The Dividend Growth Portfolio, Series 8 ("Trust") seeks to provide dividend income potential coupled with the potential for long-term 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
The Trust consists of a portfolio of dividend-paying equity securities that have historically increased their dividends. The Sponsor believes that dividends are often a good indicator of a corporation’s current financial condition and furthermore, may signal management’s belief in a profitable future for the corporation. The U.S.-traded common stocks held by the Trust may include the common stocks of U.S. and non-U.S. companies. As a result of this strategy, the Trust invests significantly in the financial sector and the industrials sector.
The Sponsor selects U.S.-traded companies that it believes should be core holdings of a dividend-paying portfolio. To select the portfolio the Sponsor follows a disciplined process which includes both quantitative screening and qualitative analysis.
The Sponsor begins with a universe of all dividend paying companies currently traded in the United States as of the date of the security selection. The Sponsor then reduces the universe to approximately 100 companies by performing quantitative screening, which may be primarily based on, but not limited to, the following factors:
• Dividend Growth. The Sponsor favors companies with a history of growing its annual dividend.
• Above Average Yields. The Sponsor favors companies with current yields above the market median yield.
• Avoiding Value Traps. In the higher yielding segment of the market, the Sponsor is cognizant of ‘value traps’ – those companies currently paying dividends while their fundamentals and competitiveness are declining. In an attempt to avoid those, the Sponsor may screen out the worst ranking companies within each sector based on recent profitability, sales growth, and valuation.
From this universe of approximately 100 companies, the Sponsor identifies companies for inclusion in the portfolio through a qualitative analysis based on factors such as, but not limited to:
• Cash-flow Adequacy. The Sponsor favors companies with recent earnings and operating cash-flow significantly higher than the dividends paid as of the company’s most recent financial reporting period.
• Balance Sheet. The Sponsor favors companies that possess overall financial strength and exhibit balance sheet improvements relative to their peers and the marketplace.
• Valuation. The Sponsor favors companies whose valuations appear to be attractive based on measures such as price-to-earnings, price-to-book and price-to-cash flow.
• Industry Leadership. The Sponsor favors companies that possess a strong competitive position among their domestic and global peers.
• Growth. The Sponsor favors companies with a history of (and prospects for) above average growth of dividends, sales and earnings.
• Profitability. The Sponsor favors companies with a history of consistent and high profitability as measured by return-on-assets, return-on equity, gross margin and net margin.
Risks and Other Considerations
As with all investments, you may lose some or all of your investment in the Trust. No assurance can be given that the Trust’s investment objective will be achieved. The Trust also might not perform as well as you expect. This can happen for reasons such as these:
• Securities prices can be volatile. The value of your investment may fall over time. Market value fluctuates in response to various factors. These can include stock market movements, purchases or sales of securities by the Trust, government policies, litigation, and changes in interest rates, inflation, the financial condition of the securities’ issuer or even perceptions of the issuer. Units of the Trust are not deposits of any bank and are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.
• Share prices or dividend rates on the securities in the Trust may decline during the life of the Trust. There is no guarantee share prices of the securities in the Trust will not decline and that the issuers of the securities will declare dividends in the future and, if declared, whether they will remain at current levels or increase over time.
• The Trust invests in “growth” stocks. Growth stocks are issued by companies which, based upon their higher than average price/book ratios, are expected to experience greater earnings growth rates relative to other companies in the same industry or the economy as a whole. Securities of growth companies may be more volatile than other stocks. If the perception of a company’s growth potential is not realized, the securities purchased may not perform as expected, reducing the Trust’s return. In addition, because different types of stocks tend to shift in and out of favor depending on market and economic conditions, “growth” stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and other types of securities.
• The Trust invests significantly in the financial sector. As a result, the factors that impact the financial sector will likely have a greater effect on this Trust than on a more broadly diversified Trust. Companies in the financial sector include banks, insurance companies and investment firms. The profitability of companies in the financial sector is largely dependent upon the availability and cost of capital which may fluctuate significantly in response to changes in interest rates and general economic developments. Financial sector companies are especially subject to the adverse effects of economic recession, decreases in the availability of capital, volatile interest rates, portfolio concentrations in geographic markets and in commercial and residential real estate loans, and competition from new entrants in their fields of business. Negative developments initially relating to the subprime mortgage market and subsequently spreading to other parts of the economy, have adversely affected credit and capital markets worldwide and significantly impacted financial sector companies.
• The Trust invests significantly in the industrials sector. As a result, the factors that impact the industrials sector will likely have a greater effect on this Trust than on a more broadly diversified Trust. Adverse developments in this sector may significantly affect the value of your units. Companies involved in the industrials sector must contend with the state of the economy, intense competitors, domestic and international politics, excess capacity and spending trends.
• The Trust invests in securities issued by mid-capitalization companies. These securities customarily involve more investment risk than securities of large-capitalization companies. Mid-capitalization companies may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources and may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments.
• Inflation may lead to a decrease in the value of assets or income from investments.
• The Sponsor does not actively manage the portfolio. The Trust will generally hold, and may, when creating additional units, continue to buy, the same securities even though a security’s outlook, market value or yield may have changed.
See “Risk Factors” in Part B of the prospectus and “Investment Risks” in Part A of the prospectus for additional information.
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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