The AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF (NYSE Arca: CWS) seeks long-term capital appreciation. CWS aims to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in a focused group of U.S. exchange-listed equity securities that the Portfolio Strategist believes have favorable fundamental attributes.

CWS’s investment strategy focuses on firms that are believed to be fundamentally sound and have shown consistent financial results and high earnings quality. The strategy may look for stocks with a strong history of sales and earnings growth, or companies that have steadily increased their earnings and dividends for several years. In addition, the Fund’s assets may be invested in lesser-known companies believed to have a unique opportunity for growth. At times, the CWS may buy certain out-of-favor stocks believed to be priced below their intrinsic value, as measured by the Advisor. Additionally, CWS’s strategy aims to keep the portfolio turnover low.

CWS’s principal investment strategy has been employed by the Portfolio Strategist, Eddy Elfenbein, since 2006 and is published annually as the Crossing Wall Street “Buy List.” The Buy List is a list of 20 stocks selected at the start of each year. The Buy List is then locked and sealed, and no changes can be made throughout the year. At the start of each year, only five stocks, just one-fourth of the Buy List, are replaced.

Symbol Exchange Inception Date CUSIP Indicative NAV
CWS NYSE Arca 9/20/2016 00768Y560 CWS.NV
<strong>Why Invest in CWS?</strong>
  • As a Complement to any Broad-Based Index Fund – By their nature, index funds buy everything—the good, the bad and the ugly. The strategy at CWS is to avoid fundamentally weak companies and only invest in the “first in class” companies.
  • Low Turnover – The CWS strategy is focused on the long term. That’s why CWS aims to trade its positions as infrequently as possible. The fund’s goal is to hold a stock for as long as it can. CWS believes that a disciplined buy-and-hold strategy is ideal for riding out market storms.
  • Innovative Fulcrum Fee Structure – In a first for the ETF industry, the Portfolio Strategist of CWS has “skin in the game.” The Strategist’s compensation is directly tied to portfolio’s performance. Stronger outperformance is rewarded with a larger management fee while weak or underperformance is penalized with a smaller management fee.
  • Disciplined Stock-Picking Strategy – CWS is focused on a core group of outstanding companies, offering an attractive and simple way for investors to get instant exposure to a concentrated portfolio of companies with proven competitive advantages. As a Complement to any Broad-Based Index Fund – By their nature, index funds buy everything – the good, the bad and the ugly. The strategy at CWS is to avoid fundamentally weak companies and only invest in the “first in class” companies.
<strong>Where Can CWS Fit in a Traditional Portfolio?</strong>

As a potential source of alpha, CWS can serve as a complement or satellite equity holding alongside of broadly based domestic equity position.

<strong>Key Attributes</strong>
  1. Concentrated Portfolio – The Fund typically holds 25 stocks. By focusing on a small group of high-quality stocks, the Portfolio Manager feels that the portfolio can most efficiently exploit the advantages of owning top tier companies.
  2. Crossing Wall Street’s Buy List – CWS’s principal investment strategy is based on the Crossing Wall Street “Buy List,” an annual list of 25 stocks selected by the Portfolio Strategist that has been in place since 2006. Central to the Buy List is the concept that quality companies can outperform the broad market especially when implemented with a long term, patient focus.
  3. Bottom Up, Fundamental Stock Selection – CWS seeks to benefit from investing in the highest-quality companies. These are typically firms with proven managements, solid balance sheets and strong market positions. CWS stocks often have a long history of steadily rising sales, earnings and dividends.
  4. Disciplined and Patient Approach – The Portfolio Strategist understands that stock prices are much more volatile than their underlying fundamentals. That’s why CWS takes a long-term view. With longer holding periods, the CWS strategy seeks to benefit from the market’s well-known tendency to overact to any sign of trouble.
  5. Value Focus – CWS strives to buy the highest-quality stocks at the lowest possible prices. By focusing on value, the Fund aims to reduce its risk to broad-based market drops. A commitment to value also aids long-term capital appreciation.
<strong>About the Portfolio Strategist</strong>
Eddy J. Elfenbein
“Eddy” Elfenbein has been a leading writer in the financial community since starting the Crossing Wall Street (CWS) website and CWS “Buy List” in 2005 and 2006, respectively. He has been widely quoted in the business and financial media, including Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Elfenbein often appears on CNBC and Bloomberg, where he shares his insights on the market and the economy. He also authors the weekly “CWS Market Review” and the monthly “Growth Stock Advisor” newsletters. Mr. Elfenbein earned his undergraduate degree from Washington College and an MBA in Finance and Management from the University of Connecticut.
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Fund Data

NAV $50.89
Change $0.28
Shares Outstanding 1,015,000
Assets Under Management $51,654,150.6

Market Data

Closing Price $49.1
Close Change $0.27
Volume 14,159

Regulatory Data

Premium Discount $0.240
30-Day Median bid-ask Spread 0.51
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.



As of 3/31/2023

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month 2.22 2.11 3.67
3 Months 6.98 7.05 7.5
YTD 6.98 7.05 7.5
1 Year 6.09 6.16 -7.73
3 Years 18.66 18.86 18.6
5 Years 11.23 11.35 11.19
Since Inception (9/20/2016, Annualized) 12.15 12.22 12.55

As of 3/31/2023

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month 2.22 2.11 3.67
3 Months 6.98 7.05 7.5
YTD 6.98 7.05 7.5
1 Year 6.09 6.16 -7.73
3 Years 18.66 18.86 18.6
5 Years 11.23 11.35 11.19
Since Inception (9/20/2016, Annualized) 12.15 12.22 12.55

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.

The S&P 500 Index is a broad-based, unmanaged measurement of changes in stock market conditions based on the average of 500 widely held common stocks. One cannot invest directly in an index.



As of

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Date Account Symbol Stock Ticker Security ID Security Description Shares Share Price Market Value Portfolio Weight Asset Group
05/17/2024 CWS MLR 600551204 MILLER INDUSTRIES INC/TENN 131,382 59.87 7,865,840.34 5.17% S
APH 032095101 AMPHENOL CORP-CL A 56,166 131.91 7,408,857.06 4.87% S
FICO 303250104 FAIR ISAAC CORP 4,795 1,411.35 6,767,423.25 4.45% S
HEI 422806109 HEICO CORP 31,273 215.54 6,740,582.42 4.43% S
FI 337738108 FISERV INC 42,267 152.71 6,454,593.57 4.24% S
HSY 427866108 HERSHEY CO/THE 30,494 207.04 6,313,477.76 4.15% S
TMO 883556102 THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC 10,519 595.3 6,261,960.70 4.11% S
SYK 863667101 STRYKER CORP 18,704 334.68 6,259,854.72 4.11% S
AFL 001055102 AFLAC INC 69,348 88.37 6,128,282.76 4.03% S
SAIC 808625107 SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTE 44,717 136.75 6,115,049.75 4.02% S
COR 03073E105 CENCORA INC 27,513 222.12 6,111,187.56 4.02% S
ICE 45866F104 INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE IN 43,926 138.4 6,079,358.40 3.99% S
OTIS 68902V107 OTIS WORLDWIDE CORP 62,376 96.79 6,037,373.04 3.97% S
MCO 615369105 MOODY'S CORP 14,356 413.92 5,942,235.52 3.90% S
INTU 461202103 INTUIT INC 8,981 661.18 5,938,057.58 3.90% S
ROL 775711104 ROLLINS INC 128,256 46.13 5,916,449.28 3.89% S
SLGN 827048109 SILGAN HOLDINGS INC 122,219 47.22 5,771,181.18 3.79% S
AWK 030420103 AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO INC 42,790 133.76 5,723,590.40 3.76% S
CE 150870103 CELANESE CORP 36,039 157.34 5,670,376.26 3.73% S
BR 11133T103 BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTIO 27,602 203.49 5,616,730.98 3.69% S
ABT 002824100 ABBOTT LABORATORIES 51,301 104.09 5,339,921.09 3.51% S
FDS 303075105 FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC 11,893 448.88 5,338,529.84 3.51% S
AGM 313148306 FEDERAL AGRIC MTG CORP-CL C 29,077 181.84 5,287,361.68 3.47% S
MGRC 580589109 MCGRATH RENTCORP 46,726 111.6 5,214,621.60 3.43% S
PII 731068102 POLARIS INC 59,083 84.35 4,983,651.05 3.27% S
X9USDBLYT BLACKROCK TREASURY TRUST INSTL 62 853,214.74 1 853,214.74 0.56% MM
CASH 50,801.03 100 50,801.03 0.03% 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.



As of 3/31/2023

CWS Market Cap

CWS Sector Allocation

CWS Fulcrum Fee


Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.65%
Other Expenses 0.44%
Total Annual Operating Expenses 1.09%
Fee Waver and/or Expenses Reimbursement -0.44%
Total Annual Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver/Expense Reimbursement 0.65%*

*The Fund’s base management fee is 0.65% and will increase or decrease from 0.65% to 0.85% based on the trailing 12-month net returns of CWS compared to its benchmark. For more information, please read the full prospectus.


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  • CWS received five stars for the 3-year rating among 529 funds, five stars for the 5-year rating among 498 funds and five stars for the overall rating among 529 funds in Morningstar’s Mid-Cap Growth category as of March 31, 2023.
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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.