The Utilities Portfolio, Series 18 ("Trust") seeks to provide a high level of income with a secondary objective of capital growth.
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 Utilities Trust consists of 33 stocks classified as being in the utilities sector by the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). The Trust is diversified across the utilities sector including integrated electric, pipeline and gas distribution companies. The Sponsor selects stocks for the Trust that it believes have the potential to achieve the Trust’s investment objective. See “Investment Policies” in Part B of the prospectus for additional information.
Companies are selected for the Trust from within the utilities sector by examining factors that include, but are not limited to:
• Products and/or services offered by the companies;
• The competitive environment;
• Research and development capabilities;
• Potential acquisitions;
• Financing; and
• A fundamental and technical equity valuation assessment.
By examining these factors the Sponsor hopes to identify companies for the Trust that represent the best relative values in the utilities sector.
The Sponsor selects securities of U.S.- traded companies that it believes are core holdings of a well-diversified utilities portfolio. To select the portfolio the Sponsor follows a disciplined process which includes both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The Sponsor begins with the approximately 300 stocks that are traded on U.S. exchanges and are classified as companies in the utilities sector. The Sponsor then reduces the 300 companies to approximately 150 by performing quantitative screening, which may be primarily based on, but not limited to, the following factors:
• Valuation. The Sponsor may screen for reasonably valued companies based on measures such as price-to-earnings, price-to-book and price-to-cash flow.
• Growth. The Sponsor may screen for companies with a history of better than average growth of revenues and earnings.
• Profitability. The Sponsor may screen for companies with a history of consistent and high profitability as measured by return-on-assets, return-on- equity, gross margin and net margin.
The Sponsor then reduces the remaining 150 companies to 33 by performing qualitative analysis, which may be primarily based on, but not limited to, the following factors:
• Balance Sheet. The Sponsor favors companies that possess overall financial strength and exhibit balance sheet improvements relative to their peers and the marketplace.
• Industry Leadership. The Sponsor favors companies that possess a strong competitive position among their domestic and global peers.
• 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.
• Growth. The Sponsor favors companies with a history of (and prospects for) better than average growth of revenues and earnings.
• Profitability. The Sponsor favors companies with a history of (and prospects for) 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.
• Due to the current state of the economy, the value of the securities held by the Trust may be subject to steep declines or increased volatility due to changes in performance or perception of the issuers. Starting in December 2007, economic activity declined across all sectors of the economy, and the United States experienced increased unemployment. The economic crisis affected the global economy with European and Asian markets also suffering historic losses. Standard & Poor’s Rating Services lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States to “AA+” from “AAA,” which could lead to increased interest rates and volatility. Extraordinary steps have been taken by the governments of several leading countries to combat the economic crisis; however, the impact of these measures is not yet fully known and cannot be predicted.
• The Trust includes securities from the utilities sector. The Trust is concentrated in the utilities sector. As a result, the factors that impact the utilities sector will likely have a greater effect on this Trust than on a more broadly diversified Trust. Some of the risks associated with the utilities sector are listed below. Adverse developments in this sector may significantly affect the value of your units. Companies involved in the utilities sector must contend with environmental considerations, taxes, government regulation, price and supply fluctuations, competition and energy conservation.
• The Trust invests in securities issued by small-capitalization and mid-capitalization companies. These securities customarily involve more investment risk than securities of large-capitalization companies. Small-capitalization and mid-capitalization companies may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources and may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments.
• Share prices or dividend rates on the securities in the Trust may decline during the life of the Trust. There is no guarantee 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 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.
• Inflation may lead to a decrease in the value of assets or income from investments.
See “Investment Risks” in Part A of the prospectus and “Risk Factors” in Part B 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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