eVestment: Rankings as of 3.31.2021.
Core Fixed Income since inception ranking is based on gross returns for Guggenheim’s Fixed Income Composite versus 133 competitors in the eVestment Alliance US Core Fixed Income universe. For the last 1-, 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year periods, Core Fixed Income ranked in the top 5%, 3%, 1%, 1% and 1%, respectively, versus 232, 229, 224, 218 and 214 competitors, respectively. Prior to August 2014, the Core Fixed Income Master Composite was known as the Core Fixed Income Composite. Data taken from eVestment Alliance on 04/23/2021.
Core Plus Fixed Income since inception ranking is based on gross returns for Guggenheim’s Core Plus Fixed Income Composite versus 94 competitors in the eVestment US Core Plus Fixed Income universe. For the last 1-, 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year periods, Core Plus Fixed Income ranked in the top 30%, 24%,2%, 2% and 1%, respectively, versus 146, 139, 135, 126 and 116 competitors, respectively. Data taken from eVestment Alliance on 04/23/2021.
US Bank Loans since inception ranking is based on gross returns for Guggenheim’s US Bank Loans Composite versus 12 competitors in the eVestment Alliance US Floating-Rate Bank Loan Fixed Income universe. For the last 1-, 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year periods, US Bank Loans ranked in the top 71%, 50%,59%, 22% and 18%, respectively, versus 92, 91, 86, 84 and 65 competitors, respectively. Data taken from eVestment Alliance on 05/17/2021.
High Yield since inception ranking is based on gross returns for Guggenheim’s High Yield Traditional Composite versus 138 competitors in the eVestment Alliance US High Yield Fixed Income universe. For the last 1-, 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year periods, High Yield ranked in the top 56%, 55%, 45%, 45% and 38%, respectively, versus 235, 230, 214, 200 and 163 competitors, respectively. Data taken from eVestment Alliance on 04/23/2021.
Guggenheim Investments composite peer rankings represent percentile rankings which are based on monthly gross of fee returns and reflect where those returns fall within the indicated eVestment Alliance (EA) universe. EA provides third party databases, including the institutional investment database from which the presented information was extracted. The EA institutional investment database consists of over 1,500 active institutional managers, investment consultants, plan sponsors, and other similar financial institutions actively reporting on over 10,000 products. Only information regarding full year performance and rankings is presented as Guggenheim Investments believes performance for a full year period is an important factor. Additional information regarding EA rankings for year to date and since inception performance of the composites is available on EA’s website.
Creditflux: The Creditflux “CLO” awards are performance-based awards presented to a CLO selected from the CLO universe, which includes US and European CLOs, and where possible differentiates between vintages. In 2011, 293 CLOs were submitted by approximately 50 CLO managers, and in 2012, 300 CLOs were submitted by 66 managers. Best US CLO Manager 2011 award is granted to managers who won historically in all US CLO categories. Best Boom-Years US CLO award is presented to winners in CLO category in multiple sequential years. In 2013, 394 US and 193 European arbitrage CLO transactions were reviewed in the study. Performance is evaluated across the lifetime of a deal up to the end of the year preceding the award year. Through the use of its proprietary ParPlus formula in 2011 and its liquidation IRR in 2012, Creditflux judges the best performing deals to be those that have safeguarded debt investors’ principal and interest, while generating excellent returns for equity investors. The awards are calculated using data supplied directly by managers, but all finalists are checked against the performance data in CLO Master. For validation purposes, only CLOs in CLO Master will be eligible for an award.
The Creditflux ”Best U.S. CLO Redeemed in 2015" methodology is final internal rate of return (“IRR”), which is equity IRR based on notional size of the CLO equity and taking into account all payments received by December 31, 2015.
The Creditflux “Manager of the Year” award measures performance across a manager as a whole. The universe of managers is divided into European and US managers and again into those firms with more than $2bn of CLOs under management and those with $2bn or less under management. Managers must submit all of their deals or be penalized. A US CLO is a par-based cash securitization of at least $100 million of assets of which at least 60% are US corporate credit instruments and a European CLO is a par-based cash securitization of at least $100 million of assets of which at least 60% are European corporate credit instruments.
The “Best US CLO 2.0” is a category that measures the best CLO with a closing date between 2009 and 2011, based on liquidation IRR. Liquidation IRR is the internal rate of return equity investors would receive if a CLO had been liquidated on 31 December 2012, all its assets sold at market value and all proceeds and remaining cash distributed to investors in accordance with the cash flow waterfall. To achieve a positive liquidation IRR, CLOs must be able to repay all debt liabilities. Market values are based on an average of all managers’ marks for that asset. Creditflux applies a haircut for assets that are held by only one manager.
The Creditflux “Best Called” deal of 2013 is based on a deal’s actual achieved final equity IRR. Creditflux’s annual CLO awards are based on the liquidation IRR methodology. Liquidation IRR is the internal rate of return equity investors would receive if each competing CLO had been liquidated on 12/31/13 and all assets sold at market value. To calculate the return, all equity distributions up to 12/31/13 were used and a final distribution based on the difference between the market value of the portfolio (inc any cash accounts) and the outstanding liabilities on the liquidation date. To simplify calculations it was assumed that no fees were paid and that all excess cash on liquidation was paid to the equity investors. As part of the process, managers provided their list of marks as of 31st December 2013. Then the average (median) was determined and compared with independent pricing sources to calculate the liquidation value of the portfolio, including any cash accounts. More info about these awards can be reviewed on Creditflux’s website.
Creditflux 2015: With the exception of two awards voted for by investor attendees at the symposium (the investors’ choice awards), all the Creditflux Manager Awards are given according to rigorous, quantifiable and relevant measures of performance. The credit hedge fund awards are based on a methodology that rewards performance weighted by volatility relative to a fund’s redemption profile. Funds that promise liquidity need to deliver stable returns; those that lock up investors’ capital need to achieve greater absolute performance. CLO performance is measured in terms of liquidation IRR which is the total return equity investors would have received if their CLO had been liquidated on 31 December 2014. This takes account of equity distributions and the net asset value of the portfolio, and rewards managers that have delivered the best returns to equity while giving a cushion to debt investors. Data for the awards calculations is submitted by managers and supported by figures from CLO-i. Manager of the year award is based on average ranking for each manager across all award categories where present. Funds not submitted for the relevant category are assumed to have fourth-quartile performance. Managers must be present in four or more award categories.
Creditflux 2019: Guggenheim ranked first out of 23 eligible CLOs for “Best US CLO 2.0 Redeemed in 2018” based on final internal rate of return (IRR) on the notional (not discounted) price of the equity for all CLO 2.0 deals with a redemption date in 2018.
The Creditflux Best European Boutique CLO Manager (2020): The award was won by Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited which is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and is an affiliated investment management business of Guggenheim Investments. Deals for Best European CLO were ranked on the basis of par build, par bumper, weighted average price, weighted average rating factor (WARF), weighted average spread, average annualized equity returns, and volatility of equity returns. Deals for Best New European CLO were ranked on the basis of par build, par bumper, arbitrage at pricing and WARF at pricing. Manager award categories are calculated using the average ranking across all manager deals. Managers with 3 or less deals in Europe were considered for the Best European CLO Boutique Manager category, of which there were 16 entrants that qualified this year.
The WealthManagement.com Executive Forum and Industry Awards recognize the companies and organizations that support financial advisor success. The Asset Managers: Fixed Income subcategory winner is selected based on a new initiative or program, or an enhancement to an existing platform, that improves advisors’ understanding, usage and portfolio management of fixed income. Initiatives can include areas such as research tools, practice management programs, wholesaler support, service improvements, technology enhancements, etc. Criteria include quantitative measures—such as specific feature set, usage, adoption, scope, scale, advisor survey scores, etc.—along with qualitative measures such as innovation, creativity, new methods of deployment, etc. The WealthManagement. com Industry Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by organizations that support financial advisor success. For the 2017 awards, WealthManagement.com received 470 submissions from firms across 72 awards categories. For the 2018 awards, WealthManagement.com received 600 submissions from firms across 67 awards categories. A panel of judges from the financial services industry selected the finalists and award winners. For more details, visit events.wealthmanagement.com.
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High-yield debt securities have greater credit and liquidity risk than investment grade obligations. High-yield debt securities are generally unsecured and may be subordinated to certain other obligations of the issuer thereof. The lower rating of high-yield debt securities and below investment grade loans reflects a greater possibility that adverse changes in the financial condition of an issuer or in general economic conditions or both may impair the ability of the issuer thereof to make payments of principal or interest. Risks of high-yield debt securities may include (among others): (i) limited liquidity and secondary market support, (ii) substantial market place volatility resulting from changes in prevailing interest rates, (iii) the possibility that earnings of the high-yield debt security issuer may be insufficient to meet its debt service, and (iv) the declining creditworthiness and potential for insolvency of the issuer of such high-yield debt securities during periods of rising interest rates and/or economic downturn. An economic downturn or an increase in interest rates could severely disrupt the market for high-yield debt securities and adversely affect the value of outstanding high-yield debt securities and the ability of the issuers thereof to repay principal and interest. Issuers of high-yield debt securities may be highly leveraged and may not have available to them more traditional methods of financing.
The use of derivatives and synthetic instruments generally requires a small investment relative to the amount of investment exposure assumed. As a result, such investments may give rise to losses that exceed the amount invested in those instruments. The use of such instruments may expose an investment product to potentially dramatic losses or gains in the value of its portfolio. The cost of investing in such instruments generally increases as interest rates increase, which will lower the investment product’s return. The investment products referenced herein may incur, directly or indirectly, leverage through indebtedness for borrowed money and investments in derivatives, repurchase agreements, and other similar instruments, in significant amounts. The cumulative effect of the use of leverage with respect to any investments in a market that moves adversely to such investments could result in a substantial loss which would be greater than if the investments were not leveraged.
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will achieve its investment objectives or is suitable for all investors. Diversification does not ensure profit nor protect against loss. Every asset class is subject to various risks that affect their performance in different market cycles. Fixed income investments are subject to certain risks including market, interest-rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. Equity investments are subject to market risk or the risk of loss due to adverse company and industry news, or general economic decline. Alternative investments are subject to market risk, currency risk, foreign investment risks, liquidity risks, higher fees and expenses, regulatory restrictions, and volatility due to speculative trading and use of leverage.