The Index methodology is published at www.zacksindexservices.com. The Index selection methodology is designed to identify companies with potentially high income and superior risk-return profiles as determined by Zacks. The objective of the Index is to select a diversified group of securities with the potential to have a yield in excess of and outperform, on a risk adjusted basis, the Dow Jones US Select Dividend Index and other benchmark indices.
The Index constituent selection methodology utilizes multi-factor proprietary selection rules to identify those securities that offer the greatest potential from a yield and risk/return perspective while maintaining industry diversification. The approach is specifically designed to enhance investment applications and investability. The constituent selection process, as well as the ranking, reconstitution and rebalancing of the Index, is repeated quarterly.
Potential Index constituents include all U.S. stocks and ADRs that pay dividends, as well as REITs, MLPs, closed-end funds, Canadian royalty trusts and traditional preferred stocks.
The Index is comprised of approximately the 125 to 150 highest-ranking securities chosen using a rules-based quantitative ranking methodology proprietary to Zacks. Half (50%) or more of the portfolio will consist of dividend-paying common stocks. Closed-end funds are limited to 10% of the portfolio. MLPs may make up one-quarter (25%) of the portfolio. Exposure to all other categories of investment type (ADRs, REITs and preferred stock) other than U.S. common stock are limited to a 20% maximum per investment type.
Each company within each investment type is ranked using a quantitative rules-based methodology that includes yield, company growth, liquidity, relative value and other factors and is sorted from highest to lowest.
The approximately 125 to 150 constituents are chosen and are weighted based on a proprietary method developed by Zacks within each investment type.
The constituent selection process, as well as the ranking, reconstitution and rebalancing of the Index, is repeated quarterly.
The securities comprising the portfolio are regularly reviewed for deletion or dilution based on factors determined by Zacks.
RISKS AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
*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.
Risks and Other Considerations Investors should consider the following risk factors and special considerations associated with investing in the fund, which may cause you to lose money, including the entire principal amount that you invest.
Equity Risk: The value of the equity securities held by the fund will 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.
Preferred Stock Risk: There are certain additional risks associated with investing in preferred securities, including, but not limited to, (i) preferred securities may include provisions that permit the issuer, at its discretion, to defer or omit distributions for a stated period without any adverse consequences to the issuer; (ii) preferred securities are generally subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure in terms of having priority to corporate income and liquidation payments, and therefore will be subject to greater credit risk than more senior debt instruments; preferred securities may be substantially less liquid than many other securities, such as common stocks or U.S. Government securities; generally, traditional preferred securities offer no voting rights with respect to the issuing company unless preferred dividends have been in arrears for a specified number of periods, at which time the preferred security holders may elect a number of directors to the issuer’s board; in certain varying circumstances, an issuer of preferred securities may redeem the securities prior to a specified date.
Foreign Investment Risk: The fund’s investments in non-U.S. issuers, although generally limited to ADRs, may involve unique risks compared to investing in securities of U.S. issuers, including less market liquidity, generally greater market volatility than U.S. securities and less complete financial information than for U.S. issuers.
REIT Risk: Investments in securities of real estate companies involve risks. These risks include, among others, adverse changes in national, state or local real estate conditions; obsolescence of properties; changes in the availability, cost and terms of mortgage funds; and the impact of changes in environmental laws.
MLP Risk: Investments in securities of MLPs involve risks that differ from an investment in common stock. Holders of the units of MLPs have more limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the partnership.
Risks of Investing In Other Investment Companies: Investments in securities of other investment companies involve risks, including, among others, the fact that shares of other investment companies are subject to the management fees and other expenses of those companies, and the purchase of shares of some investment companies (in the case of closed-end investment companies) may sometimes require the payment of premiums above the value of such companies’ portfolio securities or net asset values.
Oils/Energy Sector Risk: The profitability of companies in the oils/energy sector is related to worldwide energy prices, exploration, and production spending. Such companies also are subject to risks of changes in exchange rates, government regulation, world events, depletion of resources and economic conditions, as well as market, economic and political risks of the countries where energy companies are located or do business.
Financial Services Sector Risk: The financial services industries are subject to extensive government regulation, can be subject to relatively rapid change due to increasingly blurred distinctions between service segments, and can be significantly affected by availability and cost of capital funds, changes in interest rates, the rate of corporate and consumer debt defaults, and price competition.
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 larger, more established companies.
Below-Investment Grade Securities Risk: The fund may invest in certain preferred stocks that are rated below investment grade.
Portfolio Turnover Risk: The fund may engage in active and frequent trading of its portfolio securities in connection with the quarterly rebalancing of the Index, and therefore the fund’s investments.
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 fund is subject to Non-Correlation Risk, Replication Management Risk, and Issuer-Specific Changes.
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 product is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Zacks. Zacks makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the product particularly or the ability of the Index to track general market performance. Zacks’ only relationship to Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC is the licensing of the Index which is determined, composed and calculated by Zacks without regard to Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC or the product. Zacks has no obligation to take the needs of Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC or the owners of the product into consideration in determining or calculating the Index. Zacks 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.