Claymore Investments, Inc. Announces Final Annual Capital Gains Distributions for the Claymore Exchange-Traded Funds for 2010

TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Claymore Investments, Inc. announces today the 2010 annual capital gains distributions for the Claymore Exchange-Traded Funds ("ETFs").

The annual capital gains distributions will not be paid in cash but will be reinvested and reported as taxable distributions and will be used to increase the investor's adjusted cost base for the respective fund, with no change in numbers of units outstanding. The record date for the final distributions is December 30, 2010. The ex-dividend date for all ETFs is December 24, 2010 except for the Claymore Premium Money Market ETF (TSX:CMR/CMR.A), which will have an ex-dividend date of December 30, 2010. The distributions will be paid/reinvested on December 31, 2010.

The 2010 distributions tax characteristics will be reported in early 2011.

Fund Name Trading Symbol Annual capital gain per ETF unit as at Dec 15, 2010 Net Asset Value per ETF unit as at Dec 15, 2010 Year end Cap Gains per ETF unit as a % of NAV as at Dec 15, 2010
Claymore Canadian Fundamental Index ETF CRQ      $0.2081  $12.2332 1.70%
CRQ.A      $0.1998  $12.2079 1.64%
Claymore US Fundamental Index ETF - C$ Hedged CLU      $1.1622  $16.8906 6.88%
CLU.A      $1.1415  $16.8062 6.79%
Claymore US Fundamental Index ETF - non hedged CLU.C      $0.8281  $14.1329 5.86%
CLU.B      $0.8269  $14.1111 5.86%
Claymore S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend ETF CDZ      $0.0993  $20.6566 0.48%
CDZ.A      $0.1111  $20.6139 0.54%
Claymore Broad Emerging Markets ETF CWO      $0.7523  $33.9308 2.22%
CWO.A      $0.7466  $33.6749 2.22%
Claymore S&P/TSX CDN Preferred Share ETF CPD      $0.0261  $16.9425 0.15%
CPD.A      $0.0332  $16.9341 0.20%
Claymore Advantaged Canadian Bond ETF CAB      $0.0690  $20.0066 0.34%
CAB.A      $0.0774  $19.9960 0.39%
Claymore Global Infrastructure ETF CIF      $0.2924  $17.9604 1.63%
CIF.A      $0.2937  $17.9008 1.64%

The following funds will not incur capital gains for the year:

   Fund Name Trading Symbol    Estimated annual capital gain per fund unit
Claymore International Fundamental Index ETF CIE $0.00
CIE.A $0.00
Claymore Japan Fundamental Index ETF C$ hedged CJP $0.00
CJP.A $0.00
Claymore Global Real Estate ETF CGR $0.00
CGR.A $0.00
Claymore Oil Sands Sector ETF CLO $0.00
CLO.A $0.00
Claymore S&P/TSX Global Mining ETF CMW $0.00
CMW.A $0.00
Claymore Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF CEW $0.00
CEW.A $0.00
Claymore Global Agriculture ETF COW $0.00
COW.A $0.00
Claymore S&P Global Water ETF CWW $0.00
CWW.A $0.00
Claymore BRIC ETF CBQ $0.00
CBQ.A $0.00
Claymore China ETF CHI $0.00
CHI.A $0.00
Claymore Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend ETF CYH $0.00
CYH.A $0.00
Claymore Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF FIE $0.00
FIE.A $0.00
Claymore 1-5 Yr Laddered Government Bond ETF CLF $0.00
CLF.A $0.00
Claymore 1-5 Yr Laddered Corporate Bond ETF CBO $0.00
CBO.A $0.00
Claymore Advantaged High Yield Bond ETF CHB $0.00
CHB.A $0.00
Claymore 10 Yr Inverse Government Bond ETF CIB $0.00
Claymore Premium Money Market ETF CMR $0.00
CMR.A $0.00
Claymore Balanced Income CorePortfolioTM ETF CBD $0.00
CBD.A $0.00
Claymore Balanced Growth CorePortfolioTM ETF CBN $0.00
CBN.A $0.00
   Claymore Gold Bullion ETF CGL $0.00
Claymore Broad Commodity ETF CBR $0.00
CBR.A $0.00
   Claymore Natural Gas Commodity ETF GAS $0.00

Commentary on the capital gains distributions
Claymore manages the holdings of the Claymore ETFs in a way that minimizes the amount of capital gains incurred by the funds. "Only eight of our twenty nine Claymore ETFs have capital gains for 2010 which is a great testament to the tax efficiency of the ETF structure" said Som Seif, President and CEO of  Claymore Investments, Inc. "This fact highlights another significant advantage that ETFs offer over traditional products in addition to their low costs. Canadian investors seek to maximize their real after tax returns and minimizing taxes can considerably improve the performance of investors' portfolios."

CRQ/CRQ.A
The capital gains of the Claymore Canadian Fundamental Index ETF (TSX:CRQ/CRQ.A) are the result of the annual index rebalance in March 2010 and were primarily due to the large gain from Teck Resources Ltd (TCK.B), which was rebalanced to lower weighting after its strong performance in the previous year which positively contributed to the performance of the fund.

CLU/CLU.A (C$ hedged) and CLU.C/CLU.B (non-hedged)
The capital gains of the Claymore US Fundamental Index ETF (TSX:CLU/CLU.A and CLU.C/CLU.B) are the result of the portfolio rebalancing trades that took place throughout the year. In addition, the hedged units (TSX:CLU/CLU.A) have higher estimated distributions due to gains realized through the currency hedging strategy employed by the fund that is designed to reduce the currency risk from USD/CAD exchange rate fluctuations for Canadian based investors.

CDZ/CDZ.A
The capital gains of the Claymore S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend ETF (TSX:CDZ/CDZ.A) are the result of index rebalancing during the year along with the fund's continued strong performance.

CWO/CWO.A
The capital gains of the Claymore Broad Emerging Markets ETF (TSX:CWO/CWO.A) are entirely result of the gains realized through the currency hedging strategy employed by the fund that is designed to reduce the currency risk from USD/CAD exchange rate fluctuations for Canadian based investors.

CPD/CPD.A
The capital gains of the Claymore S&P/TSX CDN Preferred Share ETF (TSX:CPD/CPD.A) are due to the portfolio rebalancing trades that occurred in July as a result of changes by S&P in the index methodology to better reflect current conditions in the Canadian preferred share market.

CIF/CIF.A
The capital gains of the Claymore Global Infrastructure ETF (TSX:CIF/CIF.A) are due to the portfolio rebalancing trades that occurred on November 30, 2010.

CAB/CAB.A
The capital gains of the Claymore Advantaged Canadian Bond ETF (TSX:CAB/CAB.A) are the result of sale of securities from the portfolio of common shares of Canadian public companies which the ETFs invest in as part of its strategy to provide tax advantaged distributions to their unitholders.

About Claymore Investments
Claymore Investments, Inc. ("Claymore") is a Canadian leader in bringing intelligent, low cost exchange-traded funds in Canada through its family of 29 ETFs and 2 closed-end funds across broad asset classes including core equity, global sectors, fixed income and commodities with approximately $5.4 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2010.  Claymore Investments, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guggenheim Funds Services Group, Inc., a financial services and asset management company based in the Chicago, Illinois area and an indirect 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 further information about any of the Claymore ETFs or Claymore Investments, Inc., please visit our website at www.claymoreinvestments.ca

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

For more information investors should consult with their investment advisor or visit our website at www.claymoreinvestments.ca.

SOURCE Claymore Investments, Inc.

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