U.S. Active/Passive

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Morningstar’s semi-annual report measures the performance of active funds against passive peers in their respective Morningstar Categories. spanning 8,212 funds that account for ~$17 trillion in assets (55.9% of the U.S. fund market). Some key takeaways:

  • 57% of active strategies survived and beat their average passive counterpart over the 12 months through June 2023, above their 43% success rate in calendar-year 2022.

  • More than 63% of active strategies that invest in stocks outside the United States beat their average passive peer, an increase of 30 percentage points over calendar-year 2022.

  • More than 55% of active bond managers survived and beat the passive average, up from 30% in 2022.

Facts & Figures

“According to a report by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, more than 80% of China's 1 billion private enterprises are family-owned…” Source: Nikkei Asia

"More French people own crypto (9%) than stocks (7%) or ETFs (2%)." Source: Bloomberg

As of this fall, ~900 school districts (~7% of all districts in the US) now have four day school weeks. Source: Planet Money

Small-caps are trading at their lowest level vs. the S&P 500 (total return) in almost 23 years. Link

Source: Ned Davis Research. As of November 9, 2023

Goldman Sachs showing very few borrowers have a mortgage rate above the current mortgage rate.

As of November 7, 2023

Apollo on asset price bubbles since 1970.

Over the past 15 years, money invested in the benchmark US index increasing fivefold versus less than a doubling in Europe. Link

As of November 3, 2023


Healthy, thriving businesses often have something in common: lots of cash flow.

Many investors love companies that return this cash flow to shareholders through dividend payments. But dividends aren't the only way management can use its cash to create value for shareholders.

Smart managers can often buy back stock or pay off debt. These two options, along with dividends, create the trio known as shareholder yield.

So how does the Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF (SYLD) work?

  • SYLD selects the top 100 companies each calendar quarter based on dividends and buybacks.

  • The fund will also screen for value and quality factors, including low financial leverage, in order to avoid value traps.

  • SYLD will then equally weight each one of the selected companies in the portfolio to maximize diversification.

Explore a different approach to yield investing with the Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF, SYLD.

Distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of capital. To determine if this Fund is an appropriate investment for you, carefully consider the Fund's investment objectives, risk factors, charges and expense before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund's full or summary prospectus which may be obtained by calling 855-383-4636 (ETF INFO) or visiting our website at www.cambriafunds.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.


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