Guggenheim Announces that Upcoming Changes to the S&P 500® Equal Weight Financials Index will Affect Corresponding Changes to the Guggenheim S&P 500® Equal Weight Financials ETF (RYF)

NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Guggenheim Investments, the global asset management and investment advisory business of Guggenheim Partners, today announced that, following the statement from S&P Dow Jones Indices regarding upcoming modifications to the index constituents of the S&P 500® Equal Weight Financials Index, the Guggenheim S&P 500® Equal Weight Financials ETF (RYF) will make certain adjustments to its portfolio in order to efficiently continue to track its underlying Index.

As a reflection of the rising importance of real estate as an asset class, on August 31, 2016, real estate will be removed from the financials sector and elevated from its current "industry group" status with the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) financials sector to its own sector category.

As a result, after the close of business on September 16, 2016, Guggenheim Investments expects S&P Dow Jones Indices to reconstitute the S&P 500® Equal Weight Financials Index, the underlying index for RYF, by removing the stocks of companies involved in the real estate industry (including real estate investment trusts - REITs - but excluding mortgage REITs).

To effect a corresponding change to the RYF portfolio, RYF intends to replace its real estate stock holdings with shares of Guggenheim S&P 500® Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (EWRE) on or before September 16. After market close on September 16, 2016, RYF intends to make an in-kind distribution of its shares of EWRE, plus a small amount of cash for fractional shares, to shareholders of RYF such that, following the distribution, RYF will continue to hold stocks included in the reconstituted S&P 500® Equal Weight Financials Index in accordance with its principal investment strategies. As of July 12, 2016, real estate made up 31.10% of the RYF portfolio.

Effective immediately, the operating fees and expenses of EWRE will be waived until September 16, 2016, such that EWRE will have an expense ratio of zero during that time period.

Important dates for this special dividend are as follows:

Ex-Date: September 19, 2016
Record Date: September 21, 2016
Pay Date: September 22, 2016

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About Guggenheim Investments

Guggenheim Investments is the global asset management and investment advisory division of Guggenheim Partners, with $202 billion1 in assets across fixed income, equity, and alternative strategies. We focus on the return and risk needs of insurance companies, corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, consultants, wealth managers, and high-net-worth investors. Our 275+ investment professionals perform rigorous research to understand market trends and identify undervalued opportunities in areas that are often complex and underfollowed. This approach to investment management has enabled us to deliver innovative strategies providing diversification and attractive long-term results.

1Guggenheim Investments total asset figure is as of 06.30.2016 and includes $11.4bn of leverage for assets under management and $0.5bn for assets for which Guggenheim provides administrative services. Guggenheim Investments represents the following affiliated investment management businesses: Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC, Security Investors, LLC, Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC, Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC, Guggenheim Real Estate, LLC, Transparent Value Advisors, LLC, GS GAMMA Advisors, LLC, Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited and Guggenheim Partners India Management.


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