ETF Trends
ETF Trends

The actively managed AdvisorShares Madrona Forward Domestic ETF (NYSEArca: FWDD) has garnered the prestigious five-star rating from Morningstar.

FWDD’s five-star rating applies to “its three-year and overall risk adjusted performances from inception through August 31, 2014 out of 1,381 funds in Morningstar’s Large Blend category,” said AdvisorShares in a statement.

FWDD seeks to outperform the S&P 500 by building a portfolio of up to 500 of the largest U.S. companies using a weighted allocation methodology based on consensus analyst estimates of the present value of future expected earnings relative to the share price of each security, according to AdvisorShares.

FWDD, which debuted in June 2011, has returned 18.4% since inception compared to 17.7% for the S&P 500 and 15.7% for the average large-cap blend fund, according to Morningstar data.

“FWDD is managed by Madrona Funds, an Everett, Washington-based SEC registered investment advisor and asset manager founded by Brian Evans that specializes in domestic equity, international equity and global fixed income strategies,” said AdvisorShares in the statement.

No stock accounts for more than 0.72% of the ETF’s weight. Top-10 holdings include Gilead Sciences (NasdaqGS: GILD), Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC), Tesoro (NYSE: TSO), Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).

The ETF’s largest sector allocation is 25% to consumer discretionary followed by 14% to technology. Energy, health care and industrials each receive weights of 11%.

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