(GIVE) Global Echo ETF


How GIVE Works

The AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF (NYSE Arca: GIVE) is a broadly diversified actively managed ETF with a focus on Sustainable and Impact investment opportunities. GIVE seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation with an emphasis on absolute (positive) returns and low correlation to a blend of traditional financial market indices such as the S&P 500 Index, Barclays Aggregate Bond Index and MSCI EAFE Index, over a full market cycle by allocating to different investment strategies and asset classes through three sub-advisors (“portfolio managers”).

GIVE is designed as a core allocation that proactively seeks opportunities in Sustainable Investment themes while reducing volatility. The fund will allocate capital to equity of publicly traded companies and debt securities who have a proactive and meaningful sustainability mandate, as well as securities that may technologically, socially and environmentally impact the earth positively – with a focus on themes such as water, clean energy, innovation and other sustainable themes as defined by the portfolio managers. Additionally, AdvisorShares regularly contributes a portion of assets under management to Philippe Cousteau Jr.’s Global Echo Foundation.

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GIVE in the News

The following reprints should not be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy shares of any other funds. They are provided for informational purposes for AdvisorShares only.
09/26/2014 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces September 2014 Distributions

04/10/2014 - Britt, Paul. "2 Socially Responsible ETFs That Work."
12/31/2013 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces December 2013 Distributions

05/14/2013 - Yamada, Mark. "Socially responsible ETF investing."
03/27/2013 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces March 2013 Distributions

Performance -Month-End

GIVE Performance History (%) as of 10/31/2014
 NAVMarket Price ReturnMSCI World IndexBarclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index
1 Month2.862.660.650.98
3 Months3.432.260.071.40
1 Year6.206.478.674.14
2 Years10.7011.0916.911.49
Since Inception
(5/23/2012, Annualized)

Performance -Quarter-End

GIVE Performance History (%) as of 09/30/2014
 NAVMarket Price ReturnMSCI World IndexBarclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index
1 Month-2.66-2.28-2.71-0.68
3 Months-1.47-1.07-2.160.17
1 Year6.196.5012.203.96
2 Years8.328.4916.141.10
Since Inception
(5/23/2012, Annualized)

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Returns less than one year are not annualized.

The MSCI World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets. One cannot invest directly in an index.

The Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index measures the performance of the U.S. investment grade bond market. One cannot invest directly in an index.

Fund Distributions

Ex-DateRecord DatePay DateCash DivST Cap GainLT Cap GainReturn of CapitalTotal Distribution
$0.329$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.329/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
$0.024$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.024/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
$0.00$0.234$0.00$0.00$0.234/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share

Why Invest in GIVE?

  • Help Make the World a Better Place - 40 basis points (0.40%) on GIVE’s total assets is regularly contributed to Philippe Cousteau Jr’s Global Echo Foundation, helping the philanthropic organization achieve its goal of promoting increased sustainable development in three core areas: by encouraging environmental sustainability globally, supporting entrepreneurship through micro-enterprise, and investing in the lives of women and children. AdvisorShares will contribute additional donations to support Philippe’s educational efforts as well as other charitable causes.
  • For Diversification - GIVE is designed to provide a less correlated return stream to broad market indexes that can be considered part of an investor’s core asset allocation.
  • For Access to Institutional Money Managers - All three portfolio managers are considered experts in the Impact and Sustainable investing genres, including both Reynders, McVeigh and Baldwin Brothers who previously have provided their expertise only to high net worth individuals and institutional investors.

GIVE Principal Investment Strategies

GIVE seeks to achieve its investment objective by primarily investing in a variety of securities, including:

  • US Equities
  • International Equities
  • US Bonds

GIVE focuses primarily on long positions in equity securities, including common and preferred stock of U.S. companies, convertible securities, and international equities.

GIVE is generally not constrained among the other types of equity securities in which it may invest. The Fund will typically maintain an allocation to both equity and fixed income oriented securities, where its fixed income allocation can range from a 15% minimum to a 65% maximum. It may invest in companies of any size (from small-cap to mid-cap to large-cap) and in any style (from growth to value). GIVE combines the attributes of alternative investment strategies with the shareholder features of an ETF.

Each of the three portfolio management teams will determine whether to buy or sell an investment for the GIVE portfolio by applying their investment strategy.

5 Key Attributes

  1. Focus on Sustainability & Making an Impact - With dwindling global natural resources, and the threat of global warming and various socioeconomic issues facing the world, GIVE will provide a unique public/private partnership that can proactively make a difference with its capital allocations.
  2. Diversified Exposure - GIVE invests in a diversified portfolio of securities such as U.S. equities (both common and preferred), international equities and fixed income securities.
  3. Multi-Manager - GIVE is managed by three portfolio managers with many years of sustainable investment experience. A portion of GIVE’s assets is allocated to each manager who then employs their respective investment strategies.
  4. Multi-Strategy - GIVE’s portfolio managers employ global equity and domestic bond strategies all with a sustainability and impact investing focus.
  5. Global Echo Foundation - Co-founded by Philippe Cousteau Jr., its mission is to promote sustainable development across a number of different themes, including social issues impacting women and children, environmental education, and entrepreneurship. AdvisorShares regularly contributes 0.40% of GIVE’s assets under management to the Global Echo Foundation to help support its philanthropic mission. Philippe also serves as an educational resource to the investment community on impact and sustainable themes.

The Sustainable Investment Opportunity

Sustainable investment opportunities take into consideration environmental sustainability, social responsibility and corporate governance (commonly referred to as “ESG”) aspects into the investment decision making process. Sustainable investing integrates ESG factors into investment analysis, stock selection and active ownership practices in the belief that these factors can improve long-term risk management and risk adjusted portfolio returns.

Sustainable Investing (SI) differs from Social Responsible Investing (SRI) because SRI tends to focus on the negative – what not to invest in, whereas SI is defined positively: investing in companies that meet positive environmental, social and governance (i.e., sustainability) criteria. SI takes a more proactive stance: the full integration of ESG criteria into investment decisions is a strategy for identifying better-managed, more forward-thinking companies with better long-term financial prospects.

GIVE Portfolio Managers

The following three portfolio management teams manage GIVE. Each team brings many years of experience in investing with a sustainable investing mindset to GIVE.

Baldwin Brothers, Inc.

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Core Equity Strategies (Global)
  • Sustainability

Baldwin Brothers, Inc. (Baldwin Brothers) of Marion, Massachusetts was designated to allocate and monitor the allocation of the Fund’s assets to each portfolio management team to ensure that the Fund’s portfolio maintains the proper investment exposure to seek to achieve its investment objective.

Baldwin Brothers has pioneered innovative investment solutions for influential individuals, families and institutions around the world, since 1974. Baldwin Brothers anticipates and identifies watershed movements, shifts and shake ups in our culture and world, and creates ingenious portfolios and funds that present significant, relevant opportunity for sustainable performance.

Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Core Equity Strategies (Global with a U.S. focus)
  • Sustainability, Concentrated Growth

Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC (Reynders, McVeigh) of Boston, Massachusetts, is a Boston-based investment management firm focused on socially progressive investments. The firm creates tailored portfolios with cores comprised of companies that demonstrate fundamental strength and long-term vision in industries that are poised for significant transformation. Since its inception, Reynders, McVeigh has grown through performance and a steadily expanding client base to service over $600 million in assets under management and advise on more than $4 billion for trust offices around the country. Ranked 4th on AdvisorOne’s list of 2011 Top Wealth Managers, Reynders, McVeigh leverages its proprietary research and emphasizes transparency, discretion, and a deep due diligence process in support of each investment.

Community Capital Management, Inc.

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Core US Bond Strategies

Community Capital Management, Inc.(Community Capital) of Weston, Florida, focuses on providing fixed income management and exceptional client service to institutional investors. Its primary goal is to produce above-average, risk-adjusted returns while providing added diversification and simultaneously having a positive impact on the community and the environment.

A Unique Opportunity - The Global Echo Foundation

Today’s global issues require a new approach to problem solving. The Global Echo Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation co-founded by Philippe Cousteau Jr., to provide funding solutions to many of the challenges facing the world community from social issues impacting women and children to environmental conservation. The Foundation will also focus on supporting social entrepreneurship.

The Global Echo Foundation will employ a blended model of strategic investment and sustainable philanthropy, to create a financial approach that will help drive resources to solving some of the world’s biggest environmental and social dilemmas.

The Global Echo Foundation is focused on providing funding and support in three main areas:

  1. Investing in the lives of women and children – In developing nations around the world, the health and well-being of local communities and economies often depends on the efforts of women and mothers. By investing in programs that support employment opportunities and health initiatives for women, family and community health can be dramatically strengthened and improved.
  2. Supporting social entrepreneurship - Innovation is an essential element in building a brighter future. Helping support and create a system that encourages entrepreneurial enterprises can help accelerate positive change.
  3. Encouraging environmental sustainability globally - Many regional and local communities are exploring viable long-term solutions to pressing issues impacting the health and well-being of people and the planet. In many cases adequate funding is the biggest obstacle to success.

40 basis points (0.40%) of GIVE’s assets under management is regularly contributed to the Global Echo Foundation. Additional amounts will be contributed by AdvisorShares to support Philippe’s educational efforts and in addition, AdvisorShares will contribute additional basis points to charitable causes.


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Manager Minutes, November 2014

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Price History

As of: 11/23/2014
NAV$62.86Closing Price$62.71
Shares Outstanding100,000Volume8
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint$62.82Premium/Discount$-0.04
Assets Under Management$6,286,315.50
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Top Holdings

As of: 11/23/2014
Ticker Name Weight
SBAP 2010-20B 1 4.14 2/1/2030 5.13%
ALLEGHENY SFM-PP FRN 11/1/2035 4.77%
GNR 2011-109 AC 3.25 4/16/2043 4.08%
SBA522029 FRN 2/25/2039 3.44%
SBIC 2010-10A 1 4.108 3/10/2020 3.38%
SBAP 2009-20H 1 4.45 8/1/2029 3.36%
SBAP 2010-20A 1 4.38 1/1/2030 2.62%
SBA521970 FRN 7/25/2038 2.61%

Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined), and do not represent the return you would receive if you traded at other times. Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change.

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