AdvisorShares partners with Sage on active cash management ETF

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Fixed Income

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AdvisorShares, a US-based sponsor of exchange-traded funds, has debuted its latest actively managed ETF, the AdvisorShares Sage Core Reserves ETF (HOLD).

AdvisorShares partners with Sage on active cash management ETF

AdvisorShares’ latest ETF offers investors a cash management tool with the potential to deliver competitive returns compared to other liquid options while providing diversification and a risk profile consistent with short-term fixed income.

The fund, which has been listed on the NYSE Arca, aims to preserve capital while maximizing income.

It seeks to achieve this objective by investing in a broad range of fixed-income securities and US dollar denominated investment grade debt securities, including mortgage- or asset-backed securities rated Baa- or higher, with an average duration of less than one year.

The fund is sub-advised by Sage Advisory Services, an Austin, Texas-based asset manager, with deep expertise and experience in fixed income portfolio management and ETF strategies.

Sage’s fixed income investment process applies a balanced, top-down approach focused on actively managing portfolio duration risk, yield curve positioning, market segment allocation and security selection.  Sage seeks to make the ultra-low duration portfolio less sensitive to interest rate changes, and provide the ability to be flexible across credit quality and security selection, while minimizing volatility and maintaining a high level of liquidity.

Noah Hamman, chief executive officer of AdvisorShares, said: “The threat of rising interest rates and a strong investor appetite for yield may present limited options for efficient ways to access and manage cash holdings. We believe HOLD delivers a compelling investment solution with the benefits of a liquid, transparent and efficient actively managed ETF by leveraging Sage’s well-established track record and expertise as a fixed income manager.”

Robert G. Smith, president and chief investment officer of Sage, added: “We believe our unique top-down portfolio management approach, which focuses across a diverse range of fixed income securities, is well-positioned to manage risk and duration in any market or interest rate environment. As a result, we believe our partnership with AdvisorShares can present HOLD shareholders a core portfolio component to help realize their investment goals.”

The new fund, which has a net expense ratio of 0.35%, is AdvisorShares’ 24th ETF and its 19th actively managed ETF. Combined, these funds have assets in excess of $1 billion.

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