Dent Tactical ETF Throws in the Towel
May 22nd, 2012 at 10:58am by John Spence
An active exchange traded fund managed by HS Dent Investment Management is merging into another fund after the ETF failed to attract significant assets.
DENT had less than $10 million in assets and was launched in 2009. Its portfolio management team will resign, according to a press release.
HS Dent was founded by Harry Dent, the demographic expert and book author best known for his bearish forecasts. Dent is known in some circles as “The Sage of Doom and Gloom.” [Harry Dent ETF]
DENT was down 15.7% for the year ended May 21, according to Morningstar.
“HS Dent will use a combination of economic insight and relative strength to determine the portfolio composition of the ETF,” the firm said in a press release when the fund first listed.
“HS Dent believes this strategy is appropriate for the current economic situation because it allows the ETF to follow trends as they emerge in what is expected to be a very volatile market over the next several years,” it added. “In addition, the ETF can become ‘defensive,’ rotating to hold very short duration (less than one year) fixed income, if the financial markets begin to deteriorate and the relative strength of potential investments weakens.”
DENT has expenses of 1.65% according to Morningstar, which is relatively high for an ETF.
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