Guggenheim Total Return Bond ETF (GTO)

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Guggenheim Total Return Bond ETF (GTO) is a portfolio of primarily investment grade fixed-income securities that is actively managed to seek maximum total return.

Fund Highlights and Applications

  • Access to Guggenheim’s unique and award-winning capabilities 1 that combine in-depth macro research, intensive fundamental research and legal analysis, and rigorous risk management.
  • Multi-sector strategy investing primarily in investment-grade fixed income securities across multiple sectors.
  • An active approach offering the opportunity to capitalize on changing relative values in fixed-income securities/sectors.


1 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards 2015 Best Fixed-Income Funds Small Fund Family. Granted to the fund family with the lowest average decile ranking for Consistent Return, a measure of funds’ historical risk-adjusted returns, relative to peers over the 3-year period. To qualify, a fund family must have at least three fixed income funds and less than $52.6 billion in assets under management as of 12.31.2014. Guggenheim Funds ranked 1 out of 73 eligible companies. In cases of identical results the lower average percentile rank will determine the winner. Lipper, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomson Reuters, is a leading global provider of mutual fund information and analysis to fund companies, financial intermediaries and media organizations.

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Portfolio Management Team

  • B. Scott Minerd, Chairman of Investments and Global Chief Investment Officer
  • Anne B. Walsh, CFA, JD Senior Managing Director and Assistant Chief Investment Officer
  • James W. Michal, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
  • Steven H. Brown, CFA, Director, Portfolio Manager

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An actively managed ETF combines the benefits of the ETF structure with the dynamics of an actively managed strategy. The results is a transparent, diversified and liquid investment product blended with portfolio management expertise. An active ETF doesn’t just seek to match its benchmark, it strives to outperform it, while also seeking to mitigate risk.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

RISK 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. 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. 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. Investment Risk: An investment in the fund is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount that you invest. Credit/Default Risk: Issuers or guarantors of debt instruments or the counterparty to a repurchase agreement or loan of portfolio securities may be unable or unwilling to make timely interest and/or principal payments or otherwise honor its obligations. Interest Rate Risk: As interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income securities held by the fund 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. Income Risk: Falling interest rates may cause the fund’s income to decline. Municipal Securities Risk: Municipal securities are subject to the risk that litigation, legislation or other political events, local business or economic conditions or the bankruptcy of the issuer could have a significant effect on an issuer’s ability to make payments of principal and/or interest. Asset-Backed and Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk. Investors in ABS, including MBS and structured finance investments, generally receive payments that are part interest and part return of principal. These payments may vary based on the rate at which the underlying borrowers pay off their loans. Some asset-backed securities, including mortgage-backed securities, may have structures that make their reaction to interest rates and other factors difficult to predict, making their prices very volatile and they are subject to liquidity risk. High-Yield Securities Risk: High yield securities generally offer a higher current yield than that available from higher grade issues, but typically involve greater risk. Securities rated below investment grade are commonly referred to as “junk bonds.” 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. Foreign Issuers Risk: The fund may invest in U.S. and non-U.S. dollar-denominated bonds of foreign corporations, governments, agencies and supra-national agencies which have different risks than investing in U.S. companies. Emerging Markets Risk: Investment in securities of issuers based in developing or “emerging market” countries entails all of the risks of investing in securities of non-U.S. issuers, as previously described, but to a heightened degree. 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. Portfolio Turnover Risk: The fund may engage in active and frequent trading of its portfolio securities in connection with the rebalancing of the index, and therefore the fund’s investments. Management Risk: The fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio. In managing the fund’s portfolio securities, the Investment Advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the fund, but there can be no guarantee that these will produce the desired results. Risk of Deviation Between Market Price and NAV: Unlike conventional ETFs, the fund is not an index fund. The fund is actively managed and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specified index. There can be no assurance as to whether and/or the extent to which the Shares will trade at premiums or discounts to NAV. in addition, the fund is subject to additional risks and other considerations not mentioned above. 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. 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. Derivatives Risk. Derivatives may pose risks in addition to and greater than those associated with investing directly in securities or other investments, including risks relating to leverage, imperfect correlations with underlying investments or the Fund’s other portfolio holdings, high price volatility, lack of availability, counterparty credit, liquidity, valuation and legal restrictions. Leverage Risk. The Fund’s use of leverage, whether through borrowings or through economic leverage from instruments such as derivatives, may cause the Fund to be more volatile and riskier than if it had not been leveraged.

Please read the prospectus for additional information. 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.

Read the fund’s prospectus and summary prospectus (if available) carefully before investing. It contains the fund’s 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 call 800.820.0888.

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The referenced fund is distributed by Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC. Guggenheim Investments represents the investment management business of Guggenheim Partners, LLC ("Guggenheim"), which includes Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors ("GFIA"), the investment advisors to the referenced fund. Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC is affiliated with Guggenheim and GFIA.