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Sabrient UITs & ETFs
Sabrient has partnered with First Trust Portfolios for several series of Unit Investment Trust portfolios (UITs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Sabrient provides the EQR component for the stock selection process for the First Trust Long/Short Equity ETF.
The UIT Process
For each UIT series, a quantitative, series-specific strategy is developed by the Sabrient research team, led by Chief Market Strategist David Brown.
A critical element of all strategies is the Sabrient/Gradient Earnings Quality Rank (EQR Rank), a proprietary forensic accounting factor that measures the aggressiveness of a company's accounting practices.
Companies in the bottom quintile of the EQR rankings are eliminated from consideration. This helps us avoid the risk of companies that could be overstating reported growth.
For each portfolio in the series, a list of strong candidates is compiled based on the relevant quant strategy. Then the Sabrient team, led David Brown, qualitatively reviews the list of stocks to select the final candidates.
The final step in the process is a review by the Gradient Analytics team, led by Director of Research Nicholas Yee, CPA. This team further screens out any candidates that might not have been eliminated by the EQR rankings but that nevertheless demonstrate unique risks related to earnings quality, corporate governance, or insider trading.
The final candidates are released to First Trust for their final approval.