Remember The ‘FAANG’ ETF? Yeah, Well…

Ok, let’s revisit the “FAANG” ETF.

You remember that, right?

I’m talking about the AdvisorShares “New Tech and Media ETF”, which trades under the ticker “FNG.”

We profiled that “miracle” of market innovation the day it started trading in a post called “AdvisorShares ‘Hopes’ They Didn’t Call The Top With ‘FANG’ ETF, But If They Did, You Can Always Short It.”

That post is hilarious and you really should read it in full for a good, hearty laugh, but suffice to say AdvisorShares was trying to take advantage of the “FAANG”/”FAAMG” euphoria by creating an ETF with a ticker symbol that sounded like the acronym for the market’s hottest stocks.

Obviously, that’s a cheap ploy to lure gullible retail investors who are desperate to get in on a rally they might have missed.

But actually, the ploy wasn’t “cheap” at all.

In fact, this particular ploy is expensive as hell. The expense ratio for FNG is a whopping 0.85%.

FNG

Why wouldn’t you just buy QQQ, you ask?

Well, that’s a good question. And the answer, according to the ETF’s official website, is that “the actively managed aspect of FNG allows for evolution and relevance, as opposed to the constraints and staleness that can follow index-based ETFs”

Got that?

But it gets funnier – infinitely funnier.

Asked by CNBC if he had effectively rung a bell at the top by launching FNG, AdvisorShares boss Noah Hamman offered this reassuring assessment:

I hope not.

That said, Hamman explained that even if he did just ring a bell at the top, there’s a silver lining:

Because we launched it as an ETF, you get all the benefits of the ETF by its exposure, but because it’s diversified in the ETF, it’s a great way to hedge. Obviously, you’d need to short the ETF to do that, but it’s an option.

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