Trading Expense Calculator

Use this tool to compare the potential costs of using ETFs or no-load mutual funds. (Some mutual funds are sold with a front-end or back-end load. These types of funds are not designed for active trading. This calculator is appropriate for comparison of ETFs and no-load mutual funds.)


  1. Enter estimated sum of money you intend to invest
  2. Enter estimated number of round trip trades per year
  3. Enter average period you intend to hold an ETF or a mutual fund (round trip trades multiplied by holding period ≤ 365)
  4. As needed, enter the ETF's assumptions:
    • Transaction cost – enter total commission cost
    • Expense ratio – enter the ETF’s expense ratio as stated in the prospectus
    • Average share price – estimated average price per ETF share
    • Spread – the estimated difference between bid and ask prices (for indication of the spread, check the current trading quote of the ETF)
  5. As needed, enter the mutual fund assumptions:
    • Estimated transaction/commission cost (if applicable)
    • Expense ratio – enter the mutual fund’s expense ratio as stated in the prospectus
Total Estimated ETF Expenses:
Total Estimated Mutual Fund Expenses:

Leveraged and inverse ETFs are not suitable for all investors. • These ETFs should be utilized only by investors who (a) understand the risks associated with the use of leverage, (b) understand the consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, (c) understand the risk of shorting, and (d) intend to actively monitor and manage their investments. • The more a ETF invests in leveraged instruments, the more the leverage will magnify any gains or losses on those investments. • Inverse ETFs involve certain risks, which include increased volatility due to the ETFs’ possible use of short sales of securities and derivatives, such as options and futures. • The ETFs’ use of derivatives, such as futures, options and swap agreements, may expose the ETFs’ shareholders to additional risks that they would not be subject to if they invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. • Short-selling involves increased risks and costs. You risk paying more for a security than you received from its sale. • Leveraged and inverse ETFs seek to provide investment results that match the performance of a specific benchmark, before fees and expenses, on a daily basis. Because the ETFs seek to track the performance of their benchmark on a daily basis, mathematical compounding, especially with respect to those ETFs that use leverage as part of their investment strategy, may prevent a ETF from correlating with the monthly, quarterly, annual or other period performance of its benchmark. Due to the compounding of daily returns, leveraged and inverse ETFs’ returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the benchmark return for the same period. For those ETFs that consistently apply leverage, the value of the ETF’s shares will tend to increase or decrease more than the value of any increase or decrease in its benchmark index. The ETFs rebalance their portfolios on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. Daily rebalancing will impair a ETF’s performance if the benchmark experiences volatility. Investors should monitor their leveraged and inverse ETFs’ holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily. • For more on these and other risks, please read the prospectus.

The above calculator is hypothetical and provided for illustrative purposes only. It is not intended as, and should not be construed as, investment advice or as a recommendation of any specific security or strategy. Guggenheim Investments and its affiliates (“Guggenheim Investments”) cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the above information or its applicability to an individual’s particular circumstances. Guggenheim Investments is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of this information. The calculator is not meant to represent any Guggenheim Investments products or depict or predict performance of any investment.

There are many differences between ETFs and mutual funds. Consult your financial advisor to find out which product is appropriate for your investment goals. ETFs are subject to risks and may or may not be suitable for all investors. Shares can be bought and sold through a broker and the selling shareholder may have to pay brokerage commissions in connection with the sale. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that when shares are redeemed, they may be worth more or less than original cost. Shares may only be redeemed directly from the fund by Authorized Participants via Creation Units. There can be no assurance that an active trading market for the shares will develop or be maintained, and shares may trade at, above, or below their net asset value (NAV).

Securities are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

Read a prospectus and summary prospectus (if available) carefully before investing. It contains the investment objective, risks charges, expenses and the other information, which should be considered carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus (if available) click here or call 800.820.0888.

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