BulletShares

 

Guggenheim Launches New BulletShares

Guggenheim has expanded its BulletShares suite of ETFs with the addition of two investment grade and two high yield corporate bond ETFs:

 

Now with a line-up of 20 fixed-income defined maturity ETFs, Guggenheim BulletShares® provide maturities from 2014 to 2024. Potential benefits may include:

  • Conveniently construct bond ladders
  • Easily fill maturity gaps in fixed income portfolios
  • Efficiently put new capital to work
  • Proactively plan for client lifestyle needs*

 

For more information:

Individual investors: call 800.820.0888
Financial Professional: call our ETF Knowledge Center at 888.WHY ETFs

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*The funds do not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity, and the amount an investor receives may be worth more or less than their original investment. In contrast, when an individual bond matures, an investor typically receives the bond’s par (or face) value.

 


 

Guggenheim BulletShares® ETFs Overview

Combining the benefits of bonds—control of portfolio maturity, yield and credit quality—with the broad diversification, liquidity and convenience of ETFs, Guggenheim Investments BulletShares® ETFs offer investors the best of both worlds.

With maturity dates spanning from 2013 to 2022, there are 16 corporate bond and high-yield corporate bond BulletShares ETFs to choose from. These defined-maturity ETFs enable you to implement date-sensitive investment strategies such as building a laddered bond portfolio, filling gaps in existing portfolios, obtaining year-specific yield-curve exposure and managing future cash flow needs.¹

 

Guggenheim BulletShares® ETFs offer many benefits.

  1. FINAL DISTRIBUTION AT MATURITY¹—At each fund's maturity, the NAV of the fund assets will be distributed to investors.
  2. ENHANCED BOND EXPOSURE—Seeking to track the performance—before the funds' fees and expenses—of indices comprised of approximately 70 to 190 individual bonds, can be an alternative to portfolios invested in a minimal number of bonds.
  3. EXCHANGE TRADED LIQUIDITY AND TRANSPARENCY—Allows investors to efficiently implement changes to their portfolio. Being exchange-traded, ETFs offer investors access to real-time pricing and intra-day trading.
  4. CUSTOMIZATION—Can be utilized to create customized portfolios of bond funds with specified maturities¹ based on an investor's expected portfolio needs.
  5. PRECISION—Provides targeted exposure to portfolios of bonds that mature in a particular calendar year allowing investors to construct a maturity profile that may optimize their portfolios.
  6. ACCESS—The required initial investment for an individual bond can be $10,000 or greater, varying widely by the type of bond. By investing through an ETF, investors now have access to comprehensive portfolios of targeted-maturity bonds that may have previously been unavailable to them.
  7. LIFESTYLE PLANNING SIMPLIFIED—Whether you are planning for retirement, a child's college tuition or other future expenses, these ETFs may help you reach your investment goals. By selecting the funds whose maturities align with your particular time frame, the fund's final cash distributions¹ may be applied toward each year's expenses.

 

GUGGENHEIM BULLETSHARES®
HIGH YIELD CORPORATE BOND ETFS

Expense Ratio: 0.42%²
Distribution Frequency: Monthly (if any)
Objective: Seek investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the Funds' fees and expenses, of the corresponding BulletShares® USD High Yield Corporate Bond Index.  
NYSE
Arca
Ticker
Guggenheim BulletShares 2014 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJE
Guggenheim BulletShares 2015 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJF
Guggenheim BulletShares 2016 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJG
Guggenheim BulletShares 2017 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJH
Guggenheim BulletShares 2018 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJI
Guggenheim BulletShares 2019 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJJ
Guggenheim BulletShares 2020 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJK
Guggenheim BulletShares 2021 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJL
Guggenheim BulletShares 2022 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF BSJM

 

GUGGENHEIM BULLETSHARES®
CORPORATE BOND ETFS

Expense Ratio: 0.24%²
Distribution Frequency: Monthly (if any)
Objective: Seek investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the Funds' fees and expenses, of the corresponding BulletShares® USD Corporate Bond Index.
NYSE
Arca
Ticker
Guggenheim BulletShares 2014 Corporate Bond ETF BSCE
Guggenheim BulletShares 2015 Corporate Bond ETF BSCF
Guggenheim BulletShares 2016 Corporate Bond ETF BSCG
Guggenheim BulletShares 2017 Corporate Bond ETF BSCH
Guggenheim BulletShares 2018 Corporate Bond ETF BSCI
Guggenheim BulletShares 2019 Corporate Bond ETF BSCJ
Guggenheim BulletShares 2020 Corporate Bond ETF BSCK
Guggenheim BulletShares 2021 Corporate Bond ETF BSCL
Guggenheim BulletShares 2022 Corporate Bond ETF BSCM
Guggenheim BulletShares 2023 Corporate Bond ETF BSCN
Guggenheim BulletShares 2024 Corporate Bond ETF BSCO

 

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ETFs vs. Individual Bond


ETFs, unlike a direct investment in a bond that has a level coupon payment and a fixed payment at maturity, will make income dividend distributions that vary over time. Unlike a direct investment in bonds, the breakdown of returns between ETF distributions and liquidation proceeds are not predictable at the time of investment. For example, at times during the ETFs' existence, the funds may make distributions at a greater (or lesser) rate than the coupon payments received on the ETFs' portfolios, and may return a lesser (or greater) amount on liquidation. The rate of ETF distribution payments may adversely affect the tax characterization of your returns from an investment in the ETFs relative to a direct investment in corporate bonds. If the amount you receive as liquidation proceeds upon the ETFs' termination is higher or lower than your cost basis, you may experience a gain or loss for tax purposes.

Questions?

Call our Guggenheim ETF Knowledge Center at 888.WHY-ETFS or 888.949.3837

¹ The Funds have designated years of maturity ranging from 2013 to 2022 and will terminate on or about December 31st of their respective maturity year. In connection with such termination, each Fund will make a cash distribution to then-current shareholders of its net assets after making appropriate provisions for any liabilities of the Fund. The Funds do not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity. In the final six months of operation, as the bonds held by the Fund mature, the Fund's portfolio will transition to cash and cash equivalents, including without limitation U.S. Treasury Bills and investment-grade commercial paper, which may result in a lower yield than the yields of the bonds previously held by the Fund and/or prevailing yields for bonds in the market. The Funds will terminate on or about the date above without requiring approval by the Trust's Board of Trustees (the "Board") or Fund shareholders. The Board may change the termination date to an earlier or later date if a majority of the Board determines the change to be in the best interest of the Funds.

² The expense ratio is expressed as a unitary fee and covers all expenses of the Fund, except for the fee payments under the investment advisory agreement, distribution fees, if any, brokerage expenses, taxes, interest, litigation expenses and other extraordinary expenses.


RISK CONSIDERATIONS
Investors should consider the following risk factors and special considerations associated with investing in the Funds, which may cause you to lose money, including the entire principal amount that you invest. Interest Rate Risk: As interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income securities held by the Funds are likely to decrease. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes, making them more volatile than securities with shorter durations. Credit/Default Risk: The risk that issuers or guarantors of debt instruments or the counterparty to a derivatives contract (BulletShares Corporate Bond ETFs only), repurchase agreement or loan of portfolio securities is unable or unwilling to make timely interest and/or principal payments or otherwise honor its obligations. Debt instruments are subject to varying degrees of credit risk, which may be reflected in credit ratings. Securities issued by the U.S. government have limited credit risk. Credit rating downgrades and defaults (failure to make interest or principal payment) may potentially reduce the Funds’ income and share prices. Asset Class Risk: The bonds in the Funds’ portfolio may underperform the returns of other bonds or indexes that track other industries, markets, asset classes or sectors. Call Risk/Prepayment Risk: During periods of falling interest rates, an issuer of a callable bond may exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation earlier than expected. This may result in the Funds having to reinvest proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Funds’ income. Extension Risk: The risk that an issuer will exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation later than expected. This may happen when there is a rise in interest rates. Under these circumstances, the value of the obligation will decrease and the Funds’ performance may suffer from its inability to invest in higher yielding securities. Income Risk: The risk that falling interest rates will cause the Funds’ income to decline.Liquidity Risk: If the Funds invest in illiquid securities or securities that become illiquid, Fund returns may be reduced because the Funds may be unable to sell the illiquid securities at an advantageous time or price. Declining Yield Risk: During the final year of the Funds’ operations, as the bonds held by the Funds mature and the Funds’ portfolio transitions to cash and cash equivalents, the Funds’ yield will generally tend to move toward the yield of cash and cash equivalents and thus may be lower than the yields of the bonds previously held by the Funds and/or prevailing yields for bonds in the market. Fluctuation of Yield and Liquidation Amount Risk: The Funds, unlike a direct investment in a bond that has a level coupon payment and a fixed payment at maturity, will make distributions of income that vary over time. Unlike a direct investment in bonds, the breakdown of returns between Fund distributions and liquidation proceeds are not predictable at the time of your investment. For example, at times during the Funds’ existence, it may make distributions at a greater (or lesser) rate than the coupon payments received on the Funds’ portfolio, which will result in the Funds returning a lesser (or greater) amount on liquidation than would otherwise be the case. The rate of Fund distribution payments may adversely affect the tax characterization of your returns from an investment in the Funds relative to a direct investment in corporate bonds. If the amount you receive as liquidation proceeds upon the Funds’ termination is higher or lower than your cost basis, you may experience a gain or loss for tax purposes. In addition the Funds are subject to Non-Correlation Risk, Replication Management Risk, Issuer-Specific Changes, and Non-Diversified Fund Risk. The investment-grade corporate bond ETFs also entail the following risks. Foreign Issuers Risk: Investing in U.S. registered, dollar-denominated bonds of foreign corporations which have different risks than investing in U.S. companies. These include currency, political, and economic risk, as well as less market liquidity, generally greater market volatility and less complete financial information than for U.S. issuers. Derivatives Risk: The Funds may invest in certain types of derivatives contracts, including futures, options and swaps which, increases the risk of loss for the Funds. The high-yield corporate bond ETFs also entail the following risks: High-Yield Securities Risk: The Funds invest in bonds that are rated below investment-grade and are considered to be “junk” securities. While these securities generally offer a higher current yield than that available from higher grade issues, they typically involve greater risk. The ability of issuers of high-yield securities to make timely payments of interest and principal may be adversely impacted by adverse changes in general economic conditions, changes in the financial condition of the issuers and price fluctuations in response to changes in interest rates. High-yield securities are less liquid than investment-grade securities and may be difficult to price or sell, particularly in times of negative sentiment toward high-yield securities. Concentration Risk: If the Index concentrates in an industry or group of industries the Fund’s investments will be concentrated accordingly. In such event, the value of the Fund’s shares may rise and fall more than the value of shares of a fund that invests in securities of companies in a broader range of industries. In addition, the high-yield corporate bond ETFs may entail some or all of the following sector risks. Financial Services Sector Risk, Consumer Staples Sector Risk, Telecommunications Sector Risk, and Consumer Discretionary Sector Risk. Please read each Fund’s prospectus for more detailed information on these risks and considerations. As with any investment, you should consider how your investment will be taxed. The tax information contained in the prospectus is provided as general information. Investors should consult their own tax professional about the tax consequences of an investment as Guggenheim Investments Distributors, LLC does not offer tax advice.

The Index provider and its affiliates do not make any warranties or bear any liabilities with respect to Guggenheim funds. BulletShares®, BulletShares® USD Corporate Bond Index and BulletShares® USD High Yield Corporate Bond Index are trademarks of Accretive Asset Management LLC and have been licensed for use by Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC.

Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC, an affiliate of Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC, serves as the investment adviser.

 

Read a prospectus and summary prospectus (if available) carefully before investing. It contains the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information, which should be considered carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus (if available) click here or contact us.

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