|Closing Market Price||$16.65|
|52-week Average Premium/Discount||-9.74%|
|Current Distribution Rate1||10.51%|
|Quarterly Dividend Per Share2||$0.43750|
|52 Week High/Low Market Price||$17.03/$15.13|
|52 Week High/Low NAV||$18.79/$17.30|
|Intraday Trading Information||NYSE|
|Closing Market Price||$16.65|
|Total Managed Assets||$209,538,672|
|Common Shares Outstanding||8,774,050|
|52-Week Average Premium/Discount||-9.74%|
|Expense Ratio (Common Shares)4||1.57%|
|Portfolio Turnover Rate||25%|
|Inception Market Price||$20.00|
|1940 Act Asset Coverage Ratio||423.31%|
|Since Inception (10/27/11)||5.54%||7.99%|
Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and current performance may be lower or higher than the figures shown. Since Inception returns assume a purchase of common shares at each Fund’s initial offering price for market price returns or the Fund’s initial net asset value (NAV) for NAV returns. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. All distributions are assumed to be reinvested either in accordance with the dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) for market price returns or NAV for NAV returns. Until the DRIP price is available from the Plan Agent, the market price returns reflect the reinvestment at the closing market price on the last business day of the month. Once the DRIP is available around mid-month, the market price returns are updated to reflect reinvestment at the DRIP price. All returns include the deduction of management fees, operating expenses and all other fund expenses, and do not reflect the deduction of brokerage commissions or taxes that investors may pay on distributions or the sale of shares. Please refer to the most recent annual or semi-annual report for additional information.
Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.
1 Latest declared distribution per share annualized and divided by the current share price.
2 Distributions may be paid from sources of income other than ordinary income, such as short term capital gains, long term capital gains or return of capital. If a distribution consists of something other than ordinary income, a 19(a) notice detailing the anticipated source(s) of the distribution will be made available. The 19(a) notice will be posted to the Fund’s website and to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation so that brokers can distribute such notices to Shareholders of the Fund. Section 19(a) notices are provided for informational purposes only and not for tax reporting purposes. The final determination of the source and tax characteristics of all distributions in a particular year will be made after the end of the year. This information is not legal or tax advice. Consult a professional regarding your specific legal or tax matters.
3 Represents the amount of financial leverage the Fund currently employs as a percentage of total Fund assets.
4 Expense ratios are annualized and reflect the funds operating expense, excluding interest expense, or in the case of a fund with a fee waiver, net operating expense, as of the most recent annual or semi-annual report. The expense ratio, based on common assets, including interest expense was 1.98%.
Guggenheim Equal Weight Enhanced Equity Income Fund (the “Fund”) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide a high level of risk-adjusted total return with an emphasis on current income. The Fund cannot assure investors that it will achieve its investment objective or be able to structure its investments as anticipated, and you could lose some or all of your investment.
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective primarily through a two-part strategy. The Fund will invest, under normal circumstances, substantially all of its Managed Assets in a portfolio of common stocks included in the S&P 500 Equal Weight™ Index (the “Index”) in equal weight and/or other securities or financial instruments that are intended to correlate with or replicate exposure to the Index. In addition, the Fund will utilize a call option writing strategy to seek to generate current income and potentially mitigate overall portfolio volatility. The Fund anticipates using leverage, which may have the effect of increasing the Fund’s overall portfolio volatility. Under normal market conditions, the Fund seeks overall portfolio volatility that, after giving effect to the Fund’s option writing strategy and use of leverage, approximates that of the broad equity market. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective or be able to structure its investments as anticipated.
At a Special Meeting of Shareholders held on February 13, 2017, shareholders of certain Guggenheim equity closed-end funds approved the mergers outlined below.
|Acquired Funds||Ticker||Acquiring Fund||Ticker|
|Guggenheim Enhanced Equity Strategy Fund||GGE||Guggenheim Enhanced
Equity Income Fund
|Guggenheim Equal Weight Enhanced Equity Income Fund||GEQ|
Shareholders of GPM also approved a redomestication of GPM from a Massachusetts business trust to a Delaware statutory trust.
Subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, the mergers are expected to be effective with the open of the New York Stock Exchange on March 20, 2017. The mergers, if completed, would occur based on the relative net asset values of GGE, GEQ and GPM.
The mergers are intended to provide potential benefits to common shareholders, including lower operating expenses and greater secondary market liquidity, among other things.
Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC ("GPIM" or the “Options Strategy Sub-Adviser”) serves as the Fund’s investment sub-adviser responsible for the management of the Fund’s options strategy. The Fund will utilize a call option writing strategy to seek to generate current income and potentially mitigate overall portfolio volatility. The Fund’s options strategy follows the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser’s proprietary dynamic rules-based methodology, GPIM’s “Portable Volatility Monetization Strategy”SM. The Options Strategy Sub-Adviser initially expects to implement the Fund’s options strategy by selling (i.e. writing) call options on securities indices, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) that track securities indices, baskets of securities and other instruments, which will include securities that are not held by the Fund. As this strategy involves uncovered option writing, it may result in less volatility mitigation than, and may be subject to more risks compared to, option strategies involving writing options on securities held by the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s use of call options will be successful.
The call options written by the Fund will typically be at or out-of-the money (that is, the exercise price will be greater than the current market price when written). The Options Strategy Sub-Adviser typically targets one-month options, although options of any exercise price or maturity may be utilized.
The Fund will “cover” its obligations when it sells call options or will earmark or segregate cash or liquid securities in accordance with applicable interpretations of the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
Security Investors, LLC (“Security Investors” or the “Equity Portfolio Sub-Adviser”) serves as the Fund’s investment sub-adviser responsible for the management of the Fund’s portfolio of equity securities. The Fund will invest, under normal circumstances, substantially all of its Managed Assets in a portfolio of common stocks included in the Index in equal weight. The Index has the same constituents as the S&P 500® Index, a capitalization-weighted index comprised of 500 common stocks, chosen by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P” and/or “Standard & Poor’s”) on a statistical basis. Rather than assigning weights based on the relative market capitalizations of the included companies, the Index rebalances quarterly by assigning an equal weight to each company, based on closing prices one week in advance of the rebalancing date. On the rebalancing date, the Fund's equity portfolio is adjusted to match the Index. While the Fund generally expects to invest in substantially all of the stocks included in the Index, the Fund may also seek to obtain exposure through investments in other investment funds, other securities and/or financial instruments that are intended to correlate with or replicate the characteristics of exposure to stocks included in the Index or the Index generally. The Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (including the proceeds of any borrowings for investment purposes) in equity securities.
Leveraged closed-end funds offer investors the opportunity to purchase shares of a fund whose dividend yields generally are designed to be higher than those of similar, unleveraged investments. At the same time, leverage introduces or heightens certain investment risks. As a result, understanding leverage, its benefits and risks, plays an important role in determining whether a leveraged Fund is the right investment. Leverage creates risks that may adversely affect the return for the holders of common shares, including: the likelihood of greater volatility of NAV and market price of the Fund’s common shares, fluctuations in the dividend rates, and possible increased operating costs, which may reduce the Fund’s total return.
An open-end fund may be purchased or sold at NAV, plus sales charge in some cases. An open-end fund will issue new shares when an investor wants to purchases shares in the fund and will sell assets to redeem shares when an investor wants to sell shares. When selling an open-end fund the price the seller receives is established at the close of the market when the NAV is calculated. Unlike the open-end fund, a closed-end fund has a limited number of shares outstanding and trades on an exchange at the market price based on supply and demand. An investor may purchase or sell shares at market price while the exchange is open. The common shares may trade at a discount or premium to the NAV.
DRIP is the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. The DRIP price is the cost per share for all participants in the reinvestment plan. The DRIP price is determined by one of two scenarios. One, if the Common Shares are trading at a discount, the DRIP price is the weighted average cost to purchase the Common Shares from the NYSE or elsewhere. Lastly, if the Common Shares are trading at a premium, the DRIP price is the determined either the higher of the NAV or approximately 95% of the Common Share price.
Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC, serves as the Fund's Options Strategy Sub-Adviser, responsible for the management of the Fund's options strategy. Security Investors, LLC serves as the Equity Strategy Sub-Adviser, responsible for managing the underlying equity portfolio. Both the Advisor and two Sub-Advisors are affiliates of Guggenheim Partners, LLC.
Mr. Sharaff is the Assistant Chief Investment Officer, Equities of the Option Strategy Sub-Adviser. Prior to joining the Option Strategy Sub-Adviser in 2009, he was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at MJX Capital Advisors (2004-2009), a wealth management firm focused on providing advice and investment management for its clients, especially in the traditional and alternative asset classes. Prior to that, Mr. Sharaff served as the global Chief Investment Officer at CIGNA Corporation (2003-2004), Zurich Scudder Investments (1999-2003) and Citigroup (1984-1999). In all of the above positions, Mr. Sharaff was responsible for research, investment management, product development and investment risk management. He was also a member of the business management teams at Citigroup and Zurich Scudder. Mr. Sharaff has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aston (U.K.) and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School (U.K.). In addition, Mr. Sharaff sits on boards for CITIC Capital Asset Management, Clarfeld Financial Advisors, and Transparent Value Trust.
Mr. Flowers joined the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser in 2001, and serves as the Managing Director, heading Equity and Derivative Strategies. Mr. Flowers has more than 15 years experience in the financial markets with concentration in risk management and trading across various sectors of the capital structure. His investment experience ranges in expertise from structured product investments and asset backed securities, to trading U.S. Government agencies, foreign sovereign debt, commodities, indexed futures, derivative and global equity arbitrage. Prior to working for the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser, Mr. Flowers was a co-founder and partner of Adventure Capital, a boutique venture capital and merchant banking company. Previously Mr. Flowers was at Credit Suisse First Boston, Dominick & Dominick Inc., and Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Flowers holds a BA in Economics from Union College.
Mr. Yan joined the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser in 2005, and serves as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in equity and equity derivative strategies. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, Mr. Yan works closely with institutional clients in developing and implementing customized risk management solutions. Mr. Yan earned his M.S. in Statistics from Yale University, and his B.S. in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
Mr. Harder joined the Equity Portfolio Sub-Adviser in 2004 as an assistant portfolio manager. He was promoted to portfolio manager in 2005. In his current role of senior portfolio manager, he leads the team of portfolio managers and analysts responsible for managing the firm’s leveraged and inverse strategies, as well as managing various alternative strategies. He sits on the Equity Portfolio Sub-Adviser’s Credit Review Committee and is a member of the Investment Leadership Team. Before joining the Equity Portfolio Sub-Adviser, Mr. Harder served as an equity research analyst and assistant portfolio manager handling international equities at WestLB Asset Management. Mr. Harder started his career in risk management with CIBC World Markets in 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brock University and a master’s degree in international securities, investment and banking from the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading, UK. Mr. Harder is a member of the Dallas Society of Financial Analysts and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
Mr. King rejoined the Equity Portfolio Sub-Adviser in 2011 as a portfolio manager responsible for managing ETFs after having worked as a consultant for three years. He was with the firm from 1996 to 2008, in roles ranging from shareholder services representative to portfolio manager to director of portfolio management. Mr. King holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Mr. King has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and BusinessWeek. He has also been a speaker at industry events, discussing ETFs, stock baskets and trader-friendly mutual funds.
Mr. Cheeseman joined the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser in 2011 as a Senior Research Analyst covering Equity Derivatives and Liquid Alternatives. Through the lens of derivatives, he researches and implements the firm’s macroeconomic views in the derivative markets; designing new systematic, absolute return strategies; and covering cross asset derivative trends. For six years prior to joining Guggenheim Partners, he was a research analyst covering equity and volatility derivatives at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Cheeseman holds an MS in Mathematical Finance from the Courant Institute at NYU and BAs in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Investment in the Fund involves special risk considerations, which are summarized below. The Fund is designed as a long-term investment and not as a trading vehicle. The Fund is not intended to be a complete investment program. The Fund’s performance and the value of its investments will vary in response to changes in interest rates, inflation and other market factors. See the Fund’s prospectus for a more complete discussion of the special risk considerations associated with an investment in the Fund.
Not a Complete Investment Program. An investment in the Common Shares of the Fund should not be considered a complete investment program. The Fund is intended for long-term investors seeking risk adjusted total return, with an emphasis on current income. The Fund is not meant to provide a vehicle for those who wish to play short-term swings in the stock market. Each Common Shareholder should take into account the Fund’s investment objective as well as the Common Shareholder’s other investments when considering an investment in the Fund.
Investment and Market Risk. An investment in Common Shares of the Fund is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount that you invest. An investment in the Common Shares of the Fund represents an indirect investment in the securities owned by the Fund. The value of those securities may fluctuate, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. The value of the securities owned by the Fund will affect the value of the Common Shares. At any point in time, your Common Shares may be worth less than your original investment, including the reinvestment of Fund dividends and distributions.
Management Risk. Although substantially all of the Fund’s net assets will be invested in the portfolio of stocks making up the Index in equal weight, the Fund has an actively managed portfolio and therefore is subject to management risk. The Fund is not, nor is it intended to be, an index fund. As a result, the performance of the Fund will differ from the performance of the Index as a whole for various reasons, including that the Fund will write call options to generate current income and potentially mitigate overall portfolio volatility, which may result in the Fund’s performance varying materially from that of the Index. The Options Strategy Sub-Adviser has obtained a license to use the Index from S&P and has sublicensed the Index to the Fund. In the event that the Fund is unable to continue to license the use of the Index, the Fund would continue to invest in a diversified portfolio of common stocks, which may or may not track another market index, which may subject the Fund to greater management risk. The Sub- Advisers will apply investment techniques and risk analysis in making investment decisions for the Fund, but there can be no guarantee that these strategies will produce the desired results. The Adviser, the Sub-Advisers and their affiliates provide a wide array of portfolio management and other asset management services to a mix of clients and may engage in ordinary course activities in which their interests or those of their clients may compete or conflict with those of the Fund. For additional information about potential conflicts of interest, and the way in which the Adviser, the Sub-Advisers and their affiliates address such conflicts please see ‘‘Management of the Fund—Potential Conflicts of Interest’’ in the SAI.
Common Stock Risk. Although common stocks have historically generated higher average total returns than debt securities over the long-term, common stocks also have experienced significantly more volatility in those returns and, in certain periods, have significantly under-performed relative to debt securities. The price of common stocks is sensitive to general movements in the stock market and a drop in the stock market may depress the price of common stocks to which the Fund has exposure. Common stock prices fluctuate for several reasons, including changes in investors’ perceptions of the financial condition of an issuer or the general condition of the relevant stock market or when political or economic events affecting the issuers occur. They may also decline due to factors which affect a particular industry or industries, such as labor shortages or increased production costs and competitive conditions within an industry. The value of a particular common stock held by the Fund may decline for a number of other reasons which directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, financial leverage, the issuer’s historical and prospective earnings, the value of its assets and reduced demand for its goods and services. In addition, common stock prices may be particularly sensitive to rising interest rates, as the cost of capital rises and borrowing costs increase. Common stock in which the Fund may invest is structurally subordinated to preferred stock, bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure in terms of priority to corporate income and is therefore inherently more risky than preferred securities or debt instruments of such issuers.
Concentration Risk. To the extent that stocks included in the Index in the same industry in equal weight comprise 25% or more of the Fund’s total assets, the Fund will invest more than 25% of its assets in the securities of issuers in that industry, in which case the Fund may be more susceptible to risks associated with such industry. In addition, the Fund is subject to the risk that large-capitalization stocks may underperform mid-capitalization or small-capitalization stocks or the equity market as a whole.
Options Risk. The Fund will implement a call option writing strategy using GPIM’s proprietary options overlay strategy, to generate current income from cash premiums received from selling options on securities indices, ETFs and baskets of securities, which will include securities that are not held by the Fund. As this strategy involves uncovered option writing, it may result in less volatility mitigation than, and may be subject to more risks compared to, option strategies involving writing options on securities held by the Fund. Under normal market conditions, the Fund seeks overall portfolio volatility that, after giving effect to the Fund’s option writing strategy and use of leverage, approximates that of the broad equity market. There are various risks associated with the Fund’s call option writing strategy. The purchaser of an index option written by the Fund has the right to any appreciation in the cash value of the index over the strike price on the expiration date. Therefore, as the writer of a covered index call option, the Fund forgoes the opportunity to profit from increases in the index over the strike price of the option. However, the Fund has retained the risk of loss (net of premiums received) should the price of the index decline. Similarly, as the writer of a covered call option on a security or basket of securities held in the Fund’s portfolio, the Fund forgoes, during the option’s life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the security or securities covering the call option above the sum of the premium and the exercise price of the call but has retained the risk of loss (net of premiums received) should the price of the underlying security decline. There are special risks associated with uncovered option writing (i.e. writing options on securities not held in the Fund’s portfolio, on indices or on exchange traded funds comprised of such securities or that track such indices), which expose the Fund to potentially significant loss. As the writer of an uncovered call option, the Fund has no risk of loss should the price of the underlying security or index decline, but bears unlimited risk of loss should the price of the underlying security or index increase above the exercise price. The value of options written by the Fund, which will be priced daily, will be affected by, among other factors, changes in the value of underlying securities (including those comprising an index), changes in the dividend rates of underlying securities, changes in interest rates, changes in the actual or perceived volatility of the stock market and underlying securities and the remaining time to an option’s expiration. The value of an option also may be adversely affected if the market for the option is reduced or becomes less liquid. There are significant differences between the securities and options markets that could result in an imperfect correlation between these markets, causing a given transaction not to achieve its objectives. A decision as to whether, when and how to use options involves the exercise of skill and judgment, and even a well-conceived transaction may be unsuccessful to some degree because of market behavior or unexpected events. To the extent that there is a lack of correlation between the index options written by the Fund and the Fund’s portfolio securities, movements in the indexes underlying the options positions may result in losses to the Fund, which may more than offset any gains received by the Fund from options premiums. In these and other circumstances, the Fund may be required to sell portfolio securities to satisfy its obligations as the writer of an index call option, when it would not otherwise choose to do so, or may choose to sell portfolio securities to realize gains to supplement Fund distributions. Such sales would involve transaction costs borne by the Fund and may also result in realization of taxable capital gains, including short-term capital gains taxed at ordinary income tax rates, and may adversely impact the Fund’s after-tax returns. There can be no assurance that a liquid market will exist when the Fund seeks to close out an option position. Reasons for the absence of a liquid secondary market on an exchange include the following: (i) there may be insufficient trading interest in certain options; (ii) restrictions may be imposed by an exchange on opening transactions or closing transactions or both; (iii) trading halts, suspensions or other restrictions may be imposed with respect to particular classes or series of options; (iv) unusual or unforeseen circumstances may interrupt normal operations on an exchange; (v) the facilities of an exchange or The Options Clearing Corporation (the “OCC”) may not at all times be adequate to handle current trading volume; or (vi) one or more exchanges could, for economic or other reasons, decide or be compelled at some future date to discontinue the trading of options (or a particular class or series of options). If trading were discontinued, the secondary market on that exchange (or in that class or series of options) would cease to exist. However, outstanding options on that exchange that had been issued by the OCC as a result of trades on that exchange would continue to be exercisable in accordance with their terms. In the event that the Fund were unable to close out a call option that it had written on a portfolio security, it would not be able to sell the underlying security unless the option expired without exercise. To the extent that the Fund owns unlisted (or “over-the-counter”) options, the Fund’s ability to terminate these options may be more limited than with exchange-traded options and may involve enhanced risk that counterparties participating in such transactions will not fulfill their obligations. The hours of trading for options may not conform to the hours during which the underlying securities for such options are traded. To the extent that the options markets close before the markets for the underlying securities, significant price and rate movements can take place in the underlying markets that cannot be reflected in the options markets. Additionally, the exercise price of an option may be adjusted downward before the option’s expiration as a result of the occurrence of certain corporate events affecting the underlying securities, such as extraordinary dividends, stock splits, mergers or other extraordinary distributions or events. A reduction in the exercise price of an option might reduce the Fund’s capital appreciation potential on underlying securities held by the Fund. The Fund’s options transactions will be subject to limitations established by each of the exchanges, boards of trade or other trading facilities on which the options are traded. These limitations govern the maximum number of options in each class which may be written or purchased by a single investor or group of investors acting in concert, regardless of whether the options are written or purchased on the same or different exchanges, boards of trade or other trading facilities or are held or written in one or more accounts or through one or more brokers. Thus, the number of options which the Fund may write or purchase may be affected by options written or purchased by other investment advisory clients of the Sub-Advisers. An exchange, board of trade or other trading facility may order the liquidation of positions found to be in excess of these limits, and it may impose other sanctions. Major exchanges on which options and futures are traded have established limits on how much an option or futures contract may decline over various periods of time. If the price of an option increases or decreases more than the established limit, trading in the contract may be suspended for set periods of time. If trading is suspended, the Fund may be unable to purchase or sell options or futures contracts at times that may be desirable or advantageous for the Fund to do so. Trading suspensions may limit the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. The Fund also may be required, in these instances, to “fair-value” any options and futures contracts that it currently owns. Although the Fund will generally write options each month, the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser may vary the times when it writes the options when the Options Strategy Sub-Adviser believes it is in the best interest of the Fund to do so (including by not writing options in a particular month or months). Varying the timing of when the Fund will write options may not have the intended effect and the Fund may sustain losses. Income on options on individual stocks will not be recognized by the Fund for tax purposes until an option is exercised, lapses or is subject to a “closing transaction” (as defined by applicable regulations) pursuant to which the Fund’s obligations with respect to the option are otherwise terminated. If the option lapses without exercise or is otherwise subject to a closing transaction, the premiums received by the Fund from the writing of such options will generally be characterized as short-term capital gain. If an option written by the Fund is exercised, the Fund may recognize taxable gain depending on the exercise price of the option, the option premium, and the fair market value of the security underlying the option. The character of any gain on the sale of the underlying security as short-term or longterm capital gain will depend on the holding period of the Fund in the underlying security. In general, distributions received by shareholders of the Fund that are attributable to short-term capital gains recognized by the Fund from its option writing activities will be taxed to such shareholders as ordinary income and will not be eligible for the reduced tax rate applicable to qualified dividend income. Options on indices of securities and sectors of securities that qualify as “section 1256 contracts” will generally be “marked-to-market” for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, the Fund will generally recognize gain or loss on the last day of each taxable year equal to the difference between the value of the option on that date and the adjusted basis of the option. The adjusted basis of the option will consequently be increased by such gain or decreased by such loss. Any gain or loss with respect to options on indices and sectors that qualify as “section 1256 contracts” will be treated as short-term capital gain or loss to the extent of 40% of such gain or loss and long-term capital gain or loss to the extent of 60% of such gain or loss. Because the mark-to-market rules may cause the Fund to recognize gain in advance of the receipt of cash, the Fund may be required to dispose of investments in order to meet its distribution requirements. “Mark-to-market” losses may be suspended or otherwise limited if such losses are part of a straddle or similar transaction.
Financial Leverage Risk. The Fund initially expects to employ Financial Leverage through Indebtedness. The Adviser and the Sub-Advisers anticipate that the use of Financial Leverage will result in higher income to Common Shareholders over time. Use of Financial Leverage creates an opportunity for increased income and capital appreciation but, at the same time, creates special risks, including increasing the Fund’s overall portfolio volatility to approximately that of broad equity market volatility. There can be no assurance that a leveraging strategy will be utilized or will be successful. Financial Leverage is a speculative technique that exposes the Fund to greater risk and increased costs than if it were not implemented. Financial Leverage involves risks and special considerations for Common Shareholders, including:
• the likelihood of greater volatility of net asset value and dividend rate of the Common Shares than a comparable portfolio without Financial Leverage;
• the risk that fluctuations in interest rates on borrowings and short-term debt or in the interest or dividend rates on any Financial Leverage that the Fund must pay will reduce the return to the Common Shareholders;
• the effect of Financial Leverage in a declining market may result in a greater decline in the net asset value of the Common Shares than if the Fund were not leveraged;
• when the Fund uses Financial Leverage, the investment advisory fees payable to the Adviser and Sub-Advisers will be higher than if the Fund did not use Financial Leverage; and
• Financial Leverage may increase operating costs, which may reduce total return.
The Fund will have to pay interest on its Indebtedness, if any, which may reduce the Fund’s return. This interest expense may be greater than the Fund’s return on the underlying investment. Certain types of Indebtedness subject the Fund to covenants in credit agreements relating to asset coverage and portfolio composition requirements. Certain Indebtedness issued by the Fund also may subject the Fund to certain restrictions on investments imposed by guidelines of one or more rating agencies, which may issue ratings for such Indebtedness. Such guidelines may impose asset coverage or portfolio composition requirements that are more stringent than those imposed by the 1940 Act. It is not anticipated that these covenants or guidelines will impede the Sub-Advisers from managing the Fund’s portfolio in accordance with the Fund’s investment objective and policies. During the time in which the Fund is utilizing Financial Leverage, the amount of the fees paid to the Adviser and the Sub-Advisers for investment advisory services will be higher than if the Fund did not utilize Financial Leverage because the fees paid will be calculated based on the Fund’s Managed Assets, including proceeds of Financial Leverage. This may create a conflict of interest between the Adviser and the Sub-Advisers, on the one hand, and the Common Shareholders, on the other hand. Common Shareholders bear the portion of the investment advisory fee attributable to the assets purchased with the proceeds of Financial Leverage, which means that Common Shareholders effectively bear the entire advisory fee. In order to manage this conflict of interest, the Board of Trustees will receive regular reports from the Adviser and the Sub-Advisers regarding the Fund’s use of Financial Leverage and the effect of Financial Leverage on the management of the Fund’s portfolio and the performance of the Fund. In addition the Fund may engage in certain derivative transactions, including swaps, that have characteristics similar to leverage. To the extent the terms of any such transaction obligate the Fund to make payments, the Fund intends to earmark or segregate cash or liquid securities in an amount at least equal to the current value of the amount then payable by the Fund under the terms of such transaction in accordance with applicable interpretations of the staff of the SEC. To the extent the terms of any such transaction obligate the Fund to deliver particular securities to extinguish the Fund’s obligations under such transactions, the Fund may “cover” its obligations under such transaction by either (i) owning the securities or collateral underlying such transactions or (ii) having an absolute and immediate right to acquire such securities or collateral without additional cash consideration (or, if additional cash consideration is required, having earmarked or segregated cash or liquid securities). Securities so segregated or designated as “cover” will be unavailable for sale by the Sub-Advisers (unless replaced by other securities qualifying for segregation or cover requirements), which may adversely effect the ability of the Fund to pursue its investment objective.
Strategic Transactions Risk. The Fund may engage in various Strategic Transactions, including derivatives transactions involving interest rate and foreign currency transactions, swaps, options and futures, for hedging and risk management purposes and to enhance total return. Strategic Transactions involve risks, including the imperfect correlation between the value of such instruments and the underlying assets, the possible default of the other party to the transaction and illiquidity of the derivative instruments. Furthermore, the Fund’s ability to successfully use Strategic Transactions depends on the Sub-Advisers’ ability to predict pertinent market movements, which cannot be assured. The use of Strategic Transactions may result in losses greater than if they had not been used, may require the Fund to sell or purchase portfolio securities at inopportune times or for prices other than current market values, may limit the amount of appreciation the Fund can realize on an investment or may cause the Fund to hold a security that it might otherwise sell. Additionally, amounts paid by the Fund as premiums and cash or other assets held in margin accounts with respect to Strategic Transactions are not otherwise available to the Fund for investment purposes.
Counterparty Risk. The Fund will be subject to credit risk with respect to the counterparties to the derivative contracts purchased by the Fund. If a counterparty becomes bankrupt or otherwise fails to perform its obligations under a derivative contract due to financial difficulties, the Fund may experience significant delays in obtaining any recovery under the derivative contract in bankruptcy or other reorganization proceeding. The Fund may obtain only a limited recovery or may obtain no recovery in such circumstances.
Synthetic Investment Risk. As an alternative to holding investments directly, the Fund may also obtain investment exposure through the use of derivative instruments (including swaps, options, forwards, notional principal contracts or customized derivative or financial instruments) to replicate, modify or replace the economic attributes associated with an investment in securities in which the Fund may invest. The Fund may be exposed to certain additional risks should the Sub Advisers use derivatives as a means to synthetically implement the Fund’s investment strategies. If the Fund enters into a derivative instrument whereby it agrees to receive the return of a security or financial instrument or a basket of securities or financial instruments, it will typically contract to receive such returns for a predetermined period of time. During such period, the Fund may not have the ability to increase or decrease its exposure. In addition, customized derivative instruments will likely be highly illiquid, and it is possible that the Fund will not be able to terminate such derivative instruments prior to their expiration date or that the penalties associated with such a termination might impact the Fund’s performance in a materially adverse manner. Furthermore, derivative instruments typically contain provisions giving the counterparty the right to terminate the contract upon the occurrence of certain events. Such events may include a decline in the value of the reference securities and material violations of the terms of the contract or the portfolio guidelines as well as other events determined by the counterparty. If a termination were to occur, the Fund’s return could be adversely affected as it would lose the benefit of the indirect exposure to the reference securities and it may incur significant termination expenses.
Investment Funds Risk. Investments in other investment funds present certain special considerations and risks not present in making direct investments in securities in which the Fund may invest. Investments in investment funds involve operating expenses and fees that are in addition to the expenses and fees borne by the Fund. Such expenses and fees attributable to the Fund’s investments in investment funds are borne indirectly by Common Shareholders. Accordingly, investment in such entities involves expense and fee layering. Investments in investment funds may expose the Fund to an additional layer of financial leverage. To the extent management fees of investment funds are based on total gross assets, it may create an incentive for such entities’ managers to employ financial leverage, thereby adding additional expense and increasing volatility and risk. Inflation/Deflation Risk. Inflation risk is the risk that the value of assets or income from investments will be worth less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money. As inflation increases, the real value of the Common Shares and distributions can decline. In addition, during any periods of rising inflation, the dividend rates or borrowing costs associated with the Fund’s use of Financial Leverage would likely increase, which would tend to further reduce returns to Common Shareholders. Deflation risk is the risk that prices throughout the economy decline over time—the opposite of inflation. Deflation may have an adverse affect on the creditworthiness of issuers and may make issuer default more likely, which may result in a decline in the value of the Fund’s portfolio.
Volatility Risk. The use of Financial Leverage by the Fund will cause the net asset value, and possibly the market price, of the Fund’s Common Shares to fluctuate significantly in response to changes in interest rates and other economic indicators. As a result, the net asset value and market price of the Common Shares of the Fund will be more volatile than those of a closed-end management investment company that is not exposed to leverage.
Tax Risk. The tax treatment and characterization of the Fund’s distributions may vary significantly from time to time because of the nature of the Fund’s investments and market conditions. Any distributions Common Shareholders receive that are in excess of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits will be treated as a tax-free return of capital to the extent of the adjusted tax basis in their Common Shares, and thereafter as capital gain from the sale of Common Shares. The amount of any Fund distribution that is treated as a tax-free return of capital will reduce the adjusted tax basis in the Common Shares, thereby increasing the Common Shareholders’ potential gain or reducing the Common Shareholders’ potential loss on any subsequent sale or other disposition of their Common Shares.
Recent Market Developments Risk. During the financial crisis of 2007-08, global financial markets have experienced periods of severe turmoil. The debt and equity capital markets in the United States were negatively impacted by significant write-offs in the financial services sector relating to subprime mortgages and the re-pricing of credit risk in the broader market, among other things. These events, along with the deterioration of the housing market, the failure of major financial institutions and the resulting United States federal government actions led to worsening general economic conditions, which materially and adversely impacted the broader financial and credit markets and reduced the availability of debt and equity capital for the market as a whole and financial firms in particular. Volatile financial markets can expose the Fund to greater market and liquidity risk and potential difficulty in valuing portfolio instruments held by the Fund. Recently markets have witnessed more stabilized economic activity as expectations for an economic recovery increased. However, risks to a robust resumption of growth persist. A U.S. or global economic downturn could adversely impact the Fund’s portfolio. Market and economic disruptions have affected, and may in the future affect, consumer confidence levels and spending, personal bankruptcy rates, levels of incurrence and default on consumer debt and home prices, among other factors. Moreover, Federal Reserve policy, including with respect to certain interest rates and the decision to end its quantitative easing policy, may adversely affect the value, volatility and liquidity of dividend- and interest-paying securities. Market volatility, rising interest rates and/or a return to unfavorable economic conditions could impair the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
Market Discount Risk. Shares of closed-end management investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value, which is a risk separate and distinct from the risk that the Fund’s net asset value could decrease as a result of its investment activities. Although the value of the Fund’s net assets is generally considered by market participants in determining whether to purchase or sell Common Shares, whether investors will realize gains or losses upon the sale of Common Shares will depend entirely upon whether the market price of Common Shares at the time of sale is above or below the investor’s purchase price for Common Shares. Because the market price of Common Shares will be determined by factors such as net asset value, dividend and distribution levels (which are dependent, in part, on expenses), supply of and demand for Common Shares, stability of dividends or distributions, trading volume of Common Shares, general market and economic conditions and other factors beyond the control of the Fund, the Fund cannot predict whether Common Shares will trade at, below or above net asset value or at, below or above the initial public offering price. This risk may be greater for investors expecting to sell their Common Shares soon after the completion of the public offering, as the net asset value of the Common Shares will be reduced immediately following the offering as a result of the payment of certain offering costs. Common Shares of the Fund are designed primarily for long-term investors; investors in Common Shares should not view the Fund as a vehicle for trading purposes.
United States Credit Rating Downgrade Risk. The events surrounding renegotiations regarding the U.S. federal government debt ceiling and the resulting agreement could adversely affect the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. On August 5, 2011, S&P lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the U.S. to “AA+” from “AAA.” The downgrade by S&P could increase volatility in both stock and bond markets, result in higher interest rates and higher Treasury yields and increase the costs of all kinds of debt. These events could have significant adverse effects on the economy generally and could result in significant adverse impacts on issuers of securities held by the Fund and the Fund itself. Neither the Adviser nor the Sub-Advisers can predict the effects of these or similar events in the future on the U.S. economy and securities markets or on the Fund’s portfolio. The Adviser and the Sub-Advisers intend to monitor developments and seek to manage the Fund’s portfolio in a manner consistent with achieving the Fund’s investment objective, but there can be no assurance that they will be successful in doing so and the Adviser and the Sub-Advisers may not timely anticipate or manage existing, new or additional risks, contingencies or developments.
Legislation and regulation risk. At any time after the date of this prospectus, legislation may be enacted that could negatively affect the companies in which the Fund invests. Changing approaches to regulation may have a negative impact companies in which the Fund invests. In addition, legislation or regulation may also change the way in which the Fund itself is regulated. There can be no assurance that future legislation, regulation or deregulation will not have a material adverse effect on the Fund or will not impair the ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objectives.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), which was signed into law in July 2010, has resulted in a significant revision of the U.S. financial regulatory framework. The Dodd-Frank Act covers a broad range of topics, including, among many others: a reorganization of federal financial regulators; the creation of a process designed to ensure financial system stability and the resolution of potentially insolvent financial firms; the enactment of new rules for derivatives trading; the creation of a consumer financial protection watchdog; the registration and regulation of managers of private funds; the regulation of rating agencies; and the enactment of new federal requirements for residential mortgage loans.
Title VII (the “Derivatives Title”) of the Dodd-Frank Act imposes a new regulatory structure on derivatives markets, with particular emphasis on swaps and security-based swaps (collectively “swaps”). The Adviser and/or the Fund may incur additional legal and compliance costs and transaction fees in connection with the trading of such swaps. Regulatory changes imposed as a result of the implementation of the Derivatives Title may jeopardize certain trades and/or trading strategies that may be employed by the Adviser, or at least make them more costly. There may be market dislocations due to uncertainty during the implementation period of any new regulation and the Adviser cannot know how the derivatives market will adjust to new regulations.
On December 11, 2015, the SEC published a proposed rule that, if adopted, would change the regulation of the use of derivative instruments and financial commitment transactions by registered investment companies. The SEC sought public comments on numerous aspects of the proposed rule, and as a result the nature of any final regulations is uncertain at this time. Such regulations could limit the implementation of the Fund’s use of derivatives and impose additional compliance costs on the Fund, which could have an adverse impact on the Fund.
Portfolio Turnover Risk. The Fund’s annual portfolio turnover rate may vary greatly from year to year. Portfolio turnover rate is not considered a limiting factor in the execution of investment decisions for the Fund. The Fund will rebalance its portfolio of equity securities quarterly to maintain equal weighting of the Index constituents, which may increase portfolio turnover. A higher portfolio turnover rate results in correspondingly greater brokerage commissions and other transactional expenses that are borne by the Fund. High portfolio turnover may result in an increased realization of net short-term capital gains by the Fund which, when distributed to Common Shareholders, will be taxable as ordinary income. Additionally, in a declining market, portfolio turnover may result in realized capital losses.
Securities Lending Risk. The Fund may lend its portfolio securities to banks or dealers which meet the creditworthiness standards established by the Board of Trustees. Securities lending is subject to the risk that loaned securities may not be available to the Fund on a timely basis and the Fund may therefore lose the opportunity to sell the securities at a desirable price. Any loss in the market price of securities loaned by the Fund that occurs during the term of the loan would be borne by the Fund and would adversely affect the Fund’s performance. Also, there may be delays in recovery, or no recovery, of securities loaned or even a loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower of the securities fail financially while the loan is outstanding.
Market Disruption and Geopolitical Risk. Instability in the Middle East and Africa and terrorist attacks in the United States and around the world have contributed to increased market volatility, may have long-term effects on the U.S. and worldwide financial markets and may cause further economic uncertainties or deterioration in the United States and worldwide. The Adviser and Sub-Advisers do not know how long the financial markets will continue to be affected by these events and cannot predict the effects of these or similar events in the future on the U.S. and global economies and securities markets.
Anti-Takeover Provisions Risk. The Fund’s Amended and Restated Agreement and Declaration of Trust (the “Declaration of Trust”) and the Fund’s Amended and Restated Bylaws (collectively, the “Governing Documents”) include provisions that could limit the ability of other entities or persons to acquire control of the Fund or convert the Fund to an open-end fund. These provisions could have the effect of depriving the Common Shareholders of opportunities to sell their Common Shares at a premium over the then-current market price of the Common Shares. See “Anti-Takeover and Other Provisions in the Fund’s Governing Documents.”
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