Claymore/Guggenheim Strategic Opportunities Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE: GOF) announces changes to the Fund’s portfolio management team. The investment process of Guggenheim Partners Asset Management, LLC the Fund’s investment sub-adviser, (“GPAM” or the “Sub-Adviser”), which is an indirect subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, LLC (“Guggenheim”), is a collaborative effort between its Portfolio Construction Group, which utilizes tools such as Guggenheim’s proprietary optimization modeling to determine allocation of assets among a variety of sectors, and its Sector Specialists, who are responsible for security selection within these sectors and for implementing securities transactions, including the structuring of certain securities directly with the issuer or with investment banks and dealers involved in the origination of such securities. The Sub-Adviser's personnel with the most significant responsibility for the management of the Fund's portfolio are: B. Scott Minerd, Chief Investment Officer Since 2001, Mr. Minerd has served as Chief Investment Officer of the Sub-Adviser, guiding the investment strategies of the sector portfolio managers. He was formerly a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston in charge of trading and risk management for the Fixed Income Credit Trading Group. In this position, he was responsible for the corporate bond, preferred stock, money markets, U.S. government agency and sovereign debt, derivatives securities, structured debt and interest-rate swaps trading business units. Previously, Mr. Minerd was Morgan Stanley’s London-based European Capital Markets Products Trading and Risk Manager responsible for Eurobonds, Euro-MTNs, domestic European Bonds, FRNs, derivative securities and money market products in 12 European currencies and Asian markets. Mr. Minerd has also held capital markets positions with Merrill Lynch and Continental Bank and was a Certified Public Accountant working for Price Waterhouse. Mr. Minerd holds a BS degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has completed graduate work at both the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Anne Bookwalter Walsh, CFA, JD, Assistant Chief Investment OfficerMs. Walsh joined the Sub-Adviser in 2007. The day-to-day responsibilities of the portfolio management team are led by Ms. Walsh. As a senior member of the Sub-Adviser's Portfolio Construction Group, she assists with the development of the Fund's asset allocation strategies. Prior to joining GPAM, she was Senior Vice President and the Chief Investment Officer for Reinsurance Group of America, where she was employed from 2000 to 2007. Prior to that role, Ms. Walsh served as Vice President and Senior Investment Consultant for Zurich Scudder Investments. Earlier, she held roles at Lincoln Investment Management and American Bankers Insurance Group. Ms. Walsh received her BSBA and MBA from Auburn University and her JD from the University of Miami School of Law. She is a CFA charterholder, a Fellow of the Life Management Institute and a member of the CFA Institute. GPAM, an indirect subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, LLC, serves as investment sub-adviser to the Fund. GPAM is an investment manager specializing in innovative investment strategies that aim to add alpha relative to benchmarks in both up and down markets. GPAM's investment philosophy is predicated upon the belief that thorough research and independent thought are rewarded with performance that has the potential to outperform benchmark indexes with both lower volatility and lower correlation of returns over time as compared to such benchmark indexes. GPAM manages more than $40 billion in investments for foundations, insurance companies and other institutions. Claymore Advisors, LLC (an affiliate of Claymore Securities, Inc.) serves as Investment Adviser to the Fund. Claymore Securities, Inc. offers strategic investment solutions for financial advisors and their valued clients. As an innovator in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), unit investment trusts (UITs) and closed-end funds (CEFs), Claymore often leads its peers with creative investment strategy solutions. In total, Claymore entities provide supervision, management, or servicing on approximately $15.3 billion in assets as of June 30, 2010. Claymore Securities, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guggenheim Partners, LLC (“Guggenheim”), a global, diversified financial services firm with more than $100 billion in assets under supervision. Guggenheim, through its affiliates, provides investment management, investment advisory, insurance, investment banking, and capital markets services. The firm is headquartered in Chicago and New York with a global network of offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. For more information regarding the Funds, please visit www.claymore.com/cef. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives. The net asset value of the Fund will fluctuate with the value of the underlying securities. It is important to note that closed-end funds trade on their market value, not net asset value, and closed-end funds often trade at a discount to their net asset value. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. An investment in the Fund is subject to certain risks and other considerations. Such risks and considerations include, but are not limited to: Income Risk, Income Securities Risk, Below-Investment Grade Securities Risk, Common Equity Securities Risk, Investment Funds Risk, Foreign Securities Risk, Emerging Markets Risk, Dividend Risk, Senior Loans Risk, Second Lien Loans Risk, Mezzanine Investments Risk, Convertible Securities Risk, Preferred Stock Risks, Structured Finance Investments Risk, Foreign Currency Risk, Risks Associated with the Fund’s Covered Call Option Strategy, Risks of Real Property Asset Companies, Risks of Personal Property Asset Companies, Private Securities Risk, Private Investment Funds Risk, Affiliated Investment Funds Risk, Synthetic Investments Risk, Inflation/Deflation Risk, Market Discount Risk, Financial Leverage Risk, Derivative Transactions Risks, Portfolio Turnover Risk, and Current Developments Risks. Investors should consider the investment objectives and policies, risk considerations, charges and expenses of the Fund carefully before they invest. For this and more information, please contact a securities representative or Claymore Securities, Inc., 2455 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois 60532, 800-345-7999. Member FINRA/SIPC (7/10)
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