Guggenheim Defensive Equity ETF
Effective October 24, 2016, Guggenheim Defensive Equity ETF (DEF) changed its benchmark index to the Guggenheim Defensive Equity Index from the Sabrient Defensive Equity Index. The ETF ticker and name did not change. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.


Investment Objectives

Guggenheim Defensive Equity ETF (DEF) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the fund’s fees and expenses, of the Sabrient Defensive Equity Index.

Highlights & Applications

  • Offers exposure to defensive market sectors that have historically outperformed in down markets.
  • May help a diversified portfolio better weather periods of sustained volatility, while remaining strategically positioned for opportunities in up markets.
  • Employs a ‘smart’ or strategic beta approach by equal weighting all stocks.

Top Fund Holdings

as of 10/21/16 View All Holdings

Top Fund Sectors

as of 6/30/16

Financials 25.49 %
Utilities 21.73 %
Consumer Staples 15.28 %
Telecommunication Services 11.97 %
Industrials 7.09 %
Consumer Discretionary 6.26 %
Materials 4.93 %
Information Technology 3.22 %
Energy 2.81 %
Health Care 0.98 %

All data is provided by Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC, Morningstar or Fact Set. 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.

Overall Morningstar RatingTM *

as of 6/30/16

Among Large Value Funds

This Fund was rated, based on its risk-adjusted returns, 4 stars for 3 years, 4 stars for 5 years, and 4 stars Overall out of 44, 32, and 44 Large Value funds, respectively.

Fund Profile

as of 10/21/16
Symbol DEF
Exchange NYSE Arca
CUSIP 18383M878
Fund Inception Date 12/15/06
Distribution Schedule (if any) Annually
Gross Expense Ratio 0.72 %
Net Expense Ratio 0.65 %
Fiscal Year-End 8/31
Investment Adviser Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC
Distributor Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC
Guggenheim Defensive Equity IndexGUGDEFTR
Index Provider Accretive Asset Management LLC
Volume 6,331
Shares Outstanding 5,750,000
Total Managed Assets $220,116,557

The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive fees and expenses through December 31, 2018 to limit the ordinary operating expenses of the Fund. The Fund may have net expenses greater than the expense cap as a result of any acquired fund fees and expenses or other expenses that are excluded from the calculation.

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.

Net Asset Value

as of 10/21/16 Price History
NAV  $38.28
Change $-0.01
52-Week High $39.96
52-Week Low $32.49

Market Close

as of 10/21/16 Price History
  Market Price 
Close  $38.30
Change $-0.02
52-Week High $39.97
52-Week Low $32.47
Bid/Ask Midpoint  $38.29
Premium / Discount  0.03%
Premium / Discount Historical Download1

1Shareholders may pay more than net asset value when they buy shares of an ETF and receive less than net asset value when they sell those shares, because shares are bought and sold at current market prices.

NAV is the price per share at which each Fund issues and redeems shares. The net asset value per share for each Fund is determined once daily as of the close of the listing exchange, usually 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, each day the listing exchange is open for trading. NAV per share is determined by dividing the value of the Fund’s portfolio securities, cash and other assets (including accrued interest), less all liabilities (including accrued expenses), by the total number of shares outstanding.

In general, market price represents what the fund is trading at.

The closing price is the price of the last reported trade on any exchange on which the Fund trades before the market closes, usually at 4 pm Eastern time.

The bid/ask midpoint is the midpoint of the highest bid and lowest offer on the listing exchange at the time that the NAV is calculated, usually 4 pm Eastern time.

The premium/discount is the amount the Fund is trading higher (“premium”) or lower (“discount”) to its NAV, expressed as a percentage of its bid/ask midpoint to its NAV. A positive number indicates it’s trading at premium and a negative number indicates it’s trading at a discount.

Index Description

The Sabrient Defensive Equity Index is comprised of securities selected from a broad universe of U.S.-traded securities, including master-limited partnerships and American depository receipts. Using a rules-based quantitative approach, the index selects stocks based on fundamental characteristics such as strong balance sheet, dividend payments, conservative accounting practices, and a recent history of out-performance during weak market days. It has exposure to approximately 100 stocks and is equal weighted.

Fund Characteristics

as of 6/30/16

Number of Securities99
Average Market Capitalization $4.0 Bil
Price/Earnings (P/E) 20.0 x
Price/Book (P/B) 2.1 x
Beta 0.63
Alpha 1.96
Standard Deviation (Fund / S&P 500 Index) 9.26/0

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 12/24/15
Record Date 12/29/15
Payable Date 12/31/15
Distribution per Share $1.151500

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 Index methodology is published at The Index selection methodology is designed to identify companies with potentially superior risk/return profiles, as determined by Sabrient Systems LLC (“Sabrient” or the “Index Provider”), during periods of weakness in the markets and/or the American economy overall. The Index is designed to actively represent a group of securities that reflect occurrences such as low relative valuations, conservative accounting, dividend payments and a history of outperformance during bearish market periods. The Index constituents represent a “defensive” portfolio with the potential to outperform broad market benchmark indices on a risk-adjusted basis during periods of market weakness, while still providing the potential for positive returns during strong market periods.

The Index constituent selection methodology was developed by Sabrient as an effective, quantitative approach to selecting securities in a diversified portfolio from a broad universe of companies. The Index constituent selection methodology evaluates and selects securities from the qualified universe of companies using a proprietary, 100% rules-based methodology developed by Sabrient.

The Index constituent selection methodology utilizes multi-factor proprietary selection rules to seek to identify those securities that offer the greatest potential from a risk/return perspective during weak market periods. The approach is specifically designed to enhance investment applications and investability. The constituent selection process and portfolio rebalance are repeated once per quarter.


  1. Potential Index constituents include all equities trading on major U.S. exchanges.
  2. The Defensive Equity Index is comprised of approximately the 100 highest-ranking securities chosen from a subset of the largest 1,000 eligible companies by market capitalization using 100% rules-based quantitative ranking methodology.
  3. Each security is ranked based on the composite scoring of a handful of specially-targeted factors, and is sorted from highest to lowest. The constituent selection methodology was developed by Sabrient as an effective, quantitative approach designed to identify those companies that offer the greatest potential for maintaining value during difficult market conditions and thus providing the investor with a defensive portfolio.
  4. The 100 highest-ranking companies are chosen, subject to turnover limitations relative to existing constituents, and given an equal weighting in the Index. To prevent undue industry sector concentration, limits have been placed on the number of securities in the Index that may share a particular sector or industry classification under the Thomson Reuters Business Classification (the “TRBC”).
  5. The constituent selection process and portfolio rebalance are repeated once per quarter.



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 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.

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. 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.

Small and Medium-Sized Company Risk: Investing in securities of these companies involves greater risk as their securities may be more volatile and less liquid than investing in more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall stock market.

Utilities Sector Risk: Companies in the utilities sector may be adversely affected by changes in economic, political, and regulatory or deregulatory changes, and other occurrences associated with the utilities industry. This concentration may present more risks than investing in securities that are more broadly diversified over numerous sectors of the economy.

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. There are also certain tax risks associated with an investment in units of MLPs.

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 Sabrient. Sabrient 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. Sabrient’s only relationship to Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC is the licensing of the Index which is determined, composed and calculated by Sabrient without regard to Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC or the product. Sabrient 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. Sabrient 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.

*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.

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