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(GIVE) Global Echo ETF

Overview

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 sensitivity 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 four 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 and debt securities of publically traded companies 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.
12/31/2013 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces December 2013 Distributions

05/14/2013 - Yamada, Mark. "Socially responsible ETF investing." http://www.advisor.ca/news/etfs/socially-responsible-etf-investing-116575
03/27/2013 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces March 2013 Distributions

02/22/2013 -

Williams, Clint. Cousteau pushes Wall Street to a higher calling." mnn.com.

12/28/2012 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces December 2012 Distributions

Performance -Month-End

GIVE Performance History (%) as of 03/31/2014
 NAVMarket Price ReturnMSCI World IndexBarclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index
1 Month-1.33 -1.200.14-0.17
3 Months0.040.321.261.84
YTD 0.040.321.261.84
1 Year 12.60 12.3619.07-0.10
Since Inception
(5/23/2012, Annualized)
11.20 11.4122.791.12

Performance -Quarter-End

GIVE Performance History (%) as of 03/31/2014
 NAVMarket Price ReturnMSCI World IndexBarclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index
1 Month-1.33 -1.200.14-0.17
3 Months0.040.321.261.84
YTD 0.040.321.261.84
1 Year 12.60 12.3619.07-0.10
Since Inception
(5/23/2012, Annualized)
11.20 11.4122.791.12

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
06-24-14
06-26-14
06-30-14
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03-25-14
03-27-14
03-31-14
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
12-24-13
12-27-13
12-31-13
$0.024$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.024/per share
09-24-13
09-26-13
09-30-13
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
06-24-13
06-26-13
06-28-13
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
03-22-13
03-26-13
03-28-13
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
12-24-12
12-27-12
12-31-12
$0.00$0.234$0.00$0.00$0.234/per share
09-24-12
09-26-12
09-28-12
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
06-25-12
06-27-12
06-29-12
$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00/per share
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Why Invest in GIVE?

  • Help Make the World a Better Place - 40 basis points (0.40%) on total assets is regularly contributed to Philippe Cousteau Jr’s Global Echo Foundation, to help it 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. 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.
  • 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 four portfolio managers are considered experts in the Impact and Sustainable investing genres, including 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
  • American Depository Receipts (ADRs)
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

GIVE focuses primarily on long positions in equity securities, including common and preferred stock of U.S. companies, convertible securities, ADRs and ETFs, but will also tactically short ETFs.

GIVE is generally not constrained among the other types of equity securities in which it may invest. It will typically maintain an allocation to both equity and fixed income oriented securities with the minimum allocation to fixed income of 15% and a maximum allocation to fixed income of 65%. 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 4 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, the threat of global warming and various socio economic 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), exchange traded funds, American Depository Receipts and fixed income securities.
  3. Multi-Manager - GIVE is managed by four 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 long equity, domestic long fixed income, and global long/short 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. 0.40% of assets under management is contributed to the Global Echo Foundation to help support its mission. Philippe will serve 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.

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 wellbeing of people and the planet. In many cases adequate funding is the biggest obstacle to success.

40 basis points (0.40%) on total assets 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.

GIVE Portfolio Managers

GIVE is managed by the following 4 portfolio management teams. Each team brings many years of experience in investing with a sustainable investing mindset to GIVE.

First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Alternative Long/Short and Hedging Strategies

First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC (“First Affirmative”) 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.

First Affirmative of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a leading provider of investment management and consulting services to financial advisors and their socially conscious clients. By integrating a client’s mission and values into the investment process, First Affirmative delivers personalized portfolio management to those who wish to profit from companies making positive contributions to society.

Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Core Equity Strategies (Global with a U.S. focus)
  • Long only, 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.

Baldwin Brothers, Inc.

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Core Equity Strategies (Global)
  • Long only, Sustainability

Baldwin Brothers, Inc. (Baldwin Brothers) of Marion, Massachusetts, 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.

Community Capital Management, Inc.

GIVE Investment Strategy Focus

  • Core Fixed Income Strategies (U.S. focus)

Community Capital Mangement, 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.

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Fund Basics

  • Symbol

    GIVE

  • Exchange

    NYSE Arca

  • Inception Date

    05/23/2012

  • CUSIP

    00768Y776

  • Indicative Value

    GIVE.IV

  • Options

    No

Manager Minutes, March 2014

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Price History

As of: 04/20/2014
NAV$59.78Closing Price$59.49
Change$0.03Change$-0.58
Shares Outstanding150,000Volume3,093
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint$59.82Premium/Discount$0.04
Assets Under Management$8,967,377.53
Premium/Discount Historical Data

 

Top Holdings

As of: 04/20/2014
Ticker Name Weight
HOLD ADVISORSHARES SAGE CORE RESE 15.16%
FIDELITY MMKT PRICE INSTL 3.83%
SBAP 2010-20B 1 4.14 2/1/2030 3.80%
FIDELITY INSTL MMKT GOVT 3.38%
ALLEGHENY SFM-PP FRN 11/1/2035 3.35%
GNR 2011-109 AC 3.25 4/16/2043 2.87%

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. A holding identified with an "MM" at the end of its name indicates it is a Money Market fund.

Fees & Expenses

  • Management Fee

    1.10%

  • Other Expenses

    0.40%

  • Acquired Fund Fees

    0.11%

  • Gross Expense Ratio

    1.61%

  • Net Expense Ratio

    1.61%