(FWDB) FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF

FWDB

Overview

AdvisorShares is pleased to welcome FolioBeyond as the new research strategist for FWDB with this ETF’s recent portfolio management transition. While the ETF’s name has changed, both FWDB’s investment objective and ticker symbol remain the same. Learn more about FWDB’s institutional-quality investment approach and how it remains a compelling, core strategy for global bond diversification.

FolioBeyond represents the next generation, institutional-quality quantitative asset management platform – intersecting a deeply experienced investment team rooted in fixed income markets with state-of-the-art financial technology. Their forward-looking integration provides a dynamic, core bond strategy enhanced by ETF structural attributes including operational and tax efficiencies.

The AdvisorShares FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF (Ticker: FWDB) features their institutional-quality portfolio management employing a quantitative process that invests without selection bias, seeking investment results that exceed the price and yield performance of its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. FWDB utilizes FolioBeyond’s advanced asset allocation process which actively invests across 20-plus distinct bond classes that cover the major sectors of the global investable fixed income universe. FWDB’s dynamic approach evaluates a multitude of factors including value measures, momentum, correlation effects and implied volatility levels to invest opportunistically and optimize risk management for its underlying portfolio.

Symbol Exchange Inception Date CUSIP Indicative Value
FWDB NYSE Arca 6/20/2011 00768Y834 FWDB.IV
<strong>Why Invest in FWDB?</strong>
  • Portfolio Diversification – FWDB spreads its investment risk by allocating across a subset of 20-plus different bond classes which seeks to mitigate risk and deliver attractive diversification benefits not found in funds that follow the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.
  • Alpha-Seeking, Quantitative Approach – Leveraging FolioBeyond’s optimization framework, FWDB’s forward-looking core bond strategy invests dynamically and without selection bias to better capture value and momentum factors while maintaining comparable risk targets relative to its benchmark.
  • Simplified Fixed Income Solution – FWDB delivers a simplified approach to fixed income investing and is designed for advisors and investors seeking a core, standalone strategy that invests across most major bond classes.
<strong>Key Attributes</strong>
  1. Optimization Framework – FWDB utilizes FolioBeyond’s advanced optimization framework which is built from over 100 years of combined experience in investment management and financial technology. The proprietary framework analyzes risk-adjusted return projections to capture the key attributes of its investable bond universe taking account of essential factors including value and momentum.
  2. Active Allocation – FWDB can dynamically invest across 20-plus distinct fixed income classes including treasuries, agencies, corporates, bank loans, mortgage-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities, municipal bonds, treasury inflation protected securities, international bonds (both developed and emerging market), and real estate investment trusts. The portfolio actively maintains exposure typically among five to ten bond classes primarily using liquid ETFs.
  3. Risk Management – FWDB utilizes rigorous risk management that customizes constraints and estimates return volatility based on a combination of implied and historical volatility measures, and determines correlations across all asset classes with controlled downside risk in stressed environments.
  4. Operational & Tax Efficiency – Fully transparent FWDB incorporates tax efficiency practices in its allocation process to enhance the fund’s return.
<strong>About the Portfolio Manager</strong>
As the firm’s name suggests, its mission goes far beyond traditional asset managers in delivering a transparent, cost-effective, and customercentric experience. The overall goal is to provide advanced asset management solutions that leverage automation and technology. FolioBeyond was created by entrepreneurs and experts in investment management and financial technology. But most importantly, FolioBeyond is designed by experienced professionals who saw flaws in existing automated services and quantitative practices as well as inefficiencies in traditional wealth management platforms. FolioBeyond seeks to provide a high quality alternative by creating a service based on accuracy, transparency and no hidden fees or any secret agendas in helping institutions, advisors and individual investors reach their financial goals.

Yung Lim – Research Strategist
Yung Lim is the CEO of FolioBeyond, LLC, where he manages the next generation, institutional-quality automated asset management platform. He has over thirty years of experience in the fixed income markets primarily focused on investment management, risk management, and quantitative trading strategies. During the past 16+ years at Treesdale Partners as co-founder, he has overseen the firm’s multi-manager and direct investment funds, managing alternative strategies for major institutional investors with peak AUM of $2.3 billion. Previously, Mr. Lim founded Pedestal in 1997 to provide a comprehensive electronic platform serving the mortgage market, funded by Reuters, Deutsche Bank, and Battery Ventures. He also was a senior consultant at Andrew Davidson & Co., a premier consulting firm specializing in structured products, where he advised major financial institutions and developed advanced analytical tools. Early in his career, Mr. Lim was a vice president at Merrill Lynch and in charge of its mortgage desk, typically overseeing $5 billion in inventory. Mr. Lim has co-authored a book on advanced valuation and analysis techniques for mortgage securities titled Collateralized Mortgage Obligations, by Davidson, Ho, and Lim. Mr. Lim has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Dan Ahrens
Dan Ahrens is managing director and chief operating officer of AdvisorShares. Dan carries over two decades of experience in the financial services industry serving in a variety of senior-level capacities. He founded Ahrens Advisors, L.P., an SEC-registered investment advisor, where he was portfolio manager of the Ladenburg Thalmann Gaming and Casino Fund. Dan also served as president of the MUTUALS.com Funds, where he launched the Vice Fund (VICEX) and served as its original portfolio manager. He was also the portfolio manager of the Generation Wave Growth Fund (GWGFX). During that time, he was also president and chief compliance officer of Mutuals Advisors, Inc, and acted as president, treasurer and financial & operations officer of an affiliated broker dealer firm. Dan is the author of “Investing in Vice” (St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and has appeared prominently across financial media outlets and major national and trade publications. He earned a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University.

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Fund

Price History

As of 6/11/2021

NAV $26.02 Closing Price $25.99
Change $-0.02 Close Change $0
Shares Outstanding 215,000 Volume 0
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint $25.99 Premium Discount $-0.03
Assets Under Management $5,593,668.46 30-Day Median bid-ask Spread 0.5386687
Premium/Discount Historical Data | NAV Historical Data | Daily Premium/Discount Historical Data
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.

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Performance

As of 5/31/2021

  NAV Market Price Return Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index
1 Month 0.21 1.36 0.33
3 Months 0.51 1.85 -0.14
YTD -0.63 0.49 -2.29
1 Year 3.15 3.81 -0.40
3 Years 3.90 4.29 5.06
5 Years 3.85 4.10 3.25
Since Inception (6/20/2011, Annualized) 3.53 3.64 3.28

As of 3/31/2021

  NAV Market Price Return Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index
1 Month -0.38 -0.21 -1.25
3 Months -1.51 -1.54 -3.37
YTD -1.51 -1.54 -3.37
1 Year 3.48 4.10 0.71
3 Years 3.47 3.50 4.65
5 Years 3.94 3.94 3.10
Since Inception (6/20/2011, Annualized) 3.49 3.49 3.22

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. All Fund data and performance data quoted is believed to be accurate, and unless otherwise stated, is sourced from the Fund administrator, the Advisor’s or Sub-Advisor’s proprietary data, and Morningstar. 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.

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Holdings

As of

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Date Account Symbol Stock Ticker Security Number Security Description Shares/Par (Full) Price (Base) Traded Market Value (Base) Portfolio Weight % Asset Group
06/11/2021 FWDB AGZ 464288166 ISHARES AGENCY BOND ETF 14,204.00 118.60 1,684,594.40 30.12% MF
IEI 464288661 ISHARES 3-7 YEAR TREASURY BO 12,804.00 131.15 1,679,244.60 30.02% MF
SJNK 78468R408 SPDR BBG BARC ST HIGH YIELD 43,890.00 27.49 1,206,536.10 21.57% MF
SHYG 46434V407 ISHARES 0-5 YR HY CORP BOND 10,818.00 45.95 497,087.10 8.89% MF
TIP 464287176 iShares TIPS Bond ETF 2,868.00 127.67 366,157.56 6.55% MF
SHV 464288679 ISHARES SHORT TREASURY BOND 1,242.00 110.49 137,228.58 2.45% MF
X9USDBLFD BLACKROCK FEDERAL FD 30 INSTL 68,611.65 1.00 68,611.65 1.23% MM
CASH 0.00 100.00 0.00 -0.83% CA

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.

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Characteristics

As of 5/31/2021

FWDB Sector Allocation

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Fixed Income Attributes

As of

Date Description Amount
04/30/2021 30-Day SEC Subsidized Yield 1.86%
30-Day SEC Unsubsidized Yield 1.04%

Past Performance is not indicative of future results. Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. Duration is expressed as a number of years. Rising interest rates mean falling bond prices, while declining interest rates mean rising bond prices. 30–Day SEC Yield (Standardized Yield) is an annualized yield that is calculated by dividing the investment income earned by the Fund less expenses over the most recent 30-day period by the current maximum offering price. The Subsidized Yield reflects fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements recorded by the Fund during the period. Without waivers and/or reimbursements, yields would be reduced. The Unsubsidized Yield does not adjust for any fee waivers and/ or expense reimbursements in effect. If the Fund does not incur any fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements during the period, the 30-Day Subsidized Yield and 30-Day Unsubsidized Yield will be identical.

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Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.50%
Other Expenses 1.00%
Acquired Fund Fees 0.32%
Gross Expenses Ratio 1.82%
Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement -0.55%
Net Expense Ratio 1.27%

*The Advisor has contractually agreed to keep net expenses from exceeding 0.95% of the Fund’s average daily net assets for at least one year from the date of the prospectus and for successive one-year periods thereafter unless the agreement is terminated. This agreement is limited to the Fund’s direct operating expenses and, therefore, does not apply to “Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses.”

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Fund Distributions

    • Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the Fund’s website at www.AdvisorShares.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Foreside Fund Services, LLC, Distributor.
    • There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. An investment in the Fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. ETNs have a maturity date and generally, are backed only by the creditworthiness of the issuer. The value of an ETN may be influenced by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in the underlying market (e.g., the commodities market), changes in applicable interest rates, and changes in the issuer’s credit rating and economic, legal, political or geographic events that affect the market. Other Fund risks include market risk, equity risk, early closing risk, liquidity risk and trading risk. The Fund will be subject to the risks associated the Underlying ETFs’ or ETP’s investments such as commodity risk, concentration risk, credit risk, fixed income risk, high yield risk, income risk, interest rate risk, and investment risk.   
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  • Definitions
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  • Alpha, one of the most commonly quoted indicators of investment performance, is defined as the excess return on an investment relative to the return on a benchmark index.     
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  • Average weighted coupon is generated by weighting the coupon of each bond by its relative size in the portfolio. Coupons are fixed percentages paid out on a fixed-income security on an annual basis.     
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  • Average yield to maturity represents the average YTM of the funds portfolio of bonds.   
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  • The Yield Curve is a graph that plots the yields of similar-quality bonds against their maturities, ranging from shortest to longest.   
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  • Yield to maturity (YTM) describes the rate of return an investor will receive if a long-term, interest-bearing security, such as a bond, is held to its maturity date.   
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