The Guggenheim Short Duration High Yield Trust, Series 31 ("Trust") seeks to provide current income by investing in a portfolio primarily consisting of high yield corporate securities or “junk” bonds.
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 will invest in a portfolio of high yield corporate securities or “junk” bonds. The Sponsor will select bonds that it believes have the best chance to meet the Trust’s investment objective over its life.
The portfolio of the Trust consists of high yield corporate debt obligations, which may include corporate bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, loan participations, pass through securities and corporate instruments. As of the initial date of deposit (the “Inception Date”), at least 80% of the bonds in the portfolio are rated below investment-grade as determined by at least one or more nationally recognized statistical rating organizations. High-yield or “junk” bonds are frequently issued by corporations in the growth stage of their development or by established companies which are highly leveraged or whose operations or industries are depressed. Obligations rated below investment-grade should be considered speculative as these ratings indicate a quality of less than investment-grade. Because high-yield bonds are generally subordinated obligations and are 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 than investment-grade bonds. See “Description of Bond Ratings” for additional information.
“Duration” is the estimated number of years required to receive the present value of future payments, both of interest and principal, of a bond. Duration is often used as an indicator of a bond’s price volatility resulting from changes in interest rates. In general, rising interest rates may lead to a decline in bond prices and declining interest rates may lead to a rise in bond prices. For example, if a bond has a duration of 3 years and interest rates go up by 1%, it can be expected that the bond price will move down by 3%. The Sponsor considers this Trust to be a “short duration” portfolio because the average weighted duration of the bonds in the Trust is 3.3 years. The duration of the bonds in the Trust range from 0.07 to 5.00 years.
The Trust intends to pay interest distributions each month and expects to prorate the interest distributed on an annual basis; see “Distributions.” The record dates and distribution dates for principal and interest distributions are the 15th and 25th of each month, respectively. Furthermore, investors may receive principal distributions from bonds being called or sold prior to their maturity or as bonds mature.
The Sponsor has selected Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC (“GPIM”), a subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, LLC, to assist the Sponsor with the selection of the Trust’s portfolio.
The Sponsor considered the following factors, among others, in selecting the bonds:
• The bonds may be rated below investment-grade by at least one or more nationally recognized statistical rating organizations;
• The price of the bonds relative to other bonds with comparable characteristics;
• The diversification of bonds with respect to the issuer with no one issuer comprising more than 20% of the final portfolio;
• Attractiveness of the interest payments relative to bonds with similar characteristics; and
• The potential for early return of principal or any event risk which could have a negative impact on the price of the bonds.
Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC (GPIM)
Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC is a subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, LLC and an affiliate of the Sponsor, which offers financial services expertise within its asset management, investment advisory, capital markets, institutional finance and merchant banking business lines. Clients consist of a mix of individuals, family offices, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, pension plans and other institutions that together have entrusted the firm with supervision of more than $100 billion in assets. A global diversified financial services firm, Guggenheim Partners, LLC office locations include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Houston, London, Dublin, Geneva, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai.
The Sponsor is also a subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, LLC. See “General Information” for additional information.
Risks and Other Considerations
As with all investments, you may lose some or all of your investment in the Trust. 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. 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:
• At least 80% of the bonds held by the Trust are rated below investment-grade and are considered to be “junk” securities. Below investment-grade obligations are considered to be speculative and are subject to greater market and credit risks, and accordingly, the risk of non-payment or default is higher than with investment-grade securities. In addition, below investment-grade bonds may be more sensitive to interest rate changes and more likely to receive early returns of principal.
• Corporate bonds are fixed rate debt obligations that generally decline in value with increases in interest rates. Foreign and U.S. interest rates may rise or fall by differing amounts and, as a result, the Trust’s investment in foreign securities may expose the Trust to additional risks. Generally, bonds with longer periods before maturity are more sensitive to interest rate changes.
• Corporate bonds are subject to credit risk in that an issuer of a bond may be unable to make interest and principal payments when due. In general, lower rated bonds carry greater credit risk.
• There is no assurance that the Trust portfolio will retain for any length of time its present size and diversity. As indicated in the “Trust Portfolio,” a number of the bonds in the Trust may be called prior to their stated maturity date and will remain callable throughout the life of the Trust. A call provision is more likely to be exercised by the issuer when the offering price valuation of a bond is higher than its call price. Such price valuation is likely to be higher in periods of declining interest rates. In such cases, the proceeds from such redemptions will be distributed to unit holders. The Estimated Current Return and Estimated Long-Term Return of the units may be adversely affected by such sales or redemptions. As stated below, the size and diversity of the Trust may also be affected by the Trust’s sale of bonds to meet redemptions, for credit issues and in other circumstances.
• The Sponsor does not actively manage the portfolio. Because the portfolio is fixed and not managed, in general, the Trust only sells bonds at the Trust’s termination or in order to meet redemptions, for tax purposes, for credit issues or to pay sales charges and expenses. As a result, the price at which a bond is sold may not be the highest price the Trust could have received during the life of the Trust.
• No assurance can be given that the Trust’s investment objective will be achieved. This objective is subject to the continuing ability of the respective issuers of the bonds to meet their obligations.
• The Trust is subject to market risk. Market value fluctuates in response to various factors. These can include changes in interest rates, inflation, the financial condition of a bond’s issuer, perceptions of the issuer, ratings on a bond, or political or economic events affecting the issuer.
• 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. In addition, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States to “AA+” from “AAA.” Effects of the economic crisis can still be felt in many countries around the world and may have an impact on the securities held by the Trust.
• An issuer or an insurer of the bonds may be unwilling or unable to make principal payments and/or interest payments in the future, may call a security before its stated maturity or may reduce the level of payments made. In addition, there is no guarantee that the issuers will be able to satisfy their interest or principal payment obligations to the Trust over the life of the Trust. This may result in a reduction in the value of your units.
• The Trust includes restricted bonds. Restricted bonds are issued under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may only be resold in privately negotiated transactions pursuant to federal securities laws or in a public offering with respect to which a registration statement is in effect under the Securities Act. As a result, such bonds may not be readily marketable. In addition, certain restricted bonds may be illiquid.
• The financial condition of an issuer or an insurer of the bonds may worsen or its credit ratings may drop, resulting in a reduction in the value of your units. This may occur at any point in time, including during the primary offering period.
• The income generated by the Trust may be reduced over time in response to bond sales, changes in distributions paid by issuers, unit redemptions and expenses.
• The Trust is concentrated in the consumer products sector. As a result, the factors that impact the consumer products sector will likely have a greater effect on this Trust than on a more broadly diversified Trust. Some of the risks associated with the consumer products sector are listed below. General risks of companies in the consumer products sector include cyclicality of revenues and earnings, economic recession, currency fluctuations, changing consumer tastes, extensive competition, product liability litigation and increased government regulation. A weak economy and its effect on consumer spending would adversely affect companies in the consumer products sector.
• Certain bonds in the Trust may have been purchased by the Sponsor on a “when issued” basis. Bonds purchased on a “when issued” basis have not yet been issued by the issuer on the Inception Date (although such issuer has committed to issue such bonds). The effect of the Trust holding a “when issued” bond is that unitholders who purchase their units prior to the delivery date of such bond may have to make a downward adjustment in the tax basis of their units. Such downward adjustment may be necessary to account for interest accruing on such “when issued” bond during the time between their purchase of units and delivery of such bonds to the Trust.
• The Trust may sell bonds to meet redemptions, to pay expenses, for credit issues and in other circumstances. Accordingly, the size, diversity, composition, returns and income generated by the Trust may be adversely affected. In addition, such sales of bonds may be at a loss. If such sales are substantial enough, provisions of the Trust’s indenture could cause a complete and unexpected liquidation of the Trust before its scheduled maturity, resulting in unanticipated losses for investors.
• Certain bonds included in the Trust are original issue discount bonds or “zero coupon” bonds, as noted in “Trust Portfolio.” These bonds may be subject to greater price fluctuations with changing interest rates and contain additional risks.
• Certain bonds in the Trust may be subject to liquidity risk. The principal trading market for the bonds in the Trust will generally be in the over-the-counter market. As a result, the existence of a liquid trading market for the bonds may depend on whether dealers will make a market in the bonds. There can be no assurance that a market will be made for any of the bonds, that any market for the bonds will be maintained or of the liquidity of the bonds in any markets made. The price at which the bonds may be sold to meet redemptions and the value of the Trust will be adversely affected if trading markets for the bonds are limited or absent. The Trust may also contain non-exempt bonds in registered form which have been purchased on a private placement basis. Sales of these bonds may not be practicable outside the United States, but can generally be made to U.S. institutions in the private placement market which may not be as liquid as the general U.S. securities market. Since the private placement market is less liquid, the prices received may be less than would have been received had the markets been broader.
• Inflation may lead to a decrease in the value of assets or income from investments.
See “Investment Risks” 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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