Claymore to Be Acquired

Claymore, which has 45 ETFs and nearly $2 billion under management, is merging with Guggenheim Partners of Chicago and New York.

Guggenheim Partners and Claymore Group say they have entered into a merger agreement. As part of the transaction, Claymore Group and its associated entities including Claymore Securities, Claymore Advisors and Claymore Investments in Canada, will become wholly owned subsidiaries of Guggenheim Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We are extremely pleased to have entered into this agreement with Claymore," says Mark Walter, chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners.

"The transaction will enhance our retail distribution, product development and marketing prowess, especially among financial advisors," he continues. "Like Guggenheim, Claymore embraces innovation while remaining entirely focused on the needs of its clients. Together, we will reach a broader array of investors with innovative financial products as well as best-in-class asset management and research services."

As of June 30th, Claymore managed $12.9 billion in closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and unit investment trusts. The Lisle, Ill.-based investment firm currently has 45 ETFs with $1.9 billion under management.

Guggenheim Partners, which is based in Chicago and New York, has about $100 billion in assets under supervision.

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