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Defined Outcome Investing: Shape Your Investment Experience


Most investments today target non-defined returns, with uncertain levels of risk, over an undefined period of time. That kind of unpredictability can cause anxiety for some investors looking to stay invested in the market and yet meet their investment goals.

Defined outcome investing seeks to limit or more narrowly target market outcomes to help better align with investor outlooks and offers a:

  • defined upside cap and/or defined downside floor or buffer
  • defined time period

Defined outcome investing return profiles are tied to the performance of the underlying security and require the investment to be held from inception through maturity. The underlying assets may not perform as expected and the investment objective may not be achieved.

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Limit Uncertainty with Defined Outcome Investing

Defined outcome investing may not be suitable for all investors. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. There is no guarantee that a defined outcome investment will achieve its objective. The ability of a defined outcome investment to provide the capped return or limited downside loss is typically dependent on investors purchasing units at the beginning of an outcome period and holding them until the last day of the period. Investors purchasing units after the outcome period has begun or redeeming units prior to its termination may experience very different results from the stated investment objective.

This material is distributed or presented for informational or educational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product, or as investing advice of any kind. This material is not provided in a fiduciary capacity, may not be relied upon for or in connection with the making of investment decisions, and does not constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell securities. The content contained herein is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal or tax advice and/or a legal opinion. Always consult a financial, tax and/or legal professional regarding your specific situation.

This material contains opinions of the author, but not necessarily those of Guggenheim Partners, LLC or its subsidiaries. The opinions contained herein are subject to change without notice. Forward looking statements, estimates, and certain information contained herein are based upon proprietary and non-proprietary research and other sources. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but are not assured as to accuracy. Past performance is not indicative of future results. There is neither representation nor warranty as to the current accuracy of, nor liability for, decisions based on such information. No part of this material may be reproduced or referred to in any form, without express written permission of Guggenheim Partners, LLC.

Guggenheim Investments represents the following affiliated investment management businesses of Guggenheim Partners, LLC: Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC, Security Investors, LLC, Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC, Guggenheim Funds Distributors, LLC, GS GAMMA Advisors, LLC, Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited and Guggenheim Partners India Management.


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