World Water Day 2015 Theme of Sustainable Development Sharpens Focus on Water as Attractive Investment Opportunity

NEW YORK, March 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Nations World Water Day is observed March 22 each year to help make a difference for members of the global population who suffer from water-related issues. This year's theme of Water and Sustainable Development will bring attention to the need for new infrastructure to address water shortages resulting from such factors as pollution, decaying infrastructure, and shifting weather patterns.

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"The celebration of World Water Day is an important reminder of how our growing global population necessitates that we utilize our water resources more effectively and efficiently," said William Belden, Managing Director of Product Development for Guggenheim Investments. "Investing in water has the potential to make a difference in investment portfolios and, most important, an important difference in the world in which we live."

Guggenheim provides exposure to companies trying to meet this global demand through Guggenheim S&P Global Water Index ETF (CGW), the first U.S.-listed global water ETF.

CGW seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the fund's fees and expenses, of the S&P Global Water NR Index. The S&P Global Water NR Index is comprised of approximately 50 equity securities, selected based on investment and other criteria, from a universe of companies listed on global developed market exchanges, which include water utilities, infrastructure, equipment, instruments and materials.

"While clean water is essential for a healthy human life, 1.1 billion people lack access to water," Belden said. "By 2025, it's anticipated that two-thirds of the world's population may be facing water shortages.1 World Water Day 2015 is an important reminder of this global concern and the vital need to take action to address the scarcity of water as an essential resource."

1 Source: WWF, Water Scarcity, 2014.

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