Fund Summary

The Guggenheim Timber ETF (NYSE:CUT), seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the Fund’s fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Beacon Global Timber Index. The Index is designed to track the performance of common stocks of global timber companies. The universe of eligible securities includes firms that own or lease forested land and harvest the timber for commercial use and sale of wood-based products, including lumber, pulp or other processed or finished goods such as paper and packaging. The Fund will invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stock, American depositary receipts (“ADRs”) and global depositary receipts (“GDRs”) that comprise the Index and depositary receipts representing common stocks included in the Index (or underlying securities representing the ADRs and GDRs included in the Index). Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC, the investment adviser, seeks a correlation over time of 0.95 or better between the Fund’s performance and the performance of the Index. A figure of 1.00 would represent perfect correlation.

The Fund, using a low cost "passive" or "indexing" investment approach, will seek to replicate, before expenses, the performance of the Beacon Global Timber Index. All securities in the Index are selected from the universe of global timber companies. Beacon Indexes LLC, the index provider, defines global timber companies as firms who own or lease forested land and harvest the timber from such forested land for commercial use and sale of wood-based products, including lumber, pulp or other processed or finished goods such as paper and packaging. Potential Index constituents include securities with market capitalizations greater than $300 million, which includes securities of all categories of market capitalizations, as determined by Beacon Indexes LLC.

Top Fund Holdings

as of 7/31/15 View All Holdings
MONDI LTD 5.14 %

The complete name of the "MORGAN STANLEY PNOTE 6/23/14" is "Morgan Stanley B.V. certificates linked to the performance of Duratex SA."

Top Fund Geographic Weightings

as of 3/31/15

Geographic Weighting
United States 30.59 %
Brazil 16.48 %
Finland 9.92 %
Japan 8.87 %
Canada 7.51 %
Sweden 7.41 %
South Africa 7.17 %
Ireland 5.14 %
Portugal 3.81 %
Colombia 2.09 %

Top Fund Sectors

as of 3/31/15

Materials 79.69 %
Financials 13.80 %
Consumer Staples 4.21 %
Consumer Discretionary 2.12 %

All data is provided by Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC, or Morningstar. Data is subject to change on a daily basis and represents a percentage of the Fund’s holdings, excluding cash. The securities mentioned are provided for informational purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell.

*Morningstar category is based on the underlying securities of the ETF and not the objective. The Morningstar Rating™ is provided for those exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) with at least a three-year history. Ratings are based on the ETF’s Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure which accounts for variation in monthly performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. An ETF’s risk-adjusted return includes a brokerage commission estimate. This estimate is intended to reflect what an average investor would pay when buying or selling an ETF. PLEASE NOTE, this estimate is subject to change and the actual brokerage commission an investor pays may be higher or lower than this estimate. Morningstar compares each ETF’s risk-adjusted return to the open-end mutual fund rating breakpoints for that category. Consistent with the open-end mutual fund ratings, the top 10% of ETFs in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The overall rating for an ETF is based on a weighted average of the time-period ratings (e.g., the ETF’s 3-, 5-, and 10-year rating). The determination of an ETF’s rating does not affect the retail open end mutual fund data published by Morningstar. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Overall Morningstar RatingTM *

as of 6/30/15

Among Natural Resources Funds

This Fund was rated, based on its risk-adjusted returns, 5 stars for 3 years, 4 stars for 5 years, and 4 stars Overall out of 28, 21, and 28 Natural Resources funds, respectively.

Fund Profile

Symbol CUT
Exchange NYSE Arca
CUSIP 18383Q879
Fund Inception Date 11/9/07
Distribution Schedule (if any) Annually
Gross Expense Ratio 0.75 %
Net Expense Ratio 0.55 %
Fiscal Year-End 5/31
Investment Adviser Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC
Distributor Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC
Beacon Global Timber IndexCGTBR
Index Provider Beacon Indexes

The gross expense ratio reflects the fund’s actual total annual operating expense ratio, gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements as of its most recent prospectus. While there is currently a contractual fee waiver in place through December 31, 2017, some expenses fall outside of this expense cap and therefore net operating expenses may be higher. Without this expense cap, actual returns would be lower. See the prospectus for information on the fees and expenses.

The gross expense ratio reflects the fund’s actual total annual operating expense ratio, gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements as of its most recent prospectus.

Effective May 21, 2015, Guggenheim Timber ETF lowered its expense cap to 0.55% of average net assets per year, excluding extraordinary expenses (which include interest expense, brokerage commissions, and other trading expenses, taxes, and extraordinary expenses such as litigation and other expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of the Fund’s business). This expense ratio reduction will remain in effect at least until December 31, 2017. Management fees will remain unchanged.

Fund Statistics

as of 7/31/15 Price History
Close $25.21 $25.22
Change $0.17 $0.20
52-Week High $27.10 $27.03
52-Week Low $22.25 $22.32
Bid/Ask Premium (Discount) -0.20 %
Volume 37,200
Shares Outstanding 8,200,000
Total Managed Assets $206,801,464

Fund Characteristics

as of 3/31/15

Number of Securities29
Average Market Capitalization $7.2 Bil
Price/Earnings (P/E) 20.4 x
Price/Book (P/B) 1.7 x
Beta 1.20
Alpha -1.15
Standard Deviation (Fund / MSCI World Index) 14.97/0

P/E ratio is a harmonic weighted average and is equal to a security’s market capitalization divided by it after-tax earnings over the most recent 12-month period.

P/B ratio is a harmonic weighted average and is equal to a security’s market capitalization divided by its book value.

Alpha is a statistical measurement that depicts the performance difference between a fund’s return and an underlying performance benchmark, given a fund’s level of volatility, measured by beta. The benchmark will always reflect an alpha of 0.00%. A positive alpha indicates a fund has performed better than its beta would predict in the stated period.

Beta is the measure of a fund’s sensitivity to an index. By definition, the beta of an index is 1.00. Any fund with a higher beta is more volatile than the index. Likewise, any portfolio with a lower beta will be less volatile than the index in the stated period.

Standard deviation is a measure of historical volatility that indicates the degree to which an investment’s returns fluctuate around its average return. Generally, a higher standard deviation indicates a more risky investment.

Average market capitalization is the geometric mean of the market capitalization s for all securities in a fund’s portfolio.

Weighted average coupon is calculated by weighting each bond’s coupon by its relative size in the portfolio.

Weighted average bond price is a weighted average of individual bond prices.

Weighted average option-adjusted duration is a weighted average which measures the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal), incorporating the expected duration-shortening effect of an embedded call provision, of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. The larger the duration number, the greater the interest-rate risk for bond prices.

Average maturity is the length of time until the principal amount of a bond must be repaid.

Average effective duration measures the sensitivity of the price (value of principal) of a fixed income investment to a change in interest rates. The larger the duration number, the greater the interest rate risk for bond prices.

Current Distribution

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Ex-Date 12/24/14
Record Date 12/29/14
Payable Date 12/31/14
Distribution per Share $0.685000

The extent the Current Distribution is comprised of something other than Income, such as Return of Capital, please refer to the applicable Rule 19a-1 Notice found on the Fund's website under the Literature section. If the Current Distribution is comprised solely from Income, a Rule 19a-1 Notice will not be produced and posted.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.


The Beacon Global Timber Index methodology is comprised of global stocks traded on developed market exchanges that own and/or manage forests and harvest trees for lumber, pulp and other wood-based products. They may also create finished products such as lumber, paper and packaging. The Index constituent selection methodology was developed by Beacon as a quantitative approach to selecting stocks from a universe of all global timber companies that considers the geographic dispersion of trees. The Index constituent selection model evaluates and selects stocks from a universe of global timber companies using a proprietary, 100% rules-based methodology developed by Beacon. The Index constituent selection methodology utilizes multi-factor proprietary selection rules to seek to identify those stocks that offer the greatest potential from a risk/return perspective. The constituent selection process is performed annually and Index rebalance is repeated quarterly.


  1. Potential Index constituents include all equities trading on major global exchanges from within the defined Index universe and may include ADRs and/or GDRs.
  2. Minimum average daily trading volume greater than or equal to 75,000 shares and minimum average daily trading volume of over $500,000 over the past month.
  3. Market capitalization greater than or equal to $300 million at the time of reconstitution.
  4. Each company is ranked for inclusion using a 100% rules-based methodology.
  5. The companies selected are given a modified market cap weighting. Each company can have a maximum weight of 4.5% at the time of reconstitution.
  6. The constituent selection process is performed annually and Index rebalance is repeated quarterly; however, if there are not enough companies that meet the index's criteria, a reconstitution may be delayed.


Investors should consider the following risk factors and special considerations associated with investing in the Fund, which may cause you to lose money.

Investment Risk. An investment in the Fund is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount that you invest.

Equity Risk. The value of the equity securities held by the Fund may fall due to general market and economic conditions, perceptions regarding the industries in which the issuers of securities held by the Fund participate, or factors relating to specific companies in which the Fund invests. For example, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report, may depress the value of equity securities of an issuer held by the Fund; the price of common stock of an issuer may be particularly sensitive to general movements in the stock market; or a drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stocks and other equity securities held by the Fund. In addition, common stock of an issuer in the Fund’s portfolio may decline in price if the issuer fails to make anticipated dividend payments because the issuer of the security experiences a decline in its financial condition. Common stock is subordinated to preferred stocks, bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure, in terms of priority to corporate income, and therefore will be subject to greater dividend risk than preferred stocks or debt instruments of such issuers. In addition, while broad market measures of common stocks have historically generated higher average returns than fixed income securities, common stocks have also experienced significantly more volatility in those returns.

Global Timber Industry Risk. As the Index is comprised of issuers in the global timber industry, the Fund is therefore focused in that industry. Accordingly, the Fund may be subject to more risks than if it were broadly diversified over numerous industries and sectors of the economy. The market value of securities of global timber companies may be affected by numerous factors, including events occurring in nature and international politics. For example, the volume and value of timber that can be harvested from timberlands may be limited by natural disasters and other events such as fire, volcanic eruptions, insect infestation, disease, ice storms, wind storms, flooding, other weather conditions and other causes. In periods of poor logging conditions, global timber companies may harvest less timber than expected. Global timber companies involved in the forest, paper and packaging products industries are highly competitive globally, including significant competition from non-wood and engineered wood products, and no single company is dominant. These industries have suffered, and continue to suffer, from excess capacity. Global timber companies are subject to many federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, particularly with respect to the restoration and reforestation of timberlands, harvesting timber near waterways, discharges of pollutants and emissions, and the management, disposal and remediation of hazardous substances or other contaminants. Political risks and the other risks to which foreign securities are subject may also affect domestic companies in which the Fund may invest if they have significant operations or investments in foreign countries. In particular, tariffs, quotas or trade agreements can also affect the markets for products of global timber companies, particularly wood products. In addition, rising interest rates and general economic conditions may affect the demand for timber products.

Foreign Investment Risk. The Fund’s investments in non-U.S. issuers may involve unique risks compared to investing in securities of U.S. issuers, including greater market volatility than U.S. securities and less complete financial information than for U.S. issuers. In addition, adverse political, economic or social developments could undermine the value of the Fund’s investments or prevent the Fund from realizing the full value of its investments. Financial reporting standards for companies based in foreign markets differ from those in the United States. Finally, the value of the currency of the country in which the Fund has invested could decline relative to the value of the U.S. dollar, which may affect the value of the investment to U.S. investors. The Fund will not enter into transactions to hedge against declines in the value of the Fund’s assets that are denominated in a foreign currency. In addition, the underlying issuers of certain depositary receipts, particularly unsponsored or unregistered depositary receipts, are under no obligation to distribute shareholder communications to the holders of such receipts, or to pass through to them any voting rights with respect to the deposited securities.

Emerging market countries are countries that major international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, generally consider to be less economically mature than developed nations. Emerging market countries can include every nation in the world except the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most countries located in Western Europe. Investing in foreign countries, particularly emerging market countries, entails the risk that news and events unique to a country or region will affect those markets and their issuers. Countries with emerging markets may have relatively unstable governments, may present the risks of nationalization of businesses, restrictions on foreign ownership and prohibitions on the repatriation of assets. The economies of emerging markets countries also may be based on only a few industries, making them more vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions and more sensitive to debt burdens or inflation rates. Local securities markets may trade a small number of securities and may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of holdings difficult or impossible at times.

Small and Medium-Sized Company Risk. Investing in securities of small and medium-sized companies involves greater risk than is customarily associated with investing in more established companies. These companies’ securities may be more volatile and less liquid than those of more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall stock market.

Non-Correlation Risk. The Fund’s return may not match the return of the Index for a number of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs a number of operating expenses not applicable to the Index, and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Index.

The Fund may not be fully invested at times, either as a result of cash flows into the Fund or reserves of cash held by the Fund to meet redemptions and expenses. If the Fund utilizes a sampling approach, its return may not correlate as well with the return on the Index, as would be the case if it purchased all of the securities in the Index with the same weightings as the Index.

Replication Management Risk. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund is not “actively” managed. Therefore, it would not necessarily sell a security because the security’s issuer was in financial trouble unless that security is removed from the Index.

Issuer-Specific Changes. The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole. The value of securities of smaller issuers can be more volatile than that of larger issuers.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk. The Fund is considered non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of assets in securities of individual issuers than a diversified fund. Even though no single security weight may exceed 4.5% of the Index at the time of each quarterly rebalance, changes in the market value of the Index’s constituent securities may result in the Fund being invested in the securities of individual issuers (and making additional such investments in the case of creations of additional Creation Units) in greater proportions. As a result, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in share price than would occur in a diversified fund.

The Fund’s Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund may not achieve its investment objective. An investment in the Fund has not been guaranteed, sponsored, recommended, or approved by the United States, or any agency, instrumentality or officer of the United States, has not been insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and is not guaranteed by and is not otherwise an obligation of any bank or insured depository institution.

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 Funds Distributors, LLC. does not offer tax advice.

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares at NAV only in a large specified number of Shares called a “Creation Unit” or multiples thereof. A Creation Unit consists of 50,000 Shares. The Fund generally issues and redeems Creation Units principally in-kind. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund. Individual Shares of the Fund may only be purchased and sold in secondary market transactions through brokers. Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”) and because Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares of the Fund may trade at a price greater than or less than NAV.

Investors buying or selling ETF shares on the secondary market may incur brokerage costs and other transactional fees. Shares of ETFs may fluctuate in price due to daily changes in trading volume. At times, shares may not have a high volume of trading.

The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Beacon Indexes LLC (“Licensor”). Licensor makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or the ability of the Beacon Global Timber Index (“Index”) to track general market performance. Licensor’s only relationship to the Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC (“Licensee”) is the licensing of the Index which is determined, composed and calculated by Licensor without regard to the Licensee or the Fund. Licensor has no obligation to take the needs of the Licensee or the owners of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. Licensor shall not be liable to any person for any error in the Index nor shall it be under any obligation to advise any person of any error therein.

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