The Fund’s proxy statement for the annual meeting of shareholders will contain additional information regarding GPAM, the Fund’s investment strategy and the New Sub-Advisory Agreement. Promptly after filing its definitive proxy statement for the annual meeting with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the Fund will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each shareholder entitled to vote at the annual meeting of shareholders. WE URGE SHAREHOLDERS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE FUND WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Shareholders will be able to obtain, free of charge, copies of the proxy statement and any other documents filed by the Fund with the SEC in connection with the annual meeting of shareholders at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, by calling 800-345-7999 or by writing the Fund at 2455 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois 60532.For additional information, please visit www.guggenheimfunds.com/GGE. Fee Waiver Under the investment advisory agreement between the Fund and GFIA, GFIA is entitled to receive an investment advisory fee at an annual rate equal to 0.85% of the average daily value of the Fund’s total managed assets. GFIA previously agreed to a 0.08% fee waiver due to expire on June 17, 2011. Beginning upon the expiration of the current fee waiver and for so long as the investment sub-adviser of the Fund is an affiliate of GFIA, GFIA has agreed to waive 0.05% of its advisory fee, such that the Fund will pay to GFIA an investment advisory fee at an annual rate equal to 0.80% of the average daily value of the Fund’s total managed assets. GFIA will pay a portion of the advisory fee to GPAM as investment sub-adviser. GFIA has agreed to reimburse certain fees and expenses of the Fund associated with the appointment of GPAM.
Investment StrategyThe Fund will continue to seek its primary investment objective of seeking a high level of current income with a secondary objective of capital appreciation. GPAM will seek to achieve the Fund's investment objective by obtaining broadly diversified exposure to the equity markets and utilizing a covered call strategy which follows GPAM's proprietary dynamic rules-based methodology to seek to utilize efficiencies from the tax characteristics of the Fund's portfolio. The Fund may seek to obtain exposure to equity markets through investments in exchange-traded funds or other investment funds that track equity market indices, through investments in individual equity securities and/or through derivative instruments that replicate the economic characteristics of exposure to equity securities or markets. In current market conditions, GPAM initially expects to seek to obtain exposure to equity markets by investing primarily in exchange-traded funds. The Fund will have the ability to write call options on indices and/or securities which will typically be at- or out-of-the money. GPAM's strategy typically targets one-month options, although options of any strike price or maturity may be utilized. The Fund will seek to achieve its primary investment objective of seeking a high level of current income through dividends paid on securities owned by the Fund and cash premiums received from selling options. Although the Fund will receive premiums from the options written, by writing a covered call option, the Fund forgoes any potential increase in value of the underlying securities above the strike price specified in an option contract through the expiration date of the option. To the extent GPAM's strategy seeks to achieve broad equity exposure through a portfolio of common stocks, the Fund would hold a diversified portfolio of stocks. To the extent GPAM's equity exposure strategy is implemented through investment in broad-based equity exchange-traded funds or other investment funds or derivative instruments that replicate the economic characteristics of exposure to equity securities markets, the Fund's portfolio is expected to comprise fewer holdings. The Fund will ordinarily focus its investments in securities of U.S. issuers but may invest up to 15% of its total assets in U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers. The Fund may invest in or seek exposure to equity securities of issuers of any market capitalization.
Changes to Non-Fundamental Investment PoliciesIn connection with the appointment of GPAM, the Board of Trustees approved changes to certain non-fundamental investment policies of the Fund and provided notice of such changes to shareholders on March 16, 2011. These changes become effective today. As a result, the Fund no longer has an investment policy of investing, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its total assets in dividend-paying or other income-producing securities. Nor is it an investment policy of the Fund, under normal market conditions, to invest at least 65% of the Fund's total assets in dividend-paying common and preferred stocks. Instead, the Fund has adopted a non-fundamental investment policy of, under normal market conditions, investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities. This policy may be changed by the Board, but no change is anticipated. If this policy changes, the Fund will provide shareholders at least 60 days' written notice before implementation of the change. In addition, the Fund no longer has an investment policy of investing up to 10% of its total assets in securities of other open- or closed-end investment companies that invest primarily in securities of the types in which the Fund may invest directly. Instead, the Fund may invest without limitation in securities of other open- or closed-end investment companies, including exchange-traded funds. In current market conditions, GPAM initially expects to seek to obtain exposure to equity markets by investing primarily in exchange-traded funds. Investments in exchange-traded funds and other investment funds which invest at least 80% of their assets in equity securities or have investment objectives or strategies of tracking equity market indices will be included as investments in equity securities for the purpose of the Fund’s investment policy of investing at least 80% of its assets in equity securities.
Portfolio Management TeamThe portfolio management personnel of the Sub-Adviser who are primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio are: Scott Minerd, Chief Investment Officer of the Sub-Adviser, Anne Bookwalter Walsh, Assistant Chief Investment Officer of the Sub-Advisor, Farhan Sharaff, Assistant Chief Investment Officer, Equities of the Sub-Adviser, Jayson Flowers, Managing Director of the Sub-Adviser and Jamal Pesaran, Portfolio Sector Manager of the Sub-Adviser. The portfolio management personnel primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio are supported by a team of equity analysts and risk managers. Scott Minerd. 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. Ms. Walsh is the Assistant Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income of GPAM and joined Guggenheim and the Sub-Adviser in 2007. 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 Guggenheim, 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. Farhan Sharaff. Mr. Sharaff joined the Sub-Adviser in 2009 and is the Assistant Chief Investment Officer, Equities. Mr. Sharaff has more than 20 years of experience in investment research and investment management. Prior to joining the Sub-Adviser, he was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at MJX Capital Advisors, a wealth management firm focused on providing advice and investment management for its clients, especially in the traditional and alternative asset classes. Prior to that, Mr. Sharaff served as the global Chief Investment Officer at CIGNA Corporation, Zurich Scudder Investments and Citigroup. In all of the above engagements, Mr. Sharaff was responsible for research, investment management, product development and investment risk management. He was also a member of the business management teams at Citigroup and Zurich Scudder. Mr. Sharaff has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aston (U.K.) and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School (U.K.). In addition, Mr. Sharaff sits on boards for CITIC Capital Asset Management, Clarfeld Financial Advisors, and Transparent Value Trust. Jayson Flowers. Mr. Flowers joined the Sub-Adviser in 2001, and serves as the Managing Director, heading Equity and Derivative Strategies. Mr. Flowers has more than 15 years experience in the financial markets with concentration in risk management and trading across various sectors of the capital structure. His investment experience ranges in expertise from structured product investments and asset backed securities, to trading U.S. Government agencies, foreign sovereign debt, commodities, indexed futures, derivative and global equity arbitrage. Prior to working for the Sub-Adviser, Mr. Flowers was a co-founder and partner of Adventure Capital, a boutique venture capital and merchant banking company. Previously Mr. Flowers was at Credit Suisse First Boston, Dominick & Dominick Inc., and Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Flowers holds a BA in Economics from Union College. Jamal Pesaran. Mr. Pesaran joined the Sub-Adviser in 2008 and is a Portfolio Sector Manager covering equity and equity derivatives strategies. Prior to joining the Sub-Adviser, he was with Lehman Brothers and then HSBC Securities in equity derivatives sales covering hedge fund clients for the US and Pacific Rim markets. Mr. Pesaran was an options market-maker and portfolio manager, notably with Goldman Sachs’ Hull Trading Group and UBS Investment Bank in London and Frankfurt, respectively. Mr. Pesaran holds his MBA from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Bristol University (U.K.) and he is a CFA charterholder. Summary of Certain Additional Risk Factors As a result of the changes in the Fund’s investment strategy described above, the Fund will be subject to certain additional risk factors.
There are several risks associated with transactions in options used in connection with the Fund’s option strategy. A decision as to whether, when and how to use options involves the exercise of skill and judgment, and even a well conceived transaction may be unsuccessful to some degree because of market behavior or unexpected events. As the writer of a covered call option, the Fund forgoes, during the option’s life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the security covering the call option above the sum of the premium and the strike price of the call, but has retained the risk of loss should the price of the underlying security decline. The Fund’s successful use of options on indices depends upon its ability to predict the direction of the market and is subject to various additional risks. There can be no assurance that a liquid market will exist when the Fund seeks to close out an option position on an options exchange. If the Fund were unable to close out a covered call option that it had written on a security, it would not be able to sell the underlying security unless the option expired without exercise.As a stockholder in an investment company, the Fund will bear its ratable share of that investment company's expenses, and would remain subject to payment of the Fund's investment management fees with respect to the assets so invested. Shareholders would therefore be subject to duplicative expenses to the extent the Fund invests in other investment companies. To the extent the Fund invests in exchange-traded funds or other investment companies that seek to track a specified index, such investments will be subject to tracking error risk. GPAM GPAM is an investment manager specializing in innovative investment strategies that aim to add incremental returns 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 indices with both lower volatility and lower correlation of returns over time as compared to such benchmark indices.
Guggenheim FundsGFIA and its affiliates (“Guggenheim Funds”) offer 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), Guggenheim Funds often leads its peers with creative investment strategy solutions. Guggenheim Funds provides supervision, management or servicing of assets with a commitment to consistently delivering exceptional service. Guggenheim Funds and GPAM are indirect subsidiaries of Guggenheim Partners, LLC, a global, diversified financial services firm with more than $100 billion in assets under management and 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. This information does not represent an offer to sell securities of the Fund and it is not soliciting an offer to buy securities of the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. 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. Forward Looking Statements This press release may contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements describe the Fund’s plans, strategies, and goals and the Fund’s beliefs and assumptions concerning future economic and other conditions and the outlook for the Fund. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “objectives,” “goals,” “future,” “intends,” “seeks,” “will,” “may,” “could,” “should,” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements, although some forward-looking statements may be expressed differently. The Fund cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, based on currently available information, and the Fund assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.
An investment in the Fund is subject to certain risks and other considerations. Such risks and considerations include, but are not limited to: Equity Securities and Related Market Risk, Other Investment Companies Risk, Options Risk, Other Derivatives Risk, Counterparty Risk, Medium and Smaller Company Risk, Financial Leverage Risk, Foreign Investment Risk, Inflation/Deflation Risk, Management Risk, Portfolio Turnover Risk, Recent Market Developments Risk, Government Intervention in Financial Markets Risk, Legislation Risk, Market Disruption and Geopolitical Risk and Anti-Takeover Provisions Risk.Investors should consider the investment objectives and policies, risk considerations, charges and expenses of any investment before they invest. For this and more information, please contact a securities representative or Guggenheim Funds Distributors, Inc., 2455 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois 60532, 800-345-7999. Member FINRA/SIPC (5/11) NOT FDIC-INSURED | NOT BANK-GUARANTEED | MAY LOSE VALUE