through a platform, the additional debt may adversely affect the borrower’s creditworthiness generally, and could result in the financial distress, insolvency or bankruptcy of the borrower.  This circumstance would ultimately impair the ability of that borrower to make payments on its Marketplace Loan and the Fund’s ability to receive the principal and interest payments that it expects to receive on such loan.  To the extent borrowers incur other indebtedness that is secured, such as a mortgage, the ability of the secured creditors to exercise remedies against the assets of that borrower may impair the borrower’s ability to repay its Marketplace Loan or it may impair the platform’s ability to collect on the Marketplace Loan upon default.  To the extent that a Marketplace Loan is unsecured, borrowers may choose to repay obligations under other indebtedness (such as loans obtained from traditional lending sources) before repaying a loan facilitated through a platform because the borrowers have no collateral at risk.  The Fund will not be made aware of any additional debt incurred by a borrower, or whether such debt is secured.
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Where a borrower is an individual, if he or she dies while the loan is outstanding, his or her estate may not contain sufficient assets to repay the loan or the executor of the estate may prioritize repayment of other creditors.  Numerous other events could impact an individual’s ability or willingness to repay a Marketplace Loan, including divorce or sudden significant expenses. 
 
A platform may have the exclusive right and ability to investigate claims of borrower identity theft, which creates a conflict of interest.  If a platform determines that verifiable identity theft has occurred, it may be required to repurchase the loan or indemnify the Fund.  Alternatively, if the platform denies a claim of identify theft, it would not be required to repurchase the loan or indemnify the Fund. 
 
If a borrower files for bankruptcy, any pending collection actions will automatically be put on hold and further collection action will not be permitted absent court approval.  It is possible that a borrower’s personal liability on its Marketplace Loan will be discharged in bankruptcy.  In most cases involving the bankruptcy of a borrower with an unsecured loan, unsecured creditors will receive only a fraction of any amount outstanding on the loan, if anything. 
 
Fraud Risk
 
The Fund is subject to the risk of fraudulent activity associated with the various parties involved in marketplace lending, including the platforms, banks, borrowers and third parties handling borrower and investor information.  A platform’s resources, technologies and fraud prevention tools may be insufficient to accurately detect and prevent fraud.  Platforms generally are obligated to repurchase Marketplace Loans in cases of confirmed identity theft.  High profile fraudulent activity or significant increases in fraudulent activity could lead to regulatory intervention, negatively impact operating results, brand and reputation and lead the defrauded platform to take steps to reduce fraud risk, which could increase costs.
 
Funding Bank Risk
 
Multiple banks may originate loans for marketplace lending platforms.  If such a bank were to suspend, limit or cease its operations or a platform’s relationship with a bank were to otherwise terminate, such platform would need to implement a substantially similar arrangement with another funding bank, obtain additional state licenses or curtail its operations.  Transitioning loan originations to a new funding bank is untested and may result in delays in the issuance of loans or may result in a platform’s inability to facilitate loans.  If a platform is unable to enter in an alternative arrangement with a different funding bank, the platform may need to obtain a state license in each state in which it operates in order to enable it to originate loans, as well as comply with other state and federal laws, which would be costly and time-consuming.  If a platform is unsuccessful in maintaining its relationships with the funding banks, its ability to provide loan products could be materially impaired and its operating results would suffer.  The Fund is dependent on the continued success of the platforms that originate the Fund’s Marketplace Loans.  If such platforms were unable or impaired in their ability to operate their lending business, the Adviser may be required to seek alternative sources of investments (e.g., loans originated by other platforms), which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance and/or prevent the Fund from pursuing its investment objective and strategies.
 
Geographic Concentration Risk
 
The Fund is not subject to any geographic restrictions when investing in Marketplace Loans and therefore could be concentrated in a particular state or region.  A geographic concentration of the Marketplace Loans may expose the Fund to an increased risk of loss due to risks associated with certain regions.  Certain regions of the United States from time to time will experience weaker economic conditions and, consequently, will likely experience higher rates of delinquency and loss than on similar loans nationally.  In addition, natural disasters in specific geographic regions may result in higher rates of delinquency and loss in those areas.  In the event that a significant portion of the pool of Marketplace Loans is comprised of Marketplace Loans owed by borrowers resident or operating in certain states, economic conditions, localized weather events, environmental disasters, natural disasters or other factors affecting these states in particular could adversely impact the delinquency and default experience of the Marketplace Loans and could impact Fund performance.  Further, the concentration of the Marketplace Loans in one or more states would have a disproportionate effect on the Fund if governmental authorities in any of those states took action against the platforms lending in such states.
 
Information Technology Risk
 
Marketplace Loans are originated and documented in electronic form and there are generally no tangible written documents evidencing such loans or any payments owed thereon.  Because the Fund relies on electronic systems maintained by the custodian and the platforms to maintain records and evidence ownership of Marketplace Loans and to service and administer Marketplace Loans (as applicable) it is susceptible to risks associated with such electronic systems.  These risks include, among others: power loss, computer systems failures and Internet, telecommunications or data network failures; operator negligence or improper operation by, or supervision of, employees; physical and electronic loss of data or security breaches, misappropriation and similar events; computer viruses; cyber attacks, intentional acts of vandalism and similar events; and hurricanes, fires, floods and other natural disasters. 
 
In addition, platforms rely on software that is highly technical and complex and depend on the ability of such software to store, retrieve, process and manage immense amounts of data.  Such software may contain errors or bugs.  Some errors may only be discovered after the code has been released for external or internal use.  Errors or other design defects within the software on which a platform relies may result in a negative experience for borrowers who use the platform, delay introductions of new features or enhancements, result in errors or compromise the platform’s ability to protect borrower or investor data or its own intellectual property.  Any errors, bugs or defects discovered in the software on which a platform relies could negatively impact operations of the platform and the ability of the platform to perform its obligations with respect to the Marketplace Loans originated by the platform.
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The electronic systems on which platforms rely may be subject to cyber attacks that could result, among other things, in data breaches and the release of confidential information and thus expose the platform to significant liability.  A security breach could also irreparably damage a platform’s reputation and thus its ability to continue to operate its business.
 
The Adviser is also reliant on information technology to facilitate the Marketplace Loan acquisition process.  Any failure of such technology could have a material adverse effect on the ability of the Adviser to acquire Marketplace Loans and therefore may impact the performance of the Fund.  Any delays in receiving the data provided by such technology could also impact, among other things, the valuation of the portfolio of Marketplace Loans. 
 
Investments in Platforms Risk
 
The platforms in which the Fund may invest may have a higher risk profile and be more volatile than companies engaged in lines of business with a longer, established history and such investments should be viewed as longer term investments.  The Fund may invest in listed or unlisted equity securities of platforms or make loans directly to the platforms.  Investments in unlisted securities, by their nature, generally involve a higher degree of valuation and performance uncertainties and liquidity risks than investments in listed securities.  The companies of unlisted securities, in comparison to companies of listed securities, may:
 
· have shorter operating histories and a smaller market share, rendering them more vulnerable to competitors’ actions and market conditions, as well as general economic downturns;
 
· often operate at a financial loss;
 
· be more likely to depend on the management talents and efforts of a small group of persons and the departure of any such persons could have a material adverse impact on the business and prospects of the company; and
 
· generally have less predictable operating results and require significant additional capital to support their operations, expansion or competitive position. 
 
The success of a platform is dependent upon payments being made by the borrowers of Marketplace Loans originated by the platform.  Any increase in default rates on a platform’s Marketplace Loans could adversely affect the platform’s profitability and, therefore, the Fund’s investments in the platform.  See also “—Small and Mid-Capitalization Investing Risk.”
 
Illiquidity Risk
 
Marketplace Loans generally have a maturity between six months to five years.  Investors acquiring Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments directly through platforms and hoping to recoup their entire principal must generally hold their loans through maturity.  Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments may not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and are not listed on any securities exchange.  Accordingly, those Marketplace Lending Instruments may not be transferred unless they are first registered under the Securities Act and all applicable state or foreign securities laws or the transfer qualifies for exemption from such registration.  A reliable secondary market has yet to develop, nor may one ever develop, for Marketplace Loans and such other Marketplace Lending Instruments and, as such, these investments should be considered illiquid.  Until an active secondary market develops, the Fund intends to primarily hold its Marketplace Loans until maturity.  The Fund may not be able to sell any of its Marketplace Lending Instruments even under circumstances when the Adviser believes it would be in the best interests of the Fund to sell such investments.  In such circumstances, the overall returns to the Fund from its Marketplace Lending Instruments may be adversely affected.  Moreover, certain Marketplace Lending Instruments are subject to certain additional significant restrictions on transferability.  Although the Fund may attempt to increase its liquidity by borrowing from a bank or other institution, its assets may not readily be accepted as collateral for such borrowing.
 
Limited Operating History of Platforms Risk
 
Many of the platforms, and marketplace lending in general, are in the early stages of development and have a limited operating history.  As a result, there is a lack of significant historical data regarding the performance of Marketplace Loans and the long term outlook of the industry is uncertain.  In addition, because Marketplace Loans are originated using a lending method on a platform that has a limited operating history, borrowers may not view or treat their obligations on such loans as having the same significance as loans from traditional lending sources, such as bank loans.
 
Marketplace Loans and Pass-Through Notes Risk
 
Marketplace Lending Instruments are generally not rated and constitute a highly risky and speculative investment, similar to an investment in “junk” bonds.  There can be no assurance that payments due on underlying Marketplace Loans will be made.  The Shares therefore should be purchased only by investors who could afford the loss of the entire amount of their investment.
 
A substantial portion of the Marketplace Loans in which the Fund may invest will not be secured by any collateral, will not be guaranteed or insured by a third party and will not be backed by any governmental authority.  Accordingly, the platforms and any third-party collection agencies will be limited in their ability to collect on defaulted Marketplace Loans.  With respect to Marketplace Loans secured by collateral, there can be no assurance that the liquidation of any such collateral would satisfy a borrower’s obligation in the event of a default under its Marketplace Loan.
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Furthermore, Marketplace Loans may not contain any cross-default or similar provisions.  A cross-default provision makes a default under certain debt of a borrower an automatic default on other debt of that borrower.  The effect of this can be to allow other creditors to move more quickly to claim any assets of the borrower.  To the extent a Marketplace Loan does not contain a cross-default provision, the loan will not be placed automatically in default upon that borrower’s default on any of the borrower’s other debt obligations, unless there are relevant independent grounds for a default on the loan.  In addition, the Marketplace Loan will not be referred to a third-party collection agency for collection because of a borrower’s default on debt obligations other than the Marketplace Loan.  If a borrower first defaults on debt obligations other than the Marketplace Loan, the creditors to such other debt obligations may seize the borrower’s assets or pursue other legal action against the borrower, which may adversely impact the ability to recoup any principal and interest payments on the Marketplace Loan if the borrower subsequently defaults on the loan.  In addition, an operator of a platform is generally not required to repurchase Marketplace Loans from a lender except under very narrow circumstances, such as in cases of verifiable identity fraud by the borrower or as may otherwise be negotiated by the Fund when purchasing whole loans.
 
Borrowers may seek protection under federal bankruptcy law or similar laws.  If a borrower files for bankruptcy (or becomes the subject of an involuntary petition), a stay will go into effect that will automatically put any pending collection actions on hold and prevent further collection action absent bankruptcy court approval.  Whether any payment will ultimately be made or received on a Marketplace Loan after bankruptcy status is declared depends on the borrower’s particular financial situation and the determination of the court.  It is possible that the borrower’s liability on the Marketplace Loan will be discharged in bankruptcy.  In most cases involving the bankruptcy of a borrower with an unsecured Marketplace Loan, unsecured creditors will receive only a fraction of any amount outstanding on their loan, if anything at all.
 
As Pass-Through Notes are pass-through obligations of the operators of the lending platforms, and not direct obligations of the borrowers under the underlying Marketplace Loans originated by such platforms, holders of certain Pass-Through Notes are exposed to the credit risk of the operator.  An operator that becomes subject to bankruptcy proceedings may be unable to make full and timely payments on its Pass-Through Notes even if the borrowers of the underlying Marketplace Loans timely make all payments due from them.  In addition, Pass-Through Notes are non-recourse obligations (except to the extent that the operator actually receives payments from the borrower on the loan).  Accordingly, lenders assume all of the borrower credit risk on the loans they fund and are not entitled to recover any deficiency of principal or interest from the operator if the borrower defaults on its payments.  
 
There may be a delay between the time the Fund commits to purchase a Pass-Through Note and the issuance of such note and, during such delay, the funds committed to such an investment will not be available for investment in other Marketplace Lending Instruments.  Because the funds committed to an investment in Pass-Through Notes do not earn interest until the issuance of the note, the delay in issuance will have the effect of reducing the effective rate of return on the investment.
 
Platform Concentration Risk
 
The Fund initially anticipates that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Loan investments will have originated from a limited number of platforms and that it may invest 25% or more of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans originated from each or any of LendingClub, Prosper and SoFi Lending Corp.  The Fund may, in the future, invest 25% or more of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans originated from another or other platform(s). 
 
A concentration in select platforms may subject the Fund to increased dependency and risks associated with those platforms than it would otherwise be subject to if it were more broadly diversified across a greater number of platforms.  The Fund may be more susceptible to adverse events affecting such platforms, particularly if such platforms were unable to sustain their current lending models.  In addition, many platforms and/or their affiliated entities have incurred operating losses since their inception and may continue to incur net losses in the future.  The Fund’s concentration in certain platforms may also expose it to increased risk of default and loss on the Marketplace Loans in which it invests through such platforms if such platforms have, among other characteristics, lower borrower credit criteria or other minimum eligibility requirements, or have deficient procedures for conducting credit and interest rate analyses as part of their loan origination processes, relative to other platforms.  In addition, the fewer platforms through which the Fund invests, the greater the risks associated with those platforms changing their arrangements will become.  For instance, the platforms may change their underwriting and credit models, borrower acquisition channels and quality of debt collection procedures in ways which may make the loans originated through such platforms unsuitable for investment by the Fund.  Moreover, a platform may become involved in a lawsuit, which may adversely impact that platform’s performance and reputation and, in turn, the Fund’s portfolio performance.
 
An investor may become dissatisfied with a platform’s marketplace if a loan underlying its investment is not repaid and it does not receive full payment.  As a result, such platform’s reputation may suffer and the platform may lose investor confidence, which could adversely affect investor participation on the platform’s marketplace.
 
Platform Reliance Risk
 
The Fund is dependent on the continued success of the platforms that originate the Fund’s Marketplace Lending Instruments and the Fund materially depends on such platforms for loan data and the origination, sourcing and servicing of Marketplace Loans.  If such platforms were unable or impaired in their ability to operate their lending business, the Adviser may be required to seek alternative sources of investments (e.g., Marketplace Loans originated by other platforms), which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance and/or prevent the Fund from pursuing its investment objective and strategies.  In order to sustain its business, platforms and their affiliated entities may be dependent in large part on their ability to raise additional capital to fund their operations.  If a platform and its affiliated entities are unable to raise additional funding, they may be unable to continue their operations. 
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The Fund may have limited knowledge about the underlying Marketplace Loans in which it invests and will be dependent upon the platform originating such loans for information on the loans.  Some investors of Marketplace Lending Instruments, including the Fund, may not review the particular characteristics of the loans in which they invest at the time of investment, but rather negotiate in advance with platforms the general criteria of the investments, as described under “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Investment Philosophy and Process.”  As a result, the Fund is dependent on the platforms’ ability to collect, verify and provide information to the Fund about each Marketplace Loan and borrower.  See also “—Credit and Interest Rate Analysis Risk” above.
 
In addition, when the Fund owns fractional loans and certain other Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund and its custodian generally will not have a contractual relationship with, or personally identifiable information regarding, individual borrowers, so the Fund will not be able to enforce such underlying loans directly against borrowers and may not be able to appoint an alternative servicing agent in the event that a platform or third-party servicer, as applicable, ceases to service the underlying loans.  Therefore, the Fund will be more dependent on the platform for servicing such fractional loans than in the case in which the Fund owns whole loans.  See “—Servicer Risk” below.
 
Each of the platforms from which the Fund will purchase Marketplace Lending Instruments retains an independent auditor to conduct audits on a routine basis.
 
Prepayment Risk
 
Borrowers may decide to prepay all or a portion of the remaining principal amount due under a borrower loan at any time without penalty (unless the underlying loan agreements provide for prepayment penalties as may be the case in certain non-consumer Marketplace Loans).  In the event of a prepayment of the entire remaining unpaid principal amount of a Marketplace Loan, the Fund will receive such prepayment amount but further interest will not accrue on the loan after the principal has been paid in full.  If the borrower prepays a portion of the remaining unpaid principal balance, interest will cease to accrue on such prepaid portion, and the Fund will not receive all of the interest payments that the Adviser may have originally expected to receive on the loan.
 
Private Investment Funds Risk
 
The Fund, as a holder of securities issued by private investment funds, will bear its pro rata portion of the private funds’ expenses.  These expenses are in addition to the direct expenses of the Fund’s own operations, thereby increasing costs and/or potentially reducing returns to Shareholders.
 
Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans
 
The platforms through which Marketplace Loans are originated are subject to various rules and regulations issued by federal, state and local government authorities.  For example, these rules may require extensive disclosure to, and consents from, applicants and borrowers and may impose multiple qualification and licensing obligations on platforms before they may conduct their business.  Federal and state consumer protection laws in particular impose requirements and place restrictions on creditors in connection with extensions of credit and collections on personal loans and protection of sensitive customer data obtained in the origination and servicing thereof.  A failure to comply with the applicable rules and regulations may, among other things, subject the platform or its related entities to certain registration requirements with government authorities and the payment of any penalties and fines; result in the revocation of their licenses; cause the loan contracts originated by the platform to be voided or otherwise impair the enforcement of such loans; and subject them to potential civil and criminal liability, class action lawsuits and/or administrative enforcement actions.  Any of the foregoing could have a material adverse effect on a platform’s financial condition, results of operations or ability to perform its obligations with respect to its lending business or could otherwise result in modifications in the platform’s methods of doing business which could impair the platform’s ability to service Marketplace Loans or collect on Marketplace Loans.
 
Marketplace lending industry participants, including platforms, may be subject in certain cases to increased risk of litigation alleging violations of federal and state laws and regulations and consumer law torts, including fraud.  Moreover, Marketplace Loans generally are written using standardized documentation.  Thus, many borrowers may be similarly situated in so far as the provisions of their respective contractual obligations are concerned.  Accordingly, allegations of violations of the provisions of applicable federal or state consumer protection laws could potentially result in a large class of claimants asserting claims against the platforms and other related entities. 
 
As noted above, each of the platforms through which the Fund may invest may adhere to a novel or different business model, resulting in uncertainty as to the regulatory environment applicable to a particular platform and the Fund.  For example, one platform may operate from a particular state to make loans to small- and mid-sized companies across the United States.  The platform must comply with that state’s licensing requirements and, if applicable, usury limitations.  However, other states could seek to regulate the platform (or the Fund as a lender under the platform) on the basis that loans were made to companies located in such other state.  In that case, loans made in that other state could be subject to the maximum interest rate limits, if any, of such jurisdiction, which could limit potential revenue for the Fund.  In addition, it could further subject the platform (or the Fund) to such state’s licensing requirements. 
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Another platform, on the other hand, might follow a different model pursuant to which all loans originated by the platform must be made through a bank.  The bank may work jointly with the platform to act as issuer, i.e., the true lender, of the platform’s loans.  However, if challenged, courts may instead determine that the platform (or the Fund as a lender under the platform) is the true lender of the loans.  In fact, courts have recently applied differing interpretations to the analysis of which party should be deemed the true lender.  The resulting uncertainty may increase the possibility of claims brought against the platforms by borrowers seeking to void their loans or subject the platforms to increased regulatory scrutiny and enforcement actions.  To the extent that either the platform (or the Fund) is deemed to be the true lender in any jurisdiction (whether determined by a regulatory agency or by court decision), loans made to borrowers in that jurisdiction would be subject to the maximum interest rate limits of such jurisdiction and existing loans may be unenforceable, and the platform (and/or the Fund) could be subject to additional regulatory requirements in addition to any penalties and fines.  Moreover, it may be determined that this business model is not sustainable in its current form, which could ultimately cause such platforms to terminate their business.  In such circumstances, there is likely to be an adverse effect on the Adviser’s ability to continue to invest in certain or all Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments and the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objective and generate anticipated returns. 
 
If the platforms’ ability to export the interest rates, and related terms and conditions, permitted under a particular state’s law to borrowers in other states was determined to violate applicable lending laws, this could subject the platforms to the interest rate restrictions, and related terms and conditions, of the lending laws of each of the states in which it operates.  The result would be a complex patchwork of regulatory restrictions that could materially and negatively impact the platforms’ operations and ability to operate, in which case they may be forced to terminate or significantly alter their business and activities, resulting in a reduction in the volume of loans available for investment for lenders such as the Fund. 
 
Even absent regulations, plaintiffs may successfully challenge the funding bank or other lending models.  Recent case law raises questions regarding the viability of the model in which many consumer platforms operate and specifically the ability of investors to charge the same rate as the funding bank after the loan has been sold to investors.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in May 2015 issued a significant decision interpreting the scope of federal preemption under the National Bank Act (the “NBA”) and held that a non-bank assignee of loans originated by a national bank was not entitled to the benefits of NBA preemption as to state law claims of usury.  Although binding only in Connecticut, New York and Vermont, this decision nonetheless may significantly affect non-bank assignees of loans, including the loan origination practices of certain marketplace lending platforms.  At a minimum, non-bank assignees/purchasers of bank loans may face uncertainty as to their ability to rely upon federal preemption of state usury laws.  In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the case, although in a brief to that court, the Solicitor General of the U.S. stated that the Second Circuit decision was incorrectly decided.  The case was remanded to the federal district court for consideration of choice of law issues.  Some marketplace lending platforms purchase loans from state-chartered banks shortly after origination and rely upon federal preemption to exempt the loans from state usury caps.  The Second Circuit decision, although directly ruling on purchasers of national bank loans, could be applied by courts considering the scope of federal preemption under the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (which generally preempts state usury laws in favor of federally insured state-chartered banks).  The decision, which appears to be contrary to other federal circuit court decisions and inconsistent with long-standing commercial practice, could be challenged and reconsidered and therefore the long term impact of the decision is uncertain.  If, however, the decision is upheld or is more widely applied, certain marketplace lending platforms may be required to restructure their operations and certain loans previously made through funding banks may not be enforceable, whether in whole or in part, by investors holding such loans.  As a result, large amounts of Marketplace Loans purchased by the Fund (directly or indirectly) could become unenforceable or subject to diminished return or penalties, thereby causing losses for Shareholders.  The risk from this court decision in the three states comprising the Second Circuit may be mitigated by purchasing or investing in loans that are not above the state usury limitations in those states.
 
In addition, numerous other statutory provisions, including federal bankruptcy laws and related state laws, may interfere with or affect the ability of a creditor to enforce a Marketplace Loan.  If a platform or related entity were to go into bankruptcy or become the subject of a similar insolvency proceeding, the platform or related entity may stop performing its services with respect to the Marketplace Loans.  For example, if the servicer of the Marketplace Loans is involved in such a proceeding, it may be difficult to find a replacement for such services.  A replacement entity may seek additional compensation or revised terms with respect to the obligations of the servicer.  The servicer may also have the power, in connection with a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding and with the approval of the court or the bankruptcy trustee or similar official, to assign its rights and obligations as servicer to a third party without the consent, and even over the objection, of any affected parties.  If the servicer is a debtor in bankruptcy or the subject of an insolvency or similar proceeding, this may limit the ability of affected parties to enforce the obligations of the servicer, to collect any amount owing by the servicer or to terminate and replace the servicer.  A bankruptcy court may also reduce the monthly payments due under the related contract or loan or change the rate of interest and time of repayment of the indebtedness.  Borrowers may delay or suspend making payments on Marketplace Loans because of the uncertainties occasioned by the platform or its related entities becoming subject to a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, even if the borrowers have no legal right to do so.  It is possible that a period of adverse economic conditions resulting in high defaults and delinquencies on the Marketplace Loans will increase the potential bankruptcy risk to platforms and its related entities.
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The regulatory environment applicable to platforms and their related entities may be subject to periodic changes.  Any such changes could have an adverse effect on the platforms’ and related entities’ costs and ability to operate.  The platforms could seek to pass through any increase in costs to lenders such as the Fund.  Further, changes in the regulatory application or judicial interpretation of the laws and regulations applicable to financial institutions generally also could impact the manner in which the marketplace lending industry conducts its business.  In addition, Congress, the states and regulatory agencies could further regulate the consumer credit industry in ways that would make it more difficult to collect payments on Marketplace Loans.  The regulatory environment in which financial institutions operate has become increasingly complex and robust, and following the financial crisis of 2008, supervisory efforts to apply relevant laws, regulations and policies have become more intense.  Additionally, in May 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a white paper regarding its review of the online marketplace lending industry.  The white paper provided policy recommendations, highlighted the benefits and risks associated with online marketplace lending and set forth certain best practices applicable to established and emerging market participants, among other things.  The white paper is part of a multi-stage process led by the U.S. Treasury Department, in consultation with other regulatory agencies, to inform appropriate policy responses.  The U.S. Treasury Department’s focus on marketplace lending signifies the increasing spotlight on the industry and could ultimately result in significant and sweeping changes to the current regulatory framework governing marketplace lending.  In addition, some states such as California are requesting information from marketplace lenders.  See “—Risks Associated with Recent Events in the Marketplace Lending Industry.”
 
Risk of Adverse Market and Economic Conditions
 
Marketplace Loan default rates, and marketplace lending generally, may be significantly affected by economic downturns or general economic conditions beyond the control of any borrowers.  In particular, default rates on Marketplace Loans may increase due to factors such as prevailing interest rates, the rate of unemployment, the level of consumer confidence, residential real estate values, the value of the U.S. dollar, energy prices, changes in consumer spending, the number of personal bankruptcies, disruptions in the credit markets and other factors.  A significant downturn in the economy could cause default rates on the Marketplace Loans to increase.  A substantial increase in default rates, whether due to market and economic conditions or otherwise, could adversely impact the viability of the overall marketplace lending industry.
 
Risk of Inadequate Guarantees and/or Collateral of Marketplace Loans
 
To the extent that the obligations under a Marketplace Loan are guaranteed by a third-party, there can be no assurance that the guarantor will perform its payment obligations should the underlying borrower to the loan default on its payments.  Similarly, to the extent a Marketplace Loan is secured, there can be no assurance as to the amount of any funds that may be realized from recovering and liquidating any collateral or the timing of such recovery and liquidation and hence there is no assurance that sufficient funds (or, possibly, any funds) will be available to offset any payment defaults that occur under the Marketplace Loan.  For example, with respect to real estate-related loans, the real property security for a Marketplace Loan may decline in value, which could result in the loan amount being greater than the property value and therefore increase the likelihood of borrower default.  In addition, if it becomes necessary to recover and liquidate any collateral with respect to a secured Marketplace Loan, it may be difficult to sell such collateral and there will likely be associated costs that would reduce the amount of funds otherwise available to offset the payments due under the loan. 
 
If a borrower of a secured Marketplace Loan enters bankruptcy, an automatic stay of all proceedings against such borrower’s property will be granted.  This stay will prevent any recovery and liquidation of the collateral securing such loan, unless relief from the stay can be obtained from the bankruptcy court.  There is no guarantee that any such relief will be obtained.  Significant legal fees and costs may be incurred in attempting to obtain relief from a bankruptcy stay from the bankruptcy court and, even if such relief is ultimately granted, it may take several months or more to obtain.  In addition, bankruptcy courts have broad powers to permit a sale of collateral free of any lien, to compel receipt of an amount less than the balance due under the Marketplace Loan and to permit the borrower to repay the Marketplace Loan over a term which may be substantially longer than the original term of the loan.
 
It is possible that the same collateral could secure multiple Marketplace Loans of a borrower.  To the extent that collateral secures more than one Marketplace Loan, the liquidation proceeds of such collateral may not be sufficient to cover the payments due on all such loans.
 
Risk of Regulation as an Investment Company or an Investment Adviser
 
If platforms or any related entities are required to register as investment companies under the 1940 Act or as investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, their ability to conduct business may be materially adversely affected, which may result in such entities being unable to perform their obligations with respect to their Marketplace Loans, including applicable indemnity, guaranty, repurchasing and servicing obligations, and any contracts entered into by a platform or related entity while in violation of the registration requirements may be voidable.
 
Risks Associated with Recent Events in the Marketplace Lending Industry
 
The marketplace lending industry is heavily dependent on investors for liquidity and there has been decreasing interest from institutional investors in purchasing Marketplace Loans (due both to yield considerations as well as reactions to the recent events described below), causing some platforms to increase rates.  In addition, there is concern that a weakening credit cycle could stress servicing of Marketplace Loans and result in significant losses.
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Concerns have recently been raised pertaining to certain loan identification practices and other compliance related issues of LendingClub.  The circumstances surrounding these events have increased the volatility in the industry and have caused some institutional investors to retrench from purchasing Marketplace Lending Instruments, either from LendingClub specifically or in general with respect to any Marketplace Lending Instruments.  The occurrence of any additional negative business practices involving a marketplace lending platform, or the inability for marketplace lending platforms to assure investors and other market participants of its ability to conduct business practices acceptable to borrowers and investors, may significantly and adversely impact the platforms and/or the marketplace lending industry as a whole and, therefore, the Fund’s investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments.
 
There has been increased regulatory scrutiny of the marketplace lending industry, including the recent U.S. Department of the Treasury white paper, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency white paper and state investigations into marketplace lending platforms in California and New York.  In addition, an increasing number of lawsuits have been filed alleging that the platforms are the true lender and not the funding banks.  See “—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans” above. 
 
Servicer Risk
 
The Fund expects that all of its direct and indirect investments in loans originated by marketplace lending platforms will be serviced by a platform or a third-party servicer.  However, the Fund’s investments could be adversely impacted if a platform that services the Fund’s investments becomes unable or unwilling to fulfill its obligations to do so.  In the event that the servicer is unable to service the loans, there can be no guarantee that a backup servicer will be able to assume responsibility for servicing the loans in a timely or cost-effective manner; any resulting disruption or delay could jeopardize payments due to the Fund in respect of its investments or increase the costs associated with the Fund’s investments.  If the servicer becomes subject to a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, there is some risk that the Fund’s investments could be re-characterized as secured loans from the Fund to the platform, which could result in uncertainty, costs and delays from having the Fund’s investment deemed part of the bankruptcy estate of the platform, rather than an asset owned outright by the Fund.  To the extent the servicer becomes subject to a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, there is a risk that substantial losses will be incurred by the Fund.  See “—Regulatory and Other Risks Associated with Platforms and Marketplace Loans.”
 
Small and Mid-Capitalization Risk
 
The Fund may gain exposure to the securities of small capitalization companies, mid-capitalization companies and recently organized companies.  For example, the Fund may invest in securities of marketplace lending platforms or may gain exposure to other small capitalization, mid-capitalization and recently organized companies through investments in the borrowings of such companies facilitated through a marketplace lending platform.  Historically, such investments, and particularly investments in smaller capitalization companies, have been more volatile in price than those of larger capitalized, more established companies.  Many of the risks that apply to small capitalization companies apply equally to mid-capitalization companies, and such companies are included in the term “small capitalization companies” for the purposes of this risk factor.  The securities of small capitalization and recently organized companies pose greater investment risks because such companies may have limited product lines, distribution channels and financial and managerial resources.  In particular, small capitalization companies may be operating at a loss or have significant variations in operating results; may be engaged in a rapidly changing business with products subject to substantial risk of obsolescence; may require substantial additional capital to support their operations, to finance expansion or to maintain their competitive position; and may have substantial borrowings or may otherwise have a weak financial condition.  In addition, these companies may face intense competition, including competition from companies with greater financial resources, more extensive development, manufacturing, marketing, and other capabilities and a larger number of qualified managerial and technical personnel.  The equity securities of marketplace lending platforms or other issuers that are small capitalization companies are often traded over-the-counter or on regional exchanges and may not be traded in the volumes typical on a national securities exchange.  Investments in instruments issued by, or loans of, small capitalization companies may also be more difficult to value than other types of investments because of the foregoing considerations as well as, if applicable, lower trading volumes.  Investments in companies with limited or no operating histories are more speculative and entail greater risk than do investments in companies with an established operating record.
 
SME Loans Risk
 
The businesses of SME loan borrowers may not have steady earnings growth, may be operated by less experienced individuals, may have limited resources and may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments, among other concerns, which may adversely affect the ability of such borrowers to make principal and interest payments on the SME loans.  See also “—Small and Mid-Capitalization Investing Risk” above.
 
Student Loans Risk
 
In general, the repayment ability of borrowers of student loans, as well as the rate of prepayments on student loans, may be influenced by a variety of economic, social, competitive and other factors, including changes in interest rates, the availability of alternative financings, regulatory changes affecting the student loan market and the general economy.  For instance, certain student loans may be made to individuals who generally have higher debt burdens than other individual borrowers (such as students of post-secondary programs).  The effect of the foregoing factors is impossible to predict.
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Treatment of Marketplace Lending Instruments Purchased by the Fund under Federal Securities Laws
 
The Fund has been advised that it is the current view of the SEC and its Staff that the purchase of whole loans through marketplace lending platforms involves the purchase of “securities” issued by the originating platforms under the Securities Act.  If the Marketplace Lending Instruments purchased by the Fund, such as whole loans, are deemed to be “securities” under federal securities law, then the issuers of such instruments are subject to a wide range of obligations and sanctions.  At the federal level, the issuer, the underwriter and other individuals in a public offering signing a registration statement are strictly liable for any inaccurate statements in the document.  Even though an exemption from registration with the SEC is typically utilized by the issuers of the Marketplace Lending Instruments that are securities, the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws still apply.  Avoidance of fraud requires full and fair disclosure of all material facts and the usual method of discharging this disclosure obligation is for the issuer to prepare and distribute a prospectus that has been registered with the SEC or, in a private transaction, an “offering memorandum” that incorporates the same type of information as would be contained in a registration statement.  Noncompliance with federal securities laws can involve potentially severe consequences for the issuer and the Fund may recover civil damages from the applicable issuer of a security if the requisite intent can be shown against its directors, managers and/or other responsible persons.  Securities regulators can also institute administrative proceedings, suits for injunction and, in the appropriate circumstances, even criminal actions.  In addition, there are separate obligations and sanctions under securities laws which exist in each and every state. 
 
There is no bright line test to determine whether notes evidencing loans should be deemed “securities” within the purview of the SEC.  In general, a determination of whether a note evidencing a loan is a security under the Securities Act is subject to an analysis of the facts and circumstances of the transaction involving the issuance of the notes.  To the extent certain Marketplace Lending Instruments, such as whole loans, are not, in the future, deemed to be “securities” under the Securities Act, the Fund would not be able to seek the remedies described above with respect to such instruments.
 
Valuation Risk
 
Many of the Fund’s investments may be difficult to value.  Where market quotations are not readily available or deemed unreliable, the Fund will value such investments in accordance with fair value procedures adopted by the Board of Directors.  Valuation of illiquid investments may require more research than for more liquid investments.  In addition, elements of judgment may play a greater role in valuation in such cases than for investments with a more active secondary market because there is less reliable objective data available.  An instrument that is fair valued may be valued at a price higher or lower than the value determined by other funds using their own fair valuation procedures.  Prices obtained by the Fund upon the sale of such investments may not equal the value at which the Fund carried the investment on its books, which would adversely affect the NAV of the Fund.
 
Tax Risk
 
The treatment of Marketplace Loans and other Marketplace Lending Instruments for tax purposes is uncertain.  In addition, changes in tax laws or regulations, or interpretations thereof, in the future could adversely affect the Fund, including its ability to qualify as a regulated investment company, or the participants in the marketplace lending industry.  Investors should consult their tax advisors as to the potential tax treatment of Shareholders. 
 
The Fund intends to elect to be treated as a regulated investment company for federal income tax purposes.  In order to qualify for such treatment, the Fund will need to meet certain organization, income, diversification and distribution tests.  The Fund has adopted policies and guidelines that are designed to enable the Fund to meet these tests, which will be tested for compliance on a regular basis for the purposes of being treated as a regulated investment company for federal income tax purposes.  However, some issues related to qualification as a regulated investment company are open to interpretation.  For example, the Fund intends to primarily invest in whole loans originated by marketplace lending platforms.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has given the Fund is opinion that the issuer of such loans will be the identified borrowers in the loan documentation.  However, if the IRS were to disagree and successfully assert that the marketplace lending platforms should be viewed as the issuer of the loans, the Fund would not satisfy the regulated investment company diversification tests.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has given its opinion that, if the Fund follows its methods of operation as described in the Registration Statement and its compliance manual, the Fund will satisfy the regulated investment company diversification tests.
 
If, for any taxable year, the Fund did not qualify as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it would be treated as a U.S. corporation subject to U.S. federal income tax at the Fund level, and possibly state and local income tax, and distributions to its Shareholders would not be deductible by the Fund in computing its taxable income.  As a result of these taxes, NAV per Share and amounts distributed to Shareholders may be substantially reduced.  Also, in such event, the Fund’s distributions, to the extent derived from the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, would generally constitute ordinary dividends, which would generally be eligible for the dividends received deduction available to corporate Shareholders, and non-corporate Shareholders would generally be able to treat such distributions as “qualified dividend income” eligible for reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation, provided in each case that certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied.  In addition, in such an event, in order to re-qualify for taxation as a RIC, the Fund might be required to recognize unrealized gains, pay substantial taxes and interest and make certain distributions.  This would cause a negative impact on Fund returns.  In such event, the Fund’s Board of Directors may determine to recognize or close the Fund or materially change the Fund’s investment objective and strategies.  See “U.S. Federal Income Tax Matters.”
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Structural and Market-Related Risks:
 
The risks listed below are in alphabetical order and generally relate the structure of the Fund, as opposed to any specific investments of the Fund (which are listed below under “—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks” and “—Other Investment-Related Risks”), and the risks associated with general market and economic conditions.
 
Anti-Takeover Provisions
 
Maryland law and the Fund’s Charter and Bylaws include provisions that could limit the ability of other entities or persons to acquire control of the Fund or convert the Fund to open-end status.  These provisions could deprive Shareholders of opportunities to sell their Shares.  However, the Fund, in its Charter, has exempted all of its shares from the application of the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act (the “MCSAA”), which provides that control shares of a Maryland corporation acquired in a control share acquisition have no voting rights except to the extent approved by a vote of two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast on the matter.  In the absence of a judgment of a federal court of competent jurisdiction or the issuance of a rule or regulation of the SEC or a published interpretation by the SEC or its staff that the provisions of the MCSAA are not inconsistent with the provisions of the 1940 Act, or a change to the provisions of the 1940 Act having the same effect, the Fund does not intend to amend its Charter to remove the exemption or to make an election to be subject to the MCSAA.  See “Certain Provisions of the Fund’s Charter and Bylaws and of Maryland Law.”
 
Controlling Shareholder Risk
 
The Shares may be held by a Shareholder, such as a RiverNorth Fund, or a group of Shareholders that may own a significant percentage of the Fund for an indefinite period of time.  As long as a RiverNorth Fund holds a substantial amount of the Fund’s Shares, it may be able to exercise a controlling influence in matters submitted to a vote of Shareholders, including, but not limited to, the election of the Fund’s directors, approval or renewal of advisory or sub-advisory contracts, and any vote relating to a reorganization or merger of the Fund.  As a majority Shareholder, the RiverNorth Fund(s) also would have the ability to call special meetings of the Fund pursuant to the Fund’s Charter and/or By-laws.  The ability to exercise a controlling influence over the Fund may result in conflicts of interest because, among other things, the Adviser is the investment adviser of the Fund and each of the RiverNorth Funds.
 
Cyber Security Risk
 
With the increased use of the Internet and because information technology (“IT”) systems and digital data underlie most of the Fund’s operations, the Fund and the Adviser, transfer agent, Underwriter and other service providers and the vendors of each (collectively “Service Providers”) are exposed to the risk that their operations and data may be compromised as a result of internal and external cyber-failures, breaches or attacks (“Cyber Risk”).  This could occur as a result of malicious or criminal cyber-attacks.  Cyber-attacks include actions taken to: (i) steal or corrupt data maintained online or digitally, (ii) gain unauthorized access to or release confidential information, (iii) shut down the Fund or Service Provider web site through denial-of-service attacks, or (iv) otherwise disrupt normal business operations.  However, events arising from human error, faulty or inadequately implemented policies and procedures or other systems failures unrelated to any external cyber-threat may have effects similar to those caused by deliberate cyber-attacks. 
 
Successful cyber-attacks or other cyber-failures or events affecting the Fund or its Service Providers may adversely impact the Fund or its shareholders or cause an investment in the Fund to lose value.  For instance, such attacks, failures or other events may interfere with the processing of shareholder transactions, impact the Fund’s ability to calculate its NAV, cause the release of private shareholder information or confidential Fund information, impede trading, or cause reputational damage.  Such attacks, failures or other events could also subject the Fund or its Service Providers to regulatory fines, penalties or financial losses, reimbursement or other compensation costs, and/or additional compliance costs.  Insurance protection and contractual indemnification provisions may be insufficient to cover these losses.  The Fund or its Service Providers may also incur significant costs to manage and control Cyber Risk.  While the Fund and its Service Providers have established IT and data security programs and have in place business continuity plans and other systems designed to prevent losses and mitigate Cyber Risk, there are inherent limitations in such plans and systems, including the possibility that certain risks have not been identified or that cyber-attacks may be highly sophisticated.
 
Cyber Risk is also present for issuers of securities or other instruments in which the Fund invests, which could result in material adverse consequences for such issuers, and may cause a Fund’s investment in such issuers to lose value.
 
Distribution Policy Risks 
 
The Fund currently intends to make distributions to Shareholders on a quarterly basis.  Such distributions are not tied to the Fund’s investment income and capital gains and do not represent yield or investment return on the Fund’s portfolio.  To the extent that the amount distributed in cash exceeds the total net investment income of the Fund, the assets of the Fund will decline.  A decline in Fund assets may result in an increase in the Fund’s expense ratio.  In addition, the maintenance of the Fund’s distribution policy may cause the Fund’s assets to be less fully invested than would otherwise be the case, which could reduce the Fund’s total investment return.  Furthermore, the Fund may need to raise additional capital in order to maintain the distribution policy.
 
A portion or all of any distribution of the Fund may consist of a return of capital.  A return of capital represents the return of a Shareholder’s original investment in the Shares, and should not be confused with a dividend from profits and earnings.  Such distributions are generally not treated as taxable income for the investor.  Instead, Shareholders will experience a reduction in the basis of their Shares, which may increase the taxable capital gain, or reduce capital loss, realized upon the sale of such Shares.  Upon a sale of their Shares, Shareholders generally will recognize capital gain or loss measured by the difference between the sale proceeds received by the Shareholder and the Shareholder’s federal income tax basis in the Shares sold, as adjusted to reflect return of capital.  It is possible that a return of capital could cause a Shareholder to pay a tax on capital gains with respect to Shares that are sold for an amount less than the price originally paid for them.  Shareholders are advised to consult with their own tax advisers with respect to the tax consequences of their investment in the Fund.
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The Fund’s distribution policy may result in the Fund making a significant distribution in December of each year in order to maintain the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company.  Depending upon the income of the Fund, such a year-end distribution may be taxed as ordinary income to investors.
 
Interest Rate Risk
 
Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed rate instruments will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates.  When market interest rates rise, the market value of such instruments generally will fall.  Longer-term fixed rate instruments are generally more sensitive to interest rate changes.  The Fund’s investment in such instruments means that the NAV and market price of the Shares will tend to decline if market interest rates rise.  These risks may be greater in the current market environment because interest rates are near historically low levels.  Moreover, an increase in interest rates could negatively affect financial markets generally, increase market volatility and reduce the value and liquidity of securities and loans in which the Fund may invest, particularly given the current market environment.  Because the values of lower-rated and comparable unrated fixed rate instruments are affected both by credit risk and interest rate risk, the price movements of such lower grade instruments in response to changes in interest rates typically have not been highly correlated to the fluctuations of the prices of investment grade quality instruments in response to changes in market interest rates. 
 
The Fund’s use of leverage, as described in this prospectus, will tend to increase the Fund’s interest rate risk.  For example, a change in market interest rates could adversely impact the Fund’s ability to utilize leverage due to an increase in the cost of Borrowings, which could reduce the Fund’s net investment income.
 
The investment vehicles in which the Fund may invest may be similarly subject to the foregoing interest rate risks.  In addition, rising interest rates could affect the ability of the operating companies in which the Fund may directly or indirectly invest to service their debt obligations and, therefore, could adversely impact the Fund’s investments in such companies.
 
Leverage Risks
 
The leverage issued by the Fund will have seniority over the Shares and may be secured by the assets of the Fund.  The use of leverage by the Fund can magnify the effect of any losses.  If the income and gains earned on the securities and investments purchased with leverage proceeds are greater than the cost of the leverage, the Shares’ return will be greater than if leverage had not been used.  Conversely, if the income and gains from the securities and investments purchased with such proceeds do not cover the cost of leverage, the return to the Shares will be less than if leverage had not been used.  Leverage involves risks and special considerations for Shareholders including:
 
· the likelihood of greater volatility of NAV (and market price) of the Shares than a comparable portfolio without leverage;
 
· the risk that fluctuations in interest rates on leverage, including Borrowings, or in the dividend rates on any preferred stock that the Fund may pay will reduce the return to Shareholders or will result in fluctuations in the dividends paid on the Shares;
 
· the effect of leverage in a declining market, which is likely to cause a greater decline in the NAV of the Shares than if the Fund were not leveraged (which may result in a greater decline in the market price of the Shares); and
 
· the investment advisory fee payable to the Adviser will be higher than if the Fund did not use leverage because the definition of “Managed Assets” includes the proceeds of leverage.
 
There can be no assurances that a leveraging strategy will be successful.  The Fund may continue to use leverage if the benefits to the Shareholders of maintaining the leveraged position are believed by the Board of Directors to outweigh any current reduced return.
 
The funds borrowed pursuant to a leverage borrowing program (such as a credit line), or obtained through the issuance of preferred stock, constitute a substantial lien and burden by reason of their prior claim against the income of the Fund and against the net assets of the Fund in liquidation.  The rights of lenders to receive payments of interest on and repayments of principal on any Borrowings made by the Fund under a leverage borrowing program are senior to the rights of Shareholders and the holders of preferred stock with respect to the payment of dividends or upon liquidation.  The Fund may not be permitted to declare dividends or other distributions, including dividends and distributions with respect to its Shares or preferred stock, or to purchase Shares or preferred stock, unless at the time thereof the Fund meets certain asset coverage requirements and no event of default exists under any leverage program.  In addition, the Fund may not be permitted to pay dividends on Shares unless all dividends on its preferred stock and/or accrued interest on Borrowings have been paid, or set aside for payment.  In an event of default under a leverage borrowing program, the lenders have the right to cause a liquidation of collateral (i.e., sell securities and other assets of the Fund) and, if any such default is not cured, the lenders may be able to control the liquidation as well.  Certain types of leverage may result in the Fund being subject to covenants relating to asset coverage and Fund composition requirements.  Generally, covenants to which the Fund may be subject include affirmative covenants, negative covenants, financial covenants, and investment covenants.  See “Use of Leverage.”  The Fund may need to liquidate its investments when it may not be advantageous to do so in order to satisfy such obligations or to meet any asset coverage and segregation requirements (pursuant to the 1940 Act or otherwise).  As the Fund’s portfolio will be substantially illiquid, any such disposition or liquidation could result in substantial losses to the Fund.
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The Fund also may be subject to certain restrictions on investments imposed by guidelines of one or more rating agencies, which may issue ratings for preferred stock or other leverage securities issued by the Fund.  These guidelines may impose asset coverage or Fund composition requirements that are more stringent than those imposed by the 1940 Act.  While the Fund may from time to time consider reducing leverage in response to actual or anticipated changes in interest rates in an effort to mitigate the increased volatility of current income and NAV associated with leverage, there can be no assurance that the Fund will actually reduce leverage in the future or that any reduction, if undertaken, will benefit Shareholders.  Changes in the future direction of interest rates are very difficult to predict accurately.  If the Fund were to reduce leverage based on a prediction about future changes to interest rates, and that prediction turned out to be incorrect, the reduction in leverage would likely operate to reduce the income and/or total returns to Shareholders relative to the circumstance if the Fund had not reduced leverage.  The Fund may decide that this risk outweighs the likelihood of achieving the desired reduction to volatility in income and Share price if the prediction were to turn out to be correct, and determine not to reduce leverage as described above.
 
Liquidity Risks
 
An investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, may be illiquid.  Unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Fund has not listed the Shares for trading on any securities exchange, and the Fund does not expect any secondary market to develop for the Shares unless they are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.  Even if a secondary market develops, there can be no assurances that such a market will be efficient.  In addition, although the Fund will conduct quarterly repurchase offers of its Shares, there is no guarantee that all tendered Shares will be accepted for repurchase or that Shareholders will be able to sell all of the Shares they desire in a quarterly repurchase offer.  In certain instances, repurchase offers may be suspended or postponed.  See “Repurchase Policy—Suspension or Postponement of Repurchase Offer.” 
 
An investment in Shares is not suitable for investors who need access to the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe.  Unlike open-end funds (commonly known as mutual funds) which generally permit redemptions on a daily basis, Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option (other than pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy, as defined below).  The NAV of the Shares may be volatile.  As the Shares are not traded, investors may not be able to dispose of their investment in the Fund no matter how poorly the Fund performs.  The Fund is designed for long-term investors and not as a trading vehicle.  Moreover, the Shares will not be eligible for “short sale” transactions or other directional hedging products.
 
The Fund’s investments are also subject to liquidity risk, which exists when particular investments of the Fund are difficult to purchase or sell, possibly preventing the Fund from selling such illiquid investments at an advantageous time or price, or possibly requiring the Fund to dispose of other investments at unfavorable times or prices in order to satisfy its obligations.
 
Management Risk and Reliance on Key Personnel
 
The Fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio.  The Adviser will apply investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the Fund, but there can be no guarantee that these will produce the desired results.  The Adviser’s judgments about the attractiveness, value and potential appreciation of a marketplace lending platform or individual security in which the Fund invests may prove to be incorrect.  In addition, the implementation of the Fund’s investment strategies depends upon the continued contributions of certain key employees of the Adviser, some of whom have unique talents and experience and would be difficult to replace.  The loss or interruption of the services of a key member of the portfolio management teams could have a negative impact on the Fund during the transitional period that would be required for a successor to assume the responsibilities of the position.
 
Market Risks 
 
Overall stock market risks may affect the value of the Fund.  The market price of a security or instrument may decline, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to general market conditions that are not specifically related to a particular company, such as real or perceived adverse economic or political conditions throughout the world, changes in the general outlook for corporate earnings, changes in interest or currency rates or adverse investor sentiment generally.  The market value of a security or instrument also may decline because of factors that affect a particular industry or industries, such as labor shortages or increased production costs and competitive conditions within an industry.  For example, the financial crisis that began in 2008 caused a significant decline in the value and liquidity of many securities.  Such environments could make identifying investment risks and opportunities especially difficult for the Adviser.  In response to the crisis, the United States and other governments have taken steps to support financial markets.  The withdrawal of this support or failure of efforts in response to the crisis could negatively affect financial markets generally as well as the value and liquidity of certain securities.  In addition, policy and legislative changes in the United States and in other countries are changing many aspects of financial regulation.  The impact of these changes on the markets, and the practical implications for market participants, may not be fully known for some time.
 
No Operating History
 
The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with no operating history.
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Non-Diversification Risk
 
The Fund is classified as “non-diversified,” which means the Fund may invest a larger percentage of its assets in the securities of a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund.  Investment in securities of a limited number of issuers exposes the Fund to greater market risk and potential losses than if its assets were diversified among the securities of a greater number of issuers.
 
Non-Listed Closed-End Fund Risk
 
The Fund is designed for long-term investors and not as a trading vehicle.  An investment in the Shares, unlike an investment in a traditional listed closed-end fund, should be considered illiquid.  An investment in Shares is not suitable for investors who need access to the money they invest in the short term or within a specified timeframe.  Unlike open-end funds (commonly known as mutual funds) which generally permit redemptions on a daily basis, Shares will not be redeemable at an investor’s option.  Unlike traditional listed closed-end funds, the Fund has not listed the Shares for trading on any securities exchange, and the Fund does not expect any secondary market to develop for the Shares unless they are listed on a securities exchange.  The NAV of the Shares may be volatile.  As the Shares are not traded, investors may not be able to dispose of their investment in the Fund no matter how poorly the Fund performs.
 
Not a Complete Investment Program
 
The Fund is intended for investors seeking income over the long-term, and is not intended to be a short-term trading vehicle.  An investment in the Shares should not be considered a complete investment program.  Each investor should take into account the Fund’s investment objective and other characteristics, as well as the investor’s other investments, when considering an investment in the Shares.
 
Potential Conflicts of Interest
 
The Adviser and the portfolio manager of the Fund have interests which may conflict with the interests of the Fund.  In particular, the Adviser manages and/or advises, or may in the future manage and/or advise, other investment funds or accounts with the same or similar investment objective and strategies as the Fund.  As a result, the Adviser and the Fund’s portfolio manager may devote unequal time and attention to the management of the Fund and those other funds and accounts, and may not be able to formulate as complete a strategy or identify equally attractive investment opportunities as might be the case if they were to devote substantially more attention to the management of the Fund.  The Adviser and the Fund’s portfolio manager may identify a limited investment opportunity that may be suitable for multiple funds and accounts, and the opportunity may be allocated among these several funds and accounts, which may limit the Fund’s ability to take full advantage of the investment opportunity.  Additionally, transaction orders may be aggregated for multiple accounts for purposes of execution, which may cause the price or brokerage costs to be less favorable to the Fund than if similar transactions were not being executed concurrently for other accounts.  At times, a portfolio manager may determine that an investment opportunity may be appropriate for only some of the funds and accounts for which he or she exercises investment responsibility, or may decide that certain of the funds and accounts should take differing positions with respect to a particular security.  In these cases, the portfolio manager may place separate transactions for one or more funds or accounts which may affect the market price of the security or the execution of the transaction, or both, to the detriment or benefit of one or more other funds and accounts.  For example, a portfolio manager may determine that it would be in the interest of another account to sell a security that the Fund holds, potentially resulting in a decrease in the market value of the security held by the Fund.
 
The portfolio manager also may engage in cross trades between funds and accounts, may select brokers or dealers to execute securities transactions based in part on brokerage and research services provided to the Adviser which may not benefit all funds and accounts equally and may receive different amounts of financial or other benefits for managing different funds and accounts.  Finally, the Adviser and its affiliates may provide more services to some types of funds and accounts than others.
 
There is no guarantee that the policies and procedures adopted by the Adviser and the Fund will be able to identify or mitigate the conflicts of interest that arise between the Fund and any other investment funds or accounts that the Adviser may manage or advise from time to time.  See “Management of the Fund—Investment Adviser” in the SAI.
 
In addition, while the Fund is using leverage, the amount of the fees paid to the Adviser for investment advisory and management services are higher than if the Fund did not use leverage because the fees paid are calculated based on the Fund’s Managed Assets, which include assets purchased with leverage.  Therefore, the Adviser has a financial incentive to leverage the Fund, which creates a conflict of interest between the Adviser on the one hand and the Shareholders of the Fund on the other.
 
Regulation as Lender Risk
 
The loan industry is highly regulated and loans made through lending platforms are subject to extensive and complex rules and regulations issued by various federal, state and local government authorities.  One or more regulatory authorities may assert that the Fund, when acting as a lender under the platforms, is required to comply with certain laws or regulations which govern the consumer or commercial (as applicable) loan industry.  If the Fund were required to comply with additional laws or regulations, it would likely result in increased costs for the Fund and may have an adverse effect on its results or operations or its ability to invest in Marketplace Loans and certain Marketplace Lending Instruments.  In addition, although in most cases the Fund is not currently required to hold a license in connection with the acquisition and ownership of Marketplace Loans, certain states require (and other states could in the future take a similar position) that lenders under marketplace lending platforms or holders of Marketplace Loans be licensed.  Such a licensing requirement could subject the Fund to a greater level of regulatory oversight by state governments as well as result in additional costs for the Fund.  If required but unable to obtain such licenses, the Fund may be forced to cease investing in loans issued to borrowers in the states in which licensing may be required.  To the extent required or determined to be necessary or advisable, the Fund intends to obtain such licenses in order to pursue its investment strategy.
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Under current law, purchasers/assignees of loans made by insured depository institutions do not need to be licensed under consumer lending license statutes because the assignee is not extending credit after the time the loan is purchased (with the possible exception of certain consumer loans made in a limited number of states).  The federal Truth in Lending Act and its implementing regulation, however, make consumer loan assignees liable for certain disclosure violations apparent on the face of the note.  Most, but not all, purchase agreements for whole loans require the lender to comply with all applicable laws and provide remedies such as indemnities or repurchase obligations with respect to non-compliant loans.  Although the Fund may reduce the risk of the Fund’s exposure to lender regulation risk through appropriate due diligence procedures, there is no assurance that such procedures, or recourse against platforms, would absolve the Fund from any and all claims.
 
Repurchase Policy Risks
 
Repurchases of Shares will reduce the amount of outstanding Shares and, thus, the Fund’s net assets.  To the extent that additional Shares are not sold, a reduction in the Fund’s net assets may increase the Fund’s expense ratio (subject to the Adviser’s reimbursement of expenses) and limit the investment opportunities of the Fund.
 
If a repurchase offer is oversubscribed by Shareholders, the Fund will repurchase only a pro rata portion of the Shares tendered by each Shareholder.  In addition, because of the potential for such proration, Shareholders may tender more Shares than they may wish to have repurchased in order to ensure the repurchase of a specific number of their Shares, increasing the likelihood that other Shareholders may be unable to liquidate all or a given percentage of their investment in the Fund.  To the extent Shareholders have the ability to sell their Shares to the Fund pursuant to a repurchase offer, the price at which a Shareholder may sell Shares, which will be the NAV per Share most recently determined as of the last day of the offer, may be lower than the price that such Shareholder paid for its Shares.
 
The Fund may find it necessary to hold a portion of its net assets in cash or other liquid assets, sell a portion of its portfolio investments or borrow money in order to finance any repurchases of its Shares.  The Fund may accumulate cash by holding back (i.e., not reinvesting or distributing to Shareholders) payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments, which could potentially limit the ability of the Fund to generate income.  The Fund also may be required to sell its more liquid, higher quality portfolio investments to purchase Shares that are tendered, which may increase risks for remaining Shareholders and increase Fund expenses.  Although most, if not all, of the Fund’s investments are expected to be illiquid and the secondary market for such investments is likely to be limited, the Fund believes it would be able to find willing purchasers of its investments if such sales were ever necessary to supplement such cash generated by payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments.  However, the Fund may be required to sell such investments during times and at prices when it otherwise would not, which may cause the Fund to lose money.  The Fund may also borrow money in order to meet its repurchase obligations.  There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to obtain financing for its repurchase offers.  If the Fund borrows to finance repurchases, interest on any such borrowings will negatively affect Shareholders who do not tender their Shares in a repurchase offer by increasing the Fund’s expenses (subject to the Adviser’s reimbursement of expenses) and reducing any net investment income.  The purchase of Shares by the Fund in a repurchase offer may limit the Fund’s ability to participate in new investment opportunities.
 
In the event a Shareholder chooses to participate in a repurchase offer, the Shareholder will be required to provide the Fund with notice of intent to participate prior to knowing what the repurchase price will be on the repurchase date.  Although the Shareholder may have the ability to withdraw a repurchase request prior to the repurchase date, to the extent the Shareholder seeks to sell Shares to the Fund as part of a repurchase offer, the Shareholder will be required to do so without knowledge of what the repurchase price of the Shares will be on the repurchase date.  It is possible that general economic and market conditions could cause a decline in the NAV per Share prior to the repurchase date.  See “Repurchase Policy” below for additional information on, and the risks associated with, the Fund’s repurchase policy.
 
Subsidiary Risk
 
By investing through its Subsidiaries (if any), the Fund is exposed to the risks associated with the Subsidiaries’ investments (which risks are generally the same as the investment risks described in this Prospectus applicable to the Fund).  Subsidiaries will not be registered as investment companies under the 1940 Act and will not be subject to all of the investor protections of the 1940 Act.  However, the Fund will comply with the applicable requirements of the 1940 Act on a consolidated basis with its Subsidiaries (if any) and each such Subsidiary will be subject to the same investment restrictions and limitations, and will adhere to the same compliance policies and procedures, as the Fund.  Changes in the laws of the United States and/or the jurisdiction in which a Subsidiary is organized, including any changes in the interpretations of, or treatment with respect to, applicable federal tax-related matters impacting the Fund and its status as a regulated investment company, could result in the inability of the Fund and/or the Subsidiary to operate as described in this Prospectus and could adversely affect the Fund.
 
Other Investment-Related Risks:
 
The risks listed below are in alphabetical order and generally apply to the principal investments the Fund may make.  See “Investment Policies and Techniques—Additional Investments and Practices of the Fund” in the SAI for additional discussion of the risks associated with the Fund’s investments.
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Debt Securities Risks
 
Debt securities are subject to various risks, including:
 
· Issuer Risk.  The value of debt securities may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, leverage and reduced demand for the issuer’s goods and services.  Changes in an issuer’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the Fund’s investment in that issuer.
 
· Interest Rate Risk.  Interest rate risk is the risk that debt securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates.  When market interest rates rise, the market value of fixed rate securities generally will fall.  Currently, interest rates are at or near historical lows and, as a result, they are likely to rise over time.  Market value generally falls further for fixed rate securities with longer duration.  During periods of rising interest rates, the average life of certain types of securities may be extended because of slower than expected prepayments.  This may lock in a below-market yield, increase the security’s duration and further reduce the value of the security.  Investments in debt securities with long-term maturities may experience significant price declines if long-term interest rates increase.  Fluctuations in the value of portfolio securities will not affect interest income on existing portfolio securities but will be reflected in the Fund’s NAV.  Since the magnitude of these fluctuations will generally be greater at times when the Fund’s average maturity is longer, under certain market conditions the Fund may, for temporary defensive purposes, accept lower current income from short-term investments rather than investing in higher yielding long-term securities.
 
· Liquidity Risk.  Certain debt securities may be substantially less liquid than many other securities, such as common stocks traded on an exchange.  Illiquid securities involve the risk that the securities will not be able to be sold at the time desired by the Fund or at prices approximating the value at which the Fund is carrying the securities on its books.
 
· Prepayment Risk.  During periods of declining interest rates, the issuer of a security may exercise its option to prepay principal earlier than scheduled, forcing the Fund to reinvest the proceeds from such prepayment in lower yielding securities, which may result in a decline in the Fund’s income and distributions to Shareholders.  This is known as call or prepayment risk.  Debt securities frequently have call features that allow the issuer to redeem the security prior to its stated maturity.  An issuer may redeem an obligation if the issuer can refinance the debt at a lower cost due to declining interest rates or an improvement in the credit standing of the issuer.  If the Fund bought a security at a premium, the premium could be lost in the event of a prepayment.
 
· Reinvestment Risk.  Reinvestment risk is the risk that income from the Fund’s portfolio will decline if the Fund invests the proceeds from matured, traded or called bonds at market interest rates that are below the Fund portfolio’s current earnings rate.  A decline in income could affect the Shares’ market price or the overall return of the Fund.
 
Distressed and Defaulted Instruments Risks
 
The Fund may invest in distressed instruments, which may include Marketplace Lending Instruments.  Investments in the instruments of financially distressed issuers involve substantial risks.  These instruments may present a substantial risk of default or may be in default at the time of investment.  The Fund may incur additional expenses to the extent it is required to seek recovery upon a default in the payment of principal or interest on its portfolio holdings.  In any reorganization or liquidation proceeding relating to an investment, the Fund may lose its entire investment or may be required to accept cash or securities with a value substantially less than its original investment.  Among the risks inherent in investments in a troubled issuer is that it frequently may be difficult to obtain information as to the true financial condition of such issuer.  The Adviser’s judgments about the credit quality of a financially distressed issuer and the relative value of its instruments may prove to be wrong. 
 
Other risks involved with distressed instruments include legal difficulties and negotiations with creditors and other claimants that are common when dealing with distressed companies.  With distressed investing, there may be a time lag between when the Fund makes an investment and when the Fund realizes the value of the investment.  In addition, the Fund may incur legal and other monitoring costs in protecting the value of the Fund’s claims.
 
Equity Securities Risks
 
The value of a particular equity security in which the Fund may invest may decrease.  The prices of stocks change in response to many factors, including the historical and prospective earnings of the issuer, the value of its assets, management decisions, decreased demand for an issuer’s products or services, increased production costs, general economic conditions, interest rates, currency exchange rates, investor perceptions and market liquidity.  Equity securities tend to be more volatile than bonds and money market instruments.  Common stocks are subordinate to preferred stocks in a company’s capital structure, and if a company is liquidated, the claims of secured and unsecured creditors and owners of bonds and preferred stocks take precedence over the claims of those who own common stocks.
 
Exchange-Traded Note Risks
 
The Fund may invest in ETNs, which are notes representing unsecured debt of the issuer.  ETNs are typically linked to the performance of an index plus a specified rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral.  The value of an ETN may be influenced by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in underlying markets, changes in the applicable interest rates, changes in the issuer’s credit rating and economic, legal, political or geographic events that affect the referenced index.  ETNs typically mature 30 years from the date of issue.  There may be restrictions on the Fund’s right to liquidate its investment in an ETN prior to maturity (for example, the Fund may only be able to offer its ETN for repurchase by the issuer on a weekly basis), and there may be limited availability of a secondary market.
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Investment Company Risks
 
The Fund will incur higher and additional expenses when it invests in other investment companies such as ETFs.  There is also the risk that the Fund may suffer losses due to the investment practices or operations of such other investment companies.  To the extent that the Fund invests in one or more investment companies that concentrate in a particular industry, the Fund would be vulnerable to factors affecting that industry and the performance of such investment companies, and that of the Fund, may be more volatile than investment companies that do not concentrate in a particular industry. 
 
The investment companies in which the Fund invests are not subject to the Fund’s investment policies and restrictions.  The Fund generally receives information regarding the portfolio holdings of the investment companies in which it invests only when that information is made available to the public.  The Fund cannot dictate how these companies invest their assets.  The investment companies in which the Fund may invest may invest their assets in securities and other instruments, and may use investment techniques and strategies, that are not described in this Prospectus. 
 
The ETFs (and other index funds) in which the Fund may invest may not be able to replicate exactly the performance of the indices they track due to transactions costs and other expenses of the ETFs.  ETFs may not be able to match or outperform their benchmarks.
 
The Fund may be restricted by provisions of the 1940 Act that generally limit the amount the Fund and its affiliates can invest in any one investment company to 3% of such company’s outstanding voting stock.  As a result, the Fund may hold a smaller position in an investment company than if it were not subject to this restriction.  In addition, to comply with provisions of the 1940 Act, in any matter upon which the stockholders of the investment companies in which the Fund invests are solicited to vote, the Adviser may be required to vote its shares in such companies in the same proportion as shares held by other stockholders of the those companies.  However, pursuant to exemptive orders issued by the SEC to various ETF fund sponsors, the Fund is permitted to invest in certain ETFs in excess of the limits set forth in the 1940 Act subject to the terms and conditions set forth in such exemptive orders.
 
Restricted Instruments Risk 
 
Investments in restricted instruments, including Marketplace Lending Instruments and securities that have not been registered under the Securities Act and are subject to restrictions on resale, could have the effect of increasing the amount of the Fund’s assets invested in illiquid investments if eligible investors are unwilling to purchase these instruments.  Restricted instruments may be difficult to dispose of at the price at which the Fund has valued the instruments and at the times when the Fund believes it is desirable to do so.  The market price of illiquid and restricted instruments generally is more volatile than that of more liquid instruments, which may adversely affect the price that the Fund recovers upon the sale of such instruments.  Illiquid and restricted instruments are also more difficult to value, especially in challenging markets.  Investment of the Fund’s assets in illiquid and restricted instruments may restrict the Fund’s ability to take advantage of market opportunities.  The risks associated with illiquid and restricted instruments may be particularly acute in situations in which the Fund’s operations require cash (such as in connection with Share repurchases) and could result in the Fund borrowing to meet its short-term needs or incurring losses on the sale of illiquid or restricted instruments.  In order to dispose of an unregistered instrument, the Fund, where it has contractual rights to do so, may have to cause such instrument to be registered.  A considerable period may elapse between the time the decision is made to sell the instrument and the time the instrument is registered, therefore enabling the Fund to sell it.  Contractual restrictions on the resale of instruments vary in length and scope and are generally the result of a negotiation between the issuer and acquiror of the instruments.  In either case, the Fund would bear market risks during that period.
 
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
 
Board of Directors
 
The Board of Directors has the overall responsibility for the management of the Fund.  The Board of Directors generally oversees the actions of the Adviser and other service providers of the Fund.  The name and business address of the directors and officers of the Fund, and their principal occupations and other affiliations during the past five years, are set forth under “Board Members and Officers” in the SAI.
 
Investment Adviser
 
RiverNorth, a registered investment adviser, is the Fund’s investment adviser and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio, managing the Fund’s business affairs and providing certain administrative services.  The Adviser will also be responsible for determining the Fund’s overall investment strategy and overseeing its implementation.  RiverNorth, founded in 2000, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RiverNorth Financial Holdings LLC and is located at 325 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 645, Chicago, Illinois 60654.  As of June 30, 2016, RiverNorth managed approximately $3.34 billion for four series of a registered open-end management investment company, one registered closed-end management investment company and four private investment funds.  See “Management of the Fund” in the SAI.
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Portfolio Management
 
Philip K. Bartow and Patrick W. Galley will be responsible for implementing portfolio management decisions for the Fund.
 
Philip K. Bartow is a co-portfolio manager of the Fund.  Mr. Bartow joined RiverNorth in 2015 and manages the firm’s Marketplace Lending strategy.  Prior to joining RiverNorth, Mr. Bartow was a Principal at Spring Hill Capital, where he focused on analyzing and trading structured credit, commercial mortgage and asset-backed fixed income investments.  Mr. Bartow started his career in the Mortgage Department at Lehman Brothers Inc. in New York.  Mr. Bartow holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in Accounting and Finance.  Mr. Bartow is also a graduate of Williams College, where he received a B.A. in Economics.
 
Patrick W. Galley, CFA is a co-portfolio manager of the Fund.  Mr. Galley is the Chief Investment Officer for the Adviser.  Mr. Galley heads the firm’s research and investment team and oversees all portfolio management activities at the Adviser.  Mr. Galley also serves as the President and Chairman of RiverNorth Funds.  Prior to joining the Adviser in 2004, he was most recently a Vice President at Bank of America in the Global Investment Bank’s Portfolio Management group, where he specialized in analyzing and structuring corporate transactions for investment management firms in addition to closed-end and open-end funds, hedge funds, funds of funds, structured investment vehicles and insurance/reinsurance companies.  Mr. Galley graduated with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Finance.  He has received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a member of the CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.
 
The Fund’s SAI provides information about the compensation received by the portfolio managers, other accounts that they manage and their ownership of the Fund’s equity securities.
 
Investment Advisory Agreement
 
Pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser is responsible for managing the Fund’s affairs, subject at all times to the general oversight of the Board of Directors.  The Fund has agreed to pay the Adviser a management fee payable on a monthly basis at the annual rate of 1.25% of the Fund’s average monthly Managed Assets for the service it provides.  The Adviser has agreed to waive a portion of such management fee for the first two years of the Investment Advisory Agreement and, therefore, the Fund will pay a monthly management fee computed at an annual rate of 0.95% of the average monthly Managed Assets for such two year period. 
 
In addition to the fees of the Adviser, the Fund pays all other costs and expenses of its operations, including, but not limited to, compensation of its directors (other than those affiliated with the Adviser), custodial expenses, transfer agency and dividend disbursing expenses, legal fees, expenses of independent auditors, expenses of repurchasing shares, expenses of any leverage, expenses of preparing, printing and distributing prospectuses, shareholder reports, notices, proxy statements and reports to governmental agencies, and taxes, if any.
 
Because the fees received by the Adviser are based on the Managed Assets of the Fund, the Adviser has a financial incentive for the Fund to use leverage, which may create a conflict of interest between the Adviser on the one hand and the Shareholders on the other.  Because leverage costs will be borne by the Fund at a specified rate of return, the Fund’s investment management fees and other expenses, including expenses incurred as a result of any leverage, are paid only by the Shareholders and not by holders of preferred stock or through borrowings.  See “Use of Leverage.”
 
A discussion of the basis for the Board of Directors’ approval of the Fund’s Investment Advisory Agreement will be provided in the Fund’s initial shareholder report.  The basis for subsequent continuations of these agreements will be provided in annual or semi-annual reports to Shareholders for the periods during which such continuations occur.
 
In addition, under a License Agreement, the Adviser has consented to the use by the Fund of the identifying word or name “RiverNorth” in the name of the Fund, and to use of certain associated trademarks.  Such consent is conditioned upon the employment of the Adviser or an affiliate thereof as investment adviser to the Fund.  If at any time the Fund ceases to employ the Adviser or an affiliate as investment adviser of the Fund, the Fund may be required to cease using the word or name “RiverNorth” in the name of the Fund, and cease making use of the associated trademarks, as promptly as practicable.
 
INVESTOR SUITABILITY
 
An investment in the Fund involves substantial risks and may not be suitable for all investors.  You may lose money or your entire investment in the Fund.  An investment in the Fund is suitable only for investors who can bear the risks associated with the limited liquidity of the Shares and should be viewed as a long-term investment.  Before making an investment decision, prospective investors and their financial advisers should (i) consider the suitability of an investment in the Shares with respect to the investor’s investment objectives and personal situation, and (ii) consider factors such as personal net worth, income, age, risk tolerance and liquidity needs.  The Fund should be considered an illiquid investment.  Investors will not be able to redeem Shares on a daily basis because the Fund is a closed-end fund.  The Shares are not traded on an active market and there is currently no secondary market for the Shares, nor does the Fund expect a secondary market for its Shares to exist in the future unless the Shares are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.
 
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
 
This Prospectus applies to the offering of the Shares.  The Shares will be offered on a continuous basis at the net asset value (“NAV”) per Share calculated each regular business day.  The initial NAV per Share is $25.00.
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The Shares will be continuously offered through Quasar Distributors, LLC (the “Distributor”).  The Shares may be purchased only through the Distributor or the Fund.  The Distributor is not required to sell any specific number or dollar amount of the Shares, but will use its best efforts to sell the Shares.  This is not a “firm commitment” offering in which an underwriter has committed to sell a pre-determined number of Shares to investors.  The Adviser (and not the Fund) has agreed to pay an annual fee of $15,000, plus 0.005% of the then-current offering price with respect to any Shares sold in excess of the first $100 million of sales, paid to the Distributor in connection with the Distributor’s efforts to sell the Shares on a best efforts basis.  The Distributor will also act as agent for the Fund in connection with any repurchases of Shares.
 
The Fund has agreed to indemnify the Distributor and certain of the Distributor’s affiliates against certain liabilities, including certain liabilities arising under the Securities Act.  To the extent consistent with applicable law, the Distributor has agreed to indemnify the Fund and each director of the Fund against certain liabilities under the Securities Act and in connection with the services rendered to the Fund.
 
The minimum initial investment in Shares is $1,000,000, with a minimum subsequent investment of $5,000.  The Fund may vary the investment minimums from time to time or waive them for certain subscribers in whole or in part.  The Fund does not impose any other eligibility requirements with respect to the purchase of Shares.  The Fund expects that the Shares will be initially offered primarily to clients of registered investment advisers and other institutional investors.  The Fund does not charge a sales load for the purchase of the Shares; however, clients of investment advisory organizations may be subject to investment advisory fees under their own arrangements with such organizations. 
 
To open an account and make an initial purchase of Shares directly from the Fund, call 1-888-848-7569 or visit the Adviser’s website at www.RiverNorth.com.
 
All investments are subject to approval of the Adviser, and all investors must complete and submit the necessary account registration forms in good order.  The Fund reserves the right to reject any initial or additional investment and to suspend the offering of Shares.  The Fund and the Distributor will have the sole right to accept orders to purchase Shares and reserve the right to reject any order in whole or in part.  Shareholders who invest in the Fund through an investment adviser should contact the investment adviser regarding purchase procedures. 
 
A purchase of Shares will be made at the NAV per share next determined following receipt of a purchase order in good order by the Fund.  A purchase order is in “good order” when the Fund, the Distributor, an authorized intermediary or, if applicable, its respective agent or representative, receives all required information, including properly completed and signed documents, and the purchase order is approved by the Fund.  Once the Fund accepts a purchase order, you may not cancel or revoke it.  The Fund reserves the right to cancel any purchase order it receives if the Fund believes that it is in the best interest of the Shareholders to do so.
 
The Shares will not be listed on an exchange in the foreseeable future, if at all.  It is not anticipated that a secondary market for the Shares will develop unless the Shares are listed on an exchange.  Neither the Adviser nor the Distributor intends to make a market in the Fund’s Shares.
 
A RiverNorth Fund may purchase Shares at the applicable public offering price.  A RiverNorth Fund would be deemed to control the Fund until it owns less than 25% of the outstanding Shares.  As a result of any such purchases, one or more RiverNorth Funds could become a controlling Shareholder of the Fund and, in such a case, such Fund(s) would be able to exercise a controlling influence in matters submitted to a vote of the Shareholders.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Controlling Shareholder Risk.”
 
REPURCHASE POLICY
 
The Fund is operated as an interval fund under Rule 23c-3 of the 1940 Act.  As an interval fund, the Fund has adopted a fundamental policy to conduct quarterly repurchase offers for at least 5% and up to 25% of the outstanding Shares at NAV, subject to certain conditions described herein (the “repurchase policy”), unless such offer is suspended or postponed in accordance with regulatory requirements (as discussed below). The Fund will not otherwise be required to repurchase or redeem Shares at the option of a Shareholder.  It is possible that a repurchase offer may be oversubscribed, in which case Shareholders may only have a portion of their Shares repurchased.  If the number of Shares tendered for repurchase in any repurchase offer exceeds the number of Shares that the Fund has offered to repurchase, the Fund will repurchase Shares on a pro-rata basis or may, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, increase the number of Shares to be repurchased subject to the limitations described below.  The Fund will maintain cash, liquid securities or access to borrowings in amounts sufficient to meet its quarterly repurchase requirements (as further described below).  The Fund reserves the right to conduct a special or additional repurchase offer that is not made pursuant to the repurchase policy under certain circumstances.  As a fundamental policy of the Fund, the repurchase policy may not be changed without the vote of the holders of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Repurchase Policy Risks” above and “Investment Restrictions” in the SAI. 
 
Shareholders will be notified in writing of each repurchase offer under the repurchase policy, how they may request that the Fund repurchase their Shares and the date the repurchase offer ends (the “Repurchase Request Deadline”).  The Repurchase Request Deadline will be determined by the Board of Directors and will be based on factors such as market conditions, liquidity of the Fund’s assets and Shareholder servicing considerations.  The time between the notification to Shareholders and the Repurchase Request Deadline may vary from no more than 42 days to no less than 21 days, and is expected to be approximately 30 days.  Shares will be repurchased at the NAV per Share determined as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) typically as of the Repurchase Request Deadline, but no later than the 14th day after such date, or the next business day if the 14th day is not a business day (each, a “Repurchase Pricing Date”).  Payment pursuant to the repurchase will be distributed to Shareholders or financial intermediaries for distribution to their customers no later than seven days after the Repurchase Pricing Date (the “Repurchase Payment Deadline”).  The initial repurchase offer of the Fund under the repurchase policy is anticipated to be conducted approximately six months after the date of this Prospectus.  The Board of Directors may establish other policies for repurchases of Shares that are consistent with the 1940 Act, the regulations promulgated thereunder and other pertinent laws.  Shares tendered for repurchase by Shareholders prior to any Repurchase Request Deadline will be repurchased subject to the aggregate repurchase amounts established for that Repurchase Request Deadline.  Repurchase proceeds will be paid to Shareholders prior to the Repurchase Payment Deadline.
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The Repurchase Request Deadline will be strictly observed.  If a Shareholder or its financial intermediary fails to submit a Shareholder’s repurchase request in good order by the Repurchase Request Deadline, the Shareholder will be unable to liquidate the Shares until a subsequent repurchase offer, and the Shareholder will have to resubmit the request in that subsequent offer.  Shareholders should advise their financial intermediaries of their intentions in a timely manner. 
 
Repurchase Amounts
 
The Board of Directors, or a committee thereof, in its sole discretion, will determine the number of Shares that the Fund will offer to repurchase (the “Repurchase Offer Amount”) for a given Repurchase Request Deadline.  Rule 23c-3 of the 1940 Act permits repurchases between 5% and 25% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares at NAV.  In connection with any given repurchase offer and pursuant to one of its fundamental policies, the Fund will offer to repurchase at least 5% of the total number of its Shares outstanding on the Repurchase Request Deadline.  Although the repurchase policy permits repurchases of between 5% and 25% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares, for each quarterly repurchase offer, the Fund currently expects to offer to repurchase 5% of the Fund’s outstanding Shares at NAV, subject to approval of the Board of Directors. 
 
If Shareholders tender more than the Repurchase Offer Amount, the Fund may, but is not required to, repurchase an additional amount of Shares not to exceed 2% of the outstanding Shares of the Fund on the Repurchase Request Deadline.  If Shareholders tender for repurchase more than the Repurchase Offer Amount for a given repurchase offer, the Fund will repurchase the Shares on a pro rata basis (subject to the exceptions discussed below).  In the event there is an oversubscription of a repurchase offer, Shareholders may be unable to liquidate all or a given percentage of their investment in the Fund during the repurchase offer.  In addition, because of the potential for such proration, Shareholders may tender more Shares than they may wish to have repurchased in order to ensure the repurchase of a specific number of their Shares, increasing the likelihood that other Shareholders may be unable to liquidate all or a given percentage of their investment in the Fund.  However, pursuant to Rule 23c-3(b)(5)(i) of the 1940 Act, the Fund may accept all Shares tendered for repurchase by Shareholders who own fewer than 100 Shares and who tender all of their Shares, before prorating other amounts tendered.  In such cases, the Fund will confirm with such Shareholder or the Shareholder’s financial intermediary that the beneficial holder of such Shares actually owns fewer than 100 Shares.  If Shareholders tender less than the Repurchase Offer Amount, the Fund will repurchase only those Shares offered for repurchase and shall not redeem any other Shares. 
 
Notification to Shareholders
 
Notice of each repurchase offer will be given to each beneficial owner of Shares approximately 30 days (but no less than 21 and no more than 42 days) before each Repurchase Request Deadline.  A Shareholder or its financial intermediary may require additional time to mail the repurchase offer to the Shareholder, to process the request and to credit the account with the proceeds of any repurchased Shares.  The notice will:
 
· contain information Shareholders should consider in deciding whether to tender their Shares for repurchase;
 
· state the Repurchase Offer Amount;
 
· identify the dates of the Repurchase Request Deadline, the scheduled Repurchase Pricing Date and the scheduled Repurchase Payment Deadline;
 
· describe the risk of fluctuation in the NAV between the Repurchase Request Deadline and the Repurchase Pricing Date, if such dates do not coincide, and the possibility that the Fund may use an earlier Repurchase Pricing Date than the scheduled Repurchase Pricing Date (if the scheduled Repurchase Pricing Date is not the Repurchase Request Deadline);
 
· describe (i) the procedures for Shareholders to tender their Shares for repurchase, (ii) the procedures for the Fund to repurchase Shares on a pro rata basis, (iii) the circumstances in which the Fund may suspend or postpone a repurchase offer, and (iv) the procedures that will enable Shareholders to withdraw or modify their tenders of Shares for repurchase until the Repurchase Request Deadline; and
 
· set forth the NAV that has been computed no more than seven days before the date of notification, and how Shareholders may ascertain the NAV after the notification date.
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Repurchase Price
 
The repurchase price of the Shares will be the NAV as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE on the Repurchase Pricing Date.  You may visit the Fund’s website (http://www.rivernorth.com) to learn the NAV.  The notice of the repurchase offer will also provide information concerning the NAV, such as the NAV as of a recent date or a sampling of recent NAVs, and a toll-free number for information regarding the repurchase offer.  The Fund does not currently charge a repurchase fee.
 
The Fund’s NAV per Share may change substantially in a short time as a result of developments with respect to the Fund’s investments.  In that regard, the Fund’s NAV per Share may change materially between the date of notification of a repurchase offer and the Repurchase Request Deadline, and it may also change materially shortly after a Repurchase Request Deadline and the Repurchase Pricing Date, subjecting participating Shareholders to market risk.  Nevertheless, the repurchase price will not be adjusted after the Repurchase Pricing Date.  See “Determination of Net Asset Value.”
 
Suspension or Postponement of Repurchase Offer
 
The Fund may suspend or postpone a repurchase offer only: (a) if making or effecting the repurchase offer would cause the Fund to lose its status as a regulated investment company under the Code; (b) for any period during which any market on which securities owned by the Fund are principally traded is closed, other than customary weekend and holiday closings, or during which trading in such market is restricted; (c) for any period during which an emergency exists as a result of which disposal by the Fund of securities owned by it is not reasonably practicable, or during which it is not reasonably practicable for the Fund fairly to determine the value of its net assets; or (d) for such other periods as the SEC may by order permit for the protection of Shareholders.  Any such suspension would require the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors (including a majority of the directors who are not “interested persons” (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund) in accordance with Rule 23c-3 of the 1940 Act and would further reduce the ability of Shareholders to redeem their Shares.  The Fund does not presently expect any of the foregoing conditions to occur in its normal fund operations.
 
In addition to the foregoing, under Maryland law, the Fund would be prohibited from redeeming any shares if the distribution to fund such repurchase would cause either the Fund to be unable to pay its indebtedness as such indebtedness becomes due in the usual course of business or the corporation’s assets would be less than the sum of the corporation’s total liabilities plus, unless the Charter provides otherwise, the amount that would be needed, if the Fund were to be dissolved at the time of the distribution, to satisfy the preferential rights upon dissolution of stockholders whose preferential rights in dissolution are superior to those receiving the distribution. 
 
Liquidity Requirements
 
The Fund must maintain cash or other liquid assets equal to the Repurchase Offer Amount from the time that the notice is sent to Shareholders until the Repurchase Pricing Date.  As a result, the Fund may find it necessary to hold a portion of its net assets in cash or other liquid assets, sell a portion of its portfolio investments or borrow money in order to finance any repurchases of its Shares.  The Fund may accumulate cash by holding back (i.e., not reinvesting or distributing to Shareholders) payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments.  The Fund believes payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments and any cash or liquid assets held by the Fund will be sufficient to meet the Fund’s repurchase offer obligations each quarter.  If at any time cash and other liquid assets held by the Fund are not sufficient to meet the Fund’s repurchase offer obligations, the Fund may sell its other investments.  Although most, if not all, of the Fund’s investments are expected to be illiquid and the secondary market for such investments is likely to be limited, the Fund believes it would be able to find willing purchasers of its investments if such sales were ever necessary to supplement such cash generated by payments received in connection with the Fund’s investments.  The Fund may also borrow money in order to meet its repurchase obligations.  There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to obtain such financing for its repurchase offers.  See “—Consequences of Repurchase Offers” below.  The Fund will ensure that a percentage of its net assets equal to at least 100% of the Repurchase Offer Amount consists of assets that can be sold or disposed of in the ordinary course of business at approximately the price at which the Fund has valued the investment within the time period between the Repurchase Request Deadline and the Repurchase Payment Deadline.
 
The Board of Directors will adopt procedures that are reasonably designed to ensure that the Fund’s assets are sufficiently liquid so that the Fund can comply with the repurchase offer and the liquidity requirements described in the previous paragraph.  If, at any time, the Fund does not comply with these liquidity requirements, the Board of Directors will take whatever action it deems appropriate to ensure compliance.
 
Consequences of Repurchase Offers
 
Payment for repurchased Shares may require the Fund to liquidate its investments, and earlier than the Adviser otherwise would, thus increasing the Fund’s portfolio turnover and potentially causing the Fund to realize losses.  The Adviser intends to take measures to attempt to avoid or minimize such potential losses and turnover, and instead of liquidating portfolio holdings, may borrow money to finance repurchases of Shares.  If the Fund borrows to finance repurchases, interest on that borrowing will negatively affect Shareholders who do not tender their Shares in a repurchase offer by increasing the Fund’s expenses (subject to the reimbursement of expenses by the Adviser) and reducing any net investment income.  To the extent the Fund finances repurchase amounts by selling Fund investments, the Fund may hold a larger proportion of its assets in less liquid securities.  Also, the sale of the Fund’s investments to fund repurchases could reduce the market price of those underlying investments, which in turn would reduce the Fund’s NAV.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Leverage Risks.”
 
Repurchase of the Fund’s Shares will reduce the amount of outstanding Shares and, depending upon the Fund’s investment performance, its net assets.  A reduction in the Fund’s net assets would increase the Fund’s expense ratio (subject to the reimbursement of expenses by the Adviser), to the extent that additional Shares are not sold and expenses otherwise remain the same (or increase).  In addition, the repurchase of Shares by the Fund may be a taxable event to Shareholders.  The Fund is intended as a long-term investment.  The Fund’s quarterly repurchase offers are a Shareholder’s only means of liquidity with respect to their Shares.  Shareholders have no rights to redeem or transfer their Shares, other than limited rights of a Shareholder’s descendants to redeem Shares in the event of such Shareholder’s death pursuant to certain conditions and restrictions.  The Shares are not traded on a national securities exchange and no secondary market exists for the Shares, nor does the Fund expect a secondary market for its Shares to exist in the future unless the Shares are listed on a securities exchange, if at all.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Repurchase Policy Risks” and “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Liquidity Risks.”
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DETERMINATION OF NET ASSET VALUE
 
NAV per Share is determined daily.  NAV per Share is calculated by dividing the value of all of the securities and other assets of the Fund, less the liabilities (including accrued expenses and indebtedness) and the aggregate liquidation value of any outstanding preferred shares, by the total number of Shares outstanding.
 
In determining the NAV of the Shares, portfolio instruments generally are valued using prices provided by independent pricing services or obtained from other sources, such as broker-dealer quotations.  Exchange-traded instruments generally are valued at the last reported sales price or official closing price on an exchange, if available.  Independent pricing services typically value non-exchange traded instruments utilizing a range of market-based inputs and assumptions, including readily available market quotations obtained from broker-dealers making markets in such instruments, cash flows and transactions for comparable instruments.  With respect to investments in Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund will generally utilize prices provided by Duff & Phelps Corp, subject to review by the Board of Directors or its designee.  In pricing certain instruments, particularly less liquid and lower quality securities, the pricing services may consider information about a security, its issuer or market activity provided by the Adviser. 
 
If a price cannot be obtained from a pricing service or other pre-approved source, or if the Adviser deems such price to be unreliable, or if a significant event occurs after the close of the local market but prior to the time at which the Fund’s NAV is calculated, a portfolio instrument will be valued at its fair value as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors or persons acting at its direction.  The Adviser may determine that a price is unreliable in various circumstances.  For example, a price may be deemed unreliable if it has not changed for an identified period of time, or has changed from the previous day’s price by more than a threshold amount, and recent transactions and/or broker dealer price quotations differ materially from the price in question.  Fair valuation involves subjective judgments and it is possible that the fair value determined for a security may differ materially from the value that could be realized upon the sale of the security.  See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Valuation Risk.”
 
The Board of Directors has adopted valuation policies and procedures for the Fund and has delegated the day-to-day responsibility for fair value determinations to the Adviser. The Adviser’s valuation committee (the “Committee”) (comprised of officers of the Adviser and established pursuant to the policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors) has the day-to-day responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the Fund’s valuation policies and procedures and fair value determinations (subject to review and ratification by the Board of Directors). Pursuant to the Fund’s valuation policies and procedures as adopted by the Board of Directors, the Fund’s holdings in Marketplace Lending Instruments are fair valued in accordance with such policies and procedures based on evaluated prices provided by a third-party pricing service, Duff & Phelps Corp, and affirmed by the Committee.  All fair value determinations are subject to review and ratification by the Board of Directors. 
 
The Fund accounts for whole and fractional loans at the individual loan level for valuation purposes, and whole loans and fractional loans are fair valued using inputs that take into account borrower-level data that is updated as often as the NAV of Fund Shares is calculated to reflect new information regarding the borrower or loan.  Such borrower-level data will include the borrower’s payment history, including the payment, principal and interest amounts of each loan and the current status of each loan, which will allow the Adviser to determine, among other things, the historical prepayment rate, charge-off rate, delinquency and performance with respect to such borrower/loan.  In addition, borrower-level data may include the following to the extent applicable and available: updated FICO scores of the borrower of a consumer loan or the guarantor of the borrower of an SME loan, the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio and employment status (in the case of consumer loans) and financial statements, tax returns and sales data (in the case of SME loans).
 
The Fund, in accordance with the investment limitations approved by the Fund’s Board of Directors, will limit its investments in Marketplace Loans to loans originated by platforms that will provide the Fund with a written commitment to deliver or cause to be delivered individual loan-level data on an ongoing basis throughout the life of each individual loan that is updated periodically as often as the NAV of Fund Shares is calculated to reflect new information regarding the borrower or loan.
 
The Fund will not invest in loans originated by platforms for which the Adviser cannot evaluate to its satisfaction the completeness and accuracy of the individual Marketplace Loan data provided by such platforms relevant to determining the existence and valuation of such Marketplace Loans and utilized in the accounting of the loans.
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The processes and procedures described herein are part of the Fund’s compliance policies and procedures.  Records will be made contemporaneously with all determinations described in this section and these records will be maintained with other records that the Fund is required to maintain under the 1940 Act.
 
DISTRIBUTIONS
 
The Fund has adopted a distribution policy to provide Shareholders with a relatively stable cash flow.  Under this policy, the Fund intends to declare and pay regular quarterly distributions to Shareholders at a level rate.  However, the amount of actual distributions that the Fund may pay, if any, is uncertain.   The distributions will be paid from net investment income (including excess gains taxable as ordinary income), if any, and net capital gains, if any, with the balance (which may comprise the entire distribution) representing return of capital.  Any return of capital should not be considered by Shareholders as yield or total return on their investment in the Fund.  The Fund may pay distributions in significant part from sources that may not be available in the future and that are unrelated to the Fund’s performance, such as the net proceeds from the sale of Shares pursuant to this Prospectus (representing a return of capital originally invested in the Fund by Shareholders) and Fund borrowings.  Shareholders who periodically receive a distribution consisting of a return of capital may be under the impression that they are receiving net profits when they are not.  Shareholders should not assume that the source of a distribution from the Fund is net profit. See “Risks—Structural and Market-Related Risks—Distribution Policy Risks.”  The Fund expects to declare its initial distribution approximately 90 days, and to pay that distribution approximately 120 days, after the completion of this offering, subject to market conditions.  The distribution policy may be changed or discontinued without notice. 
 
Dividends and other distributions generally will be taxable to Shareholders whether they are reinvested in Shares or received in cash, although amounts treated as a tax-free return of capital will reduce a Shareholder’s adjusted basis in its Shares, thereby increasing the Shareholder’s potential gain or reducing its potential loss on the subsequent sale of those Shares.  To the extent required by the 1940 Act and other applicable laws, a notice normally will accompany each distribution indicating the source(s) of the distribution when it is from a source other than the Fund’s accumulated undistributed net income or net income for the current or preceding fiscal year.  The Board of Directors reserves the right to change or eliminate the Fund’s distribution policy any time without notice.
 
If, with respect to any distribution, the sum of previously undistributed net investment income and net realized capital gains is less than the amount of the distribution, the difference, i.e., the return of capital, normally will be charged against the Fund’s capital.  If, for any taxable year of the Fund, the total distributions exceed the sum of the Fund’s net investment income and net realized capital gains, the excess will generally be treated first as ordinary dividend income (up to the amount, if any, of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, which takes into account taxable distributions) and then as a return of capital (tax-free for a Shareholder up to the amount of its tax basis in its Shares).  A return of capital represents a return of a Shareholder’s original investment in the Shares and should not be confused with income or capital gain from this investment.  A return of capital is not taxable, but it reduces a Shareholder’s tax basis in its Shares, thus reducing any loss or increasing any gain on the Shareholder’s subsequent taxable disposition of the Shares.  The Fund’s final distribution, if any, in each calendar year may include any remaining net investment income undistributed during the year, as well as all undistributed net capital gains realized during the year.
 
If the Fund’s investments do not generate sufficient income, the Fund may be required to liquidate a portion of its portfolio to fund these distributions, and therefore these payments may represent a reduction of the Shareholders’ principal investment.  If the Fund distributes amounts in excess of its net investment income and realized net capital gains, such distributions will decrease the Fund’s capital and, therefore, have the potential effect of increasing the Fund’s expense ratio.  To make such distributions, the Fund may have to sell a portion of its investment portfolio at a time when it would otherwise not do so.
 
Under the 1940 Act, the Fund may not declare any dividend or other distribution upon any capital Shares, or purchase any such capital Shares, unless the aggregate indebtedness of the Fund has, at the time of the declaration of any such dividend or other distribution or at the time of any such purchase, an asset coverage of at least 300% after deducting the amount of such dividend, other distribution, or purchase price, as the case may be.  In addition, certain lenders may impose additional restrictions on the payment of dividends or other distributions on the Shares in the event of a default on the Fund’s borrowings.  Any limitation on the Fund’s ability to make distributions to Shareholders could, under certain circumstances, impair its ability to maintain its qualification for taxation as a regulated investment company under the Code.  See “U.S. Federal Income Tax Matters” in the SAI.
 
The Fund may in the future seek to file an exemptive application with the SEC seeking an order under the 1940 Act to exempt the Fund from the requirements of Section 19(b) of the 1940 Act and Rule 19b-1 thereunder, permitting the Fund to make periodic distributions of long-term capital gains, provided that the distribution policy of the Fund with respect to the Shares calls for periodic distributions in an amount equal to a fixed percentage of the Fund’s average NAV over a specified period of time or market price per Share at or about the time of distribution or pay-out of a level dollar amount.  There can be no assurance that the staff of the SEC will grant such relief to the Fund. 
 
The level distribution policies described above would result in the payment of approximately the same amount or percentage to Shareholders each quarter.  Section 19(a) of the 1940 Act and Rule 19a-1 thereunder require the Fund to provide a written statement accompanying any such payment that adequately discloses the source or sources of the distributions.  Thus, if the source of the dividend or other distribution were the original capital contribution of the Shareholder, and the payment amounted to a return of capital, the Fund would be required to provide written disclosure to that effect.  Nevertheless, persons who periodically receive the payment of a dividend or other distribution may be under the impression that they are receiving net profits when they are not.  Shareholders should read any written disclosure provided pursuant to Section 19(a) and Rule 19a-1 carefully, and should not assume that the source of any distribution from the Fund is net profit.  In addition, in cases where the Fund would return capital to Shareholders, such distribution may impact the Fund’s ability to maintain its asset coverage requirements and to pay the dividends on any shares of preferred stock that the Fund may issue.
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The Fund’s distribution policy may result in the Fund making a significant distribution in December of each year in order to maintain the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company.
 
DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT PLAN
 
The Fund has a dividend reinvestment plan commonly referred to as an “opt-out” plan.  Unless the registered owner of Shares elects to receive cash by contacting DST Systems, Inc. (the “Plan Administrator”), all dividends declared on Shares will be automatically reinvested by the Plan Administrator for Shareholders in the Fund’s Automatic Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the “Plan”), in additional Shares.  Such reinvested amounts are included in the Fund’s Managed Assets and, therefore, the fees paid under the Management Fee and the Administration Fee will be higher than if such amounts had not been reinvested.  Shareholders who elect not to participate in the Plan will receive all dividends and other distributions in cash paid by check mailed directly to the Shareholder of record (or, if the Shares are held in street or other nominee name, then to such nominee) by the Plan Administrator as dividend disbursing agent.  Participation in the Plan is completely voluntary and may be terminated or resumed at any time without penalty by notice if received and processed by the Plan Administrator prior to the dividend record date; otherwise such termination or resumption will be effective with respect to any subsequently declared dividend or other distribution.  Such notice will be effective with respect to a particular dividend or other distribution (together, a “Dividend”).  Some brokers may automatically elect to receive cash on behalf of Shareholders and may re-invest that cash in additional Shares.
 
The Plan Administrator will open an account for each Shareholder under the Plan in the same name in which such Shareholder’s Shares are registered.  Whenever the Fund declares a Dividend payable in cash, non-participants in the Plan will receive cash and participants in the Plan will receive the equivalent in Shares.  The Shares will be acquired by the Plan Administrator for the participants’ accounts through receipt of additional unissued but authorized Shares from the Fund (“Newly Issued Common Shares”).  The number of Newly Issued Common Shares to be credited to each participant’s account will be determined by dividing the dollar amount of the Dividend by the Fund’s NAV per Share on the payment date.  It is contemplated that the Fund will pay quarterly income Dividends. 
 
The Plan Administrator maintains all Shareholders’ accounts in the Plan and furnishes written confirmation of all transactions in the accounts, including information needed by Shareholders for tax records.  Shares in the account of each Plan participant will be held by the Plan Administrator on behalf of the Plan participant, and each Shareholder proxy will include those Shares purchased or received pursuant to the Plan.  The Plan Administrator will forward all proxy solicitation materials to participants and vote proxies for Shares held under the Plan in accordance with the instructions of the participants.
 
Beneficial owners of Shares who hold their Shares in the name of a broker or nominee should contact the broker or nominee to determine whether and how they may participate in the Plan.  In the case of Shareholders such as banks, brokers or nominees which hold shares for others who are the beneficial owners, the Plan Administrator will administer the Plan on the basis of the number of Shares certified from time to time by the record Shareholder’s name and held for the account of beneficial owners who participate in the Plan.
 
There will be no brokerage charges with respect to Shares issued directly by the Fund.  The automatic reinvestment of Dividends will not relieve participants of any federal, state or local income tax that may be payable (or required to be withheld) on such Dividends.  Shareholders who receive distributions in the form of Shares generally are subject to the same U.S. federal, state and local tax consequences as Shareholders who elect to receive their distributions in cash and, for this purpose, Shareholders receiving distributions in the form of Shares will generally be treated as receiving distributions equal to the fair market value of the Shares received through the plan; however, since their cash distributions will be reinvested, those Shareholders will not receive cash with which to pay any applicable taxes on reinvested distributions.  See “U.S. Federal Income Tax Matters” below.  Participants that request a sale of Shares through the Plan Administrator are subject to brokerage commissions.
 
The Fund reserves the right to amend or terminate the Plan.  There is no direct service charge to participants with regard to purchases in the Plan; however, the Fund reserves the right to amend the Plan to include a service charge payable by the participants.
 
All correspondence or questions concerning the Plan should be directed to the Plan Administrator at (844) 569-4750.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE SHARES
 
The following summary of the terms of the Shares does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Maryland General Corporation Law, and to the Fund’s Charter and the Fund’s Bylaws, copies of which are filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement. 
 
The Fund is a corporation organized under the laws of Maryland.  The Fund is authorized to issue 40,000,000 Shares, $0.0001 par value per share, and the Board of Directors, without obtaining Shareholder approval, may increase the number of authorized Shares.  As of the date of this Prospectus, the Adviser owned of record and beneficially 4,000 of the Shares, constituting 100% of the outstanding Shares, and thus, until the public offering of the Shares is completed, will control the Fund.
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In general, shareholders or subscribers for the Shares have no personal liability for the debts and obligations of the Fund because of their status as shareholders or subscribers, except to the extent that the subscription price or other agreed consideration for the Shares has not been paid.
 
Under the Fund’s Charter, the Board of Directors is authorized to classify and reclassify any unissued Shares into other classes or series of stock and authorize the issuance of Shares without obtaining Shareholder approval. 
 
Common Stock—Shares in the Fund
 
The Shares to be issued in the offering will be, upon payment as described in this Prospectus, fully paid and non-assessable.  The Shares have no preemptive, conversion, exchange, appraisal or redemption rights, and each Share has equal voting, dividend, distribution and liquidation rights.
 
The Fund may seek to apply to list the Shares on a securities exchange.  The Fund intends to hold annual meetings of Shareholders so long as the Shares are listed on a national securities exchange and such meetings are required as a condition to such listing.
 
Shareholders are entitled to receive dividends if and when the Board of Directors declares dividends from funds legally available.  Whenever Fund preferred stock or borrowings are outstanding, Shareholders will not be entitled to receive any distributions from the Fund unless all accrued dividends on the Fund preferred stock and interest and principal payments on borrowings have been paid, and unless the applicable asset coverage requirements under the 1940 Act would be satisfied after giving effect to the distribution as described above.
 
In the event of the Fund’s liquidation, dissolution or winding up, the Shares would be entitled to share ratably in all of the Fund’s assets that are legally available for distribution after the Fund pays all debts and other liabilities and subject to any preferential rights of holders of Fund preferred stock, if any preferred stock is outstanding at such time.
 
Shareholders are entitled to one vote per share.  All voting rights for the election of directors are noncumulative, which means that, assuming there is no Fund preferred stock outstanding, the holders of more than 50% of the Shares will elect 100% of the directors then nominated for election if they choose to do so and, in such event, the holders of the remaining Shares will not be able to elect any directors.
 
The Fund’s Charter authorizes the Board of Directors to classify and reclassify any unissued Shares into other classes or series of stock.  Prior to issuance of shares of each class or series, the Board is required by Maryland law and by the Fund’s Charter to set the terms, preferences, conversion and other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, qualifications and terms or conditions of redemption for each class or series.  Thus, the Board could authorize the issuance of Shares with terms and conditions that could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a transaction or a change in control that might involve a premium price for holders of the Shares or otherwise be in their best interest.  As of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has no plans to classify or reclassify any unissued Shares.
 
Preferred Stock
 
The Fund’s Charter authorizes the Board of Directors to classify and reclassify any unissued Shares into other classes or series of stock, including preferred stock, without the approval of the holders of the Shares.  Prior to issuance of any shares of preferred stock, the Board is required by Maryland law and by the Fund’s Charter to set the terms, preferences, conversion and other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, qualifications and terms or conditions of redemption for such shares.  Thus, the Board could authorize the issuance of shares of preferred stock with terms and conditions that could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a transaction or a change in control that might involve a premium price for holders of the Shares or otherwise be in their best interest.  No shares of preferred stock are presently outstanding.
 
Any issuance of shares of preferred stock must comply with the requirements of the 1940 Act.  Specifically, the Fund is not permitted under the 1940 Act to issue preferred stock unless immediately after such issuance the total asset value of the Fund’s portfolio is at least 200% of the liquidation value of the outstanding preferred stock.  Among other requirements, including other voting rights, the 1940 Act requires that the holders of any preferred stock, voting separately as a single class, have the right to elect at least two directors at all times.  In addition, subject to the prior rights, if any, of the holders of any other class of senior securities outstanding, the holders of any preferred stock would have the right to elect a majority of the Fund’s directors at any time two years’ dividends on any preferred stock are unpaid.
 
CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE FUND’S CHARTER AND BYLAWS AND OF MARYLAND LAW
 
The following summary of certain provisions of the Maryland General Corporation Law and of the Charter and Bylaws of the Fund does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Maryland General Corporation Law, and to the Fund’s Charter and the Fund’s Bylaws, copies of which are exhibits to the Registration Statement.
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General
 
The Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”) and the Fund’s Charter and Bylaws contain provisions that could have the effect of limiting the ability of other entities or persons to acquire control of the Fund, to cause it to engage in certain transactions or to modify its structure.
 
These provisions could have the effect of depriving Shareholders of an opportunity to sell their Shares by discouraging a third party from seeking to obtain control of the Fund in a tender offer or similar transaction.  On the other hand, these provisions may require persons seeking control of the Fund to negotiate with the Fund’s management regarding the price to be paid for the Shares required to obtain such control, promote continuity and stability and enhance the Fund’s ability to pursue long-term strategies that are consistent with its investment objective.
 
The Board of Directors has concluded that the potential benefits of these provisions outweigh their possible disadvantages.
 
Election of Directors
 
The MGCL provides that, unless the charter or bylaws of a corporation provide otherwise, which the Fund’s Charter and the Fund’s Bylaws do not, a plurality of all the votes cast at a meeting at which a quorum is present is sufficient to elect a director.  Each Share may be voted for as many individuals as there are directors to be elected and for whose election the Share is entitled to be voted.
 
Number of Directors; Vacancies
 
The Fund’s Charter provides that the number of directors will be set only by the Board of Directors in accordance with the Bylaws.  The Bylaws provide that a majority of the Fund’s entire Board of Directors may at any time increase or decrease the number of directors, provided that there may be no fewer than three directors and no more than 12 directors.
 
Removal of Directors
 
The Fund’s Charter provides that, subject to the rights of the holders of one or more class or series of the Fund’s preferred stock to elect or remove directors, a director may be removed from office only for cause (as defined in the Charter) and then only by the affirmative vote of the holders of at least two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast generally in the election of directors.
 
Absence of Cumulative Voting
 
There is no cumulative voting in the election of the Fund’s directors.  Cumulative voting means that holders of stock of a corporation are entitled, in the election of directors, to cast a number of votes equal to the number of shares that they own multiplied by the number of directors to be elected.  Because a stockholder entitled to cumulative voting may cast all of his or her votes for one nominee or disperse his or her votes among nominees as he or she chooses, cumulative voting is generally considered to increase the ability of minority shareholders to elect nominees to a corporation’s Board of Directors.  In general, the absence of cumulative voting means that the holders of a majority of the Fund’s shares can elect all of the directors then standing for election and the holders of the remaining shares will not be able to elect any directors.
 
Approval of Extraordinary Corporate Actions
 
The Fund’s Charter requires the favorable vote of two-thirds of the entire Board of Directors and the favorable vote of the holders of at least two-thirds of the Shares and shares of preferred stock (if any) entitled to be voted on the matter, voting together as a single class, to advise, approve, adopt or authorize the following:
 
a “Business Combination,” which includes the following:
 
a merger, consolidation or statutory share exchange of the Fund with or into another corporation,
 
an issuance or transfer by the Fund (in one or a series of transactions in any 12 month period) of any securities of the Fund to any person or entity for cash, securities or other property (or combination thereof) having an aggregate fair market value of $1,000,000 or more, excluding issuances or transfers of debt securities of the Fund, sales of securities of the Fund in connection with a public offering, issuances of securities of the Fund pursuant to a dividend reinvestment plan adopted by the Fund, issuances of securities of the Fund upon the exercise of any stock subscription rights distributed by the Fund and portfolio transactions effected by the Fund in the ordinary course of business, or
 
a sale, lease, exchange, mortgage, pledge, transfer or other disposition by the Fund (in one or a series of transactions in any 12 month period) to or with any person or entity of any assets of the Fund having an aggregate fair market value of $1,000,000 or more except for portfolio transactions (including pledges of portfolio securities in connection with borrowings) effected by the Fund in the ordinary course of its business;
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the voluntary liquidation or dissolution of the Fund or charter amendment to terminate the Fund’s existence;
 
the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end company to an open-end company, and any amendments necessary to effect the conversion; or
 
unless the 1940 Act or federal law requires a lesser vote, any stockholder proposal as to specific investment decisions made or to be made with respect to the Fund’s assets as to which stockholder approval is required under federal or Maryland law.
 
However, the Shareholder vote described above will not be required with respect to the foregoing transactions (other than those as to which Shareholder approval is required under federal or Maryland law) if they are approved by a vote of two-thirds of the Continuing Directors (as defined below).  In that case, if Maryland law requires Shareholder approval, the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast thereon by Shareholders of the Fund will be required.  In addition, if the Fund has any preferred stock outstanding, the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the preferred stock, voting separately as a class, would be required under the 1940 Act to adopt any plan of reorganization that would adversely affect the holders of the preferred stock, to convert the Fund to an open-end investment company or to deviate from any of the Fund’s fundamental investment policies.
 
“Continuing Director” means any member of the Board of Directors who is not an Interested Party (as defined below) or an affiliate of an Interested Party and has been a member of the Board of Directors for a period of at least 12 months, or has been a member of the Board of Directors since September 24, 2015, or is a successor of a Continuing Director who is unaffiliated with an Interested Party and is recommended to succeed a Continuing Director by a majority of the Continuing Directors then on the Board of Directors.
 
“Interested Party” means any person, other than an investment company advised by the Adviser or any of its affiliates, which enters, or proposes to enter, into a Business Combination with the Fund.
 
In addition, the Fund’s Charter requires the favorable vote of two-thirds of the entire Board of Directors to advise, approve, adopt or authorize any of the following:
 
the election and removal of officers;
 
the nomination of candidates to the Board of Directors (including the election of directors to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors resulting from the increase in size of the Board of Directors or the death, resignation or removal of a director, in which case the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the remaining directors in office shall be required);
 
the creation of and delegation of authority and appointment of members to committees of the Board of Directors;
 
amendments to the Fund’s Bylaws (which may only be effected by the Board of Directors, not the Shareholders);
 
Charter amendments and any other action requiring Shareholder approval; and
 
entering into, terminating or amending an investment advisory agreement.
 
The Board of Directors has determined that the foregoing supermajority requirements applicable to certain votes of the directors and the Shareholders, which are greater than the minimum requirements permitted under Maryland law or the 1940 Act, are in the best interests of the Fund.  Reference should be made to the Charter on file with the SEC for the full text of these provisions. See also “—Conversion to Open-End Fund.”
 
Action by Shareholders
 
Under the MGCL, Shareholder action can be taken only at an annual or special meeting of Shareholders or, unless the charter provides for Shareholder action by less than unanimous written consent (which is not the case in the Fund’s Charter), by unanimous written consent in lieu of a meeting.  These provisions, combined with the requirements of the Fund’s Bylaws regarding the calling of a Shareholder-requested special meeting, as discussed below, may have the effect of delaying consideration of a Shareholder proposal until the next annual meeting.
 
Procedures for Shareholder Nominations and Proposals
 
The Fund’s Bylaws provide that any Shareholder desiring to make a nomination for the election of directors or a proposal for new business at a meeting of Shareholders must comply with the advance notice provisions of the Bylaws.  Nominations and proposals that fail to follow the prescribed procedures will not be considered.  The Board of Directors believes that it is in the Fund’s best interests to provide sufficient time to enable management to disclose to Shareholders information about a slate of nominations for directors or proposals for new business.  This advance notice requirement also may give management time to solicit its own proxies in an attempt to defeat any slate of nominations should management determine that doing so is in the best interest of Shareholders generally.  Similarly, adequate advance notice of Shareholder proposals will give management time to study such proposals and to determine whether to recommend to the Shareholders that such proposals be adopted.  For Shareholder proposals to be included in the Fund’s proxy materials, the Shareholder must comply with all timing and information requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).
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Calling of Special Meetings of Shareholders
 
The Fund’s Bylaws provide that special meetings of Shareholders may be called by the Board of Directors or by certain of its officers. Additionally, the Fund’s Bylaws provide that, subject to the satisfaction of certain procedural and informational requirements by the Shareholders requesting the meeting, a special meeting of Shareholders will be called by the Fund’s Secretary upon the written request of Shareholders entitled to cast not less than a majority of all the votes entitled to be cast at such meeting.
 
No Appraisal Rights
 
As permitted by the MGCL, the Fund’s Charter provides that Shareholders will not be entitled to exercise appraisal rights, unless the Fund’s Board of Directors determines that such rights apply.
 
Limitations on Liabilities
 
The Fund’s Charter provides that the personal liability of the Fund’s directors and officers for monetary damages is eliminated to the fullest extent permitted by Maryland law.  Maryland law currently provides that directors and officers of corporations that have adopted such a provision will generally not be so liable, except to the extent that (i) it is proved that the person actually received an improper benefit or profit in money, property, or services for the amount of the benefit or profit in money, property, or services actually received; and (ii) a judgment or other final adjudication adverse to the person is entered in a proceeding based on a finding in the proceeding that the person’s action, or failure to act, was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty and was material to the cause of action adjudicated in the proceeding.
 
The Fund’s Charter delegates the Fund, to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law, to indemnify and advance expenses to the Fund’s directors and officers.  The Fund’s Bylaws provide that the Fund will indemnify its officers and directors against liabilities to the fullest extent permitted by Maryland law and the 1940 Act, and that it shall advance expenses to such persons prior to a final disposition of an action.  The rights of indemnification provided in the Fund’s Charter and Bylaws are not exclusive of any other rights which may be available under any insurance or other agreement, by resolution of Shareholders or directors or otherwise.
 
Authorized Shares
 
The Fund’s Charter authorizes the issuance of 40,000,000 Shares, and authorizes a majority of the Fund’s Board of Directors, without Shareholder approval, to increase the number of authorized Shares and to classify and reclassify any unissued shares into one or more classes or series of stock and set the terms thereof.  The issuance of capital stock or any class or series thereof without Shareholder approval may be used by the Fund’s Board of Directors consistent with its duties to deter attempts to gain control of the Fund.  Further, the Board of Directors could authorize the issuance of shares of preferred stock with terms and conditions that could have the effect of discouraging a takeover or other transaction that some of the Fund’s shareholders might believe to be in their best interests.
 
Anti-Takeover Provisions of Maryland Law
 
Maryland Unsolicited Takeovers Act
 
Subtitle 8 of Title 3 of the Maryland General Corporation Law permits a Maryland corporation with a class of equity securities registered under the Exchange Act and at least three independent directors to elect to be subject, by provision in its charter or bylaws or a resolution of its board of directors and notwithstanding any contrary provision in the charter or bylaws, to any or all of five provisions:
 
a classified board;
 
a two-thirds vote requirement for removing a director;
 
a requirement that the number of directors be fixed only by vote of directors;
 
a requirement that a vacancy on the board be filled only by the remaining directors and for the remainder of the full term of the class of directors in which the vacancy occurred; and
 
a majority requirement for the calling of a special meeting of stockholders.
 
The charter of a corporation may contain a provision or the board of directors may adopt a provision that prohibits the corporation from electing to be subject to any or all of the provisions of Subtitle 8.
 
Maryland Business Combination Act
 
The provisions of the Maryland Business Combination Act (the “MBCA”) do not apply to a closed-end investment company, such as the Fund, unless the Board of Directors has affirmatively elected to be subject to the MBCA by a resolution.  To date, the Fund has not made such an election but may make such an election under Maryland law at any time.  Any such election, however, could be subject to certain of the 1940 Act limitations discussed below under “Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act” and would not apply to any person who had become an interested stockholder (as defined below) before the time that the resolution was adopted.
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Under the MBCA, “business combinations” between a Maryland corporation and an interested stockholder or an affiliate of an interested stockholder are prohibited for five years after the most recent date on which the interested stockholder becomes an interested stockholder.  These business combinations include a merger, consolidation, share exchange, or, in circumstances specified in the MBCA, an asset transfer or issuance or reclassification of equity securities.  An interested stockholder is defined as:
 
any person who beneficially owns ten percent or more of the voting power of the corporation’s shares; or
 
an affiliate or associate of the corporation who, at any time within the two-year period prior to the date in question, was the beneficial owner of ten percent or more of the voting power of the then outstanding voting stock of the corporation
 
A person is not an interested stockholder under the MBCA if the board of directors approved in advance the transaction by which he otherwise would have become an interested stockholder.  However, in approving a transaction, the board of directors may provide that its approval is subject to compliance, at or after the time of approval, with any terms and conditions determined by the board.
 
After the five-year prohibition, any business combination between the Maryland corporation and an interested stockholder generally must be recommended by the board of directors of the corporation and approved by the affirmative vote of at least:
 
80% of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of outstanding shares of voting stock of the corporation; and
 
two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of voting stock of the corporation other than shares held by the interested stockholder with whom or with whose affiliate the business combination is to be effected or held by an affiliate or associate of the interested stockholder.
 
These super-majority vote requirements do not apply if the corporation’s common stockholders receive a minimum price, as defined in the MBCA, for their shares in the form of cash or other consideration in the same form as previously paid by the interested stockholder for its shares.
 
The MBCA permits various exemptions from its provisions, including business combinations that are exempted by the board of directors before the time that the interested stockholder becomes an interested stockholder.
 
Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act
 
The Fund, in its Charter, has exempted all of its shares from the application of the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act (the “MCSAA”).  In order to avail itself of the provisions of this Act, the Charter would have to be amended (which would require the approval of the holders of at least a majority of the votes entitled to be cast) and the Board of Directors would have to affirmatively elect to be subject to the MCSAA by a resolution.  Any such election, however, would be subject to the 1940 Act limitations discussed below and would not apply to any person who had become a holder of control shares (as defined below) before the time that the resolution was adopted.
 
The MCSAA provides that control shares of a Maryland corporation acquired in a control share acquisition have no voting rights except to the extent approved by a vote of two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast on the matter.  Shares owned by the acquirer, by officers of the acquirer or by an employee of the acquirer who is also a director of the acquirer are excluded from shares entitled to vote on the matter.  Control shares are voting shares of stock which, if aggregated with all other shares of stock owned by the acquirer or in respect of which the acquirer is able to exercise or direct the exercise of voting power (except solely by virtue of a revocable proxy), would entitle the acquirer to exercise voting power in electing directors within one of the following ranges of voting power:
 
one-tenth or more but less than one-third,
 
one-third or more but less than a majority, or
 
a majority or more of all voting power.
 
Control shares do not include shares the acquiring person is then entitled to vote as a result of having previously obtained stockholder approval.  A control share acquisition means the acquisition of control shares, subject to certain exceptions.
 
A person who has made or proposes to make a control share acquisition may compel the board of directors of the corporation to call a special meeting of stockholders to be held within 50 days of demand to consider the voting rights of the shares.  The right to compel the calling of a special meeting is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including an undertaking to pay the expenses of the meeting.  If no request for a meeting is made, the corporation may itself present the question at any stockholders meeting.
 
If voting rights are not approved at the meeting or if the acquiring person does not deliver an acquiring person statement as required by the MCSAA, then the corporation may redeem for fair value any or all of the control shares, except those for which voting rights have previously been approved.  The right of the corporation to redeem control shares is subject to certain conditions and limitations.  Fair value is determined, without regard to the absence of voting rights for the control shares, as of the date of the last control share acquisition by the acquirer or of any meeting of stockholders at which the voting rights of the shares are considered and not approved.  If voting rights for control shares are approved at a stockholders meeting and the acquirer becomes entitled to vote a majority of the shares entitled to vote, all other stockholders may exercise appraisal rights.  The fair value of the shares as determined for purposes of appraisal rights may not be less than the highest price per share paid by the acquirer in the control share acquisition.
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Inhibiting a closed-end investment company’s ability to utilize the MCSAA is Section 18(i) of the 1940 Act which provides that “every share of stock . . . issued by a registered management company . . . shall be a voting stock and have equal voting rights with every other outstanding voting stock,” thereby preventing the Fund from issuing a class of shares with voting rights that vary within that class.  There are currently different views, however, on whether or not the MCSAA conflicts with Section 18(i) of the 1940 Act.  One view is that implementation of the MCSAA would conflict with the 1940 Act because it would deprive certain shares of their voting rights.  Another view is that implementation of the MCSAA would not conflict with the 1940 Act because it would limit the voting rights of stockholders who choose to acquire shares of stock that put them within the specified percentages of ownership rather than limiting the voting rights of the shares themselves.  In a November 15, 2010 letter, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management expressed the view that, based on the wording of, and purposes underlying, the 1940 Act generally, and Section 18(i) specifically, a closed-end fund, by opting in to the MCSAA, would be acting in a manner inconsistent with Section 18(i) of the 1940 Act.  In light of the foregoing, the Fund has exempted its Shares from the MCSAA, thereby disabling the Fund from electing to be subject to the MCSAA.  In the absence of a judgment of a federal court of competent jurisdiction or the issuance of a rule or regulation of the SEC or a published interpretation by the SEC or its staff that the provisions of the MCSAA are not inconsistent with the provisions of the 1940 Act, or a change to the provisions of the 1940 Act having the same effect, the Fund does not intend to amend its Charter to remove the exemption or to make any such election.
 
Additionally, if the Fund were to amend its Charter and subsequently elect to be subject to the MCSAA, it would not apply (a) to shares acquired in a merger, consolidation or share exchange if the Fund is a party to the transaction or (b) to acquisitions approved or exempted by the Fund’s Charter or the Fund’s Bylaws.
 
U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS
 
The following is a description of certain U.S. federal income tax consequences to a Shareholder that acquires, holds and/or disposes of the Shares.  This discussion reflects applicable income tax laws of the United States as of the date of this Prospectus, which tax laws may be changed or subject to new interpretations by the courts or the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”), possibly with retroactive effect.  No attempt is made to present a detailed explanation of U.S. federal income tax concerns affecting the Fund and its Shareholders, and the discussion set forth herein does not constitute tax advice.  In addition, no attempt is made to present state, local or foreign tax concerns or tax concerns applicable to an investor with a special tax status such as a financial institution, real estate investment trust, insurance company, regulated investment company, individual retirement account, other tax-exempt entity, dealer in securities or non-U.S. investor.  Unless otherwise noted, this discussion assumes the Shares are held by U.S. persons and that such shares are held as capital assets.  Investors are urged to consult their own tax advisors to determine the tax consequences to them before investing in the Fund.
 
The Fund intends to elect to be treated, and to qualify each year, as a “regulated investment company” under Subchapter M of the Code, so that it will not pay U.S. federal income tax on income and capital gains timely distributed (or treated as being distributed, as described below) to Shareholders.  In order to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Code, the Fund must, among other things, derive at least 90% of its gross income for each taxable year from dividends, interest, payments with respect to certain securities loans, gains from the sale or other disposition of stock, securities or foreign currencies, other income (including gains from options, futures and forward contracts) derived with respect to its business of investing in such stock, securities or currencies and net income derived from interests in qualified publicly traded partnerships (collectively, the “90% income test”).  If the Fund qualifies as a regulated investment company and distributes to its shareholders at least 90% of the sum of (i) its “investment company taxable income” as that term is defined in the Code (which includes, among other things, dividends, taxable interest, the excess of any net short-term capital gains over net long-term capital losses and certain net foreign exchange gains as reduced by certain deductible expenses) without regard to the deduction for dividends paid, and (ii) the excess of its gross tax-exempt interest, if any, over certain disallowed deductions, the Fund will be relieved of U.S. federal income tax on any income of the Fund, including long-term capital gains, distributed to Shareholders.  However, if the Fund retains any investment company taxable income or “net capital gain” (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss), it will be subject to U.S. federal income tax at regular corporate federal income tax rates (currently at a maximum rate of 35%) on the amount retained.  The Fund intends to distribute at least annually all or substantially all of its investment company taxable income (determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid), net tax-exempt interest, if any, and net capital gain.  Under the Code, the Fund will generally be subject to a nondeductible 4% federal excise tax on the portion of its undistributed ordinary income and capital gains if it fails to meet certain distribution requirements with respect to each calendar year.  In order to avoid the 4% federal excise tax, the required minimum distribution is generally equal to the sum of 98% of the Fund’s ordinary income (computed on a calendar year basis), plus 98.2% of the Fund’s capital gain net income (generally computed for the one-year period ending on October 31) plus undistributed amounts from prior years.  The Fund initially intends to make distributions in a timely manner in an amount at least equal to the required minimum distribution but may be subject to the excise tax from time to time depending upon distribution levels. 
 
In addition to the 90% income test, the Fund must also diversify its holdings (commonly referred to as the “asset test”) so that, at the end of each quarter of its taxable year (i) at least 50% of the value of the Fund’s total assets is represented by cash and cash items, U.S. government securities, securities of other regulated investment companies and other securities, with such other securities of any one issuer limited for the purposes of this calculation to an amount not greater in value than 5% of the value of the Fund’s total assets and to not more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer, and (ii) not more than 25% of the value of its total assets is invested in the securities (other than U.S. government securities or securities of other regulated investment companies) of any one issuer or of two or more issuers controlled by the Fund and engaged in the same, similar or related trades or businesses, or the securities of one or more qualified publicly traded partnerships.
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The Fund has adopted policies and guidelines that are designed to enable the Fund to meet these tests, which will be tested for compliance on a regular basis for the purposes of being treated as a regulated investment company for federal income tax purposes.  However, some issues related to qualification as a regulated investment company are open to interpretation.  For example, the Fund intends to primarily invest in whole loans originated by marketplace lending platforms.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has given the Fund its opinion that the issuer of such loans will be the identified borrowers in the loan documentation.  However, if the IRS were to disagree and successfully assert that the marketplace lending platforms should be viewed as the issuer of the loans, the Fund would not satisfy the regulated investment company diversification tests.  In addition, the IRS and court authorities interpreting the identity of the issuer for Marketplace Lending Instruments other than Marketplace Loans in the form of whole loans may be less clear.  For example, pass-through obligations (obligations of a marketplace lending platform that only create an obligation to pay a note purchaser to the extent that the lending platform receives cash) could be viewed as an indirect undivided interest in the referenced loans or they could be viewed as a derivative instrument referencing a pool of loans.  If the pass-through obligations were characterized as an indirect undivided interest in the referenced loans, the IRS and court authorities would indicate that the issuers of such instruments were the referenced borrowers in the underlying loans.  If the pass-through obligations were characterized as a derivative instrument referencing a pool of loans, the IRS and court authorities would indicate that the issuers of such instruments were the marketplace lending platform.  The Fund will take the position that the writer of Pass-Through Notes and Marketplace Lending Instruments other than whole consumer and small business loans will be the issuer for the regulated investment company tests even if arguments could be made that the persons and small businesses referenced in such instruments were the persons liable for making payments.
 
Chapman and Cutler LLP has given its opinion that, if the Fund follows its methods of operation as described in the Registration Statement and its compliance manual, the Fund will satisfy the regulated investment company diversification tests.
 
In giving the opinions noted above, Chapman and Cutler LLP has assumed that any of the instruments and documents that have been entered into by the Fund that counsel has deemed pertinent to examine for purposes of providing such opinions (the “Transaction Documents”) will conform in all material respects to the form documents provided to Chapman and Cutler LLP.  For purposes of the opinions, Chapman and Cutler LLP has assumed that the Fund will be operated in accordance with the Transaction Documents and the Registration Statement in all material respects and that the parties to the Transaction Documents will comply with the terms of the Transaction Documents in all material respects.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has assumed that assets held by the Fund will be treated for federal income tax purposes as debt or interests in debt or derivatives referencing debt.  The classification as debt for federal income tax purposes requires not only that the transaction be documented as such but also that the parties treat the transaction as debt.  Thus, if each of the parties do not behave in a manner which is materially consistent with the obligations in the Transaction Documents, the assets of the Fund may have a different classification for federal income tax purposes than as described in the opinion of Chapman and Cutler LLP.
 
If, for any taxable year, the Fund did not qualify as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it would be treated as a U.S. corporation subject to U.S. federal income tax, and possibly state and local income tax, and distributions to its Shareholders would not be deductible by the Fund in computing its taxable income.  In such event, the Fund’s distributions, to the extent derived from the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, would generally constitute ordinary dividends, which would generally be eligible for the dividends received deduction available to corporate shareholders, and non-corporate shareholders would generally be able to treat such distributions as “qualified dividend income” eligible for reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation, provided in each case that certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied.
 
A Shareholder will have all dividends and distributions automatically reinvested in the Shares (unless the Shareholder “opts out” of the Plan).  For Shareholders subject to U.S. federal income tax, all dividends will generally be taxable regardless of whether the Shareholder takes them in cash or they are reinvested in additional Shares.  Distributions of the Fund’s investment company taxable income (determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid) will generally be taxable as ordinary income to the extent of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits.  However, a portion of such distributions derived from certain corporate dividends, if any, may qualify for either the dividends received deduction available to corporate shareholders under Section 243 of the Code or the reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation for “qualified dividend income” available to non-corporate shareholders under Section 1(h)(11) of the Code, provided in each case certain holding period and other requirements are met.  Distributions of net capital gain, if any, are generally taxable as long-term capital gain for U.S. federal income tax purposes without regard to the length of time a Shareholder has held Shares.  A distribution of an amount in excess of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, if any, will be treated by a Shareholder as a tax-free return of capital, which is applied against and reduces the Shareholder’s basis in his, her or its Shares.  To the extent that the amount of any such distribution exceeds the Shareholder’s basis in his, her, or its Shares, the excess will be treated by the Shareholder as gain from the sale or exchange of such Shares.  The U.S. federal income tax status of all dividends and distributions will be designated by the Fund and reported to Shareholders annually.  The Fund does not expect a significant portion of its dividends to qualify for the dividends received deduction or for qualified dividend income treatment.
 
The Fund intends to distribute all realized net capital gains, if any, at least annually.  If, however, the Fund were to retain any net capital gain, the Fund may designate the retained amount as undistributed capital gains in a notice to Shareholders who, if subject to U.S. federal income tax on long-term capital gains, (i) will be required to include in income as long-term capital gain, their proportionate share of such undistributed amount, and (ii) will be entitled to credit their proportionate share of the federal income tax paid by the Fund on the undistributed amount against their U.S. federal income tax liabilities, if any, and to claim refunds to the extent the credit exceeds such liabilities.  If such an event occurs, the tax basis of Shares owned by a Shareholder of the Fund will, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, generally be increased by the difference between the amount of undistributed net capital gain included in the Shareholder’s gross income and the tax deemed paid by the Shareholder.
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Any dividend declared by the Fund in October, November or December with a record date in such a month and paid during the following January will be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes as paid by the Fund and received by Shareholders on December 31 of the calendar year in which it is declared.
 
If a Shareholder’s distributions are automatically reinvested in additional Shares, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the Shareholder will be treated as having received a taxable distribution in the amount of the cash dividend that the Shareholder would have received if the Shareholder had elected to receive cash, unless the distribution is in newly issued Shares of the Fund that are trading at or above NAV, in which case the Shareholder will be treated as receiving a taxable distribution equal to the fair market value of the stock the Shareholder receives.
 
The repurchase of Shares may give rise to a gain or loss.  In general, any gain or loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares will be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the Shares have been held for more than 12 months.  Otherwise the gain or loss will generally be treated as short-term capital gain or loss.  Any loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares held for six months or less will be treated as long-term, rather than short-term, to the extent of any capital gain dividends received by the Shareholder with respect to the Shares.  All or a portion of any loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares will be disallowed if other substantially identical Shares are purchased within 30 days before or after the disposition.  In such a case, the basis of the newly purchased Shares will be adjusted to reflect the disallowed loss.
 
A repurchase by the Fund of its Shares from a Shareholder generally will be treated as a sale of the Shares by a Shareholder provided that after the repurchase the Shareholder does not own, either directly or by attribution under Section 318 of the Code, any Shares.  If, after a repurchase a Shareholder continues to own, directly or by attribution, any Shares, it is possible that any amounts received by such Shareholder in the repurchase will be taxable as a dividend to such Shareholder, and there is a risk that Shareholders who do not have any of their Shares repurchased would be treated as having received a dividend distribution as a result of their proportionate increase in the ownership of the Fund.  Use of the Fund’s cash to repurchase Shares could adversely affect the Fund’s ability to satisfy the distribution requirements for qualification as a regulated investment company.  The Fund could also recognize income in connection with the liquidation of portfolio securities to fund Share repurchases.  Any such income would be taken into account in determining whether the distribution requirements were satisfied.
 
Certain of the Fund’s investment practices are subject to special and complex federal income tax provisions that may, among other things, (i) disallow, suspend or otherwise limit the allowance of certain losses or deductions, (ii) convert tax-advantaged, long-term capital gains and qualified dividend income into higher taxed short-term capital gain or ordinary income, (iii) convert an ordinary loss or a deduction into a capital loss (the deductibility of which is more limited), (iv) cause the Fund to recognize income or gain without a corresponding receipt of cash, (v) adversely affect the timing as to when a purchase or sale of stock or securities is deemed to occur, and (vi) adversely alter the intended characterization of certain complex financial transactions.  These rules could therefore affect the character, amount and timing of distributions to Shareholders.  The Fund will monitor its investments and transactions and may make certain federal income tax elections where applicable in order to mitigate the effect of these provisions, if possible.
 
Investments in distressed debt obligations that are at risk of or in default may present special federal income tax issues for the Fund.  The federal income tax consequences to a holder of such securities are not entirely certain.  If the Fund’s characterization of such investments were successfully challenged by the IRS or the IRS issues guidance regarding investments in such securities, it may affect whether the Fund has made sufficient distributions or otherwise satisfied the requirements to maintain its qualification as a regulated investment company and avoid federal income and excise taxes and may affect the character of distributions as capital gain or ordinary income distributions.
 
The Fund may be subject to withholding and other taxes imposed by foreign countries, including taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains with respect to its investments in those countries, which would, if imposed, reduce the yield on or return from those investments.  Tax treaties between certain countries and the U.S. may reduce or eliminate such taxes in some cases.  The Fund does not expect to satisfy the requirements for passing through to its Shareholders their pro rata share of qualified foreign taxes paid by the Fund, with the result that Shareholders will not be required to include such taxes in their gross incomes and will not be entitled to a tax deduction or credit for such taxes on their own federal income tax returns.
 
Sales, exchanges and other dispositions of the Shares generally are taxable events for Shareholders that are subject to U.S. federal income tax.  Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors with reference to their individual circumstances to determine whether any particular transaction in the Shares is properly treated as a sale or exchange for federal income tax purposes, as the following discussion assumes, and the tax treatment of any gains or losses recognized in such transactions.  Gain or loss will generally be equal to the difference between the amount of cash and the fair market value of other property received and the Shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in the Shares sold or exchanged.  Such gain or loss will generally be characterized as capital gain or loss and will be long-term if the Shareholder’s holding period for the Shares is more than one year and short-term if it is one year or less.  However, any loss realized by a Shareholder upon the sale or other disposition of Shares with a tax holding period of six months or less will be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of any amounts treated as distributions of long-term capital gain with respect to such Shares.  For the purposes of calculating the six-month period, the holding period is suspended for any periods during which the Shareholder’s risk of loss is diminished as a result of holding one or more other positions in substantially similar or related property or through certain options, short sales or contractual obligations to sell.  The ability to deduct capital losses may be limited.  In addition, losses on sales or other dispositions of Shares may be disallowed under the “wash sale” rules in the event that substantially identical stock or securities are acquired (including those made pursuant to reinvestment of dividends) within a period of 61 days beginning 30 days before and ending 30 days after a sale or other disposition of Shares.  In such a case, the disallowed portion of any loss generally would be included in the U.S. federal income tax basis of the Shares acquired.
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Certain net investment income received by an individual having adjusted gross income in excess of $200,000 (or $250,000 for married individuals filing jointly) is subject to a Medicare tax of 3.8%. Undistributed net investment income of trusts and estates in excess of a specified amount is also subject to this tax. Dividends and capital gains distributed by the Fund, and gain realized on the sale of Shares, will constitute investment income of the type subject to this tax.
 
Because the Fund does not expect to distribute dividends that would give rise to an adjustment to an individual’s alternative minimum taxable income, an investment in the Shares should not, by itself, cause the Shareholder to become subject to alternative minimum tax.
 
The Fund is required in certain circumstances to backup withhold at a current rate of 28% on reportable payments including dividends, capital gain distributions, and proceeds of sales or other dispositions of the Shares paid to certain Shareholders who do not furnish the Fund with their correct social security number or other taxpayer identification number and certain certifications, or who are otherwise subject to backup withholding.  Backup withholding is not an additional tax.  Any amounts withheld from payments made to a Shareholder may be refunded or credited against such Shareholder’s U.S. federal income tax liability, if any, provided that the required information is timely furnished to the IRS.
 
This Prospectus does not address the U.S. federal income tax consequences to a non-U.S. Shareholder of an investment in the Shares.  Non-U.S. Shareholders should consult their tax advisers concerning the tax consequences of ownership of Shares of the Fund, including the possibility that distributions may be subject to a 30% U.S. withholding tax (or a reduced rate of withholding provided by an applicable treaty if the investor provides proper certification of such status).
 
The foregoing is a general and abbreviated summary of the provisions of the Code and the Treasury regulations thereunder currently in effect as they directly govern the taxation of the Fund and its Shareholders.  These provisions are subject to change by legislative or administrative action, and any such change may be retroactive.  A more complete discussion of the federal income tax rules applicable to the Fund can be found in the SAI, which is incorporated by reference into this Prospectus.  Shareholders are urged to consult their tax advisors regarding specific questions as to U.S. federal, foreign, state, and local income or other taxes before making an investment in the Fund.
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CUSTODIANS AND TRANSFER AGENT
 
The Fund places and maintains its Marketplace Loans, securities and cash in the custody of one or more entities meeting the requirements of Section 17(f) of the 1940 Act.  For its investments in Marketplace Loans, the Fund has engaged Millennium Trust Company, LLC, 2001 Spring Road #700, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523, a custodian with experience in the custody of loans originated through marketplace lending platforms.  For its services, Millennium Trust Company will receive a monthly fee based upon, among other things, the average value of the total loans of the Fund.  See “Investment Objective, Policies and Strategies—Marketplace Lending—Marketplace Loans and Pass-Through Notes.”
 
U.S. Bank, N.A. will serve as the Fund’s custodian of the cash and securities owned by the Fund.  For its services, U.S. Bank, N.A. will receive a monthly fee based upon, among other things, the average value of the cash and securities of the Fund.
 
DST Systems, Inc., located at 1055 Broadway, 7th Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, will serve as the Fund’s transfer agent and registrar and will be responsible for coordinating and processing all repurchase offers.
 
USBFS will serve as the Fund’s administrator.  Under an Administration Servicing Agreement, USBFS is responsible for calculating NAVs, with oversight from the Board of Directors, providing additional fund accounting and tax services, and providing fund administration and compliance-related services.  For its services, USBFS will receive a monthly fee at the annual rate of 9 basis points of the Fund’s average net assets on the first $500 million, 7 basis points of the Fund’s average net assets on the next $500 million, and 5 basis points of the Fund’s average assets on the assets over $1.0 billion.
 
LEGAL MATTERS
 
Certain legal matters in connection with the Shares will be passed upon for the Fund by Chapman and Cutler LLP.  Chapman and Cutler LLP has served as special tax counsel for the Fund as well.  Chapman and Cutler LLP may rely as to certain matters of Maryland law on the opinion of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A. 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
The Fund is subject to the informational requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the 1940 Act and in accordance therewith files reports and other information with the SEC.  Reports, proxy statements and other information filed by the Fund with the SEC pursuant to the informational requirements of such Acts can be inspected and copied at the public reference facilities maintained by the SEC, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549.  The SEC maintains a web site at http://www.sec.gov containing reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding registrants, including the Fund, that file electronically with the SEC.
 
This Prospectus constitutes part of a Registration Statement filed by the Fund with the SEC under the 1933 Act and the 1940 Act.  This Prospectus omits certain of the information contained in the Registration Statement, and reference is hereby made to the Registration Statement and related exhibits for further information with respect to the Fund and the Shares offered hereby.  Any statements contained herein concerning the provisions of any document are not necessarily complete, and, in each instance, reference is made to the copy of such document filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement or otherwise filed with the SEC.  Each such statement is qualified in its entirety by such reference.  The complete Registration Statement may be obtained from the SEC upon payment of the fee prescribed by its rules and regulations or free or charge through the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov).
 
THE FUND’S PRIVACY POLICY
 
The Fund is committed to ensuring your financial privacy.  This notice is being sent to comply with privacy regulations of the SEC.  The Fund has in effect the following policy with respect to nonpublic personal information about its customers:
 
Only such information received from you, through application forms or otherwise, and information about your Fund transactions will be collected.
 
None of such information about you (or former customers) will be disclosed to anyone, except as permitted by law (which includes disclosure to employees necessary to service your account).
 
Policies and procedures (including physical, electronic and procedural safeguards) are in place that are designed to protect the confidentiality of such information.
 
The Fund does not currently obtain consumer information.  If the Fund were to obtain consumer information at any time in the future, it would employ appropriate procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to protect against unauthorized access to and properly dispose of consumer information.
 
For more information about the Fund’s privacy policies call (800) 646-0148 (toll-free).
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Table of Contents of the Statement of Additional Information
 
INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS
1
INVESTMENT POLICIES AND TECHNIQUES
2
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
13
Investment Adviser
13
Investment Advisory Agreement
13
Portfolio Managers
14
Compensation of Portfolio Managers
14
Portfolio Manager Ownership of Fund Shares
14
Conflicts of Interest
14
Other Accounts Managed
15
Administrator
15
Codes of Ethics
15
FUND SERVICE PROVIDERS
15
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
15
Legal Counsel
15
Custodians and Transfer Agent
16
PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS
16
U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS
16
Fund Taxation
17
Shareholder Taxation
18
Sale or Exchange of Shares
20
Other Taxes
21
BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
21
Director Ownership in the Fund
26
PROXY VOTING GUIDELINES
26
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
26
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
27

RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation
 
All dealers that buy, sell or trade the Fund’s Shares, whether or not participating in this offering, may be required to deliver a prospectus.

RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation
 
Statement of Additional Information
 
RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation (the “Fund”) is a Maryland corporation that is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company and is operated as an interval fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a high level of current income. RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC, the investment adviser of the Fund (“RiverNorth” or the “Adviser”), attempts to achieve the Fund’s investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 80% of its Managed Assets in marketplace lending investments. See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Principal Investment Strategies and Policies” in the Fund’s Prospectus (as defined below). There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.
 
This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) relating to the shares of common stock of the Fund (the “Shares”) is not a prospectus, but should be read in conjunction with the prospectus for the Fund dated August 19, 2016 (the “Prospectus”). This SAI does not include all information that a prospective investor should consider before purchasing Shares. Investors should obtain and read the Prospectus prior to purchasing such Shares. A copy of the Prospectus may be obtained without charge by calling the Fund at (844) 569-4750.
 
The Prospectus and this SAI omit certain of the information contained in the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Washington, D.C. The registration statement may be obtained from the SEC upon payment of the fee prescribed, or inspected at the SEC’s office or via its website (www.sec.gov) at no charge. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the Prospectus.
 
This Statement of Additional Information is dated August 19, 2016.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
Page
INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS
1
INVESTMENT POLICIES AND TECHNIQUES
2
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
13
Investment Adviser
13
Investment Advisory Agreement
13
Portfolio Managers
14
Compensation of Portfolio Managers
14
Portfolio Manager Ownership of Fund Shares
14
Conflicts of Interest
14
Other Accounts Managed
15
Administrator
15
Codes of Ethics
15
FUND SERVICE PROVIDERS
15
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
15
Legal Counsel
15
Custodians and Transfer Agent
16
PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS
16
U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS
16
Fund Taxation
17
Shareholder Taxation
18
Sale or Exchange of Shares
20
Other Taxes
21
BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
21
Director Ownership in the Fund
26
PROXY VOTING GUIDELINES
26
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
26
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
27
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INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS
 
Except as otherwise indicated, the Fund’s investment policies are not fundamental and may be changed without a vote of shareholders. Any percentage limitations described in this SAI are as of the time of investment by the Fund and may be exceeded on a going-forward basis as a result of market value fluctuations of the Fund’s portfolio or other events.
 
As a matter of fundamental policy, the Fund may not:
 
(1)                borrow money, except as permitted under the 1940 Act, and as interpreted or modified by regulatory authority having jurisdiction, from time to time;
 
(2)                issue senior securities, except as permitted under the 1940 Act and as interpreted or modified by regulatory authority having jurisdiction, from time to time;
 
(3)                purchase any security if, as a result of such purchase, 25% or more of the Fund’s total assets (taken at current value) would be invested in the securities of borrowers and other issuers having their principal business activities in the same industry or group of industries; provided, however, that such limitation shall not apply to obligations issued or guaranteed by the United States government or by its agencies or instrumentalities; and provided further that the Fund will invest more than 25% of its assets in diversified financials;
 
(4)               engage in the business of underwriting securities issued by others, except to the extent that the Fund may be deemed to be an underwriter within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, in connection with the purchase and sale of portfolio securities;
 
(5)               purchase or sell real estate, which term does not include securities of companies that deal in real estate or are engaged in the real estate business, including real estate investment trusts, and mortgages or investments secured by real estate or interests therein, except that the Fund reserves freedom of action to hold and to sell real estate or mortgages on real estate acquired as a result of the Fund’s ownership of securities;
 
(6)               purchase or sell physical commodities unless acquired as a result of ownership of securities or other instruments (but this shall not prevent the Fund from purchasing or selling options, futures contracts or other derivative instruments or from investing in securities or other instruments backed by physical commodities);
 
(7)                make loans, except as permitted under the 1940 Act, and as interpreted, modified or otherwise permitted by regulatory authority having jurisdiction, from time to time; and
 
(8)               invest in loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment, as determined by the Adviser pursuant to guidelines approved by the Board of Directors.
 
The Fund has also adopted the following fundamental policies in order to repurchase its Shares:
 
· The Fund will make an offer to repurchase, on a quarterly basis, a designated percentage of the outstanding Shares from Shareholders (each, a “Repurchase Offer”) pursuant to Rule 23c-3 under the 1940 Act, as it may be amended from time to time.
 
· The Fund will repurchase Shares that are tendered by a specific date occurring every three months (each, a “Repurchase Request Deadline”). The Fund’s Board of Directors will establish the Repurchase Request Deadline for each Repurchase Offer. The time between the notification to Shareholders of each Repurchase Offer and the Repurchase Request Deadline may vary from no more than 42 days to no less than 21 days, and is expected to be approximately 30 days but may be revised by the Adviser, in its sole discretion, based on factors such as market conditions, the level of the Fund’s assets and shareholder servicing considerations provided that the Board of Directors is notified of this change and the reasons for the change.
 
· Shares will be repurchased at the NAV per Share determined as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange typically as of the Repurchase Request Deadline, but no later than the 14th day after such date, or the next business day if the 14th day is not a business day.
 
See “Repurchase Policy” in the Prospectus.
 
For purposes of fundamental policy (3) above, investments in diversified financials shall include, among other things, investments in borrowers of Marketplace Loans and issuers of Pass-Through Notes, as well as any direct investments in marketplace lending platforms.
 
For purposes of fundamental policy (7) above, Section 21 of the 1940 Act makes it unlawful for a registered investment company, like the Fund, to lend money or other property if (i) the investment company’s policies set forth in its registration statement do not permit such a loan or (ii) the borrower controls or is under common control with the investment company. The Fund has not applied for, and currently does not intend to apply for, any exemptive relief that would allow it to make loans outside of the limits of the 1940 Act.
 
For purposes of fundamental policy (8) above, the Adviser will determine whether loans offered to the Fund are of subprime quality at the time of investment pursuant to guidelines approved by the Board of Directors from time to time. Although there is no specific legal or market definition of subprime quality, it is generally understood in the industry to signify that there is a material likelihood that the loan will not be repaid in full. The Fund considers a consumer Marketplace Loan to be of subprime quality if the individual borrower of such loan has a FICO score of below 640. The Fund considers an SME loan to be of “subprime quality” if the likelihood of repayment on such loan is determined by the Adviser based on its due diligence and the credit underwriting policies of the originating platform to be similar to that of consumer loans that are of subprime quality. In determining whether an SME loan is of subprime quality, the Adviser will generally look to a number of borrower-specific factors, which will include the payment history of the borrower and, as available, financial statements, tax returns and sales data.
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The Fund may incur borrowings and/or issue series of notes or other senior securities in an amount up to 33-1/3% of its total assets (including the amount borrowed) less all liabilities other than borrowings. The Fund does not anticipate it will enter into reverse repurchase agreements to incur any borrowings. For a further discussion of the limitations imposed on borrowing by the 1940 Act, please see the section entitled “Use of Leverage” in the Prospectus.
 
The foregoing fundamental investment policies may not be changed without the approval of the holders of a “majority of the outstanding voting securities” of the Fund, which includes the Shares and the shares of preferred stock of the Fund, if any, voting together as a single class, and the holders of the outstanding shares of preferred stock of the Fund, if any, voting as a single class. The Fund’s investment objective and the remainder of the Fund’s investment policies and limitations (as disclosed in the Prospectus), including its investment strategy, are not considered to be fundamental and can be changed without a vote of the shareholders. However, the Fund’s policy of investing at least 80% of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Loans and other investments in marketplace lending (as further described in the Prospectus and this SAI) may only be changed by the Board of Directors of the Fund (the “Board of Directors”) following the provision of 60 days’ prior written notice to the shareholders. When used with respect to particular shares of the Fund, a “majority of the outstanding voting securities” means (i) 67% or more of the shares present at a meeting, if the holders of more than 50% of the shares are present or represented by proxy, or (ii) more than 50% of the shares, whichever is less.
 
Where applicable, the foregoing fundamental investment policies shall be interpreted based on the applicable rules, regulations and pronouncements of the SEC and its staff.
 
INVESTMENT POLICIES AND TECHNIQUES
 
Marketplace Lending
 
The Fund’s investments in marketplace lending may be made through a combination of: (i) investing in loans to consumers, small- and mid-sized companies and other borrowers, including borrowers of student and real estate-related loans, originated through online platforms (or an affiliate) that provide a marketplace for lending (“Marketplace Loans”) through purchases of whole loans (either individually or in aggregations); (ii) investing in notes or other pass-through obligations issued by a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) representing the right to receive the principal and interest payments on a Marketplace Loan (or fractional portions thereof) originated through the platform; (iii) purchasing asset-backed securities representing ownership in a pool of Marketplace Loans; (iv) investing in private investment funds that purchase Marketplace Loans, (v) acquiring an equity interest in a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate); and (vi) providing loans, credit lines or other extensions of credit to a marketplace lending platform (or an affiliate) (the foregoing listed investments are collectively referred to herein as the “Marketplace Lending Instruments”). The Fund may invest without limit in any of the foregoing types of Marketplace Lending Instruments, except that the Fund will not invest greater than 45% of its Managed Assets in the securities of, or loans originated by, any single platform (or a group of related platforms) and the Fund’s investments in private investment funds will be limited to no more than 10% of the Fund’s Managed Assets. The Fund currently anticipates that the Marketplace Loans in which it will invest will be newly issued and/or current as to interest and principal payments at the time of investment, and that a substantial portion of its Marketplace Lending Instrument investments will be made through purchases of whole loans. The Fund will not invest in Marketplace Loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment. The Fund has no intention as of the date of this SAI to invest in Marketplace Loans originated from lending platforms based outside the United States or made to non-U.S. borrowers (collectively, “non-U.S. Marketplace Loans”). The Fund also has no intention as of the date of this SAI to invest in receivables or merchant cash advances that are originated from lending platforms (collectively, “Marketplace Receivables”). However, the Fund may in the future invest in such non-U.S. Marketplace Loans and/or Marketplace Receivables and, prior to such time, will amend the Prospectus and/or SAI (as applicable) to provide additional information on such investments, including the associated risks. See “Additional Investments and Practices of the Fund—Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund.”
 
The following supplements the discussion of marketplace lending and Marketplace Loans contained in the Prospectus and includes additional considerations and risks associated with the Fund’s investments in Marketplace Loans. See “Investment Objective, Strategies and Policies—Marketplace Lending” and “Risks—Marketplace Lending-Related Risks” in the Prospectus.
 
Regulatory Considerations
 
The following highlights various laws and regulations impacting marketplace lending and its participants.
 
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”) provides guidelines and limitations on the conduct of third-party debt servicers in connection with the collection of consumer debts. In order to ensure compliance with the FDCPA, platforms may contract with professional third-party debt collection agencies to engage in debt collection activities. As a loan purchaser and assignee, the FDCPA would not be applicable to loans collected in the Fund’s name as owner and, under any scenario, vicarious liability for the actions of debt collectors could only be found if the Fund were directing and controlling the debt collectors, which will not be the case.
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The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the “GLBA”) limits the disclosure of non-public personal information about a consumer to non-affiliated third parties and requires financial institutions to disclose certain privacy policies and practices with respect to its information sharing with both affiliates and non-affiliated third parties. A number of states have enacted privacy and data security laws requiring safeguards on the privacy and security of consumers’ personally identifiable information. Other federal and state statutes deal with obligations to safeguard and dispose of private information in a manner designed to avoid its dissemination. Privacy rules adopted by the Federal Trade Commission implement the GLBA and other requirements and govern the disclosure of consumer financial information by certain financial institutions, ranging from banks to private investment funds. Platforms employing certain consumer lending models generally have privacy policies that conform to these GLBA and other requirements. In addition, such platforms have policies and procedures intended to maintain platform participants’ personal information securely and dispose of it properly. The platforms do not sell or rent such information to third parties for marketing purposes. Through their participation in the platforms, the Fund may obtain non-public personal information about loan applicants, as defined in GLBA, and intend to conduct themselves in compliance with such law, as if it were subject to the same limitations on disclosure and obligations of safeguarding and proper disposal of non-public personal information. In addition, the Fund could be subject to state data security laws, depending on whether the information obtained is considered non-public personally identifiable information under those state laws. Any violations of state data security laws by the Fund could subject it to fines, penalties, or other regulatory action on a state-by-state basis, which, individually or in the aggregate, could have a material adverse effect on the Fund due to the compliance costs related to any violations as well as costs to ensure compliance with such laws on an on-going basis. Additionally, any violations of the GLBA by the Fund could subject it to regulatory action by the Federal Trade Commission, which could require the Fund to, inter alia, implement a comprehensive information security and reporting program and to be subject to audits on an on-going basis.
 
OFAC and Bank Secrecy Act. Certain participants in marketplace lending, including the platforms through which the Fund may invest in Marketplace Loans, may be required to comply with various anti-money laundering and related regulations. The Fund is not able to control or monitor such compliance. Moreover, in the Fund’s participation with the platforms, it is subject to compliance with OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), the USA PATRIOT Act and Bank Secrecy Act regulations applicable to all businesses, which, for the Fund, generally involves cooperation with authorities in investigating any purported improprieties. Any material failure to comply with OFAC and other similar anti-money laundering restrictions or any investigation relating thereto could result in fines or penalties. Such fines or penalties could have a material adverse effect on the Fund directly for amounts owed for fines or penalties or indirectly as a negative consequence of the decreased demand for Marketplace Loans from the platforms in violation of such requirements resulting from the adverse publicity and other reputation risks associated with any such fines and penalties assessed against the platforms or other industry participants.
 
Service Members Civil Relief Act. Federal law provides borrowers in active military service with rights that may delay or impair a platform’s ability to collect on a Marketplace Loan to such borrower. The Service Members Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) requires that the interest rate on pre-existing debts be set at no more than six percent while the qualified service member or reservist is on active duty. The holder of any such Marketplace Loan may not receive the difference between six percent and the original stated interest rate under the loan during any such period. This law also permits courts to stay proceedings and execution of judgments against service members and reservists on active duty, which may delay recovery on any such Marketplace Loans in default. If there are any amounts under such a Marketplace Loan still due and owing to a platform (or an affiliate thereof) after the final maturity of the Pass-Through Notes that correspond to such loan, the platform (or affiliate) may not have any further obligation to make payments on such Pass-Through Notes, even if the platform (or affiliate) later receives payments after the final maturity of the Pass-Through Notes.
 
Platforms may not take military service into account in assigning loan grades to borrower loan requests. In addition, as part of the borrower registration process, platforms may not request borrowers to confirm if they are a qualified service member or reservists within the meaning of the SCRA.
 
Registration with the SEC. Pass-Through Notes are typically offered through private offerings and thus may not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). In addition, platforms are not registered as investment companies under the 1940 Act. If a platform (or an affiliate thereof) were to fail to comply with a private offering exemption under the 1933 Act, or if it were fail to maintain an exemption from registration as an investment company under the 1940 Act, it (or such affiliate) could become subject to regulatory actions and/or significant civil liabilities. Although a platform (or its affiliate) may intend to operate in compliance with all applicable securities laws, these laws are complex and sometimes subject to alternative interpretations and any failure by a platform (or such affiliate) to comply with applicable securities laws could adversely affect its (or such affiliate’s) ability to make payments on the Pass-Through Notes.
 
Trust Indenture Act of 1939. Any Pass-Through Note offering made in reliance on an exemption from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the 1933 Act will not be subject to the Trust Indenture Act of 1939. Consequently, holders of Pass-Through Notes will not have the protection of an indenture setting forth obligations of the Pass-Through Note issuers for the protection of the Pass-Through Note holders or a trustee appointed to represent their interests.
 
State Usury Laws. Some platforms (or their affiliates) may attempt to take advantage of policies in certain states that allow lenders to make Marketplace Loans at advantageous interest rates by incorporating choice of law provisions into Marketplace Loan agreements that hold that the agreements are to be governed by the laws of those lender-friendly states. In the event that a borrower or state regulator successfully invalidates such choice-of-law clause, platforms (of their affiliates) may not be able to collect some or all of the interest and principal due on such Marketplace Loans.
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Truth-In-Lending Act. Some Marketplace Loans may also be subject to certain provisions of the Truth-In-Lending Act and other applicable laws and rules concerning loans. These provisions impose additional disclosure and other requirements on creditors with respect to certain loans secured by the borrower’s principal dwelling with high interest rates or high up-front fees and charges where the loan funds are primarily used for personal, household or consumer purposes. In general, these home equity loans have annual percentage rates over eight percent greater than the yield on U.S. Treasury securities of comparable maturity and/or fees and points which exceed the greater of six percent of the total loan amount. These provisions can impose specific statutory liabilities upon creditors who fail to comply with such provisions and may affect the enforceability of the related loans. In addition, any assignee of the creditor would generally be subject to all claims and defenses that the consumer could assert against the creditor, including, without limitation, the right to rescind the home equity loan.
 
Dodd-Frank Act. In response to the recent financial crisis, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in July of 2010. As a result of its passage, significant new regulation has been enacted or is anticipated in many areas of consumer financial products and services, including private education loans. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, entities in the private education loan sector are subject to regulations developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”). The CFPB is an independent agency that is housed within the Federal Reserve Board, but is not subject to Federal Reserve Board jurisdiction or to the congressional appropriations process. It has substantial power to regulate financial products and services received by consumers from both banks and non-bank lenders, including rulemaking authority in enumerated areas of federal law traditionally applicable to consumer lending such as truth-in-lending, fair credit reporting and fair debt collection. In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act provides for significant new enforcement authority, including authorization of state attorneys general to bring lawsuits under federal consumer protection laws with the consent of the CFPB.
 
In addition, on December 6, 2013, the CFPB adopted a rule that enables it to supervise certain non-bank student loan servicers that service more than one million borrower accounts, to ensure that bank and non-bank servicers follow the same rules in the student loan servicing market. The rule covers servicers of both federal and private student loans.
 
The Dodd-Frank Act also affects student loan portfolio securitization financing transactions which result in the issuance of asset-backed securities. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC and federal banking agencies were directed to adopt regulations requiring issuers of asset-backed securities or persons who organize and initiate asset-backed securities transactions to retain a portion of the credit risk of the underlying assets, new disclosure and reporting requirement for each tranche of asset-backed securities, including new loan-level data, and new disclosure requirements relating to representations, warranties and enforcement mechanisms available to investors in asset-backed securities.
 
Tax Treatment of Pass-Through Notes. There are no statutory provisions, regulations, published rulings or judicial decisions that address the characterization of Pass-Through Notes or other Marketplace Lending Instruments substantially similar to Pass-Through Notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes and the proper tax characterization of Pass-Through Notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes is uncertain. To address this concern, some Pass-Through Note issuers require investors to agree to treat the Pass-Through Notes as debt of the Pass-Through Note issuer for federal, state and local income and franchise tax purposes. Further, prospective Pass-Through Note holders should be aware that a Pass-Through Note issuer may intend to treat (and report) the Pass-Through Notes as debt instruments that have original issue discount (“OID”) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, Pass-Through Note holders will be required to include OID in income as it accrues under a constant yield method, regardless of such note holder’s regular method of tax accounting, and so may be required to include OID in income in advance of the receipt of cash attributable to the related Note interest or principal.
 
Pass-Through Note holders also should be aware that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the courts are not bound by the Pass-Through Note issuer’s characterization of the Pass-Through Notes, and may take a different position with respect to the Pass-Through Notes’ proper characterization. For example, if the Pass-Through Notes were treated as equity in the Pass-Through Note issuer, (i) the issuer would be subject to U.S. federal income tax on income, including interest, accrued on the underlying loans but would not be entitled to deduct interest or OID on the Pass-Through Notes, and (ii) payments on the Pass-Through Notes would be treated by the Pass-Through Note holder as dividends (that may be ineligible for reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation or the dividends received deduction) for U.S. federal income tax purposes to the extent of the issuer’s earnings and profits. Alternatively, the IRS could determine that, in substance, each Pass-Through Note holder owns a proportionate interest in the underlying loans for U.S. federal income tax purposes, or it could instead seek to treat the Pass-Through Notes as some other financial instrument or contract (including a derivative financial instrument). Such different characterizations could significantly reduce the amount available to the Pass-Through Note issuer to pay interest on the Pass-Through Notes, and could significantly affect the amount, timing, and character of income, gain or loss recognized in respect of a Pass-Through Note.
 
Risk of Including Foreign Investors. An issuer of Pass-Through Notes may accept investors who are non-U.S. persons, in which case interest payments made to such an investor by the issuer could be subject to withholding taxes. In the event that the issuer fails to properly withhold on such payments, it could remain liable for a non-U.S. person’s individual tax liabilities. There is a further risk that a non-U.S. person investor could be named on the Department of the Treasury’s list of “Specially Designated Nationals,” “Blocked Persons,” or “Sanctioned Countries or Individuals,” which, if undiscovered, could result in an enforcement action against the issuer.
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Additional Risk Considerations
 
Bankruptcy Risk. In the event that a platform (or its affiliate) or its service providers become subject to a bankruptcy, the Fund’s investments in Pass-Through Notes issued by such platform (or affiliate) may be negatively impacted.
 
Although many of the platforms (or their affiliates) through which the Fund invests may have been organized and operated in a manner that is intended to minimize the likelihood that such platforms (or affiliates) will become subject to a bankruptcy or similar proceeding, if the platforms (or their affiliates) were to become subject to bankruptcy proceedings, payments on the Pass-Through Notes issued by such platforms (or their affiliates) could be substantially delayed or reduced, and any interest accrued on those obligations may never be paid.
 
Platforms (or their affiliates) may have arrangements with servicers who monitor payments by the borrowers of the Marketplace Loans and take action to enforce the platforms’ (or affiliates’) rights to payment. Arrangements for back-up servicing are limited. If a platform’s (or affiliate’s) servicer fails to maintain operations or the agreement between the platform (or affiliate) and the servicer is rejected or terminated in a bankruptcy of the servicer, the Fund may experience delays in the distribution of loan proceeds and increased costs in connection with its investments through such platform (or its affiliate). In some instances, the platform operator and its affiliates may be unable to collect and process payments from underlying borrowers and thus the Fund may not realize its expected return on investment on those instruments.
 
Platforms (or their affiliates) may have arrangements with administrators who manage the daily operations of the platforms (and/or their affiliates). Among other duties, an administrator may calculate the amounts payable by the platform operator or its affiliates on any outstanding Pass-Through Notes and supervise the platform’s (or affiliate’s) payment of such amounts. If the administrator were to become subject to bankruptcy proceedings and its agreement with the platform operator or its affiliates were terminated for any reason, the platform (or affiliate) would endeavor to locate a replacement administrator but there is no assurance that it would be able to do so. Accordingly, any termination of an administration agreement that occurs in connection with a bankruptcy of the administrator may impair the platform’s (or affiliate’s) ability to continue to make timely payments on the Pass-Through Notes. This could also prevent the platform operator or its affiliates from issuing any additional Pass-Through Notes until another administrator was located.
 
Chargeback Risk. The Fund may invest in Marketplace Lending Instruments through securities issued by private investment funds that operate accounts with an independent bank whereby investors, such as the Fund, may deposit funds for the purchase of such securities and receive the proceeds from borrower payments on the underlying loans. These accounts may be affected by “borrower chargebacks.” A borrower chargeback is a process by which a borrower who has made a payment on an underlying loan has its bank cancel the payment or request a refund of that payment. If a borrower successfully processes a chargeback on a loan payment after proceeds have been distributed to such accounts, the issuer will deduct the amount of that payment from each account where the proceeds were deposited. To offset this risk, issuers utilizing this system may refrain from distributing borrower loan proceeds to these accounts for a period of time after a borrower payment on a loan. In the event that a borrower chargeback is executed after the proceeds of that payment have been distributed to investor accounts and an account holder has withdrawn those distributed proceeds, a negative cash balance may result. Amounts that would otherwise be credited to an investor’s account (including amounts deposited or that are payable on other notes) are subject to set-off against any such negative cash balance.
 
Market and Economic Conditions Risk. The ability of borrowers to make payments on Marketplace Loans, as well as the prepayment experience thereon, may be affected by a variety of social and economic factors. Social factors include changes in consumer confidence levels and attitudes toward incurring debt and changing attitudes regarding the stigma of personal bankruptcy. Economic factors include interest rates, unemployment levels, gasoline prices, upward adjustments in monthly mortgage payments, the rate of inflation and consumer perceptions of economic conditions generally. Economic conditions may also be impacted by localized weather events and environmental disasters. For example, following the financial crisis that began in 2008, the United States experienced an extended period of economic weakness or recession. This period was marked by high unemployment, decreases in home values, increased mortgage and consumer loan delinquencies and a lack of available consumer credit that has generally resulted in increased delinquencies, increased volatility in financial markets, general deleveraging of consumer balance sheets, and defaults and losses on consumer loans. Additionally, unstable real estate values, resets of adjustable rate mortgages to higher interest rates, political gridlock on United States federal budget matters, the downgrade of the United States sovereign debt credit rating below “AAA” by Standard & Poor’s, the sovereign debt crisis in the European Union, general economic malaise in the United States, Europe and Japan, and other factors have impaired consumer confidence and disposable income in the United States, and may affect delinquencies and defaults on Marketplace Loans, although the severity or duration of this effect is unknown.
 
Risk of Platform Failure to Meet Certain Obligations. Platforms might incur indemnification and repurchase obligations with respect to the Marketplace Loans they originate that exceed their projections, in which case they might not have sufficient capital to meet such obligations. There can be no assurances that platforms can meet their repurchase and indemnification obligations and, if they are unable to do so, the Fund may incur losses related to payments on the affected Marketplace Lending Instruments in which it invests.
 
Risks Associated With “Balloon” Payments. Some of the Marketplace Loans may be interest-only loans providing for relatively small monthly payments with a large “balloon” payment of principal due at the end of the term. Borrowers may be unable to repay such balloon payments out of their own funds and will be compelled to refinance or sell their property. Fluctuations in real estate values, interest rates and the unavailability of mortgage funds could adversely affect the ability of borrowers to refinance their loans at maturity or successfully sell the property for enough money to pay off the corresponding Marketplace Loan.
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Servicer Autonomy. A platform (or its affiliate) may have an arrangement with a servicer that authorizes the servicer to waive or modify any non-material term of a Marketplace Loan or consent to the postponement of strict compliance with any such term or in any manner grant a non-material indulgence to any borrower. In addition, if a Marketplace Loan is in default, or the servicer determines that default is reasonably foreseeable or otherwise determines that such action is consistent with its servicing obligation, the servicer may be permitted to waive or modify any material term of a Marketplace Loan, to accept payment of an amount less than the principal balance in final satisfaction of a Marketplace Loan and to grant any indulgence to a borrower, provided that the servicer has reasonably determined that such action will not be materially adverse to the interests of the holders of any corresponding Pass-Through Note.
 
Subprime Borrower Risk. Although the Fund will not invest in Marketplace Loans that are of subprime quality at the time of investment, loans held by the Fund may, subsequent to their purchase, become of subprime quality. The risks associated with an investment in Marketplace Loans (as disclosed in the Prospectus and this SAI) are heightened for such loans that have been made to subprime borrowers, particularly with respect to the risk of default. In addition, loans to subprime borrowers could be subject to increased regulatory scrutiny.
 
Additional Considerations with Regard to Real Estate Marketplace Lending Instruments
 
Construction, Rehabilitation, Home Improvement and Entitlement Loans. Real estate-related loans may include construction, rehabilitation, home improvement and entitlement loans for various types of properties, including single family residential, condominiums, multi-family residential, industrial, small commercial, foreclosed (REO), unimproved land with entitlements and small tract properties. The loan underwriting for construction, rehabilitation and unimproved land with entitlement loans is typically based upon a determined “as completed” value, i.e., the projected value of the property after the completion of the construction or rehabilitation of a property. Special builder’s risk insurance, or “course of construction” insurance, may be required by the platform operator and its affiliates in these cases. This specialized insurance is intended to insure structures while they are under construction. Materials, fixtures and appliances that are intended to become an integral part of the structure being built are also insured. The insurance is provided for loss resulting from accidental direct physical damage to the structure under construction. The policies generally include broad coverage, but exclude earthquake, flood and damage caused by earth movement. Some builder’s risk policies limit coverage to physical damage caused by specifically named perils, such as fire and theft. These perils would be specifically listed in the policy.
 
Risk of Inadequate Revenues from a Property. The payment schedules with respect to many real estate-related loans are based on projected revenues generated by the property over the term of the loan. These projections are based on factors such as expected vacancy rates, expense rates and other projected income and expense figures relating to the property. The actual revenues generated by a property could fall short of projections due to factors such as lower-than-expected rental revenues, or greater-than-expected vacancy rates or property management expenses. In such event, the borrower’s cash flow could be inadequate to repay its loan in full.
 
Risk of Rising Insurance Costs or Unavailability of Insurance. Real estate properties are typically insured against risk of fire damage and other property casualties, but are sometimes not covered by severe weather or natural disaster events such as landslides, earthquakes, or floods. Changes in the conditions affecting the economic environment in which insurance companies do business could affect the borrower’s ability to continue insuring the property at a reasonable cost or could result in insurance being unavailable altogether. Moreover, any hazard losses not then covered by the borrower’s insurance policy would result in the Marketplace Loan related to the affected property becoming significantly under secured, which could result in a loss to the investors of any corresponding Pass-Through Note.
 
Environmental Risks. If toxic environmental contamination is discovered to exist on a property underlying a Marketplace Loan, it might affect the borrower’s ability to repay the Marketplace Loan. To the extent that the platform operator and/or its affiliates are forced to foreclose and/or operate such a property, potential additional liabilities and responsibilities include reporting requirements, remediation costs, fines, penalties and damages. Of particular concern may be those properties that are, or have been, the site of manufacturing, industrial or disposal activity. These environmental risks may give rise to a diminution in value of the security property or liability for clean-up costs or other remedial actions. This liability could exceed the value of the real property or the principal balance of the related loan. For this reason, the platform operator and its affiliates may choose not to foreclose on contaminated property rather than risk incurring liability for remedial actions.
 
Under the laws of certain states, an owner’s failure to perform remedial actions required under environmental laws may give rise to a lien on mortgaged property to ensure the reimbursement of remedial costs. In some states this lien has priority over the lien of an existing mortgage against the real property. Because the costs of remedial action could be substantial, the value of a mortgaged property as collateral for a real estate-related loan could be adversely affected by the existence of an environmental condition giving rise to a lien.
 
The state of law is currently unclear as to whether and under what circumstances clean-up costs, or the obligation to take remedial actions, can be imposed on a secured lender. If a lender does become liable for cleanup costs, it may bring an action for contribution against the current owners or operators, the owners or operators at the time of on-site disposal activity or any other party who contributed to the environmental hazard, but these persons or entities may be bankrupt or otherwise judgment-proof. Furthermore, an action against the borrower may be adversely affected by the limitations on recourse in the loan documents.
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Risk of Inadequate Resources Devoted to the Collection of Marketplace Loans. A substantial amount, if not all, of a platform operator’s revenues may be derived from origination fees or loan rate “spreads” generated through making and arranging Marketplace Loans and offering related Pass-Through Notes. As a result, it has an incentive to finance as many projects as possible to maximize the amount of origination fees it is able to generate. Increased project volume increases the demands on a platform’s management resources and its ability to devote adequate attention and resources to the collection of corresponding Marketplace Loans. The ability of a platform and its affiliates to make timely payments on their Pass-Through Notes may be adversely affected in the event that they take on loan volumes that exceed their ability to service outstanding Marketplace Loans.
 
Risk of Declining Property Value. The value of the real property security for a Marketplace Loan will be subject to the risks generally incident to the ownership of improved and unimproved real estate, including changes in general or local economic conditions, increases in interest rates for real estate financing, physical damage that is not covered by insurance, zoning, entitlements, and other risks. Many borrowers expect to use resale proceeds to repay their borrower loan. A decline in property values could result in a borrower loan amount being greater than the property value, which could increase the likelihood of borrower default. The maximum permissible loan-to-value ratio of the Fund’s real estate-related investments is 80% (determined at the time of investment).
 
Risks of Construction and Rehabilitation Loans. Construction and rehabilitation loans involve a number of particular risks, involving, among other things, the timeliness of the project’s completion, the integrity of appraisal values, whether or not the completed property can be sold for the amount anticipated, and the length of the sale process. If construction work is not completed (due to contractor abandonment, unsatisfactory work performance, or various other factors) and all the Marketplace Loan funds have already been expended, then, in the event of a default, the platform operator and its affiliates may have to invest significant additional funds to complete the construction work. Any such investment would be recuperated by the platform operator and its affiliates prior to any payment on any corresponding Pass-Through Notes. Default risk also exists where it takes a borrower longer than anticipated either to construct or then resell the property, or if the borrower does not receive sufficient proceeds from the sale to repay the corresponding Marketplace Loan in full.
 
Certain Risks Associated With Foreclosure. Different property types involve different types of risks in terms of realizing on the collateral in the event that the borrower defaults. These risks include completion costs in the case of an incomplete project, partial resale for condominiums and tracts and lease-up (finding tenants) for multi-family residential, small commercial and industrial properties. The platform operator and its affiliates may not be able to sell a foreclosed commercial property, for example, before expending efforts to find tenants to make the property more fully leased and more attractive to potential buyers.
 
Moreover, foreclosure statutes vary widely from state to state. Properties underlying defaulted loans will need to be foreclosed upon in compliance with the laws of the state where such property is located. Many states require lengthy processing periods or the obtaining of a court decree before a mortgaged property may be sold or otherwise foreclosed upon. Further, statutory rights to redemption and the effects of anti-deficiency and other laws may limit the ability for a platform operator (and its affiliates) to timely recover the value of a loan in the event of borrower default.
 
Certain Risks Associated With Bankruptcy. If a borrower enters bankruptcy, an automatic stay of all proceedings against the borrower’s property will be granted. This stay will prevent platforms and their affiliates from foreclosing on such property unless relief from the stay can be obtained from the bankruptcy court, and there is no guarantee that any such relief will be obtained. Significant legal fees and costs may be incurred in attempting to obtain relief from a bankruptcy stay from the bankruptcy court and, even if such relief is ultimately granted, it may take several months or more to obtain. In such event, the platform operator and its affiliates will be unable to promptly exercise their foreclosure remedy and realize any proceeds from a property sale.
 
In addition, bankruptcy courts have broad powers to permit the sale of any real property free of any lien that a platform operator or its affiliate may have, to compel the platform operator and its affiliates to accept an amount less than the balance due under a loan and to permit the borrower to repay the loan over a term which may be substantially longer than the original term of the loan.
 
Tax Considerations. The ability of a platform (or its affiliate) to pay principal and interest on a Pass-Through Note may be affected by its ability, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, to match the timing of income it receives from an underlying Marketplace Loan that it holds and the timing of deductions that it may be entitled to in respect of payments made on the Pass-Through Notes that it issues. For example, if the Pass-Through Notes are treated as contingent payment debt instruments for U.S. federal income tax purposes but the corresponding Marketplace Loans are not, there could be a potential mismatch in the timing of the Pass-Through Note issuer’s income and deductions for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and the Pass-Through Note issuer’s resulting tax liabilities could affect its ability to make payments on the Pass-Through Notes.
 
Additional Investments and Practices of the Fund
 
The Fund intends to invest substantially all of its Managed Assets in Marketplace Lending Instruments; however, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in other income-producing securities of any maturity and credit quality, including below investment grade securities (which are commonly referred to as “junk” bonds). Such income-producing securities in which the Fund may invest may include, without limitation, corporate debt securities, U.S. government debt securities, short-term debt securities, asset-backed securities, exchange-traded notes, loans other than Marketplace Loans, including secured and unsecured senior loans, and cash and cash equivalents. The Fund also may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in equity securities, including exchange-traded funds. The following describes these instruments in which the Fund may, but is not required to, invest, and certain of the risks associated with an investment in such instruments, and supplements the discussion from the Prospectus. See “Risks—Other Investment-Related Risks” in the Prospectus. It is possible that certain types of financial instruments or investment techniques described herein may not be available, permissible, economically feasible or effective for their intended purposes in all markets. Certain practices, techniques or instruments may not be principal activities of the Fund but, to the extent employed, could from time to time have a material impact on the Fund’s performance.
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Asset-Backed Securities. Asset-backed securities represent direct or indirect participations in, or are secured by and payable from, pools of assets such as, among other things, motor vehicle installment sales contracts, installment loan contracts, leases of various types of real and personal property, and receivables from revolving credit (credit card) agreements or a combination of the foregoing. These assets are securitized through the use of trusts and special purpose entities. Credit enhancements, such as various forms of cash collateral accounts or letters of credit, may support payments of principal and interest on asset-backed securities. Although these securities may be supported by letters of credit or other credit enhancements, payment of interest and principal ultimately depends upon individuals paying the underlying loans or accounts, which payment may be adversely affected by general downturns in the economy. Asset-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk. There is risk that recovery on repossessed collateral might be unavailable or inadequate to support payments on the underlying investments.
 
Below Investment Grade Securities. The Fund may invest in securities of any credit quality, including securities that are rated below investment grade. Below investment grade securities are rated below “BBB-“ by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, or Fitch Ratings, Inc., below “Baa” by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. or comparably rated by another nationally recognized statistical rating organization (“NRSRO”) or, if unrated, determined by the Adviser to be of comparable credit quality at the time of purchase. Below investment grade securities are commonly referred to as “junk” or “high yield” securities and are considered speculative with respect to the issuer’s capacity to pay interest and repay principal. Ratings assigned by an NRSRO are not absolute standards of credit quality and do not evaluate market risk or the liquidity of securities. Consequently, securities with the same maturity, duration, coupon and rating may have different yields. Any shortcomings or inefficiencies in an NRSRO’s processes for determining credit ratings may adversely affect the credit ratings of securities held by the Fund and, as a result, may adversely affect those securities’ perceived or actual credit risk. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—Below Investment Grade Securities Risk.”
 
Commercial Paper. Commercial paper represents short-term unsecured promissory notes issued in bearer form by corporations such as banks or bank holding companies and finance companies. The rate of return on commercial paper may be linked or indexed to the level of exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and a foreign currency or currencies.
 
Corporate Debt Securities. Corporate debt securities are debt obligations issued by U.S. and foreign corporations and other business entities to borrow money from investors. Corporate debt securities may be either secured or unsecured. Collateral used for secured debt includes, but is not limited to, real property, machinery, equipment, accounts receivable, stocks, bonds, or notes. If a bond is unsecured, it is known as a debenture. Holders of corporate debt securities, as creditors, have a prior legal claim over common and preferred stockholders as to both income and assets of the corporation for the principal and interest due them and may have a prior claim over other creditors if liens or mortgages are involved. Interest on corporate debt securities may be fixed rate, floating rate, adjustable rate, zero coupon, contingent, deferred, or have payment-in-kind features. Interest on corporate debt securities is typically paid semi-annually and is fully taxable to the holder of such securities. Corporate debt securities contain elements of both interest rate risk and credit risk. The market value of a corporate debt security generally may be expected to rise and fall inversely with interest rates and may also be affected by the credit rating of the corporation, the corporation’s performance, and perceptions of the corporation in the marketplace. Corporate debt securities usually yield more than government or agency securities due to the presence of credit risk. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—Fixed Income Securities Risk.”
 
Equity Securities. The Fund may invest in equity securities, including but not limited to common stock, preferred stock and shares of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”).
 
Common stock represents an equity ownership interest in a company, providing voting rights and entitling the holder to a share of the company’s success through dividends and/or capital appreciation. In the event of liquidation, common stockholders have rights to a company’s remaining assets after bondholders, other debt holders and preferred stockholders have been paid in full. Typically, common stockholders are entitled to one vote per share to elect the company’s board of directors (although the number of votes is not always directly proportional to the number of shares owned). Common stockholders also receive voting rights regarding other company matters such as mergers and certain important company policies such as issuing securities to management. Common stock fluctuates in price in response to many factors, including historical and prospective earnings of the issuer, the value of its assets, general economic conditions, interest rates, investor perceptions and market liquidity. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—Common Stock Risk.”
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Preferred stock represents an equity ownership interest in an issuer, but generally entitles the holder to receive, in preference to the holders of other stocks such as common stock, dividends and a fixed share of the proceeds resulting from the liquidation of the issuer. Some preferred stock also entitles their holders to receive additional liquidation proceeds on the same basis as holders of the issuer’s common stock. Some preferred stock offers a fixed rate of return with no maturity date. Preferred stock with no maturity may perform similarly to long term bonds, and can be more volatile than other types of preferred stock with heightened sensitivity to changes in interest rates. Other preferred stock has a variable dividend, generally determined on a quarterly or other periodic basis. Because preferred stock represents an equity ownership interest in a company, its value usually will react more strongly than bonds and other debt instruments to actual or perceived changes in an issuer’s financial condition or prospects or to fluctuations in the equity markets. Unlike common stock, preferred stock does not usually have voting rights absent the occurrence of specified events; preferred stock, in some instances, is convertible into common stock. In order to be payable, dividends on preferred stock must be declared by the issuer’s board of directors. There is, however, no assurance that dividends will be declared by the boards of directors of issuers of the preferred stocks in which the Fund invests. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—Preferred Stock Risk” below.
 
ETFs are funds whose shares are traded on securities exchanges and generally seek to approximate the investment performance of their respective benchmarks by investing in a variety of U.S. and foreign equity, debt, commodities, money market securities, futures and other instruments. The shares of an ETF may be assembled in a block (typically 50,000 shares) known as a creation unit and redeemed in-kind for a portfolio of the underlying securities (based on the ETF’s net asset value (“NAV”)) together with a cash payment generally equal to accumulated dividends as of the date of redemption. Conversely, a creation unit may be purchased from the ETF by depositing a specified portfolio of the ETF’s underlying securities, as well as a cash payment generally equal to accumulated dividends of the securities (net of expenses) up to the time of deposit. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—ETFs Risk.”
 
Exchange-Traded Notes. The Fund may invest in exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”), which are a type of unsecured, unsubordinated debt security. ETNs combine certain aspects of bonds and ETFs. Similar to ETFs, ETNs are traded on a major exchange (e.g., the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”)) during normal trading hours, although trading volume can be limited. However, investors can also hold the ETN until maturity. At maturity, the issuer pays to the investor a cash amount equal to the principal amount, subject to the day’s index factor. ETN returns are based upon the performance of a market index minus applicable fees. ETNs do not make periodic coupon payments and provide no principal protection. The value of an ETN may be influenced by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in underlying markets, changes in the applicable interest rates, changes in the issuer’s credit rating and economic, legal, political or geographic events that affect the referenced index. The value of the ETN may drop due to a downgrade in the issuer’s credit rating, despite the underlying index remaining unchanged. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—ETNs Risk.”
 
Government Debt Securities. The Fund may invest in government debt securities, which are debt securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government or its agencies or instrumentalities. Obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies and instrumentalities include bills, notes and bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury, as well as “stripped” or “zero coupon” U.S. Treasury obligations representing future interest or principal payments on U.S. Treasury notes or bonds. Stripped securities are sold at a discount to their “face value,” and may exhibit greater price volatility than interest-bearing securities because investors receive no payment until maturity. Other obligations of certain agencies and instrumentalities of the U.S. Government are supported only by the credit of the instrumentality. The U.S. Government may choose not to provide financial support to U.S. Government-sponsored agencies or instrumentalities if it is not legally obligated to do so, in which case, if the issuer were to default, the Fund might not be able to recover its investment from the U.S. Government.
 
Loans. In addition to Marketplace Lending Instruments, the Fund may invest in loans other than Marketplace Loans that are senior and secured loans as well as unsecured or subordinated loans. In addition, the Fund may invest in secured and unsecured participations in loans. While the loans purchased by the Fund may be secured by a first-priority security interest in most tangible and intangible assets of the issuer, they are not required to be and the Fund will not be subject to any limit on purchasing loans with lower-priority security interests or loans whose security interests exclude material assets of the issuer.
 
The Fund may invest in term loans and other types of loans, including those that are attached to a term loan tranche or otherwise required to be purchased along with the purchase of a term loan tranche. The loans purchased by the Fund may be negotiated and structured by a syndicate of lenders consisting of commercial banks, investment banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies, finance companies or other financial institutions, one or more of which will administer the loan on behalf of all the lenders. The Fund may purchase assignments of these loans, in which case it will typically become a lender for purposes of the relevant loan agreement with direct contractual rights against the borrower, including the right to receive payments of principal and interest. However, the Fund may also purchase participation interests, in which case it will not have any direct relationship with the borrower and will instead rely on the lender or participant that sold the participation interest for enforcement of rights against the borrower and to receive and process payments of interest, principal and other amounts due to the Fund. See “Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund—Loan Risk.
 
Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund
 
Below Investment Grade Securities Risk. The Fund may invest in below investment grade securities, which are commonly referred to as “junk” or “high yield” securities. These securities are considered to be high-risk investments. The risks include the following:
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These securities are regarded as predominately speculative. There is a greater risk that issuers of lower rated securities will default than issuers of higher rated securities. Issuers of lower-rated securities generally are less creditworthy and may be highly indebted, financially distressed or bankrupt. These issuers are more vulnerable to real or perceived economic changes, political changes or adverse industry developments. In addition, below investment grade securities are frequently subordinated to the prior payment of senior indebtedness. If an issuer fails to pay principal or interest, the Fund would experience a decrease in income and a decline in the market value of its investments. The Fund also may incur additional expenses in seeking recovery from the issuer.
 
The income and market value of lower-rated securities may fluctuate more than higher-rated securities. Although certain below investment grade securities may be less sensitive to interest rate changes than investment grade securities, below investment grade securities generally are more sensitive to short-term corporate, economic and market developments. During periods of economic uncertainty and change, the market price of the investments in lower-rated securities may be volatile. The default rate for high yield bonds tends to be cyclical, with defaults rising in periods of economic downturn.
 
It is often more difficult to value lower-rated securities than higher-rated securities. If an issuer’s financial condition deteriorates, accurate financial and business information may be limited or unavailable. In addition, the lower-rated investments may be thinly traded and there may be no established secondary market. Because of the lack of market pricing and current information for investments in lower-rated securities, valuation of such investments is much more dependent on judgment than is the case with higher-rated securities.
 
There may be no established secondary or public market for investments in lower-rated securities. Such securities are frequently traded in markets that may be relatively less liquid than the market for higher-rated securities. In addition, relatively few institutional purchasers may hold a major portion of an issue of lower-rated securities at times. As a result, lower-rated securities may be required to be sold at substantial losses or retained indefinitely even where an issuer’s financial condition is deteriorating.
 
Credit quality of below investment grade securities can change suddenly and unexpectedly, and even recently-issued credit ratings may not fully reflect the actual risks posed by a particular below investment grade security.
 
Future legislation may have a possible negative impact on the market for below investment grade securities.
 
Common Stock Risk. Common stock risk is the risk that the value of the common stock held by the Fund will fall, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably, due to general market and economic conditions, perceptions regarding the industries in which the issuers of common stock held by the Fund participate or factors relating to specific companies in which the Fund invests. Common stock of an issuer in the Fund’s portfolio may decline in price if the issuer fails to make anticipated dividend payments because, among other reasons, the issuer of the common stock experiences a decline in its financial condition. Common stock in which the Fund may invest is structurally subordinated to preferred stock, bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure, in terms of priority to corporate income and liquidation payments, and therefore will be subject to greater dividend risk than preferred stock or debt instruments of such issuers. In addition, while common stock has historically generated higher average returns than debt securities over the long term, common stock has also experienced significantly more volatility in those returns. An adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report, may depress the value of common stock of an issuer held by the Fund. Also, the price of common stock of an issuer is sensitive to general movements in the stock market, changes in investors’ perceptions of the financial condition of the issuer and the occurrence of political or economic events affecting issuers. A drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stock to which the Fund has investment exposure. In addition, common stock prices may be sensitive to rising interest rates as the costs of capital rise and borrowing costs increase.
 
The Fund may invest in common stock of companies of any market capitalization. Accordingly, the Fund may invest in common stock of companies having smaller market capitalizations, including mid-cap and small-cap common stocks. The common stock of these companies often have less liquidity than the common stock of larger companies and these companies frequently have less management depth, narrower market penetrations, less diverse product lines and fewer resources than larger companies. Due to these and other factors, common stock of smaller companies may be more susceptible to market downturns and other events, and their prices may be more volatile than the common stock of larger companies. Larger, more established companies in which the Fund may invest may be unable to attain the high growth rates of successful, smaller companies during periods of economic expansion.
 
Currency Risk. The value of securities denominated or quoted in foreign currencies may be adversely affected by fluctuations in the relative currency exchange rates and by exchange control regulations. The Fund’s investment performance may be negatively affected by a devaluation of a currency in which the Fund’s investments are denominated or quoted. Further, the Fund’s investment performance may be significantly affected, either positively or negatively, by currency exchange rates because the U.S. dollar value of securities denominated or quoted in another currency will increase or decrease in response to changes in the value of such currency in relation to the U.S. dollar.
 
Deflation Risk. Deflation risk is the risk that prices throughout the economy decline over time, which may have an adverse effect on the market valuation of companies, their assets and revenues. In addition, deflation may have an adverse effect on the creditworthiness of issuers and may make issuer default more likely, which may result in a decline in the value of the Fund’s portfolio.
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ETFs Risk. To the extent the Fund invests a portion of its Managed Assets in ETFs, those assets will be subject to the risks of the purchased funds’ portfolio securities, and a Shareholder in the Fund will bear not only his or her proportionate share of the Fund’s expenses, but also indirectly the expenses of the purchased funds. Shareholders would therefore be subject to duplicative expenses to the extent the Fund invests in other funds. The Fund’s investments in other funds also are subject to the ability of the managers of those funds to achieve the funds’ investment objective(s).
 
Risks associated with investments in ETFs may generally include the risks described in the Prospectus associated with the Fund’s structure as a closed-end fund, including market risk. Most ETFs are investment companies that aim to track or replicate a desired index, such as a sector, market or global segment. Most ETFs are passively managed and their shares are traded on a national exchange. ETFs do not sell individual shares directly to investors and only issue their shares in large blocks known as “creation units.” The investor purchasing a creation unit may sell the individual shares on a secondary market. Therefore, the liquidity of ETFs depends on the adequacy of the secondary market. There can be no assurance that an ETF’s investment objective(s) will be achieved, as ETFs based on an index may not replicate and maintain exactly the composition and relative weightings of securities in the index. ETFs are subject to the risks of investing in the underlying securities. ETF shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV. As ETFs trade on an exchange, they are subject to the risks of any exchange-traded instrument, including: (i) an active trading market for its shares may not develop or be maintained, (ii) trading of its shares may be halted by the exchange, and (iii) its shares may be delisted from the exchange. Some ETFs are highly leveraged and therefore will expose the Fund to risks posed by leverage, including the risk that the use of leverage by an ETF can magnify the effect of any of its losses.
 
ETNs Risk. The Fund may invest in ETNs, which are notes representing unsecured debt of the issuer. ETNs are typically linked to the performance of an index plus a specified rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral. The value of an ETN may be influenced by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in underlying markets, changes in the applicable interest rates, changes in the issuer’s credit rating and economic, legal, political or geographic events that affect the referenced index. ETNs typically mature 30 years from the date of issue. There may be restrictions on the Fund’s right to liquidate its investment in an ETN prior to maturity (for example, the Fund may only be able to offer its ETN for repurchase by the issuer on a weekly basis), and there may be limited availability of a secondary market.
 
Fixed Income Securities Risk. In addition to the risks described elsewhere in this prospectus, such as below investment grade securities risk, fixed income securities in which the Fund may invest are subject to certain other risks, including the following. These risks may also pertain to the loans in which the Fund may invest.
 
· Issuer Risk. The value of fixed income securities may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, leverage and reduced demand for the issuer’s goods and services, historical and projected earnings, and the value of its assets. Changes in an issuer’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the Fund’s investment in that issuer.
 
· Interest Rate Risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates. When market interest rates rise, the market value of fixed income securities generally will fall. These risks may be greater in the current market environment because interest rates are near historically low levels. Market value generally falls further for fixed rate securities with longer duration. During periods of rising interest rates, the average life of certain types of securities may be extended because of slower than expected prepayments. This may lock in a below-market yield, increase the security’s duration and further reduce the value of the security. Investments in fixed income securities with long-term maturities may experience significant price declines if long-term interest rates increase. Fluctuations in the value of portfolio securities will not affect interest income on existing portfolio securities but will be reflected in the Fund’s NAV. Since the magnitude of these fluctuations will generally be greater at times when the Fund’s average maturity is longer, under certain market conditions the Fund may, for temporary defensive purposes, accept lower current income from short-term investments rather than investing in higher yielding long-term securities.
 
· Liquidity Risk. Certain fixed income securities may be substantially less liquid than many other securities, such as common stocks traded on an exchange. Illiquid securities involve the risk that the securities will not be able to be sold at the time desired by the Fund or at prices approximating the value at which the Fund is carrying the securities on its books.
 
· Prepayment Risk. During periods of declining interest rates, the issuer of a security may exercise its option to prepay principal earlier than scheduled, forcing the Fund to reinvest the proceeds from such prepayment in lower yielding securities, which may result in a decline in the Fund’s income and distributions to Shareholders. This is known as call or prepayment risk. Certain fixed income securities frequently have call features that allow the issuer to redeem the security prior to its stated maturity. An issuer may redeem an obligation if the issuer can refinance the debt at a lower cost due to declining interest rates or an improvement in the credit standing of the issuer. If the Fund bought a security at a premium, the premium could be lost in the event of a prepayment.
 
· Reinvestment Risk. Reinvestment risk is the risk that income from the Fund’s portfolio will decline if the Fund invests the proceeds from matured, traded or called securities at market interest rates that are below the Fund portfolio’s current earnings rate. A decline in income could affect the Shares’ market price or the overall return of the Fund.
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Inflation Risk. Inflation risk is the risk that the value of assets or income from investments will be worth less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money. As inflation increases, the real value of the Shares and distributions can decline.
 
Interest Rate Risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the debt securities held by the Fund will decline because of rising market interest rates. Interest rate risk is generally lower for shorter-term investments and higher for longer-term investments. Duration is a common measure of interest rate risk, which measures a bond’s expected life on a present value basis, taking into account the bond’s yield, interest payments and final maturity. Duration is a reasonably accurate measure of a bond’s price sensitivity to changes in interest rates. The longer the duration of a bond, the greater the bond’s price sensitivity is to changes in interest rates.
 
Loan Risk. The Fund’s investments in loans may create substantial risk. The Fund may invest in senior and secured loans and in unsecured or subordinated loans. In addition, the Fund may invest in secured and unsecured participations in loans. These loans will generally be rated below investment grade. See “—Below Investment Grade Securities Risk” above. In making investments in such loans, which are made by banks or other financial intermediaries to borrowers, the Adviser will depend primarily upon the creditworthiness of the borrower for payment of principal and interest which will expose the Fund to the credit risk of the underlying borrower. If the Fund invests in a loan through a participation, the Fund will also be exposed to the credit risk of the financial institution selling the participation to the Fund as well as the credit risk of the underlying borrower. The market for loans may not be liquid and the Fund may have difficulty selling them. Loans have similar risks to high yield bonds and are speculative, involve greater risks of default, downgrade, or price declines and are more volatile and tend to be less liquid than investment grade securities. Companies issuing loans may be less financially strong, more likely to encounter financial difficulties, and more vulnerable to adverse market events and negative sentiments than companies with higher credit ratings.
 
Senior loans hold the most senior position in the capital structure of a business entity, are typically secured with specific collateral and have a claim on the assets and/or stock of the borrower that is senior to that held by subordinated debt holders and stockholders of the borrower. Senior loans that the Fund may invest in may be rated below investment grade, and share the same risks of other below investment grade debt instruments. Although the Fund may invest in senior loans that are secured by specific collateral, there can be no assurance the liquidation of such collateral would satisfy a borrower’s obligation to the Fund in the event of borrower default or that such collateral could be readily liquidated under such circumstances. If the terms of a senior loan do not require the borrower to pledge additional collateral in the event of a decline in the value of the already pledged collateral, the Fund will be exposed to the risk that the value of the collateral will not at all times equal or exceed the amount of the borrower’s obligations under the senior loan. In the event of bankruptcy of a borrower, the Fund could also experience delays or limitations with respect to its ability to realize the benefits of any collateral securing a senior loan. Some senior loans are subject to the risk that a court, pursuant to fraudulent conveyance or other similar laws, could subordinate the senior loans to presently existing or future indebtedness of the borrower or take other action detrimental to lenders, including the Fund. Such court action could under certain circumstances include invalidation of senior loans.
 
Second lien loans and unsecured loans generally are subject to the same risks associated with investments in senior loans, as discussed above. Because second lien loans and unsecured loans are lower in priority of payment to senior loans, they are subject to the additional risk that the cash flow of the borrower and property securing the loan, if any, may be insufficient to meet scheduled payments after giving effect to the senior secured obligations of the borrower. This risk is generally higher for unsecured loans, which are not backed by a security interest in any specific collateral. Second lien loans and unsecured loans are expected to have greater price volatility than senior loans and may be less liquid. Second lien loans and unsecured loans of below investment grade quality also share the same risks of other below investment grade debt instruments.
 
Preferred Stock Risk. Preferred stocks are unique securities that combine some of the characteristics of both common stocks and bonds. See “—Common Stock Risk” and “—Fixed Income Securities Risk” above. In addition to the risks described elsewhere in this section, such as those described for common stock and fixed income securities, including interest rate risk, preferred stocks are subject to certain other risks, including:
 
· Deferral and Omission Risk. Preferred stocks may include provisions that permit the issuer, at its discretion, to defer or omit distributions for a stated period without any adverse consequences to the issuer.
 
· Subordination Risk. Preferred stocks are generally subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure in terms of having priority to corporate income, claims to corporate assets and liquidation payments, and therefore will be subject to greater credit risk than more senior debt instruments.
 
· Floating Rate and Fixed-to-Floating Rate Securities Risk. The market value of floating rate securities is a reflection of discounted expected cash flows based on expectations for future interest rate resets. The market value of such securities may fall in a declining interest rate environment and may also fall in a rising interest rate environment if there is a lag between the rise in interest rates and the reset. This risk may also be present with respect to fixed-to-floating rate securities in which the Fund may invest. A secondary risk associated with declining interest rates is the risk that income earned by the Fund on floating rate and fixed-to-floating rate securities may decline due to lower coupon payments on floating-rate securities.
 
· Call and Reinvestment Risk. During periods of declining interest rates or certain varying circumstances, an issuer may be able to exercise an option to redeem its issue at par earlier than scheduled, which is generally known as call risk. If this occurs, the Fund may be forced to reinvest in lower yielding securities.
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· Limited Voting Rights Risk. Generally, traditional preferred stock offers no voting rights with respect to the issuer unless preferred dividends have been in arrears for a specified number of periods, at which time the preferred stockholders may have the ability to elect a director or directors to the issuer’s board. Generally, once all the arrearages have been paid, the preferred stockholders no longer have voting rights.
 
· Special Redemption Rights. In certain varying circumstances, an issuer of preferred stock may redeem the securities prior to their scheduled call or maturity date. As with call provisions, a redemption by the issuer may negatively impact the return of the security held by the Fund.
 
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
 
Investment Adviser
 
RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC is the investment adviser for the Fund pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement. RiverNorth is headquartered at 325 North LaSalle Street, Suite 645, Chicago, Illinois 60654. Under the oversight of the Board of Directors, the Adviser will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio, managing the Fund’s business affairs and providing certain clerical, bookkeeping and other administrative services. The Adviser will also be responsible for determining the Fund’s overall investment strategy and overseeing its implementation. Founded in 2000, RiverNorth is registered with the SEC and as of June 30, 2016 managed approximately $3.34 billion for four series of a registered open-end management investment company, one registered closed-end management investment company and four private investment funds. Patrick W. Galley, a portfolio manager of the Fund, and Brian H. Schmucker owns, directly or indirectly, more than 25% of RiverNorth Financial Holdings LLC, the parent company of the Adviser and is deemed to control the Adviser.
 
Investment Advisory Agreement
 
For its services under the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Fund pays the Adviser a monthly management fee computed at the annual rate of 1.25% of the average monthly Managed Assets. The Adviser has agreed to waive a portion of such management fee for the first two years of the Investment Advisory Agreement and, therefore, the Fund will pay a monthly management fee computed at an annual rate of 0.95% of the average monthly Managed Assets for such two year period. “Managed Assets” means the total assets of the Fund, including assets attributable to leverage, minus liabilities (other than debt representing leverage and any preferred stock that may be outstanding). In addition to the monthly advisory fee, the Fund pays all other costs and expenses of its operations, including, but not limited to, compensation of its directors (other than those affiliated with the Adviser), custodial expenses, transfer agency and dividend disbursing expenses, legal fees, expenses of independent auditors, expenses of repurchasing shares, expenses of any leverage, expenses of preparing, printing and distributing prospectuses, shareholder reports, notices, proxy statements and reports to governmental agencies, and taxes, if any.
 
If the Fund determines to use leverage, the fees paid to the Adviser for investment management services will be higher than if the Fund did not use leverage because the fees paid will be calculated based on Managed Assets, which would include assets attributable to leverage. Because the fees paid to the Adviser are determined on the basis of Managed Assets, this creates a conflict of interest for the Adviser. The Board of Directors monitors the Fund’s use of leverage and in doing so monitors this potential conflict.
 
The Investment Advisory Agreement provides that the Adviser shall not be liable for any act or omission in the course of, connected with or arising out of any services to be rendered under such agreement, except by reason of willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence on the part of the Adviser in the performance of its duties or from reckless disregard by the Adviser of its obligations and duties under such agreement.
 
The Adviser will make available, without additional expense to the Fund, the services of such of its officers, directors and employees as may be duly elected as officers or directors of the Fund, subject to the individual consent of such persons to serve and to any limitations imposed by law. The Adviser will pay all expenses incurred in performing its services under the Investment Advisory Agreement, including compensation of and office space for directors, officers and employees of the Adviser connected with management of the Fund. The Fund will be required to pay brokerage and other expenses of executing the Fund’s portfolio transactions; taxes or governmental fees; interest charges and other costs of borrowing funds; litigation and indemnification expenses and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of the Fund’s business.
The Investment Advisory Agreement will remain in effect for an initial term ending two years from the date the registration statement of the Fund has been declared effective by the SEC (unless sooner terminated), and shall remain in effect from year to year thereafter if approved annually (i) by a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund or by a vote of the Fund’s Board of Directors, cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval, and (ii) by vote of a majority of the Board of Directors who are not parties to the Investment Advisory Agreement or “interested persons” of any party to the Investment Advisory Agreement, cast in person at a meeting called for the purse of voting on such approval.  In addition, the Fund’s Charter requires the favorable vote of two-thirds of the entire Board of Directors to advise, approve, adopt or authorize entering into, terminating or amending the Investment Advisory Agreement, which supermajority voting requirement is greater than the minimum voting requirement under the 1940 Act.  Information regarding the Board of Directors’ approval of the Investment Advisory Agreement will be available in the Fund’s semi-annual report to shareholders for the period ended December 31, 2016.  The Investment Advisory Agreement will terminate upon assignment by any party and is terminable, without penalty, on 60 days’ written notice by the Board of Directors or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund or upon 60 days’ written notice by the Adviser.
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Portfolio Managers
 
Philip K. Bartow and Patrick W. Galley will be responsible for implementing portfolio management decisions for the Fund.
 
Philip K. Bartow is a co-portfolio manager of the Fund. Mr. Bartow joined RiverNorth in 2015 and manages the firm’s Marketplace Lending strategy. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Mr. Bartow was a Principal at Spring Hill Capital, where he focused on analyzing and trading structured credit, commercial mortgage and asset-backed fixed income investments. Mr. Bartow started his career in the Mortgage Department at Lehman Brothers Inc. in New York. Mr. Bartow holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Bartow is also a graduate of Williams College, where he received a B.A. in Economics.
 
Patrick W. Galley, CFA is a portfolio manager of the Fund. Mr. Galley is the Chief Investment Officer for the Adviser. Mr. Galley heads the firm’s research and investment team and oversees all portfolio management activities at the Adviser. Mr. Galley also serves as the President and Chairman of RiverNorth Funds. Prior to joining the Adviser in 2004, he was most recently a Vice President at Bank of America in the Global Investment Bank’s Portfolio Management group, where he specialized in analyzing and structuring corporate transactions for investment management firms in addition to closed-end and open-end funds, hedge funds, funds of funds, structured investment vehicles and insurance/reinsurance companies. Mr. Galley graduated with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Finance. He has received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a member of the CFA Institute and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.
 
Compensation of Portfolio Managers
 
Mr. Bartow’s and Mr. Galley’s total compensation includes a base salary fixed from year to year and a variable performance bonus consisting of cash incentives. The amounts paid to Mr. Galley may include compensation based on a percentage of the fees earned by the Adviser from managing the Fund and other investment accounts. The performance bonus reflects individual performance and the performance of the Adviser’s business as a whole. Mr. Bartow and Mr. Galley also participate in a 401K program on the same basis as other employees of the Adviser.
 
Portfolio Manager Ownership of Fund Shares
 
The following table shows the dollar range of equity securities of the Fund beneficially owned by the portfolio managers of the Fund as May 31, 2016.

Name of Portfolio Manager
Dollar Range of Equity
Securities of the Fund
Philip K. Bartow
None
Patrick W. Galley
None
 
Conflicts of Interest
 
Actual or apparent conflicts of interest may arise when a portfolio manager has day-to-day management responsibilities with respect to more than one fund or other accounts. More specifically, portfolio managers who manage multiple funds are presented with the following potential conflicts:
 
The management of multiple accounts may result in a portfolio manager devoting unequal time and attention to the management of each account. The management of multiple funds and accounts also may give rise to potential conflicts of interest if the funds and accounts have different objectives, benchmarks, time horizons and fees as the portfolio manager must allocate his time and investment ideas across multiple funds and accounts. Another potential conflict of interest may arise where another account has the same investment objective as the Fund, whereby the portfolio manager could favor one account over another.
 
With respect to securities transactions for the Fund, the Adviser determines which broker to use to execute each order, consistent with the duty to seek best execution of the transaction. A portfolio manager may execute transactions for another fund or account that may adversely impact the value of securities held by the Fund. Securities selected for funds or accounts other than the Fund may outperform the securities selected for the Fund. Further, a potential conflict could include a portfolio manager’s knowledge about the size, timing and possible market impact of Fund trades, whereby they could use this information to the advantage of other accounts and to the disadvantage of the Fund. These potential conflicts of interest could create the appearance that a portfolio manager is favoring one investment vehicle over another.
 
The management of personal accounts also may give rise to potential conflicts of interest. Although the portfolio manager generally does not trade securities in his or her own personal account, the Adviser and the Fund have each adopted a code of ethics that, among other things, permits personal trading by employees (including trading in securities that can be purchased, sold or held by the Fund) under conditions where it has been determined that such trades would not adversely impact client accounts. Nevertheless, the management of personal accounts may give rise to potential conflicts of interest, and there is no assurance that these codes of ethics will adequately address such conflicts.
 
The Adviser has adopted certain compliance procedures which are designed to address these types of conflicts. However, there is no guarantee that such procedures will detect each and every situation in which a conflict arises.
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Other Accounts Managed
 
As of May 31, 2016, the portfolio managers of the Fund were responsible for the management of the following other accounts (in addition to the Fund):

Number of Other Accounts Managed and Assets by Account Type
As of May 31, 2016
Portfolio Manager
Registered Investment
Companies
(other than the Fund)
Registered Investment Companies Subject to Performance-Based Advisory Fees
Other
Pooled
Investment Vehicles
Other Pooled Investment Vehicles Subject to Performance-Based Advisory Fees
Other
Accounts
Other Accounts Subject to Performance-Based Advisory Fees
Philip K. Bartow
Number: 0
Assets: $0
Number: 0
Assets: $0
Number: 1
Assets: $1.125 million
Number: 0
Assets: $0
Number: 0
Assets: $0
Number: 0
Assets: $0
Patrick W. Galley
Number: 5
Assets: $2.95 billion
Number: 0
Assets: $0
Number: 1
Assets: $1.125 million
Number: 3
Assets: $379.9 million
Number: 1
Assets: $42.0 million
Number: 1
Assets: $42.0 million
 
Administrator
 
Under an Administration Servicing Agreement (the “Administration Agreement”), subject to the supervision of the Board of Directors, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (“USBFS”) is responsible for calculating NAVs, providing additional fund accounting and tax services, and providing fund administration and compliance-related services. USBFS will bear all expenses in connection with the performance of its services under the Administration Agreement, except for certain out of pocket expenses described therein. USBFS will not bear any expenses incurred by the Fund, including but not limited to initial organization and offering expenses; litigation expenses; costs of preferred shares (if any); expenses of conducting repurchase offers pursuant to the Fund’s repurchase policy; transfer agency and custodial expenses; taxes; interest; Fund directors’ fees; compensation and expenses of Fund officers who are not associated with USBFS or its affiliates; brokerage fees and commissions; state and federal registration fees; advisory fees; insurance premiums; fidelity bond premiums; Fund legal and audit fees and expenses; costs of maintenance of Fund existence; printing and delivery of materials in connection with meetings of the Fund’s directors; printing and mailing shareholder reports, offering documents, and proxy materials; securities pricing and data services; and expenses in connection with electronic filings with the SEC.
 
Codes of Ethics
 
The Fund and the Adviser have each adopted a code of ethics under Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act. These codes permit personnel subject to the code to invest in securities, including securities that may be purchased or held by the Fund. These codes can be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at (202) 942-8090. The codes of ethics are available on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s web site (http://www.sec.gov), and copies of these codes may be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by electronic request at the following e-mail address: publicinfo@sec.gov, or by writing the SEC Public Reference Section, Washington, D.C. 20549-0102.
 
FUND SERVICE PROVIDERS
 
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
 
KPMG LLP, 200 Randolph Drive, Suite 5500, Chicago, Illinois 60601, has been appointed as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Fund.
 
Legal Counsel
 
Certain legal matters in connection with the Shares will be passed upon for the Fund by Chapman and Cutler LLP. Chapman and Cutler LLP has served as special tax counsel for the Fund as well. Chapman and Cutler LLP may rely as to certain matters of Maryland law on the opinion of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A. Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP serves as legal counsel to the independent directors of the Fund.
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Custodians and Transfer Agent
 
Millennium Trust Company, located at 2001 Spring Road #700, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523, will serve as the Fund’s loan custodian and will maintain custody of the loans held by the Fund pursuant to a Custody Agreement. Under the Custody Agreement, the custodian will hold the Fund’s loans in compliance with the 1940 Act.
 
U.S. Bank, N.A., located at 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive, Suite 302, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212, will serve as the Fund’s custodian of the Fund’s cash and other securities pursuant to a Custody Agreement. Under the Custody Agreement, the custodian will hold the Fund’s cash and securities in compliance with the 1940 Act.
 
DST Systems, Inc., located at 1055 Broadway, 7th Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, will serve as the transfer agent and registrar for the Fund.
 
PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS
 
The Adviser is responsible for the Fund’s portfolio decisions and the placing of the Fund’s portfolio transactions. In placing portfolio transactions, the Adviser seeks the best qualitative execution for the Fund, taking into account such factors as price (including the applicable brokerage commission or dealer spread), the execution capability, financial responsibility and responsiveness of the broker or dealer and the brokerage and research services provided by the broker or dealer. The Adviser generally seeks favorable prices and commission rates that are reasonable in relation to the benefits received.
 
The Adviser is specifically authorized to select brokers or dealers who also provide brokerage and research services to the Fund and/or the other accounts over which the Adviser exercises investment discretion, and to pay such brokers or dealers a commission in excess of the commission another broker or dealer would charge if the Adviser determines in good faith that the commission is reasonable in relation to the value of the brokerage and research services provided. The determination may be viewed in terms of a particular transaction or the Adviser’s overall responsibilities with respect to the Fund and to other accounts over which it exercises investment discretion. The Adviser may not give consideration to sales of Shares as a factor in the selection of brokers and dealers to execute portfolio transactions. However, the Adviser may place portfolio transactions with brokers or dealers that promote or sell Shares so long as such placements are made pursuant to policies approved by the Board of Directors that are designed to ensure that the selection is based on the quality of the broker’s execution and not on its sales efforts.
 
Research services include supplemental research, securities and economic analyses, statistical services and information with respect to the availability of securities or purchasers or sellers of securities, and analyses of reports concerning performance of accounts. The research services and other information furnished by brokers through whom the Fund effects securities transactions may also be used by the Adviser in servicing all of its accounts. Similarly, research and information provided by brokers or dealers serving other clients may be useful to the Adviser in connection with its services to the Fund. Although research services and other information are useful to the Fund and the Adviser, it may not be possible to place a dollar value on the research and other information received. It is the opinion of the Adviser that the review and study of the research and other information will not reduce the overall cost to the Adviser of performing its duties to the Fund under the Agreement.
 
Over-the-counter transactions will be placed either directly with principal market makers or with broker-dealers, if the same or a better price, including commissions and executions, is available. Fixed income securities are normally purchased directly from the issuer, an underwriter or a market maker. Purchases include a concession paid by the issuer to the underwriter and the purchase price paid to a market maker may include the spread between the bid and ask prices.
 
When the Fund and another of the Adviser’s clients seek to purchase or sell the same security at or about the same time, the Adviser may execute the transaction on a combined (“blocked”) basis. Blocked transactions can produce better execution for the Fund because of the increased volume of the transaction. If the entire blocked order is not filled, the Fund may not be able to acquire as large a position in such security as it desires or it may have to pay a higher price for the security. Similarly, the Fund may not be able to obtain as large an execution of an order to sell or as high a price for any particular portfolio security if the other client desires to sell the same portfolio security at the same time. In the event that the entire blocked order is not filled, the purchase or sale will normally be allocated on a pro rata basis. The Adviser may adjust the allocation when, taking into account such factors as the size of the individual orders and transaction costs, the Adviser believes an adjustment is reasonable.
 
The Fund has no obligation to deal with any particular broker or dealer in the execution of its transactions, but has no present intention of using affiliated broker-dealers for Fund portfolio trades.
 
U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS
 
The following is a summary discussion of certain U.S. federal income tax consequences that may be relevant to a Shareholder that acquires, holds and/or disposes of Shares. This discussion only addresses U.S. federal income tax consequences to U.S. Shareholders who hold their Shares as capital assets and does not address all of the U.S. federal income tax consequences that may be relevant to particular Shareholders in light of their individual circumstances. This discussion also does not address the tax consequences to Shareholders who are subject to special rules, including, without limitation, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, dealers in securities or foreign currencies, foreign holders, persons who hold their Shares as or in a hedge against currency risk, a constructive sale, or conversion transaction, or tax-exempt or tax-deferred plans, accounts, or entities. In addition, the discussion does not address any state, local, or foreign tax consequences. The discussion reflects applicable income tax laws of the United States as of the date hereof, which tax laws may be changed or subject to new interpretations by the courts or the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) retroactively or prospectively and could affect the continued validity of this summary. No attempt is made to present a detailed explanation of all U.S. federal income tax concerns affecting the Fund and its Shareholders, and the discussion set forth herein does not constitute tax advice. Investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers before making an investment in the Fund to determine the specific tax consequences to them of investing in the Fund, including the applicable federal, state, local and foreign tax consequences as well as the effect of possible changes in tax laws.
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Fund Taxation
 
The Fund intends to elect to be treated, and to qualify each year, as a “regulated investment company” under Subchapter M of the Code, so that it will not pay U.S. federal income tax on income and capital gains timely distributed (or treated as being distributed as described below) to Shareholders. In order to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Code, the Fund must, among other things, derive at least 90% of its gross income for each taxable year from dividends, interest, payments with respect to certain securities loans, gains from the sale or other disposition of stock, securities or foreign currencies, other income (including gains from options, futures and forward contracts) derived with respect to its business of investing in such stock, securities or currencies and net income derived from interests in qualified publicly traded partnerships (collectively, the “90% income test”). In addition to the 90% income test, the Fund must also diversify its holdings (commonly referred to as the “diversification test”) so that, at the end of each quarter of its taxable year (i) at least 50% of the value of the Fund’s total assets is represented by cash and cash items, U.S. government securities, securities of other regulated investment companies and other securities, with such other securities of any one issuer limited for the purposes of this calculation to an amount not greater in value than 5% of the value of the Fund’s total assets and to not more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer, and (ii) not more than 25% of the value of its total assets is invested in the securities (other than U.S. government securities or securities of other regulated investment companies) of any one issuer or of two or more issuers controlled by the Fund and engaged in the same, similar or related trades or businesses, or the securities of one or more qualified publicly traded partnerships.
 
As described above, the Fund intends to purchase and hold consumer and small business loans. Historically, the IRS has viewed the person who is liable for making payments on an instrument as the issuer of the instrument. In the present situation, neither the lending bank nor the platform have guaranteed the performance or payment of the underlying consumer and small business loans. Even if the platforms are still the servicers, if the consumer or small business borrower fails to pay, the platform is not responsible for making up the short fall to the Fund.
 
This increases the risk in the portfolio to the Fund, but also means that the IRS is likely to view the underlying consumers and small businesses as the issuers for the purposes of the regulated investment company qualification tests.
 
Chapman and Cutler LLP, special tax counsel to the Fund, has given the Fund its opinion that the underlying consumers and small businesses will be treated as the issuers for the purposes of the regulated investment company qualifications tests. As to the Pass-Through Notes and Marketplace Lending Instruments other than whole consumer and small business loans, the identity of the issuer for purposes of the regulated investment company tests may be less clear, so the Fund will take the position that the writer of such instrument held by the Fund will be the issuer for the regulated investment company tests even if arguments could be made that the consumers and small businesses referenced in such instruments were the persons liable for making payments.
 
If the IRS were to take the position that the original lenders or the servicers were the issuers of the consumer and small business loans, it is possible that the Fund would fail the regulated investment company diversification tests and be taxed as a corporation. If, for any taxable year, the Fund did not qualify as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it would be treated as a U.S. corporation subject to U.S. federal income tax, and possibly state and local income tax, and distributions to its Shareholders would not be deductible by the Fund in computing its taxable income. In such event, the Fund’s distributions, to the extent derived from the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, would generally constitute ordinary dividends, which would generally be eligible for the dividends received deduction available to corporate Shareholders, and non-corporate Shareholders would generally be able to treat such distributions as “qualified dividend income” eligible for reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation, provided in each case that certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied.
 
If the Fund qualifies as a regulated investment company and distributes to its Shareholders at least 90% of the sum of (i) its “investment company taxable income” as that term is defined in the Code (which includes, among other things, dividends, taxable interest, the excess of any net short-term capital gains over net long-term capital losses and certain net foreign exchange gains as reduced by certain deductible expenses) without regard to the deduction for dividends paid and (ii) the excess of its gross tax-exempt interest, if any, over certain disallowed deductions, the Fund will be relieved of U.S. federal income tax on any income of the Fund, including long-term capital gains, distributed to Shareholders. However, if the Fund retains any investment company taxable income or “net capital gain” (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gains over net short-term capital losses), it will be subject to U.S. federal income tax at regular corporate federal income tax rates (currently a maximum rate of 35%) on the amount retained. The Fund intends to distribute at least annually all or substantially all of its investment company taxable income (determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid), net tax-exempt interest, if any, and net capital gain. Under the Code, the Fund will generally be subject to a nondeductible 4% federal excise tax on its undistributed ordinary income and capital gains if it fails to meet certain distribution requirements with respect to a calendar year. In order to avoid the 4% federal excise tax, the required minimum distribution is generally equal to the sum of 98% of the Fund’s ordinary income (computed on a calendar year basis), plus 98.2% of the Fund’s capital gain net income (generally computed for the one-year period ending on October 31), plus undistributed amounts from prior years. The Fund initially intends to make distributions in a timely manner in an amount at least equal to the required minimum distribution but may be subject to the excise tax from time to time depending upon distribution levels.
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If for any taxable year the Fund does not qualify as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it would be treated as a U.S. corporation subject to U.S. federal income tax, and possibly state and local income tax, and distributions to its Shareholders would not be deductible by the Fund in computing its taxable income. In such event, the Fund’s distributions, to the extent derived from the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, would generally constitute ordinary dividends, which generally would be eligible for the dividends received deduction available to corporate Shareholders under Section 243 of the Code, discussed below, and non-corporate Shareholders of the Fund generally would be able to treat such distributions as qualified dividend income eligible for reduced rates of U.S. federal income taxation, as discussed below, provided in each case that certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied.
 
If the Fund invests in certain positions such as pay-in-kind securities, zero coupon securities, deferred interest securities or, in general, any other securities with original issue discount (or with market discount if the Fund elects to include market discount in income currently), the Fund must accrue income on such investments for each taxable year, which generally will be prior to the receipt of the corresponding cash payments. However, the Fund must distribute, at least annually, all or substantially all of its net investment income, including such accrued income, to Shareholders to avoid U.S. federal income and excise taxes. Therefore, the Fund may have to dispose of its portfolio securities under disadvantageous circumstances to generate cash, or may have to leverage itself by borrowing the cash, to satisfy distribution requirements.
 
The Fund may also acquire market discount bonds. A market discount bond is a security acquired in the secondary market at a price below its redemption value (or its adjusted issue price if it is also an original issue discount bond). If the Fund invests in a market discount bond, it will be required for federal income tax purposes to treat any gain recognized on the disposition of such market discount bond as ordinary income (instead of capital gain) to the extent of the accrued market discount unless the Fund elects to include the market discount in income as it accrues.
 
The Fund may invest in debt obligations that are in the lowest rating categories or are unrated, including debt obligations of issuers not currently paying interest or who are in default. Investments in debt obligations that are at risk of or in default present special tax issues for the Fund. Tax rules are not entirely clear about issues such as when the Fund may cease to accrue interest, original issue discount or market discount, when and to what extent deductions may be taken for bad debts or worthless securities, how payments received on obligations in default should be allocated between principal and income and whether exchanges of debt obligations in a bankruptcy or workout context are taxable. These and other related issues will be addressed by the Fund when, as and if it invests in such securities, in order to seek to ensure that it distributes sufficient income to preserve its status as a regulated investment company and does not become subject to U.S. federal income or excise taxes.
 
If the Fund utilizes leverage through borrowing, asset coverage limitations imposed by the 1940 Act as well as additional restrictions that may be imposed by certain lenders on the payment of dividends or distributions could potentially limit or eliminate the Fund’s ability to make distributions on its Shares until the asset coverage is restored. These limitations could prevent the Fund from distributing at least 90% of its investment company taxable income as is required under the Code and therefore might jeopardize the Fund’s qualification as a regulated investment company and/or might subject the Fund to the nondeductible 4% federal excise tax discussed above. Upon any failure to meet the asset coverage requirements imposed by the 1940 Act, the Fund may, in its sole discretion and to the extent permitted under the 1940 Act, purchase or redeem shares of preferred stock, if any, in order to maintain or restore the requisite asset coverage and avoid the adverse consequences to the Fund and its Shareholders of failing to meet the distribution requirements. There can be no assurance, however, that any such action would achieve these objectives. The Fund generally will endeavor to avoid restrictions on its ability to distribute dividends.
 
Shareholder Taxation
 
Distributions of investment company taxable income are generally taxable as ordinary income to the extent of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits. Distributions of net investment income designated by the Fund as derived from qualified dividend income will be taxed in the hands of individuals and other noncorporate taxpayers at the rates applicable to long-term capital gain, provided certain holding period and other requirements are met at both the Shareholder and Fund levels. A dividend will not be treated as qualified dividend income (at either the Fund or Shareholder level) (i) if the dividend is received with respect to any share of stock held for fewer than 61 days during the 121-day period beginning on the date which is 60 days before the date on which such share becomes ex-dividend with respect to such dividend (or, in the case of certain preferred stock, 91 days during the 181-day period beginning 90 days before such date), (ii) to the extent that the recipient is under an obligation (whether pursuant to a short sale or otherwise) to make related payments with respect to positions in substantially similar or related property, (iii) if the recipient elects to have the dividend income treated as investment income for purposes of the limitation on deductibility of investment interest, or (iv) if the dividend is received from a foreign corporation that is (a) not eligible for the benefits of a comprehensive income tax treaty with the U.S. (with the exception of dividends paid on stock of such a foreign corporation that is readily tradable on an established securities market in the U.S.) or (b) treated as a passive foreign investment company. Qualified dividend income does not include interest from fixed income securities. If the Fund lends portfolio securities, amounts received by the Fund that is the equivalent of the dividends paid by the issuer on the securities loaned will not be eligible for qualified dividend income treatment. The Fund does not expect a significant portion of its dividends to constitute qualified dividend income.
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Distributions of net capital gain, if any, are taxable at long-term capital gain rates for U.S. federal income tax purposes without regard to the length of time the Shareholder has held its Shares. A distribution of an amount in excess of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, if any, will be treated by a Shareholder as a tax-free return of capital, which is applied against and reduces the Shareholder’s basis in his, her or its Shares. To the extent that the amount of any such distribution exceeds the Shareholder’s basis in his, her or its Shares, the excess will be treated by the Shareholder as gain from the sale or exchange of such Shares. The U.S. federal income tax status of all distributions will be designated by the Fund and reported to Shareholders annually.
 
Certain distributions by the Fund may qualify for the dividends received deduction available to corporate Shareholders under Section 243 of the Code, subject to certain holding period and other requirements, but generally only to the extent the Fund earned dividend income from stock investments in U.S. domestic corporations (but not including real estate investment trusts). The Fund does not expect a significant portion of its dividends to qualify for the dividends received deduction.
 
A Shareholder may elect to have all dividends and distributions automatically reinvested in Shares. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, all dividends and distributions are generally taxable regardless of whether a Shareholder takes them in cash or they are reinvested in additional Shares of the Fund.
 
If a Shareholder’s distributions are automatically reinvested in additional Shares, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the Shareholder will be treated as having received a taxable distribution in the amount of the cash dividend that the Shareholder would have received if the Shareholder had elected to receive cash, unless the distribution is in newly issued Shares that are trading at or above net asset value, in which case the Shareholder will be treated as receiving a taxable distribution equal to the fair market value of the stock the Shareholder receives.
 
The Fund intends to distribute all realized net capital gains, if any, at least annually. If, however, the Fund were to retain any net capital gain, the Fund may designate the retained amount as undistributed capital gains in a notice to Shareholders who, if subject to U.S. federal income tax on long-term capital gains, (i) will be required to include in income, as long-term capital gain, their proportionate share of such undistributed amount, and (ii) will be entitled to credit their proportionate share of the federal income tax paid by the Fund on the undistributed amount against their U.S. federal income tax liabilities, if any, and to claim refunds to the extent the credit exceeds such liabilities. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the tax basis of Shares owned by a Shareholder will be increased by the difference between the amount of undistributed net capital gain included in the Shareholder’s gross income and the federal income tax deemed paid by the Shareholder.
 
Any dividend declared by the Fund in October, November or December with a record date in such a month and paid during the following January will be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes as paid by the Fund and received by Shareholders on December 31 of the calendar year in which it is declared.
 
At the time of an investor’s purchase of Shares, a portion of the purchase price may be attributable to realized or unrealized appreciation in the Fund’s portfolio or undistributed taxable income of the Fund. Consequently, subsequent distributions by the Fund with respect to these Shares from such appreciation or income may be taxable to such investor even if the NAV of the investor’s Shares is, as a result of the distributions, reduced below the investor’s cost for such Shares and the distributions economically represent a return of a portion of the investment. Investors should consider the tax implications of purchasing Shares just prior to a distribution.
 
The IRS has taken the position that if a regulated investment company has two or more classes of shares, it must designate distributions made to each class in any year as consisting of no more than such class’ proportionate share of particular types of income (e.g., ordinary income and net capital gains). Consequently, if both common stock and preferred stock are outstanding, the Fund intends to designate distributions made to each class of particular types of income in accordance with each class’ proportionate share of such income. Thus, the Fund will designate to the extent applicable, dividends qualifying for the corporate dividends received deduction (if any), income not qualifying for the dividends received deduction, qualified dividend income, ordinary income and net capital gain in a manner that allocates such income between the holders of common stock and preferred stock in proportion to the total dividends paid to each class during or for the taxable year, or otherwise as required by applicable law. However, for purposes of determining whether distributions are out of the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, the Fund’s earnings and profits will be allocated first to the Fund’s preferred stock, if any, and then to the Shares. In such a case, since the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits will first be used to pay dividends on the preferred stock, distributions in excess of such earnings and profits, if any, will be made disproportionately to Shareholders.
 
In addition, solely for the purpose of satisfying the 90% distribution requirement and the distribution requirement for avoiding federal income taxes, certain distributions made after the close of a taxable year of the Fund may be “spilled back” and treated as paid during such taxable year. In such case, Shareholders will be treated as having received such dividends in the taxable year in which the distribution was actually made. The IRS has ruled privately that dividends paid following the close of the taxable year that are treated for federal income tax purposes as derived from income from the prior year will be treated as dividends “paid” in the prior year for purposes of determining the proportionate share of a particular type of income for each class. Accordingly, the Fund intends to treat any such dividends that are paid following the close of a taxable year as “paid” in the prior year for purposes of determining a class’ proportionate share of a particular type of income. However, the private ruling is not binding on the IRS, and there can be no assurance that the IRS will respect such treatment.
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Sales, exchanges and other dispositions of the Shares generally are taxable events for Shareholders that are subject to federal income tax. Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors regarding their individual circumstances to determine whether any particular transaction in the Shares is properly treated as a sale or exchange for federal income tax purposes (as the following discussion assumes) and the tax treatment of any gains or losses recognized in such transactions. Generally, gain or loss will be equal to the difference between the amount of cash and the fair market value of other property received (including securities distributed by the Fund) and the Shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in the Shares sold or exchanged. In general, any gain or loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares will be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the Shares have been held for more than one year. Otherwise, the gain or loss on the taxable disposition of the Shares will be treated as short-term capital gain or loss. However, any loss realized by a Shareholder upon the sale or other disposition of Shares with a tax holding period of six months or less will be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of any amounts treated as distributions of long-term capital gain with respect to such Shares. For the purposes of calculating the six-month period, the holding period is suspended for any periods during which the Shareholder’s risk of loss is diminished as a result of holding one or more other positions in substantially similar or related property or through certain options, short sales or contractual obligations to sell. Long-term capital gain rates of non-corporate Shareholders have been reduced to a maximum rate of 20% with a 0% rate applying to taxpayers in the 10% and 15% federal income tax brackets and a 15% rate applying for taxpayers in other federal income tax brackets below 39.6%. The ability to deduct capital losses may be subject to limitations. In addition, losses on sales or other dispositions of Shares may be disallowed under the “wash sale” rules in the event a Shareholder acquires substantially identical stock or securities (including those made pursuant to reinvestment of dividends) within a period of 61 days beginning 30 days before and ending 30 days after a sale or other disposition of Shares. In such a case, the disallowed portion of any loss generally would be included in the U.S. federal income tax basis of the Shares acquired. See “—Sale or Exchange of Shares” below.
 
Certain net investment income received by an individual having adjusted gross income in excess of $200,000 (or $250,000 for married individuals filing jointly) is subject to a Medicare tax of 3.8%. Undistributed net investment income of trusts and estates in excess of a specified amount is also subject to this tax. Dividends and capital gains distributed by the Fund, and gain realized on the sale of Shares, will constitute investment income of the type subject to this tax.
 
Because the Fund does not expect to distribute dividends that would give rise to an adjustment to an individual’s alternative minimum taxable income, an investment in the Shares should not, by itself, cause the Shareholders to become subject to alternative minimum tax.
 
Pursuant to its repurchase policy, the Fund may repurchase its Shares at periodic intervals. Shareholders who tender all Shares held, and those considered to be held (through attribution rules contained in the Code), by them will be treated as having sold their Shares and generally will realize a capital gain or loss. If a Shareholder tenders fewer than all of his, her or its Shares (including those considered held through attribution), such Shareholder may be treated as having received a taxable dividend upon the tender of its Shares. If a tender offer is made, there is a risk that non-tendering Shareholders will be treated as having received taxable distributions from the Fund. To the extent that the Fund recognizes net gains on the liquidation of portfolio securities to meet such tenders of Shares, the Fund will be required to make additional distributions to its Shareholders. If the Board of Directors determines that a tender offer will be made by the Fund, the federal income tax consequences of such offer will be discussed in materials that will be available at such time in connection with the specific tender offer, if any.
 
The Code requires that the Fund withhold, as “backup withholding,” 28% of reportable payments, including dividends, capital gain distributions and the proceeds of sales or other dispositions of the Fund’s stock paid to Shareholders who have not complied with IRS regulations. In order to avoid this withholding requirement, Shareholders must certify on their account applications, or on a separate IRS Form W-9, that the social security number or other taxpayer identification number they provide is their correct number and that they are not currently subject to backup withholding, or that they are exempt from backup withholding. The Fund may nevertheless be required to withhold if it receives notice from the IRS or a broker that the number provided is incorrect or backup withholding is applicable. Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amount withheld may be allowed as a refund or a credit against the Shareholder’s U.S. federal income tax liability if the appropriate information (such as the timely filing of the appropriate federal income tax return) is provided to the IRS.
 
Under Treasury regulations, if a Shareholder recognizes a loss with respect to shares of $2 million or more in a single taxable year (or $4 million or more in any combination of taxable years) for an individual Shareholder, S corporation or trust or $10 million or more in a single taxable year (or $20 million or more in any combination of years) for a Shareholder who is a C corporation, such Shareholder will generally be required to file with the IRS a disclosure statement on Form 8886. Direct shareholders of portfolio securities are generally excepted from this reporting requirement, but under current guidance, shareholders of a regulated investment company are not excepted. Future guidance may extend the current exception from this reporting requirement to shareholders of most or all regulated investment companies. The fact that a loss is reportable under these regulations does not affect the legal determination of whether the taxpayer’s treatment of the loss is proper. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors to determine the applicability of these regulations in light of their individual circumstances.
 
Sale or Exchange of Shares
 
The sale or exchange of Shares may give rise to a gain or loss. In general, any gain or loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares will be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the Shares have been held for more than 12 months. Otherwise, the gain or loss on the taxable disposition of Shares will be treated as short-term capital gain or loss. However, any loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares held for six months or less will be treated as long-term, rather than short-term, to the extent of any long-term capital gain distributions received (or deemed received) by the Shareholder with respect to the Shares. All or a portion of any loss realized upon a taxable disposition of Shares will be disallowed if other substantially identical Shares are purchased within 30 days before or after the disposition. In such a case, the basis of the newly purchased Shares will be adjusted to reflect the disallowed loss.
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A repurchase by the Fund of Shares generally will be treated as a sale or exchange of the Shares by a Shareholder provided that after the repurchase the Shareholder does not own, either directly or by attribution under Section 318 of the Code, any Shares. Likewise, if (i) a repurchase of Shares by the Fund reduces a Shareholder’s percentage ownership of the Fund by at least 20% (determined after applying the ownership attribution rules under Section 318 of the Code and taking into consideration the reduction in the total number of Shares outstanding that is caused by the repurchase) or (ii) a Shareholder does not hold more than a few percent of the Shares (determined after applying the ownership attribution rules under Section 318 of the Code), the repurchase will be treated as a sale or exchange of the Shares by the Shareholder. This discussion does not address the tax treatment of tendering Shareholders who hold Shares other than as capital assets. Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors on the specific tax consequences to them of participating or not participating in a repurchase offer.
 
If a tendering Shareholder’s proportionate ownership of the Fund (determined after applying the ownership attribution rules under Section 318 of the Code) is not substantially reduced as a result of the tender, such Shareholder will be deemed to receive a distribution from the Fund with respect to the Shares held (or deemed held under Section 318 of the Code) by the Shareholder after the tender. The amount of this distribution will equal the price paid by the Fund to such Shareholder for the Shares sold. The distribution would be taxable as a dividend, i.e., as ordinary income, to the extent of the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits allocable to such distribution. The adjusted basis of the Shares held (or deemed held under Section 318 of the Code) by the Shareholder after the tender will be increased by the Shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in the Shares sold in the tender and decreased by the portion of such distribution not treated as a dividend. If the portion of the distribution not treated as a dividend exceeds the adjusted tax basis of the Shares held (or deemed held under Section 318 of the Code) by the Shareholder after the tender (determined after increasing such basis by the adjusted tax basis of the Shares sold in the tender), such excess portion of the distribution will be a capital gain in the hands of the Shareholder. In the case of a tendering U.S. Shareholder that is a corporation treated as receiving a distribution from the Fund pursuant to the repurchase offer, special basis adjustments may also apply with respect to any Shares of such Shareholder not repurchased pursuant to a repurchase offer.
 
If no tendering Shareholder were treated as receiving a dividend as a result of selling Shares pursuant to a particular repurchase offer, Shareholders who do not sell Shares pursuant to that repurchase offer, or whose percentage interest in the Fund nonetheless increase as a result thereof, would not realize constructive distributions on their Shares as a result of other Shareholders selling Shares in the repurchase offer. If, however, any tendering Shareholder is deemed to receive a dividend, it is possible that Shareholders whose proportionate ownership of the Fund increases as a result of that repurchase will be deemed to receive a constructive distribution in an amount equal to the increase in their proportionate ownership of the Fund as a result of the tender. Such constructive distribution will be treated as a dividend to the extent of current accumulated earnings and profits allocable to it.
 
Use of the Fund’s cash to repurchase Shares may adversely affect the Fund’s ability to satisfy the distribution requirements described above. The Fund may also recognize income in connection with the liquidation of portfolio securities to fund Share purchases. Any such income would be taken into account in determining whether the distribution requirements have been satisfied.
 
Other Taxes
 
The description of certain U.S. federal income tax provisions above relates only to U.S. federal income tax consequences for Shareholders who are U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens or residents or U.S. corporations, partnerships, trusts or estates). Non-U.S. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors concerning the tax consequences of ownership of Shares, including the possibility that distributions may be subject to a 30% U.S. withholding tax (or a reduced rate of withholding provided by an applicable treaty if the investor provides proper certification of such status).
 
Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors on these matters and on any specific question of U.S. federal, state, local, foreign and other applicable tax laws before making an investment in the Fund.
 
BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
 
The following table presents certain information regarding the members of the Board of Directors (each, a “Board Member”).  Each Board Member’s year of birth is set forth in parentheses after his or her name. 
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Except as otherwise noted, the address for all directors and officers is 325 North LaSalle Street, Suite 645, Chicago, Illinois 60654. The “independent directors” consist of those directors who are not “interested persons” of the Fund, as that term is defined under the 1940 Act (each, an “Independent Director” and collectively, the “Independent Directors”).

Name, Address and Year of Birth
Position(s)  Held with Registrant
Term of Office and Length of Time Served
Principal Occupation(s)
During Past 5 Years
Number of Portfolios in Fund Complex(1) Overseen by Director
Other
Directorships(2)
Held by Director
During Past 5 Years
Independent Directors
       
John K. Carter
(1961)
Director
Annual term. Has served since 2015.
Partner, Law Office of John K. Carter, P.A. (2015 to present); Managing Partner, Global Recruiters of St. Petersburg (a financial services consulting and recruiting firm) (2012 to present); Business Unit Head, Transamerica Asset Management (2006 to 2012).
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Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Transamerica Funds (120 funds) (2006 to 2012). Board Member, United Way of Tampa Bay (2011 to 2012)
James G. Kelley
(1948)
Director
Annual term. Has served since 2015.
Certified Business Coach, JGK & Associates (2000 to present).
 5
N/A
John S. Oakes
(1943)
Director
Annual term. Has served since 2015.
Principal, Financial Search and Consulting (a recruiting and consulting firm) (2013 to present); Regional Vice President, Securities America (a broker-dealer) (2007 to 2013)
 6
N/A
Fred G. Steingraber (1938)
Director
Annual term. Has served since 2015.
Chairman, Board Advisors LLC (a consulting firm) (2001 to present). Retired, Chairman Emeritus, A.T. Kearney (a business consulting firm) (2001 to present).
 5
Director, Diamond Hill Financial Trends Fund (a closed-end fund) (1989-2013);
Director, Elkay Manufacturing (2004 to present). Director, Talent Intelligence (leadership development) (2004 to present). Chairman Emeritus, A.T. Kearney (management consulting) (2001 to present). Chairman, Board Advisors (Board consulting) (2001 to present).
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Name, Address and Year of Birth
 
Position(s)  Held with  Registrant
 
Term of Office and Length of Time Served
 
Principal Occupation(s)
During Past 5 Years
 
Number of Portfolios  in Fund Complex(1) Overseen by
 Director
 
Other
Directorships(2)
Held by Director
During Past 5 Years
Interested Director
       
Patrick W. Galley(3)
(1975)
Director, Chairman and President
Annual term. Has served since 2015.
Chief Investment Officer, RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (2004 to present).
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Board of Managers of RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (2010 to present); Board of Managers of RiverNorth Securities, LLC (2010 to 2012) and Board of Directors RiverNorth Holdings, Co. (2010 to present)
Officers
       
Jonathan M. Mohrhardt (1974)
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Has served since 2015.
Chief Compliance Officer, RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (2009 to 2012); Chief Operating Officer, RiverNorth Capital Management LLC (2011 to present) and President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, RiverNorth Securities, LLC (2010 to 2012)
N/A
Board of Managers of RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (2010 to present); Board of Managers of RiverNorth Securities, LLC (2010 to 2012) and Board of Directors RiverNorth Holdings, Co. (2010 to present)
Marcus L. Collins
(1968)
Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary
Has served since 2015.
General Counsel, RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (2012 to present), Chief Compliance Officer, RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (2012 to present); Counsel, Thompson Hine, LLP (2007 to 2012)
N/A
N/A
 

(1)
The term “Fund Complex” means two or more registered investment companies that:
 
(a) hold themselves out to investors as related companies for purposes of investment and investor services; or
 
(b) have a common investment adviser or that have an investment adviser that is an affiliated person of the investment adviser of any of the other registered investment companies.
 
(2)
The numbers enclosed in the parentheticals represent the number of funds overseen in each respective directorship held by the director.
 
(3)
Mr. Galley is deemed an “interested person” of the Fund due to his position as Chief Investment Officer of RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC, investment adviser to the Fund.
 
Board Leadership Structure. The Board of Directors, which has overall responsibility for the oversight of the Fund’s investment programs and business affairs, believes that it has structured itself in a manner that allows it to effectively perform its oversight obligations. Mr. Patrick W. Galley, the Chairman of the Board (“Chairman”), is not an Independent Director. The Board believes that the use of an interested director as Chairman is the appropriate leadership structure for the Fund given (i) Mr. Patrick Galley’s role in the day to day operations of the Adviser, (ii) the extent to which the work of the Board of Directors is conducted through the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Audit Committee”) and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee”), each of whose meetings is chaired by an Independent Director, (iii) the frequency that Independent Directors meet with their independent legal counsel and auditors in the absence of members of the Board of Directors who are interested directors of the Fund and management, and (iv) the overall sophistication of the Independent Directors, both individually and collectively. The members of Board of Directors also complete an annual self-assessment during which the directors review their overall structure and consider where and how its structure remains appropriate in light of the Fund’s current circumstances. The Chairman’s role is to preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and in between meetings of the Board of Directors to generally act as the liaison between the Board of Directors and the Fund’s officers, attorneys and various other service providers, including but not limited to the Adviser and other such third parties servicing the Fund. The Board of Directors believes that having an interested person serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors enables Mr. Patrick Galley to more effectively carry out these liaison activities. The Board of Directors also believes that it benefits during its meetings from having a person intimately familiar with the operation of the Fund to set the agenda for meetings of the Board of Directors to ensure that important matters are brought to the attention of and considered by the Board of Directors.
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The Fund has two standing committees, each of which enhances the leadership structure of the Board: the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are each chaired by, and composed of, members who are Independent Directors.
 
The Audit Committee is comprised of Messrs. Carter, Kelley, Oakes and Steingraber. Mr. Kelley is the Chair of the Audit Committee. The role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in its oversight of (i) the quality and integrity of the Fund’s financial statements, reporting process and the independent registered public accounting firm (the “independent accountants”) and reviews thereof, (ii) the Fund’s accounting and financial reporting policies and practices, its internal controls and, as appropriate, the internal controls of certain service providers, (iii) the Fund’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and (iv) the independent accountants’ qualifications, independence and performance. The Audit Committee is also required to prepare an audit committee report pursuant to the rules of the SEC for inclusion in the Fund’s annual proxy statement. The Audit Committee operates pursuant to the Audit Committee Charter (the “Charter”) that was most recently reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors on September 24, 2015. The Charter is available at the Fund’s website, www.rivernorth.com. As set forth in the Charter, management is responsible for maintaining appropriate systems for accounting and internal control, and the Fund’s independent accountants are responsible for planning and carrying out proper audits and reviews. The independent accountants are ultimately accountable to the Board of Directors and to the Audit Committee, as representatives of the Shareholders. The independent accountants for the Fund report directly to the Audit Committee.
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is comprised of Messrs. Carter, Kelley, Oakes and Steingraber. Mr. Carter is the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending to the Board of Directors individuals believed to be qualified to become members of the Board of Directors in the event that a position is vacated or created. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider director candidates recommended by Shareholders. In considering candidates submitted by Shareholders, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will take into consideration the needs of the Board of Directors, the qualifications of the candidate and the interests of Shareholders. Shareholders wishing to recommend candidates to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee should submit such recommendations to the Secretary of the Fund, who will forward the recommendations to the committee for consideration. The submission must include: (i) a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the annual or special meeting and the reasons for conducting such business at the annual or special meeting, (ii) the name and address, as they appear on the Fund’s books, of the Shareholder proposing such business or nomination, (iii) a representation that the Shareholder is a holder of record of Shares entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to present such nomination; (iv) whether the Shareholder plans to deliver or solicit proxies from other Shareholders; (v) the class and number of Shares of the capital stock of the Fund, which are beneficially owned by the Shareholder and the proposed nominee to the Board of Directors, (vi) any material interest of the Shareholder or nominee in such business; (vii) the extent to which such Shareholder (including such Shareholder’s principals) or the proposed nominee to the Board of Directors has entered into any hedging transaction or other arrangement with the effect or intent of mitigating or otherwise managing profit, loss or risk of changes in the value of the Shares or the daily quoted market price of the Fund held by such Shareholder (including the Shareholder’s principals) or the proposed nominee, including independently verifiable information in support of the foregoing; and (viii) such other information regarding such nominee proposed by such Shareholder as would be required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Each eligible Shareholder or Shareholder group may submit no more than one Independent Director nominee each calendar year. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has not determined any minimum qualifications necessary to serve as a director of the Fund.
 
Trustee Qualifications. Mr. Patrick Galley is the Chief Investment Officer for the Fund’s investment adviser and a portfolio manager of the Fund. His knowledge regarding the investment strategy of the Fund, more specifically the closed-end mutual fund industry makes him uniquely qualified to serve as the Fund’s President.
 
Mr. John K. Carter possesses extensive mutual fund industry experience. Mr. Carter was most recently a Business Unit Head at Transamerica Asset Management, a subsidiary of Aegon, N.V. Mr. Carter oversaw the mutual fund servicing, operations and advisory services for Transamerica’s approximately 120 mutual funds. He also served as a compliance officer. Mr. Carter brings experience managing a large mutual fund complex, including experience overseeing multiple sub-advisers. Mr. Carter was previously an investment management attorney with experience as in-house counsel, serving with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in private practice with a large law firm. The Board feels Mr. Carter’s industry-specific experience, including as a chairman of another fund complex, as a compliance officer and as an experienced investment management attorney will be valuable to the Board as the Fund continues to grow and deal with legally complex issues.
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Mr. James G. Kelley is currently a Certified Business & Life Coach, JGK & Associates and formerly the Vice President Finance & Operation with Paymaster Technologies, Inc. and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Hedman Company, a manufacturing company. Mr. Kelley has not only executive experience but is knowledgeable in both finance and accounting. His experience in these areas benefits the Board in its review of the Fund’s financial statements.
 
Mr. Oakes has many years of experience in the securities industry. Additionally he had served on the Board of Directors of another registered investment company, including serving as its Chairman. The Board feels Mr. Oakes’ industry and board experience adds an operational perspective to the Board and his experience in marketing can assist the Fund in its efforts to expand into different distribution channels.
 
Mr. Fred G. Steingraber currently serves as Chairman of Board Advisors LLC, a consulting and advisory firm which assists organizations and corporate boards in assessing corporate governance, strategy and organization issues and executive compensation. Prior to his experience with Board Advisors LLC, Mr. Steingraber was Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of A.T. Kearney, a global business consulting firm. Mr. Steingraber has extensive experience serving on advisory boards, corporate boards (of both publically-traded and privately-held companies) and not-for-profit boards, including boards of foundations, universities and hospitals. He also currently serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Kenilworth, Illinois. The Board believes Mr. Steingraber’s experience and expertise as a business consultant, including his expertise in corporate governance issues, adds depth and understanding to its consideration of the Directors’ obligations to the Fund and shareholders.
 
Risk Oversight. The Fund is confronted with a multitude of risks, such as investment risk, counterparty risk, valuation risk, political risk, risk of operational failures, business continuity risk, regulatory risk, legal risk and other risks not listed here. The Board of Directors recognizes that not all risk that may affect the Fund can be known, eliminated or even mitigated. In addition, there are some risks that may not be cost effective or an efficient use of the Fund’s limited resources to moderate. As a result of these realities, the Board of Directors, through its oversight and leadership, has and will continue to deem it necessary for Shareholders to bear certain and undeniable risks, such as investment risk, in order for the Fund to operate in accordance with its Prospectus, SAI and other related documents.
 
However, as required under the 1940 Act, the Board of Directors has adopted on the Fund’s behalf a vigorous risk program that mandates the Fund’s various service providers, including the Adviser, to adopt a variety of processes, procedures and controls to identify various risks, mitigate the likelihood of adverse events from occurring and/or attempt to limit the effects of such adverse events on the Fund. The Board of Directors fulfills its leadership role by receiving a variety of quarterly written reports prepared by the Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) that (i) evaluate the operation, policies and procedures of the Fund’s service providers, (ii) make known any material changes to the policies and procedures adopted by the Fund or its service providers since the CCO’s last report, and (iii) disclose any material compliance matters that occurred since the date of the last CCO report. In addition, the Independent Directors meet quarterly in executive sessions without the presence of any interested directors, the Adviser, or any of their affiliates. This configuration permits the Independent Directors to effectively receive the information and have private discussions necessary to perform their risk oversight role, exercise independent judgment and allocate areas of responsibility between the full Board of Directors, its committees and certain officers of the Fund. Furthermore, the Independent Directors have engaged independent legal counsel and auditors to assist the Independent Directors in performing their oversight responsibilities. As discussed above and in consideration of other factors not referenced herein, the Board of Directors has determined its leadership role concerning risk management as one of oversight and not active management of the Fund’s day-to-day risk management operations.
 
As of the date of this SAI, the non-interested members of the boards of the funds in the Fund Complex have had two meetings, and the audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee of such boards have each had one meeting.
 
Compensation. The Fund pays no salaries or compensation to any of its interested directors or its officers. For their services, the Independent Directors of the Fund receive an annual retainer in the amount of $16,500, and an additional $1,500 for attending each meeting of the Board of Directors. In addition, the Chair of the Audit Committee receives $500 annually and the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee receives $250 annually. The Independent Directors are also reimbursed for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses relating to attendance at meetings of the Board of Directors. The following tables show compensation from the Fund. Patrick W. Galley is an interested persons of the Fund and has not received any compensation from the Fund.

Name of Board Member
Estimated Compensation
from the Fund (1)
Estimated Total Compensation from the Fund and Fund Complex (2)
Independent Directors:
   
John Carter
$22,750
$85,250
John Oakes
$22,500
$85,000
James Kelley
$23,000
$61,500
Fred Steingraber
$22,500
$60,000
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(1)
The compensation estimated to be paid by the Fund for the first full fiscal year for services to the Fund.
 
(2)
The total estimated compensation estimated to be paid to the Independent Directors from the Fund and the Fund Complex for a full calendar year.
 
Director Ownership in the Fund
 
The following table shows the dollar range of equity securities beneficially owned by each director in the Fund and Fund Complex as of December 31, 2015.

Director
Dollar Range of Beneficial
Ownership in Fund
Aggregate Dollar Range of
Ownership in all Funds Overseen by Director in the Fund Complex (1)
Independent Director:
   
John Carter
None
None
John Oakes
None
Over $100,000
James Kelley
None
$10,001 - $50,000
Fred G. Steingraber
None
None
Interested Director:
   
Patrick W. Galley
None
Over $100,000
 

(1)
The Fund Complex consists of RiverNorth Core Opportunity Fund, RiverNorth/DoubleLine Strategic Income Fund, RiverNorth Equity Opportunity Fund, RiverNorth/Oaktree High Income Fund and RiverNorth Opportunities Fund, Inc.
 
As of the date of this SAI, the directors and officers of the Fund owned, as a group, less than 1% of the outstanding shares of the Fund.
 
PROXY VOTING GUIDELINES
 
The Fund has delegated proxy voting responsibilities to the Adviser, subject to the Board of Directors’ general oversight. The Adviser votes proxies pursuant to the proxy voting policy and guidelines set forth in Appendix A to this SAI.
 
You may also obtain information about how the Fund voted proxies related to its portfolio securities during the 12-month period ended June 30 by visiting the SEC’s Web site at www.sec.gov or by visiting the Fund’s website at www.rivernorth.com (this reference to the Fund’s website does not incorporate the contents of the website into this SAI).
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
A Registration Statement on Form N-2, including amendments thereto, relating to the Shares offered hereby, has been filed by the Fund with the SEC, Washington, D.C. The Fund’s Prospectus and this SAI do not contain all of the information set forth in the Registration Statement, including any exhibits and schedules thereto. For further information with respect to the Fund and the Shares offered hereby, reference is made to the Fund’s Registration Statement. Statements contained in the Fund’s Prospectus and this SAI as to the contents of any contract or other document referred to are not necessarily complete and in each instance reference is made to the copy of such contract or other document filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement, each such statement being qualified in all respects by such reference.
 
The Registration Statement may be viewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. Information about the SEC’s Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at (202) 551-8090. The Registration Statement also may be available on the Edgar Database on the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov, or be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by electronic request to publicinfo@sec.gov, or by writing to: Securities and Exchange Commission’s Public Reference Section, 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549.

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FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC
ACCOUNTING FIRM

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholder of
RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation:

We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities of RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation (the “Fund”) as of June 8, 2016 and the related statement of operations for the period from June 9, 2015 (date of organization) through June 8, 2016. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements 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 are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. 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 referred to above present fairly, in all material aspects, the financial position of the Fund as of June 8, 2016 and the results of its operations for the period from June 9, 2015 (date of organization) through June 8, 2016, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

/s/ KPMG LLP

Chicago, Illinois,
August 15, 2016
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RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation
 
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
As of June 8, 2016
 
Assets
     
Cash
 
$
100,000
 
Receivable from Adviser for reimbursement of organizational costs (Note 3)
   
178,545
 
Deferred offering costs (Note 3)
   
799,978
 
Total Assets
   
1,078,523
 
Liabilities
       
Accrued organizational costs (Note 3)
   
178,545
 
Accrued offering costs (Note 3)
   
799,978
 
Total Liabilities
   
978,523
 
Net Assets
 
$
100,000
 
Components of Net Assets
       
Paid in Capital
 
$
100,000
 
Net Assets
 
$
100,000
 
Shares of common stock outstanding at $0.0001 par value, and 40,000,000 shares authorized
 
$
4,000
 
Net Asset Value per Common Share outstanding
 
$
25.00
 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

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RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation
 
Statement of Operations
For the Period from June 9, 2015 (organization of the Fund) to June 8, 2016
 
Income
     
Total Income
 
$
 
Expenses
       
Organizational costs (Note 3)
   
178,545
 
Total Expenses
   
178,545
 
Less: Expense waiver by Adviser (Note 4)
   
(178,545
)
Net Expenses
   
 
Net Investment Income
 
$
 
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations
 
$
 
 
See accompanying notes to financial statements
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RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation
 
Notes to Financial Statements
As of June 8, 2016

(1)
ORGANIZATION

RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation (the “Fund”) was organized as a Maryland corporation on June 9, 2015, and is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as a non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund has been inactive since that date and has no operations through June 8, 2016 other than those relating to organizational matters, including the Fund’s establishment, designation, registration of the Fund’s shares of common stock (“Common Shares”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the sale and issuance of 4,000 shares (“Initial Shares”) for $100,000 to RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC (the “Adviser”). The proceeds of such Initial Shares in the Fund were held in cash.

The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a high level of current income. The Fund will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 80% of its Managed Assets (the total assets of the Fund, including assets attrib