Two Equal-Weight ETFs Complete Merger

Guggenheim, the eighth-largest issuer of exchange traded funds, completed the merger of the Guggenheim Russell 1000 Equal Weight ETF into the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (NYSEArca: RSP), the equal-weight answer to traditional S&P 500 ETFs, earlier this week.

“In connection with the merger, shareholders of EWRI will receive 0.61652528 shares of RSP for each share of EWRI held, plus a cash amount to be determined. Any fractional shares that result will be paid in cash. This may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could result in a taxable event,” according to a statement issued by Guggenheim.

Guggenheim announced the merger of the Russell 1000 Equal Weight ETF into RSP in a November filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Guggenheim Russell MidCap Equal Weight ETF (NYSEArca: EWRM) and the Guggenheim Russell 2000 Equal Weight ETF (NYSEArca: EWRS) also changed indexes and took on new tickers.

“From Jan. 26 on, they will track equal-weighted versions of the S&P MidCap 400 and the S&P SmallCap 600 indexes as the Guggenheim S&P MidCap 400 Equal Weight ETF (EWMC) and the Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 Equal Weight ETF (EWSC), respectively,” according to

“Guggenheim Investments is the global asset management and investment advisory division of Guggenheim Partners, with $198 billion in assets across fixed income, equity, and alternative strategies,” according to the statement.

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