The Senior Loan Trust seeks to provide high current income and the potential for capital appreciation.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Investors' units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
This information does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy: nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state where the offer, solicitation, or sale is not permitted.
Principal Investment Strategy
Under normal circumstances, the Trust will invest at least 80% of the value of its assets in common stocks of closed-end investment companies (“closed-end funds”) that are considered to be senior loan funds and/or income funds. Claymore, through proprietary research, will strive to select closed-end funds featuring the potential for current income, diversification and overall liquidity.
The sponsor has selected for the portfolio Closed-End Funds believed to have the best potential to achieve the trust’s investment objective. The Closed-End Funds’ portfolios consist primarily of senior loans and/or income-producing securities, including high-yield securities.
As of the trust’s initial date of deposit (the “Inception Date”), 100% of the trust’s portfolio is invested in securities of Closed-End Funds with portfolios that consist primarily of senior loans and/or income-producing securities, including high-yield securities.
When selecting Closed-End Funds for inclusion in this portfolio the sponsor looks at numerous factors. These factors include, but are not limited to:
Investment Objective. The sponsor favors funds that have a clear investment objective in line with the trust’s objective and, based upon a review of publicly available information, appear to be maintaining it.
Premium/Discount. The sponsor favors funds that are trading at a discount relative to their peers and relative to their long-term average.
Consistent Dividend. The sponsor favors funds that have a history of paying a consistent and competitive dividend which, in the opinion of the sponsor, can be maintained.
Performance. The sponsor favors funds that have a history of strong relative performance (based on market price and net asset value) when compared to their peers and an applicable benchmark.
Investing in Senior Loans
Senior loans are made by banks, other financial institutions, and other investors (“Lenders”), to corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities (“Borrowers”) to finance leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, mergers, acquisitions, stock repurchases, debt refinancings and, to a lesser extent, for general operating and other purposes. Senior loans generally are not subordinate to other significant claims on a Borrower’s assets. Closed-end income funds may include various bonds and other income-producing securities, including high-yield securities. High-yield securities are securities rated below investment grade (“Baa” or “BBB”) as determined by Moody’s Investor Services (“Moody’s”) and/or Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“Standard & Poor’s”), respectively. Senior loans are also generally rated below investment grade as determined by Moody’s and/or Standard & Poor’s, respectively.
Senior loans are generally negotiated between a Borrower and the Lenders represented by one or more Lenders acting as agent (“Agent”) of all the Lenders. The Agent is responsible for negotiating the loan agreement (“Loan Agreement”) that establishes the terms and conditions of the senior loan and the rights of the Borrower and the Lenders. The Agent is paid a fee by the Borrower for its services.
The majority of senior loans have either fixed or floating rates. The key difference between floating-rate and fixed-rate debt instruments is the manner in which the interest rate is set. In the case of fixed-rate loans, the rate of interest to be paid is fixed at the time of issuance. In the case of a floating-rate loan, current market interest rates dictate the rate of interest paid on the loan. Therefore, if interest rates go up, the interest payments on a floating-rate loan will be reset at a higher level (typically over a three to six month period). Conversely, if interest rates fall, the interest payments on a floating-rate loan will be reset at a lower level.
While senior loans can provide investors with high current income potential, the majority of senior loans are considered below investment grade, and therefore retain a higher credit risk relative to lower yielding, investment grade securities. The provision of price stability and preservation of capital is typical to senior loans as well; however, the senior loan market is still considered relatively illiquid.
For floating-rate senior loans, the interest rates are generally adjusted based on a base rate plus a premium or spread over the base rate. The base rate is usually:
LIBOR, as provided for in Loan Agreements, is usually an average of the interest rates quoted by several designated banks as the rates at which they pay interest to major depositors in the London interbank market on U.S. dollar-denominated deposits. The prime rate quoted by a major U.S. bank is generally the interest rate at which that bank is willing to lend U.S. dollars to its most creditworthy borrowers, although it may not be the bank’s lowest available rate. The CD rate, as provided for in loan agreements, usually is the average rate paid on large certificates of deposit traded in the secondary market.
Interest rates on senior loans may adjust daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Senior loans are generally rated below investment grade and may be unrated at the time of investment.
High-yield or “junk” securities are frequently issued by corporations in the growth stage of their development or by established companies who are highly leveraged or whose operations or industries are depressed. Securities that are rated below investment grade by either Standard & Poor’s or Moody’s will be deemed to be below investment grade for purposes of the trust even if the security has received an investment grade rating by either party. Obligations rated below investment grade should be considered speculative as these ratings indicate a quality of less than investment grade. Because high-yield securities are generally perceived by investors to be riskier than higher rated securities, their prices tend to fluctuate more than higher rated securities and are affected by short-term credit developments to a greater degree.
See “Description of Ratings” in Part B of the prospectus for additional information regarding the ratings criteria.
Risks and Other Considerations
As with all investments, you can lose money by investing in the trust. The trust also might not perform as well as you expect. This can happen for reasons such as these:
Please see the Trust prospectus for more complete risk information.
Unit Investment Trusts are fixed, not actively managed and should be considered as part of a long-term strategy. Investors should consider their ability to invest in successive portfolios, if available, at the applicable sales charge. UITs are subject to annual fund operating expenses in addition to the sales charge. Investors should consult an attorney or tax advisor regarding tax consequences associated with an investment from one series to the next, if available, and with the purchase or sale of units. Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC does not offer tax advice.
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