AdvisorShares Madrona Domestic ETF (FWDD) and AdvisorShares Madrona Global Bond ETF (FWDB) Earn Four-Star Morningstar Ratings™

Actively Managed ETF Innovation Continues as More Funds Hit Three-Year Milestones

Jul 15, 2014, 13:48 ET from AdvisorShares

BETHESDA, Md., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AdvisorShares, a leading sponsor of 25 actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs), announced today that the following ETFs have been recognized with a four-star Morningstar Rating™ for both their three-year and overall risk-adjusted performances:*

FWDD and FWDB are managed by Madrona Funds, an Everett, Washington-based SEC registered investment advisor that specializes in both fixed income and equity strategies for its clients. With FWDD and FWDB reaching their three-year milestones, half of the AdvisorShares actively managed ETFs eligible for Morningstar ratings have been recognized with four stars or higher based on the three-year and overall risk adjusted performances, which also include:

Morningstar compares each ETF's risk-adjusted return, with at least a three-year history, to the open-end mutual rating breakpoints for each category. Consistent with the open-end mutual fund ratings, FWDD and FWDB earned four-star rankings as being in the top 32.5% of funds – that includes both ETFs and mutual funds – in their respective Large Blend and World Bond categories. 

"As more actively managed ETFs reach their three-year track records, we believe investors and advisors will increasingly take notice of that risk-adjusted performance and expertise exhibited by Madrona's Brian Evans and other active portfolio managers," said Noah Hamman, chief executive officer of AdvisorShares. "We appreciate Morningstar's recognition and believe this is further testament that active management with the daily transparency, intra-day liquidity and overall efficiency of an ETF structure can work very well both in fixed income and equity strategies."

Unlike passively managed ETFs that simply track indexes or custom-weight indexes according to various factors such as size and past performance, the actively managed FWDD and FWDB take different investment approaches without rules-based restrictions.  FWDD's forward-looking investment strategy utilizes investment data based on consensus analyst estimates of stocks' present values and allocates to companies with the best expected future earnings relative to a security's current share price. FWDB constantly seeks worldwide bond diversification by maintaining at least a 3% exposure to over 12 distinct global bond classes at all times, utilizing an active investment strategy anchored in historical class-by-class yield curve analysis and mean reversion strategy.  

"Since I'm originally a CPA by trade, my DNA automatically leans me toward thoroughly analyzing what one is paying for," said Brian Evans, founder and portfolio manager of Madrona Funds. "Most index-based equity ETFs allocate their holdings by simply buying the most of the biggest companies without regard to valuations. Many index-based bond ETFs buy the most bonds from the biggest borrowers while not providing access to every major global bond category, even when billed as a total strategy. I believe that Madrona's forward-looking approach provides a distinct advantage that ultimately can benefit our shareholders and their investment goals."

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*The Morningstar Rating™ is provided for those exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") with at least a three-year history. Ratings are based on the ETF's Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure which accounts for variation in monthly performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. An ETF's risk-adjusted return includes a brokerage commission estimate. This estimate is intended to reflect what an average investor would pay when buying or selling an ETF. PLEASE NOTE, this estimate is subject to change and the actual brokerage commission an investor pays may be higher or lower than this estimate. Morningstar compares each ETF's risk-adjusted return to the open-end mutual fund rating breakpoints for that category. Consistent with the open-end mutual fund ratings, the top 10% of ETFs in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The overall rating for an ETF is based on a weighted average of the time-period ratings (e.g., the ETF's 3,5, and 10 year rating).. The determination of an ETF's rating does not affect the retail open end mutual fund data published by Morningstar. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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