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Claymore Securities launches ETFs tracking Wilshire indexes

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Claymore Securities has launched an exchange-traded fund suite designed to track three of Wilshire Associates’ broad market indexes: the Wilshire 5000 Total Market ETF, the Wilshire 4500 Completion ETF and the Wilshire US Reit ETF.

The Wilshire Indexes have been in existence for more than 35 years and are used by institutional and active money managers as performance benchmarks.

"This is an exciting addition to our growing portfolio of ETF products, extending our line-up into broad-based domestic equities," says William Belden (pictured), managing director, Claymore Securities. "Leveraging the expertise of Wilshire and their widely followed indexes, investors now have an opportunity to access the US equity and Reit markets with the inherent benefits of ETF investing – efficiency, transparency and flexibility."

The Wilshire 5000 Total Market ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the fund’s fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index. The Wilshire 5000 seeks to capture the full diversification potential of the US securities market.

The Wilshire 4500 Completion ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the fund’s fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Wilshire 4500 Completion Index. For investors who already have access to the S&P 500, the Wilshire 4500 provides an easy way to gain exposure to the approximately other 88 per cent of the US stock market, based upon the number of issues in the market.

The Wilshire US Reit ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the fund’s fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Wilshire US Real Estate Investment Trust Index. For portfolios concentrated in stocks and bonds, exposure to this index seeks to provide investors with the diversification and income potential of the Reit market.

"We are delighted to be working with Claymore to launch these products," adds Dennis A. Tito, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Wilshire Associates who is credited with developing the Wilshire 5000 in 1974. "Utilising Wilshire’s investment technology and performance measurement heritage, we created the Wilshire 5000 index as a tool for our institutional investment professionals and their clients to measure, understand and explain the market. Each index developed since that time was created to measure a specific section of the securities market in a way that was meaningful for investors.”

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