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AdvisorShares Weekly Market Review - Week Ending 11/8/2013

Highlights of the Prior week

Downward Pressure Continues
Many of the major indexes that we track: Bonds, Gold, Technology, Small Caps, EAFE and EM, declined last week (see Table 1). Downward pressure continued for the Emerging Markets, the Aggregate Bond market and Gold (in dollar terms) both this week and for the year as these asset classes still can't find a bid.

On Wednesday of last week Deutsche Bank launched a very innovative ETF, the db X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares Fund (NYSEARCA:ASHR), which tracks the CSI 300 Index, representative of 300 of the largest and most liquid securities on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges. This ETF is designed to give investors direct access to China and will compete with other ETFs like FXI (an iShares product). While China as a market has been down for the year, it will be interesting to see the uptake of this new product, which appears to have been seeded with over $100M.

Domestic markets bucked the downward pressure trend with the Dow Jones Industrial Average being a top performer, followed by the S&P 500 TR Index.

Interestingly, the ProShares Ultra S&P 500 ETF raked in over $1.3B in assets as someone made a levered bet on domestic markets. Rounding out the top five ETFs with the most new assets for the week were iShares MSCI EAFE, iShares Core S&P 500, Vanguard FTSE Europe and Vanguard FTSE index ETFs. The last few weeks we've seen erratic asset flows into and out of the various EM index ETFs and with the new China A-Shares ETF mentioned above should provide continued volatility across these products assets.

On the redemption side of index ETFs we saw the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) lose over $2.5B in assets, where State Street lost, and iShares gained much of the asset swap. Additionally, iShares Russell 2000, ProShares Ultra Russell 2000, Financial Select SPDR ETF and SPDR S&P MidCap 400 were the top five losers of assets.

Table 1: Market Indicies

Source: AdvisorShares

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