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N-CEN/A: Filer Information

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N-CEN/A:Part A: General Information

Item A.1. Reporting period covered.

a. Report for period ending:
2018-12-31 
b. Does this report cover a period of less than 12 months?Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

N-CEN/A:Part B: Information About the Registrant


Item B.1. Background information.

a. Full name of Registrant
Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. 
b. Investment Company Act file number ( e.g., 811-)
811-00248 
c. CIK
0000002230 
d. LEI
5493005W7G81BNPP7M23 

Item B.2. Address and telephone number of Registrant.

a. Street 1
500 East Pratt Street 
Street 2
Suite 1300 
b. City
Baltimore 
c. State, if applicable
MARYLAND  
d. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
e. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
21202 
f. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
410-752-5900 
g. Public Website, if any
www.adamsfunds.com 

Item B.3. Location of books and records.

Instruction. Provide the requested information for each person maintaining physical possession of each account, book, or other document required to be maintained by section 31(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-30(a)) and the rules under that section.
Location books Record: 1
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. 
b. Street 1
500 East Pratt Street 
Street 2
Suite 1300 
c. City
Baltimore 
d. State, if applicable
MARYLAND  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
21202 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
410-752-5900 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
All accounts, books, and documents required to be maintained by the Registrant pursuant to Section 31(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Rules 31a-1 through 31a-3 thereunder are maintained at the office of the Registrant except all those relating to the activities of the Fund's Custodian and Transfer Agent. 
Location books Record: 2
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
The Northern Trust Company 
b. Street 1
50 South La Salle Street 
Street 2
 
c. City
Chicago 
d. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
60603 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
312-630-6000 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
All accounts, books and documents relating to the activities of the Fund's Custodian and Securities Lending Agent. 
Location books Record: 3
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, LLC 
b. Street 1
6201 15th Avenue 
Street 2
 
c. City
Brooklyn 
d. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
11219 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
718-921-8200 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
All accounts, books and documents relating to the activities of the Fund's Transfer Agent. 

Item B.4. Initial of final filings.

Instruction. Respond "yes" to Item B.4.b only if the Registrant has filed an application to deregister or will file an application to deregister before its next required filing on this form.
a. Is this the first filing on this form by the Registrant? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Is this the last filing on this form by the Registrant? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.5. Family of investment companies.

Instruction. "Family of investment companies" means, except for insurance company separate accounts, any two or more registered investment companies that (i) share the same investment adviser or principal underwriter; and (ii) hold themselves out to investors as related companies for purposes of investment and investor services.In responding to this item, all Registrants in the family of investment companies should report the name of the family of investment companies identically.
Insurance company separate accounts that may not hold themselves out to investors as related companies (products) for purposes of investment and investor services should consider themselves part of the same family if the operational or accounting or control systems under which these entities function are substantially similar.
a. Is the Registrant part of a family of investment companies? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
i. Full name of family of investment companies
Adams Funds 

Item B.6. Organization.

Instruction. For Item B.6.a.i., the Registrant should include all Series that have been established by the Registrant and have shares outstanding (other than shares issued in connection with an initial investment to satisfy section 14(a) of the Act).
Indicate the classification of the Registrant by checking the applicable item below.
Checkbox not checked  a. Open-end management investment company registered under the Act on Form N-1A 
Checkbox checked  b. Closed-end management investment company registered under the Act on Form N-2  
Checkbox not checked  c. Separate account offering variable annuity contracts which is registered under the Act as a management investment company on Form N-3 
Checkbox not checked  d. Separate account offering variable annuity contracts which is registered under the Act as a unit investment trust on Form N-4 
Checkbox not checked  e. Small business investment company registered under the Act on Form N-5 
Checkbox not checked  f. Separate account offering variable insurance contracts which is registered under the Act as a unit investment trust on Form N-6 
Checkbox not checked  g. Unit investment trust registered under the Act on Form N-8B-2 

Item B.7. Securities Act registration.

Is the Registrant the issuer of a class of securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933 ("Securities Act")? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item B.8. Directors.

Provide the information requested below about each person serving as director of the Registrant (management investment companies only):
Director Record: 1
a. Full Name
Mark E. Stoeckle 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
Director Record: 2
a. Full Name
Enrique R. Arzac 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
File Number Record: 2
File Number Record:
811-22406 
Director Record: 3
a. Full Name
Kenneth J. Dale 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
Director Record: 4
a. Full Name
Frederic A. Escherich 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
Director Record: 5
a. Full Name
Roger W. Gale 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
Director Record: 6
a. Full Name
Lauriann C. Kloppenburg 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
Director Record: 7
a. Full Name
Kathleen T. McGahran 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 
Director Record: 8
a. Full Name
Craig R. Smith 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
811-02736 

Item B.9. Chief compliance officer.

Provide the information requested below about each person serving as chief compliance officer of the Registrant for purposes of rule 38a-1 (17 CFR 270.38a- 1):
Chief compliance officer Record: 1
a. Full Name
Janis F. Kerns 
b. CRD Number, if any
N/A 
c. Street Address 1
500 East Pratt Street 
Street Address 2
Suite 1300 
d. City
Baltimore 
e. State, if applicable
MARYLAND  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
21202 
h. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
XXXXXX 
i. Has the chief compliance officer changed since the last filing? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If the chief compliance officer is compensated or employed by any person other than the Registrant, or an affiliated person of the Registrant, for providing chief compliance officer services, provide:
CCO employer Record: 1
i. Name of the person
Lawrence L. Hooper, Jr. 
ii. Person's IRS Employer Identification Number
N/A 

Item B.10. Matters for security holder vote.

Instruction. Registrants registered on Forms N-3, N-4 or N-6, should respond "yes" to this Item only if security holder votes were solicited on contract-level matters.
Were any matters submitted by the Registrant for its security holders' vote during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
a. If yes, and to the extent the response relates only to certain series of the Registrant, indicate the series involved:
1. Series name
2. Series identification number

Item B.11. Legal proceeding.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, the following proceedings should be described: (1) any bankruptcy, receivership or similar proceeding with respect to the Registrant or any of its significant subsidiaries; (2) any proceeding to which any director, officer or other affiliated person of the Registrant is a party adverse to the Registrant or any of its subsidiaries; and (3) any proceeding involving the revocation or suspension of the right of the Registrant to sell securities.
a. Have there been any material legal proceedings, other than routine litigation incidental to the business, to which the Registrant or any of its subsidiaries was a party or of which any of their property was the subject during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has any proceeding previously reported been terminated? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.12. Fidelity bond and insurance (management investment companies only).

a. Were any claims with respect to the Registrant filed under a fidelity bond (including, but not limited to, the fidelity insuring agreement of the bond) during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.13. Directors and officers/errors and omissions insurance (management investment companies only).

a. Are the Registrant's officers or directors covered in their capacities as officers or directors under any directors and officers/errors and omissions insurance policy owned by the Registrant or anyone else? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
i. If yes, were any claims filed under the policy during the reporting period with respect to the Registrant? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.14. Provision of financial support.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, a provision of financial support includes any (1) capital contribution, (2) purchase of a security from a Money Market Fund in reliance on rule 17a-9 under the Act (17 CFR 270.17a-9), (3) purchase of any defaulted or devalued security at fair value reasonably intended to increase or stabilize the value or liquidity of the Registrant's portfolio, (4) execution of letter of credit or letter of indemnity, (5) capital support agreement (whether or not the Registrant ultimately received support), (6) performance guarantee, or (7) other similar action reasonably intended to increase or stabilize the value or liquidity of the Registrant's portfolio. Provision of financial support does not include any (1) routine waiver of fees or reimbursement of Registrant's expenses, (2) routine inter-fund lending, (3) routine inter-fund purchases of Registrant's shares, or (4) action that would qualify as financial support as defined above, that the board of directors has otherwise determined not to be reasonably intended to increase or stabilize the value or liquidity of the Registrant's portfolio.
Did an affiliated person, promoter, or principal underwriter of the Registrant, or an affiliated person of such a person, provide any form of financial support to the Registrant during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.15. Exemptive orders.

a. During the reporting period, did the Registrant rely on any orders from the Commission granting an exemption from one or more provisions of the Act, Securities Act or Exchange Act? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
Release number Record: 1
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-26780 

Item B.16. Principal underwriters.

a. Provide the information requested below about each principal underwriter:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number (e.g., 8-)
 
iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any
 
v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the principal underwriter an affiliated person of the Registrant, or its investment adviser(s) or depositor? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Have any principal underwriters been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.17. Independent public accountant.

Provide the following information about eachthe independent public accountant:
Public accountant Record: 1
a. Full Name
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
b. PCAOB Number
238 
c. LEI, if any
N/A 
d. State, if applicable
MARYLAND  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Has the independent public accountant changed since the last filing?Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.18. Report on internal control (management investment companies only).

Instruction. Small business investment companies are not required to respond to this item.
For the reporting period, did an independent public accountant's report on internal control note any material weaknesses? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.19. Audit opinion.

For the reporting period, did an independent public accountant issue an opinion other than an unqualified opinion with respect to its audit of the Registrant's financial statements? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.20. Change in valuation methods.

Instruction. Responses to this item need not include changes to valuation techniques used for individual securities (e.g., changing from market approach to income approach for a private equity security). In responding to Item B.20.c., provide the applicable "asset type" category specified in Item C.4.a. of Form N-PORT. In responding to Item B.20.d., provide a brief description of the type of investments involved. If the change in valuation methods applies only to certain sub-asset types included in the response to Item B.20.c., please provide the sub-asset types in the response to Item B.20.d. The responses to Item B.20.c. and Item B.20.d. should be identical only if the change in valuation methods applies to all assets within that category.
Have there been material changes in the method of valuation (e.g., change from use of bid price to mid price for fixed income securities or change in trigger threshold for use of fair value factors on international equity securities) of the Registrant's assets during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.21. Change in accounting principles and practices.

Have there been any changes in accounting principles or practices, or any change in the method of applying any such accounting principles or practices, which will materially affect the financial statements filed or to be filed for the current year with the Commission and which has not been previously reported? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.23. Rule 19a-1 notice (management investment companies only).

During the reporting period, did the Registrant pay any dividend or make any distribution in the nature of a dividend payment, required to be accompanied by a written statement pursuant to section 19(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-19(a)) and rule 19a-1 thereunder (17 CFR 270.19a-1)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

N-CEN/A:Part C: Additional Questions for Management Investment Companies

General Instruction.

Management investment companies that offer multiple series must complete Part C as to each series separately, even if some information is the same for two or more series. To begin this section or add an additional series(s), click on the bar labeled "Add a New Series" below.
Management Investment Record: 1

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. 

b. Series identication number, if any

 

c. LEI

5493005W7G81BNPP7M23 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:

Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
i. If yes, during the reporting period, did any borrower fail to return the loaned securities by the contractual deadline with the result that:
1. The Fund (or its securities lending agent) liquidated collateral pledged to secure the loaned securities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
2. The Fund was otherwise adversely impacted? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
Securities Lending Record: 1
i. Full name of securities lending agent
The Northern Trust Company 
ii. LEI, if any

6PTKHDJ8HDUF78PFWH30 

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
Idemnity Providers Record: 1
1. Name of person providing indemnification
N/A 
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

N/A 

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox not checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

38,224,374.000000000000 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

62,724.000000000000 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox not checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox not checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox not checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii.CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
1. If the investment adviser was hired during the reporting period, indicate the investment adviser's start date:

 

b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, LLC 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-00416 

iii. LEI, if any

254900TS5EWP83BEOU02 

iv. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
ICE Data Pricing & Reference Data, LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

5493000NQ9LYLDBCTL34 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW JERSEY  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
The Northern Trust Company 
ii. LEI, if any

6PTKHDJ8HDUF78PFWH30 

iii. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

254900TS5EWP83BEOU02 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
i. Full name
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

Description of other identifying number

iii. State, if applicable
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
a. Full name
b. SEC file number

c. CRD number
d. LEI, if any

e. State, if applicable
f. Foreign country, if applicable
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
Brokers Record: 1
i. Full name of broker
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

471,690 

Brokers Record: 2
i. Full name of broker
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-52942 

iii. CRD number
000104474 
iv. LEI, if any

549300I7JYZHT7D5CO04 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

98,955 

Brokers Record: 3
i. Full name of broker
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

8-17822 

iii. CRD number
000002525 
iv. LEI, if any

9J6MBOOO7BECTDTUZW19 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

76,344 

Brokers Record: 4
i. Full name of broker
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-129 

iii. CRD number
000000361 
iv. LEI, if any

FOR8UP27PHTHYVLBNG30 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

64,578 

Brokers Record: 5
i. Full name of broker
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-422 

iii. CRD number
000000816 
iv. LEI, if any

1V8Y6QCX6YMJ2OELII46 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

58,695 

Brokers Record: 6
i. Full name of broker
Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

8-1447 

iii. CRD number
000000793 
iv. LEI, if any

5WUVMA08EYG4KEUPW589 

v. State, if applicable
MICHIGAN  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

49,672 

Brokers Record: 7
i. Full name of broker
Barclays Capital Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

8-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

43,791 

Brokers Record: 8
i. Full name of broker
Cowen & Company, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-22522 

iii. CRD number
000007616 
iv. LEI, if any

549300WR155U7DVMIW58 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

42,201 

Brokers Record: 9
i. Full name of broker
Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

8-497 

iii. CRD number
000008158 
iv. LEI, if any

549300772UJAHRD6LO53 

v. State, if applicable
WISCONSIN  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

34,936 

Brokers Record: 10
i. Full name of broker
Empirical Research Partners LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-65590 

iii. CRD number
000123520 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

29,326 

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

1,164,360 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Fidelity Distributors Corporation 
ii. SEC file number

8-8775 

iii. CRD number
000006848 
iv. LEI, if any

549300XG82GC06JU1803 

v. State, if applicable
RHODE ISLAND  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

45,001,685 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
Legg Mason Investor Services, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

8-53089 

iii. CRD number
000109064 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
MARYLAND  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

40,000,000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

85,001,685 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

1,809,865,811 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

 


Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

N-CEN/A:Part D: Additional Questions for Closed-End Management Investment Companies and SBIC

Item D.1. Securities issued by Registrant.

Instruction. For any security issued by the Fund that is not listed on a securities exchange but that has a ticker symbol, provide that ticker symbol.

Indicate by checking below which of the following securities have been issued by the Registrant. Indicate all that apply.
Security Issued by Registrants Record: 1
Type of security
Common stock 
Title of class
N/A 
Common Record:1
Exchange where listed
NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC.  
Ticker symbol
ADX 

Item D.2. Rights offerings.

Instruction. For Item D.2.c, the "percentage of participation in primary rights offering" is calculated as the percentage of subscriptions exercised during the primary rights offering relative to the amount of securities available for primary subscription.
a. Did the Fund make a rights offering with respect to any type of security during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item D.3. Secondary offerings.

a. Did the Fund make a secondary offering during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item D.4. Repurchases.

a. Did the Fund repurchase any outstanding securities issued by the Fund during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. If yes, indicate by checking below the type(s) of security. Indicate all that apply:
Checkbox checked  i. Common stock  
Checkbox not checked  ii. Preferred stock  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Warrants  
Checkbox not checked  iv. Convertible securities 
Checkbox not checked  v. Bonds  
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  

Item D.5. Default on long-term debt.

Instruction . The term "long-term debt" means debt with a period of time from date of initial issuance to maturity of one year or greater.
a. Were any issues of the Fund's long-term debt in default at the close of the reporting period with respect to the payment of principal, interest, or amortization? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item D.6. Dividends in arrears.

Instruction . The term "dividends in arrears" means dividends that have not been declared by the board of directors or other governing body of the Fund at the end of each relevant dividend period set forth in the constituent instruments establishing the rights of the stockholders.
a. Were any accumulated dividends in arrears on securities issued by the Fund at the close of the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item D.7. Modification of securities.

Have the terms of any constituent instruments defining the rights of the holders of any class of the Registrant's securities been materially modified? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item D.8. Management fee (closed-end companies only).

Instruction. Base the percentage on amounts incurred during the reporting period
Provide the Fund's advisory fee as of the end of the reporting period as percentage of net assets:
0 

Item D.9. Net annual operating expense.

Provide the Fund's net annual operating expenses as of the end of the reporting period (net of any waivers or reimbursements) as a percentage of net assets:
0.56 

Item D.10. Market price.

Instruction. Respond to this item with respect to common stock issued by the Registrant only.
Market price per share at end of reporting period:
12.62 

Item D.11. Net asset value.

Instruction. Respond to this item with respect to common stock issued by the Registrant only.
Net asset value per share at end of reporting period:
14.89 

N-CEN/A:Part G: Attachments

Item G.1a. Attachments.

Attachments applicable to all Registrants. All Registrants shall file the following attachments, as applicable, with the current report. Indicate the attachments filed with the current report by checking the applicable items below: Checkbox not checked   i. Legal proceedings  
Checkbox not checked  ii. Provision of financial support  
Checkbox checked  iii. Independent public accountant's report on internal control (management investment companies other than small business investment companies only)  
Checkbox not checked  iv. Change in accounting principles and practices  
Checkbox not checked  v. Information required to be filed pursuant to exemptive orders  
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other information required to be included as an attachment pursuant to Commission rules and regulations 

Item G.1b. Attachments.

Attachments to be filed by closed-end management investment companies and small business investment
companies. Registrants shall file the following attachments, as applicable, with the current report. Indicate the
attachments filed with the current report by checking the applicable items below:
Checkbox not checked   i. Material amendments to organizational documents  
Checkbox not checked  ii. Instruments defining the rights of the holders of any new or amended class of securities  
Checkbox not checked  iii. New or amended investment advisory contracts  
Checkbox not checked  iv. Information called for by Item 405 of Regulation S-K  
Checkbox not checked  v. Code of ethics (small business investment companies only)  

Instructions.

1. Item G.1.a.i. Legal proceedings.

(a) If the Registrant responded "YES" to Item B.11.a., provide a brief description of the proceedings. As part of the description, provide the case or docket number (if any), and the full names of the principal parties to the proceeding.
(b) If the Registrant responded "YES" to Item B.11.b., identify the proceeding and give its date of termination.

2. Item G.1.a.ii. Provision of financial support. If the Registrant responded "YES" to Item B.14., provide the following information (unless the Registrant is a Money Market Fund): (a) Description of nature of support.

(b) Person providing support.

(c) Brief description of relationship between the person providing support and the Registrant.

(d) Date support provided.

(e) Amount of support.

(f) Security supported (if applicable). Disclose the full name of the issuer, the title of the issue (including coupon or yield, if applicable) and at least two identifiers, if available (e.g., CIK, CUSIP, ISIN, LEI).
(g) Value of security supported on date support was initiated (if applicable).

(h) Brief description of reason for support.

(i) Term of support.

(j) Brief description of any contractual restrictions relating to support.

3. Item G.1.a.iii. Independent public accountant's report on internal control (management investment companies other than small business investment companies only). Each management investment company shall furnish a report of its independent public accountant on the company's system of internal accounting controls. The accountant's report shall be based on the review, study and evaluation of the accounting system, internal accounting controls, and procedures for safeguarding securities made during the audit of the financial statements for the reporting period. The report should disclose any material weaknesses in: (a) the accounting system; (b) system of internal accounting control; or (c) procedures for safeguarding securities which exist as of the end of the Registrant's fiscal year.

The accountant's report shall be furnished as an exhibit to the form and shall: (1) be addressed to the Registrant's shareholders and board of directors; (2) be dated; (3) be signed manually; and (4) indicate the city and state where issued.

Attachments that include a report that discloses a material weakness should include an indication by the Registrant of any corrective action taken or proposed.

The fact that an accountant's report is attached to this form shall not be regarded as acknowledging any review of this form by the independent public accountant.

4. Item G.1.a.iv. Change in accounting principles and practices. If the Registrant responded "YES" to Item B.21, provide an attachment that describes the change in accounting principles or practices, or the change in the method of applying any such accounting principles or practices. State the date of the change and the reasons therefor. A letter from the Registrant's independent accountants, approving or otherwise commenting on the change, shall accompany the description.

5. Item G.1.a.v. Information required to be filed pursuant to exemptive orders. File as an attachment any information required to be reported on Form N-CEN or any predecessor form to Form N-CEN (e.g., Form N-SAR) pursuant to exemptive orders issued by the Commission and relied on by the Registrant.

6. Item G.1.a.vi. Other information required to be included as an attachment pursuant to Commission rules and regulations. File as an attachment any other information required to be included as an attachment pursuant to Commission rules and regulations.


Instructions.

7. Item G.1.b.i. Material amendments to organizational documents. Provide copies of all material amendments to the Registrant's charters, by-laws, or other similar organizational documents that occurred during the reporting period.

8. Item G.1.b.ii. Instruments defining the rights of the holders of any new or amended class of securities. Provide copies of all constituent instruments defining the rights of the holders of any new or amended class of securities for the current reporting period. If the Registrant has issued a new class of securities other than short-term paper, furnish a description of the class called for by the applicable item of Form N-2. If the constituent instruments defining the rights of the holders of any class of the Registrant's securities have been materially modified during the reporting period, give the title of the class involved and state briefly the general effect of the modification upon the rights of the holders of such securities.

9. Item G.1.b.iii. New or amended investment advisory contracts. Provide copies of any new or amended investment advisory contracts that became effective during the reporting period.

10. Item G.1.b.iv. Information called for by Item 405 of Regulation S-K. Provide the information called for by Item 405 of Regulation S-K concerning failure of certain closed-end management investment company and small business investment company shareholders to file certain ownership reports.

11. Item G.1.b.v. Code of ethics (small business investment companies only).

(a) (1) Disclose whether, as of the end of the period covered by the report, the Registrant has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the Registrant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, regardless of whether these individuals are employed by the Registrant or a third party. If the Registrant has not adopted such a code of ethics, explain why it has not done so.
(2) For purposes of this instruction, the term "code of ethics" means written standards that are reasonably designed to deter wrongdoing and to promote: (i) honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships; (ii) full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that a Registrant files with, or submits to, the Commission and in other public communications made by the Registrant; (iii) compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules, and regulations; (iv) the prompt internal reporting of violations of the code to an appropriate person or persons identified in the code; and (v) accountability for adherence to the code.

(3) The Registrant must briefly describe the nature of any amendment, during the period covered by the report, to a provision of its code of ethics that applies to the Registrant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, regardless of whether these individuals are employed by the Registrant or a third party, and that relates to any element of the code of ethics definition enumerated in paragraph (a)(2) of this instruction. The Registrant must file a copy of any such amendment as an exhibit to this report on Form N-CEN, unless the Registrant has elected to satisfy paragraph (a)(6) of this instruction by posting its code of ethics on its website pursuant to paragraph (a)(6)(ii) of this Instruction, or by undertaking to provide its code of ethics to any person without charge, upon request, pursuant to paragraph (a)(6)(iii) of this instruction.

(4) If the Registrant has, during the period covered by the report, granted a waiver, including an implicit waiver, from a provision of the code of ethics to the Registrant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, regardless of whether these individuals are employed by the Registrant or a third party, that relates to one or more of the items set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this instruction, the Registrant must briefly describe the nature of the waiver, the name of the person to whom the waiver was granted, and the date of the waiver.

(5) If the Registrant intends to satisfy the disclosure requirement under paragraph (a)(3) or (4) of this instruction regarding an amendment to, or a waiver from, a provision of its code of ethics that applies to the Registrant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions and that relates to any element of the code of ethics definition enumerated in paragraph (a)(2) of this instruction by posting such information on its Internet website, disclose the Registrant's Internet address and such intention.

(6) The Registrant must: (i) file with the Commission a copy of its code of ethics that applies to the Registrant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, as an exhibit to its report on this Form N-CEN; (ii) post the text of such code of ethics on its Internet website and disclose, in its most recent report on this Form N-CEN, its Internet address and the fact that it has posted such code of ethics on its Internet website; or (iii) undertake in its most recent report on this Form N-CEN to provide to any person without charge, upon request, a copy of such code of ethics and explain the manner in which such request may be made.

(7) A Registrant may have separate codes of ethics for different types of officers. Furthermore, a "code of ethics" within the meaning of paragraph (a)(2) of this instruction may be a portion of a broader document that addresses additional topics or that applies to more persons than those specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this instruction. In satisfying the requirements of paragraph (a)(6) of this instruction, a Registrant need only file, post, or provide the portions of a broader document that constitutes a "code of ethics" as defined in paragraph (a)(2) of this instruction and that apply to the persons specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this instruction.

(8) If a Registrant elects to satisfy paragraph (a)(6) of this instruction by posting its code of ethics on its Internet website pursuant to paragraph (a)(6)(ii), the code of ethics must remain accessible on its website for as long as the Registrant remains subject to the requirements of this instruction and chooses to comply with this instruction by posting its code on its Internet website pursuant to paragraph (a)(6)(ii).

(9) The Registrant does not need to provide any information pursuant to paragraphs (a)(3) and (4) of this instruction if it discloses the required information on its Internet website within five business days following the date of the amendment or waiver and the Registrant has disclosed in its most recently filed report on this Form N-CEN its Internet website address and intention to provide disclosure in this manner. If the amendment or waiver occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday on which the Commission is not open for business, then the five business day period shall begin to run on and include the first business day thereafter. If the Registrant elects to disclose this information through its website, such information must remain available on the website for at least a 12-month period. The Registrant must retain the information for a period of not less than six years following the end of the fiscal year in which the amendment or waiver occurred. Upon request, the Registrant must furnish to the Commission or its staff a copy of any or all information retained pursuant to this requirement.

(10) The Registrant does not need to disclose technical, administrative, or other non-substantive amendments to its code of ethics.

(11) For purposes of this instruction: (i) the term "waiver" means the approval by the Registrant of a material departure from a provision of the code of ethics; and (ii) the term "implicit waiver" means the Registrant's failure to take action within a reasonable period of time regarding a material departure from a provision of the code of ethics that has been made known to an executive officer, as defined in rule 3b-7 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.3b-7), of the Registrant.

(b) (1) Disclose that the Registrant's board of directors has determined that the Registrant either: (i) has at least one audit committee financial expert serving on its audit committee; or (ii) does not have an audit committee financial expert serving on its audit committee.

(2) If the Registrant provides the disclosure required by paragraph (b)(1)(i) of this instruction, it must disclose the name of the audit committee financial expert and whether that person is "independent." In order to be considered "independent" for purposes of this instruction, a member of an audit committee may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the audit committee, the board of directors, or any other board committee: (i) accept directly or indirectly any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from the issuer; or (ii) be an "interested person" of the investment company as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19)).

(3) If the Registrant provides the disclosure required by paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this instruction, it must explain why it does not have an audit committee financial expert.

(4) If the Registrant's board of directors has determined that the Registrant has more than one audit committee financial expert serving on its audit committee, the Registrant may, but is not required to, disclose the names of those additional persons. A Registrant choosing to identify such persons must indicate whether they are independent pursuant to paragraph (b)(2) of this instruction.

(5) For purposes of this instruction, an "audit committee financial expert" means a person who has the following attributes: (i) an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and financial statements; (ii) the ability to assess the general application of such principles in connection with the accounting for estimates, accruals, and reserves; (iii) experience preparing, auditing, analyzing, or evaluating financial statements that present a breadth and level of complexity of accounting issues that are generally comparable to the breadth and complexity of issues that can reasonably be expected to be raised by the Registrant's financial statements, or experience actively supervising one or more persons engaged in such activities; (iv) an understanding of internal controls and procedures for financial reporting; and (v) an understanding of audit committee functions.

(6) A person shall have acquired such attributes through: (i) education and experience as a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant, or auditor or experience in one or more positions that involve the performance of similar functions; (ii) experience actively supervising a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant, auditor, or person performing similar functions; (iii) experience overseeing or assessing the performance of companies or public accountants with respect to the preparation, auditing, or evaluation of financial statements; or (iv) other relevant experience.

(7) (i) A person who is determined to be an audit committee financial expert will not be deemed an "expert" for any purpose, including without limitation for purposes of Section 11 of the Securities Act (15 U.S.C. 77k), as a result of being designated or identified as an audit committee financial expert pursuant to this instruction; (ii) the designation or identification of a person as an audit committee financial expert pursuant to this instruction does not impose on such person any duties, obligations, or liability that are greater than the duties, obligations, and liability imposed on such person as a member of the audit committee and board of directors in the absence of such designation or identification; (iii) the designation or identification of a person as an audit committee financial expert pursuant to this instruction does not affect the duties, obligations, or liability of any other member of the audit committee or board of directors.

(8) If a person qualifies as an audit committee financial expert by means of having held a position described in paragraph (b)(6)(iv) of this Instruction, the Registrant shall provide a brief listing of that person's relevant experience.

N-CEN/A: Signature

Pursuant to the requirements of the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Registrant
Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. 
Date
2019-03-14 
Signature
/s/ Brian S. Hook 
Title
Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer