Investment Objective

Wilshire Micro-Cap ETF (WMCR) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the fund’s fees and expenses, of the Wilshire US Micro-Cap IndexSM. WMCR invests in micro-capitalization companies, including real estate investment trusts and business development companies.

Highlights & Applications

  • Offers potential for enhanced returns by investing in companies that are early in their growth cycle.
  • Gain pure exposure to the micro-cap segment of the marketplace.
  • Provides an attractive opportunity to round out a small-cap segment in a portfolio.

Top Fund Holdings

as of 5/26/17 View All Holdings

Top Fund Sectors

as of 3/31/17

Financials 27.42 %
Health Care 20.76 %
Information Technology 13.39 %
Consumer Discretionary 10.75 %
Industrials 10.27 %
Energy 4.47 %
Consumer Staples 4.41 %
Real Estate 3.80 %
Materials 2.08 %
Utilities 1.38 %

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.

Fund Profile

as of 5/26/17
Symbol WMCR
Exchange NYSE Arca
CUSIP 18383M308
Fund Inception Date 9/21/06
Distribution Schedule (if any) Annually
Gross Expense Ratio 0.59 %
Net Expense Ratio 0.59 %
Fiscal Year-End 8/31
Investment Adviser Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC
Distributor Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC
Wilshire US Micro-Cap IndexW5KMICRO
Index Provider Wilshire Associates
Volume 8,272
Shares Outstanding 900,800
Total Managed Assets $27,553,175

The expense ratio is expressed as a unitary fee and covers all expenses of the Fund, except for the fee payments under the investment advisory agreement, distribution fees, if any, brokerage expenses, taxes, interest, litigation expenses and other extraordinary 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.

Net Asset Value

as of 5/26/17 Price History
NAV  $30.59
Change $0.01
52-Week High $31.16
52-Week Low $23.82

Market Close

as of 5/26/17 Price History
  Market Price 
Close  $30.46
Change $-0.12
52-Week High $31.20
52-Week Low $23.88
Bid/Ask Midpoint  $30.52
Premium / Discount  -0.25%
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 Wilshire US Micro-Cap Index is a rules-based index comprised of securities of micro-capitalization companies.

Fund Characteristics

as of 3/31/17

Number of Securities805
Average Market Capitalization $0.2 Mil
Price/Earnings (P/E) 13.6 x
Price/Book (P/B) 0.4 x
Beta 0.89
Alpha -1.57
Standard Deviation (Fund / Russell 2000 Index) 14.55/0

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

View Distribution History
Ex-Date 12/23/16
Record Date 12/28/16
Payable Date 12/30/16
Distribution per Share $0.499400

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

  1. To be included in the Wilshire Micro-Cap, an issue must:
    • Be the primary equity issue: a common stock or REIT;
    • Have its primary market listing in the United States;
    • Not be a bulletin-board issue, defined as a traded security that is not listed on NASDAQ or other national security exchange. These issues are not included because they generally do not consistently have readily-available prices;
    • For initial inclusion in the Wilshire Micro-Cap, be below the 2,500 issue by market capitalization in the Wilshire 5000 on March and September of each year.
    • For ongoing inclusion:
      • constituents of the Wilshire Micro-Cap ranked among the largest 2,000 issues by market capitalization within the Wilshire 5000 on March and September of each year replace the lowest ranked constituents of the Wilshire US Small-Cap Index; and
      • a component security cannot be a constituent of the Wilshire US Small-Cap Index.
  2. The company’s primary issue for index valuation is determined based on the following criteria:
    • Market capitalization;
    • Trading volume;
    • Institutional holdings; and;
    • Conversion rules (for companies with multiple share classes).
  3. Changes to the composition of the Index and updates of component shares and shares readily available for trading in the marketplace (commonly referred to as “float factors”) are based on the following rules:
    • Composition Changes:
      • The composition of the Index is reviewed monthly. Additions and deletions are made after the close of trading on the third Friday of the month and are preannounced by the second day prior to the implementation date;
      • Additions include any new non-component company - an IPO or new exchange listing - that meets the Index’s inclusion standards as of the close of trading on the second Friday of the month;
      • Deletions include any issue that ceases being traded on an exchange and starts trading over-the-counter, generally referred to as “pink sheet listed,” or otherwise stops trading for ten consecutive days. The issue is removed at its latest quoted value or at $0.01 if no recent quoted value is available. Until the monthly review, the issue remains in the Index at its last exchange traded price;
      • Once a quarter, current component stocks with more than 20 non-trading days that have not been suspended are deleted. Suspended stocks are evaluated separately for removal;
      • In addition to the scheduled composition reviews, any issue that at any time fails to meet one or more of the Index membership requirements is removed from the Index as soon as prudently possible;
      • The Wilshire Index Oversight Committee may, at its discretion and if it has determined a company to be in extreme financial distress, remove the company from the Index if the committee deems the removal necessary to protect the integrity of the Index and interests of investors in products linked to the Index.
    • Share and Float Factor Updates:
      • Component shares and float factors are updated quarterly after the close of trading on the third Friday of March, June, September and December. The changes become effective at the opening of trading on the next business day;
      • In addition to the scheduled shares and float factor reviews, if the cumulative impact of corporate actions during the period between scheduled updates changes a company’s float-adjusted shares outstanding by ten percent (10%) or more, the company’s shares and float factor are updated as soon as prudently possible. Share and float changes based on corporate actions are implemented using standard Index procedures;
      • Shares and float factors of bulletin-board and pink-sheet stocks are not adjusted until they are returned to exchange listings, except to account for stock splits and reverse splits. Companies that are re-listed as of the close of trading on the second Friday of each month will have their shares and float adjustments made at the same time as the monthly Index additions and deletions, after the close of trading on the third Friday of each month.
  4. Share Treatment and Float Adjustment: The following rules describe the treatment of shares and the application of float factors:
    • Shares outstanding for multiple classes of stock are combined into the primary issue’s shares outstanding to reflect the company’s total market capitalization;
    • Float adjustments are based on block ownership of each class of stock, and then are combined to determine total float for a company’s combined shares;
    • Float-adjustment factors will be implemented only if the blocked shares are greater than five percent (5%) of the company’s total shares outstanding.
  5. The Index is weighted by float-adjusted market capitalization.


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. Equity risk is the risk that the value of the 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. 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, among other reasons, 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.

Micro-Cap Company Risk. Micro-cap stocks involve substantially greater risks of loss and price fluctuations because their earnings and revenues tend to be less predictable (and some companies may be experiencing significant losses), and their share prices tend to be more volatile and their markets less liquid than companies with larger market capitalizations. Micro-cap companies may be newly formed or in the early stages of development, with limited product lines, markets or financial resources and may lack management depth. In addition, there may be less public information available about these companies. The shares of micro-cap companies tend to trade less frequently than those of larger, more established companies, which can adversely affect the pricing of these securities and the future ability to sell these securities. Also, it may take a long time before the Fund realizes a gain, if any, on an investment in a micro-cap company.

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. As the Fund utilizes a sampling approach (and/or if the Fund otherwise holds investments other than those that comprise the Index), its return may not correlate as well with the return on the Index as would be the case if it purchased all of the stocks in the Index with the same weightings as the Index.

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.

Passive 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.

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 Trust issues and redeems Shares at NAV only in a large specified number of Shares called a “Creation Unit” or multiples thereof. A Creation Unit consists of 100,000 Shares. 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 the 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.

Wilshire®, the Wilshire IndexesSM and Wilshire US Micro-Cap IndexSM are service marks of Wilshire Associates Incorporated (“Wilshire”) and have been licensed for use by Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC. All content of the Wilshire IndexesSM and Wilshire US Micro-Cap IndexSM is ©2016 Wilshire Associates Incorporated, all rights reserved. The ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Wilshire, and Wilshire makes no representations or warranties with respect to the ETF.


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