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AdvisorShares Partners with Cousteau on Sustainable ETF

tlydon@globaltrend.com (Tom Lydon)

AdvisorShares has partnered with environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, Jr. to launch an actively managed exchange traded fund that focuses on sustainable investment themes, with a philanthropic objective.

On Thursday, the AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF (GIVE - News) began trading, according to a press release. [AdvisorShares to Launch Sustainable ETF]

GIVE has a high expense ratio of 1.7%, of which 0.40% will go directly to Cousteau’s Global Echo Foundation – the foundation provides resources to ameliorate social issues like those that impact women and children, for environmental conservation and to support social entrepreneurship.

The fund will try to generate long-term capital appreciation with an emphasis on absolute positive returns and a low correlation to traditional financial market indices. The ETF will include a focus on U.S. fixed-income, long-only global equity and alternative long/short trend following strategies.

As of May 23, top holdings include cash 27.3%, ProShares Short MSCI EAFE (EFZ - News) 2.5%, Cohen & Company 2.1%, ProShares Short MSCI Emerging (EUM - News) 2.1% and ProShares Short DOW30 (DOG - News) 1.7%.

The fund has four portfolio managers allocating to sustainable fixed-income, long-only equity and alternative long/short trend-following strategies over a full market cycle. Asset weightings include cash 27%, fixed-income 5%, domestic equities 33%, foreign equities 19% and short exposure 15%.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.