AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF (Ticker: CWS) Earns 5-Star Morningstar Rating™


Investment strategy is based on the Crossing Wall Street “Buy List” published by Eddy Elfenbein

Bethesda, MD., November 22, 2022 — AdvisorShares announced that the AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF (Ticker: CWS) has received a Five-Star Morningstar Rating™. CWS earned five stars for its overall (out of 535 funds), five stars for its three-year (out of 535 funds) and five stars for its five-year (out of 494 funds) risk-adjusted returns in Morningstar’s Mid-Cap Growth category, as of October 31, 2022.

The AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF bases its investment strategy on Eddy Elfenbein’s popular Crossing Wall Street “Buy List.” Elfenbein’s Buy List has published annually since 2006 and carries a wide following. The ETF applies a buy-and-hold strategy: it invests in the stocks of well-run companies that have a history of marketplace dominance, rising sales and earnings, reasonable value, and a record of rising dividends.

Elfenbein believes that a disciplined buy-and-hold strategy is ideal for riding out market storms. CWS strives to buy the highest-quality stocks at the lowest possible prices. By focusing on value, CWS aims to reduce its risk to broad-based market drops. A commitment to value also aids long-term capital appreciation.

CWS also has an innovative fulcrum fee structure where the management fee is directly tied to the ETF’s performance.

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