The Index selection methodology is designed to provide exposure to high yielding Canadian securities in the energy sector that meet size and liquidity requirements. Securities must be part of the S&P/TSX Composite Index (the “Composite”), which is designed to provide a broad market measure of the Canadian equity markets. The Composite includes common stocks and income trust units listed on the TSX and are companies that are Canadian incorporated (established in the case of income trusts, or formed in the case of limited partnerships) under Canadian federal, provincial or territorial jurisdictions. Liquidity is measured by float turnover (total number of shares traded in Canadian markets in the previous 12 months divided by float eligible shares outstanding at the end of the period). Securities that are ineligible for inclusion in the Composite include securities issued by mutual funds, preferred shares, exchangeable shares, warrants, installment receipts and “paper-clipped” or “stapled” securities.
Sustainable Canadian Energy Income Index
Canadian Energy Exposure. Securities must be classified as part of the GICS Energy Sector.
Market Capitalization. Securities must have float adjusted market capitalization of $150 million (Canadian dollars) and above as of the reference date.
Liquidity. Securities must have three-month average daily value traded of $1 million (Canadian dollars) or higher as of the reference date.
Dividend Yield. At each rebalance, the indicated annual 12-month dividend yield of each security is computed. Securities which meet the prior criteria and have yields higher than 2% form the Index. Current constituents will not be dropped from the Index unless the indicated dividend yield drops below 1.5%.
Target Weights. The Index is weighted by float adjusted market capitalization subject to a maximum of weight of 5% for each stock. The caps are established at the quarterly rebalancing and are not revised until the next quarterly rebalancing.
Rebalancing. Additions are done at each quarterly rebalancing, consistent with the rebalancing of the Composite. Securities are deleted either at the quarterly rebalancing or if a stock is removed from the Composite between rebalancings, it is removed from the Index at the same time. The Index is rebalanced on a quarterly basis. Changes are effective after the close of the third Friday following applicable reference date. The reference dates are the last trading day of March, June, September and December. All index adjustments and corporate action treatments correspond to actions taken regarding the applicable securities in the Composite.
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.
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.
Energy Sector Risk
. The profitability of companies in the 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. Oil and gas exploration and production can be significantly affected by natural disasters. Oil exploration and production companies may be adversely affected by changes in exchange rates, interest rates, government regulation, world events, and economic conditions. Oil exploration and production companies may be at risk for environmental damage claims.
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 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. 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.
. As the Fund invests in Canadian royalty trusts and stocks listed on the TSX, the Fund is subject to the following risks: Commodity Exposure Risk
. The Canadian economy is very dependent on the demand for, and supply and price of, natural resources. The Canadian market is relatively concentrated in issuers involved in the production and distribution of natural resources. There is a risk that any changes in these sectors could have an adverse impact on the Canadian economy. Reliance on Exports Risk
. The Canadian economy is dependent on the economies of the United States as a key trading partner. Reduction in spending on Canadian products and services or changes in the U.S. economy may cause an impact in the Canadian economy. U.S. Economic Risk
. The Canadian economy may be significantly affected by the U.S. economy, given that the United States is Canada’s largest trading partner and foreign investor. Since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, total two-way merchandise trade between the United States and Canada has more than doubled. To further this relationship, all three NAFTA countries entered into The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in March 2005, which addressed economic and security related issues. The new agreement may further affect Canada’s dependency on the U.S. economy. Structural Risk (Political Risk)
. In addition, past periodic demands by the Province of Quebec for sovereignty have significantly affected equity valuations and foreign currency movements in the Canadian market.
Canadian Royalty Trust Risk
: Investing in Canadian royalty trusts is subject to the following risks: Lack of diversification. The royalty trusts in which the fund invests are heavily invested in oil and gas. Potential sacrifice of growth. Potential growth may be sacrificed because revenue is passed on to a royalty trust’s unit holders (such as the fund), rather than reinvested in the business. No guarantees. Royalty trusts generally do not guarantee minimum distributions or even return of capital. If the assets underlying a royalty trust do not perform as expected, the royalty trust may reduce or even eliminate distributions. The declaration of such distributions generally depends upon various factors, including the operating performance and financial condition of the royalty trust and general economic conditions. Potential for tax recharacterization or changes. Under amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada) passed in 2007 (the “SIFT Rules”), certain trusts (defined as “SIFT trusts”) are taxable on certain income and gains on a basis similar to that which applies to a corporation, with the result that tax efficiencies formerly available in respect of an investment in the trust may cease to be available. A royalty trust may be a SIFT trust. In addition, as a result of the SIFT Rules, some trusts may undertake reorganization transactions, the costs of which may affect the return earned on an investment in the trust. After any such conversion, tax efficiencies that were formerly available in respect of an investment in the trust may cease to be available. Accordingly, the SIFT Rules have had and may continue to have an effect on the trading price of investments in royalty trusts, and consequently could impact the value of shares of the fund.
In addition the funds are subject to: Small and Medium-Sized Company Risk, Non-Correlation Risk, Passive Management Risk, Issuer-Specific Changes and Non-Diversified Fund Risk.
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, Inc. 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.
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