(CWS) Focused Equity ETF


How CWS Works

    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 manager believes have favorable fundamental attributes.
    The Advisor may use a variety of methods for security selection and will seek to focus on firms that are fundamentally sound and have shown consistency in their financial results and high earnings quality. The Advisor 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 Advisor may invest the Fund’s assets in lesser-known companies that the Advisor believes have a unique opportunity for growth. At times, the Advisor may buy certain out-of-favor stocks believed to be priced below their intrinsic value, as measured by the Advisor. Additionally, the Advisor aims to keep the portfolio turnover low.
    CWS’s principal investment strategy has been employed by the portfolio manager, Eddy Elfenbein, since 2006 and is published annually as the Crossing Wall Street “Buy List.” The Buy List is a list of 25 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. Each year, only five stocks, just one-fifth of the Buy List, have been replaced.
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Performance -Month-End

CWS Performance History (%) as of 6/30/2019

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month 5.04 3.94 7.05
3 Months 6.25 5.93 4.30
YTD 20.04 19.30 18.54
1 Year 11.09 10.74 10.42
Since Inception
13.40 13.26 14.42

Performance -Quarter-End

CWS Performance History (%) as of 6/30/2019

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month 5.04 3.94 7.05
3 Months 6.25 5.93 4.30
YTD 20.04 19.30 18.54
1 Year 11.09 10.74 10.42
Since Inception
13.40 13.26 14.42

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.

Fund Distributions

Ex-DateRecord DatePay DateCash DivST Cap GainLT Cap GainReturn of CapitalTotal Distribution
$0.75016$0.22316$0.37182$0.00$0.75016/per share
$0.8982$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.08982/per share
$0.0088$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0088/per share

Why Invest in CWS?

  • 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 manager of CWS has “skin in the game.” The manager’s compensation is directly tied to portfolio’s performance. Stronger out-performance is rewarded with a larger management fee while weak or under-performance is penalized with a smaller management fee.
  • Disciplined Stock-Picking Strategy - CWS is focused on a core group of outstanding companies. The Portfolio Manager believes that CWS offers an attractive and simple way for an investor to get instant exposure to a concentrated portfolio of companies with proven competitive advantages.

Where Can CWS Fit in a Traditional Portfolio?

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

5 Key Attributes

  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 Manager 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 Manager 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.

About the Portfolio Manager

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.


Manager Minutes, July 2019

Price History

As of: 08/18/2019
NAV$34.93Closing Price$34.88
Shares Outstanding500,000Volume491
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint$34.88Premium/Discount$-0.05
Assets Under Management$17,466,394.30
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. Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change.

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  • *The Fund's base management fee is 0.75% and will increase or decrease based on the trailing 12-month net returns of CWS compared to its benchmark. The Advisor has contractually agreed to reduce its fees and/or reimburse expenses to keep net expenses from exceeding a percentage of the Fund’s average daily net assets equal to the annual rate of the management fee, which can range from 0.65% to 0.85%, for at least one year from the date of the Prospectus. See the Prospectus for information.