AdvisorShares To Begin Trading The AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF Thursday, May 24, 2012

AdvisorShares has announced that they will begin trading The AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF (NYSEARCA:GIVE) Thursday, May 24, 2012. The AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation with an emphasis on absolute (positive) returns and low sensitivity to traditional financial market indices, such as the S&P 500 Index, over a full market cycle.



The Fund is a multi-manager, multi-strategy, broadly diversified, actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) with a focus on Sustainable Investing. Sustainable Investing generally refers to an investment methodology that takes into consideration economic, environmental, technology, and a variety of social factors when making investment decisions. Accordingly, the Fund is designed as a core allocation that proactively seeks Sustainable Investment-themed investment opportunities that may socially and environmentally benefit the earth, with a focus on water, clean energy, community development, innovation and other sustainable themes across asset classes. Sustainable Investment themes that the Fund may pursue include, but are not limited to, the following: economic themes (corporate governance, risk & crisis management, community investment, energy efficiency, food, green building); environmental themes (air, water, earth); technology themes (mobility, renewable energy, technology and access); and social themes (human health such as occupational health and safety).

The Fund’s namesake is the Global Echo Foundation, a charitable foundation co-founded by Philippe Cousteau, Jr. The Global Echo Foundation’s mission statement is to promote sustainable development across a number of different themes, including social, environmental, and entrepreneurship. The Fund was designed to pursue sustainable investment opportunities among the same themes thereby promoting the Global Echo Foundation’s goals of increased sustainable development. To further support the Global Echo Foundation, the Fund will make regular monetary contributions to the Foundation. The Global Echo Foundation will not participate in or have any influence on the day-to-day operations of the Fund or the Advisor’s and Sub-Advisors’ management of the Fund.

The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by allocating a portion of the Fund’s assets to each of the Fund’s Sub-Advisors who will employ their respective investment strategies to generate absolute returns over a full market cycle. Generally, a full market cycle consists of a bull market followed by a bear market and a return to a bull market, or vice versa.  Initially, an equal proportion of the Fund’s assets will be allocated to each Sub-Advisor to obtain the desired exposure to the strategies described below.  The allocation among Sub-Advisors will vary over time in response to a variety of factors including prevailing market conditions. The Advisor has designated First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC (“First Affirmative”) to allocate and monitor the allocation of the Fund’s assets to each Sub-Advisor to ensure that the Fund’s portfolio maintains the proper investment exposure to seek to achieve its investment objective. Each Sub-Advisor will seek to identify and invest either directly or indirectly through other ETFs, in securities of companies that are making a positive impact in the world and reflect Sustainable Investment themes, including corporate sustainability. The Fund’s investments in companies that practice corporate sustainability provide an additional layer of diversification because such investments are designed to increase long-term shareholder value. Companies focused on corporate sustainability also can provide more attractive risk return profiles for investors, and can leverage various other Sustainable Investment themes.

The Fund invests primarily in U.S. and foreign equity securities, including common and preferred stock, American Depository Receipts (“ADRs”), fixed income securities, including municipal bonds, and affiliated and unaffiliated ETFs. The Fund may take both long and short positions in any of these investments. A long position is the purchase of an investment with the expectation that it will rise in value. A short position is the sale of a borrowed investment with the expectation that it will decline in value. The Fund may invest up to 65% (and intends to always invest at least 15%) of its net assets in domestic and foreign fixed income securities. The Fund may invest in securities of any capitalization range and may employ one or more investment styles (from growth to value) at any time as necessary to seek to achieve the Fund’s investment objective.

Each Sub-Advisor will determine whether to buy or sell an investment for the Fund’s portfolio by applying one or more of the following strategies:

Core Strategies

  • Fixed Income Strategies.  Fixed income strategies consist of investment strategies that invest primarily in debt securities of domestic and foreign governments, agencies, and instrumentalities, municipalities, and companies of all maturities and qualities, including “junk bonds” and other defaulted debt securities, TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Securities), and ETFs that provide exposure to fixed income securities or strategies. Debt securities of foreign governments are sometimes referred to as sovereign debt obligations and may be issued or guaranteed by foreign governments or their agencies. The Fund may invest in mortgage-backed securities, collateralized mortgage obligations, asset-backed securities, and other mortgage related securities (“Mortgage Related Securities”). Fixed income strategies also may involve hedging through the use of investments in other ETFs to enhance risk-adjusted return.
  • Equity Strategies.  Equity strategies consist of both domestic and international/emerging markets strategies. The domestic equity strategies seek to invest in securities of companies that the Sub-Advisor believes will outperform other equities securities over the long term. The international/emerging markets equity strategies seek to invest in securities of undervalued international companies through ADRs that provide the Fund with exposure to businesses outside of the U.S. and that are attractively priced relative to their economic fundamentals.  Both U.S. and international investments are selected using fundamental analysis of factors such as earnings, cash flows, and valuations based upon them, and are diversified among the economic and industry sectors in the S&P 500® Index, the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) All Country World Index, MSCI Europe, Australasia and Far East Index (“MSCI EAFE”), and Emerging Markets Index (“MSCI EM”).

Alternative Strategies

  • Long/Short and Hedging Strategies.  Alternative strategies consist of strategies that combine short sales of equities (including shares of ETFs) or purchase of shares of inverse ETFs. As such, long/short strategies may utilize securities that seek to track indexes on markets, sectors, strategies and/or industries to hedge against potential adverse movements in security prices. The Fund may implement multiple variations of long/short and hedging strategies. The basic long/short equity strategies generally seek to increase net long exposure in a bull market and decrease net long exposure, by holding high concentrations in cash or investing 100% short, in a bear market.

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