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Guggenheim Strategic Opportunities Fund : GOF November 2022 Semi-Annual Report

11.30.2022 (Unaudited)

Guggenheim Funds Semiannual Report

Guggenheim Strategic Opportunities Fund




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Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC and Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC are continually updating and expanding shareholder information services on the Fund’s website in an ongoing effort to provide you with the most current information about how your Fund’s assets are managed and the results of our efforts. It is just one more small way we are working to keep you better informed about your investment in the Fund.


November 30, 2022

We thank you for your investment in the Guggenheim Strategic Opportunities Fund (the “Fund”). This report covers the Fund’s performance for the six-month period ended November 30, 2022 (the “Reporting Period”).

In December 2022, Guggenheim Partners announced the untimely and unexpected death of Scott Minerd, one of Guggenheim’s Managing Partners and its Global Chief Investment Officer. He joined Guggenheim as a Managing Partner shortly after the firm was formed. He was a frequent commentator on markets and investments, both on television and via social media. He also was one of the designers of the organization, systems and procedures that make Guggenheim Investments a strong, robust and scalable leader in the asset management business.

Guggenheim has implemented its succession plan, which is designed to deal with unexpected events. There will be no disruption of service to our clients, no change in the daily management of client portfolios and no change in the process of selecting investment assets, all of which are handled by longstanding committees and by long-tenured investment professionals who, every day, implement our investment process.

Guggenheim Investments continues to be led by its Co-Presidents, Dina DiLorenzo and David Rone, and by Anne B. Walsh, a Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Partners Investment Management. She will continue her current role leading the team managing client investments and will assume many of Mr. Minerd’s responsibilities on an interim basis.

To learn more about the Fund’s performance and investment strategy, we encourage you to read the Economic and Market Overview and the Management’s Discussion of Fund Performance, which begin on page 5. There you will find information on Guggenheim’s investment philosophy, views on the economy and market environment, and detailed information about the factors that impacted the Fund’s performance.

The Fund’s investment objective is to maximize total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation. The Fund pursues a relative value-based investment philosophy. The Fund’s sub-adviser seeks to combine a credit-managedfixed-income portfolio with access to a diversified pool of alternative investments and equity strategies.

All Fund returns cited-whether based on net asset value (“NAV”) or market price-assume the reinvestment of all distributions. For the Reporting Period, the Fund provided a total return based on market price of -2.40% and a total return based on NAV of -1.93%. At the end of the Reporting Period, the Fund’s market price of $16.30 per share represented a premium of 26.16% to its NAV of $12.92 per share.


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November 30, 2022

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. All NAV returns include the deduction of management fees, operating expenses, and all other Fund expenses. The market price of the Fund’s shares fluctuates from time to time, and it may be higher or lower than the Fund’s NAV.

During the Reporting Period, the Fund paid a monthly distribution of $0.1821 per share. The most recent distribution represents an annualized distribution rate of 13.41% based on the Fund’s closing market price of $16.30 per share at the end of the Reporting Period.

The Fund’s distribution rate is not constant and the amount of distributions, when declared by the Fund’s Board of Trustees, is subject to change. There is no guarantee of any future distribution or that the current returns and distribution rate will be maintained. Please see the Distributions to Shareholders & Annualized Distribution Rate table on page 24, and Note 2(f) on page 92 for more information on distributions for the period.

We encourage shareholders to consider the opportunity to reinvest their distributions from the Fund through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“DRIP”), which is described in detail on page 122 of this report. When shares trade at a discount to NAV, the DRIP takes advantage of the discount by reinvesting the monthly dividend distribution in common shares of the Fund purchased in the market at a price less than NAV. Conversely, when the market price of the Fund’s common shares is at a premium above NAV, the DRIP reinvests participants’ dividends in newly-issued common shares at the greater of NAV per share or 95% of the market price per share. The DRIP provides a cost-effective means to accumulate additional shares and enjoy the benefits of compounding returns over time. The DRIP effectively provides an income averaging technique which causes shareholders to accumulate a larger number of Fund shares when the market price is depressed than when the price is higher.

We appreciate your investment and look forward to serving your investment needs in the future. For the most up-to-date information on your investment, please visit the Fund’s website at


Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors, LLC

Guggenheim Strategic Opportunities Fund

December 31, 2022



November 30, 2022

Month-over-month price increases in the October and November 2022 Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) reports finally cooled, offering some evidence that the Federal Reserve’s (the “Fed”) efforts to tighten policy and get inflation under control are starting to work. The headline CPI slowed from an 11% annualized three-month growth rate in June 2022 to 3.7% by November 2022. The three-month annualized change in core CPI softened from a recent peak of 7.9% to 4.2%, and trimmed measures of inflation (measures that remove the highest and lowest outliers) also declined. While these figures are still well above the Fed’s 2% core inflation target, it is encouraging to see them moving in the right direction.

The inflation categories that remain high are mostly in services. The November CPI report showed that core goods prices fell by 0.5% on the month, led by a 2.9% drop in used car prices. More declines in goods prices appear likely as supply chains rapidly improve and retailers step up their efforts to clear an inventory overhang through deeper discounting. However, housing and broader services inflation measures remain well above pre-COVID levels. Housing inflation will likely take time to come down in the official statistics due to the lagging nature of lease renewals, but more timely indicators show inflation for new rentals is falling fast. The Fed has now become more concerned with core services inflation excluding housing and how a tight labor market and high wage growth could impact this category.

The December Summary of Economic Projections, which provides the Fed’s median forecasts for a variety of data including the unemployment rate, inflation, and their policy rate, confirmed that the Fed is far from convinced that inflation is heading back to target and expects more tightening will be needed to achieve their inflation target. The median 2023 forecasts for U.S. real gross domestic product growth fell to 0.5%, the federal funds rate increased to 5.1%, and the unemployment rate increased to 4.6%. At the same time, the Fed’s projection for the year-over-year increase in the core personal consumption expenditures price index-its preferred inflation measure-increased to 3.5% by year-end. Taken together, these projections suggest that even with a higher terminal rate, weaker growth, and a higher unemployment rate, the Fed expects to be further away from its inflation goal in 2023 than it projected in recent months.

Our research indicates that the unemployment rate could increase to 6%, higher than the Fed’s median projection, as Fed efforts to slow the already weak economy may end up overshooting. This could trigger a more serious recession than the consensus expectation and likely bring about a decline in risk assets.

The opinions and forecasts expressed may not actually come to pass. This information is subject to change at any time, based on market and other conditions, and should not be construed as a recommendation of any specific security or strategy.


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