SOURCE: Rydex Investments

April 28, 2008 16:31 ET

Rydex S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP) Proves a Valuable Complement to Traditional Cap-Weighted Portfolios

Five Years Ago, RSP Opened the Door for the Alternatively-Weighted Product Revolution by Assigning an Equal Weight to Each of the 500 Stocks Within the S&P 500®

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - The first ETF to move away from cap-weighting is proving that equal weight strategies have a place in traditional portfolios. Rydex S&P Equal Weight ETF (AMEX: RSP) was launched five years ago this month, and has since demonstrated the potential diversification benefits of alternatively-weighted strategies. As of April 25, 2008, RSP has outperformed the S&P 500 since inception, returning 13.86% versus the index's 10.90%. The fund has also shown better year-to-date returns than the S&P 500, outperforming the cap-weighted index by more than 100 basis points for the same time period.

"Although equal weighting tends to outperform over time, there are periods when a cap-weighted approach will do better, depending on market conditions," says Ed Lopez, director of ETF strategies at Rydex. "This underscores the complementary nature of a combined cap-weight/equal weight approach to investing."

RSP provides broad market exposure by tracking the S&P Equal Weight Index, which includes the same 500 stocks as the well-known S&P 500. Unlike the S&P 500, which is weighted by market capitalization, the S&P Equal Weight Index assigns an equal weight to each of the 500 stocks, eliminating the bias toward large-cap companies.

"From a diversification standpoint, equal weighting offers investors inherent rebalancing of gains, as well as increased exposure to smaller, more nimble stocks within the S&P 500," says Lopez. "We've seen financial professionals take advantage of RSP's equal weight methodology to help reduce single-stock risk and better diversify predominantly cap-weighted portfolios."

According to a new white paper by Standard & Poor's, the S&P Equal Weight Index pioneered the development of noncapitalization-weighted indices that cater to investors who question market efficiency. With the number of alternatively-weighted products on the rise, the simplicity of the equal weight methodology has resonated with investors who are looking for a straightforward approach to complement traditional cap-weighted portfolios. RSP has attracted approximately $1.3 billion in assets under management and remains one of Rydex's most popular ETFs.

(For the Periods ended 3/31/2008) YTD(1)  1-Year  3-Year Return Return SI
                                  Return  Return               (4/24/2003)
Rydex S&P Equal Weight ETF (NAV)  -8.66%  -10.09%      5.46%      12.68%
Rydex S&P Equal Weight ETF
 (Market Close)                   -8.91%  -10.55%      5.29%      12.56%
S&P 500®(2)                       -9.44%   -5.08%      5.85%       9.84%

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Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that when shares are redeemed, they may be worth more or less than original cost. The elimination of the bias toward large-cap companies in Rydex S&P Equal Weight ETF also lessens the impact of large-cap gains compared to those reflected in the funds benchmarked to the S&P 500 Index.

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