AADR: 1st Quarter 2023 Portfolio Review
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Q1 2023 was another great quarter for international equities as the MSCI All World ex-US Index gained +7.19%. This makes it the best performing asset class over the last two quarters with a +22.9% return. Unfortunately, AADR lagged again this quarter as the laggard rally continued. A laggard rally occurs when the worst performing stocks switch to become the best performing stocks. In a relative strength strategy such as AADR, this means we aren’t holding these laggards in the portfolio and thus underperform. The good news is this is a rare phenomenon and tends to happen after long-term market bottoms. We feel confident we can make up the lost ground and then some should the market turn down from here (which the portfolio is better positioned for) and even if the market continues to climb (which would cause a greater allocation shift into new leadership).
The portfolio continues to be allocated to securities that we believe display favorable relative strength characteristics. At any given time, the portfolio will be comprised of 30-40 US traded ADR’s from our universe of 300-450 ADR’s. Currently, the portfolio consists of 37 securities with weights ranging from ~1.9% to ~5.3% with the top 10 holdings comprising roughly 33% of the portfolio NXP Semiconductors was the best performing stock for the quarter (+22.72%), while Oceanpal Inc. was the worst performing stock (-27.08%).
Top 10 Holdings
|Ticker||Security Description||Portfolio Weight %|
|NVO||NOVO-NORDISK A/S-SPONS ADR||5.36%|
|UBS||UBS GROUP AG-REG||3.40%|
|ABB||ABB LTD-SPON ADR||3.22%|
|YPF||YPF S.A.-SPONSORED ADR||3.10%|
|RELX||RELX PLC – SPON ADR||3.00%|
|AMX||AMERICA MOVIL SAB DE CV||2.98%|
|PKX||POSCO HOLDINGS INC -SPON ADR||2.90%|
|MUFG||MITSUBISHI UFJ FINL-SPON ADR||2.88%|
|STM||STMICROELECTRONICS NV-NY SHS||2.78%|
As of 03.312023.
The portfolio’s process of focusing on sectors and the strength of holdings allows the portfolio to look much different than the broad market benchmark. The current allocation though is much closer to the benchmark’s allocation when comparing Developed vs. Emerging Market Exposure. This is largely due to the positive relative performance of Developed Markets over the last year as mentioned before as the strategy seeks to rotate into strength. This has started to change though as the relative strength of Emerging Markets has begun to pick up a bit. The portfolio currently stands at 49% Developed vs. 51% Emerging. The country allocations, though, are substantially different. As can be seen below, AADR holds no exposure to Canada and reduced exposure to Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and India which are all substantial weights in the benchmark. Instead, we have excess allocations to countries like China and the United Kingdom. At times we’ll own many countries which would never have large allocations in a passive benchmark.
As of 03.31.2023.
The buy/sell process of the strategy starts with a look at the strongest sectors within the universe, overweighting strength and underweighting or eliminating relative weakness. The portfolio continues to be actively allocated to sectors in a materially different way than the benchmark. Notably, the portfolio is most overweight in Materials, Energy, and Consumer Discretionary while most underweight in Financials, Consumer Staples, and Information Technology.
As of 03.31.2023.
John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF (AADR) Portfolio Manager
Past Manager Commentary
An American Depositary Receipt (ADR) is a negotiable U.S. Security that generally represents a company’s publicly traded equity or debt. Depositary Receipts are created when a broker purchases a non-U.S. company’s shares on its home stock market and delivers the shares to the depositary’s local custodian bank, and then instructs the depositary bank to issue Depositary Receipts.
The MSCI All Country World Ex-U.S. Index is a free float adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets.
Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting www.advisorshares.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Foreside Fund Services, LLC, distributor.
There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. An investment in the Fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. Emerging Markets, which consist of countries or markets with low to middle income economics can be subject to greater social, economic, regulatory and political uncertainties and can be extremely volatile. Other Fund risks include concentration risk, foreign securities and currency risk, ADRs which may be less liquid, large-cap risk, early closing risk, counterparty risk and trading risk, which can increase Fund expenses and may decrease Fund performance. The Fund is, also, subject to the same risks associated with the underlying ETFs, which can result in higher volatility. This Fund may not be suitable for all investors. See prospectus for detail regarding risk.
Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined), and do not represent the return you would receive if you traded at other times.
Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change.
The views in this commentary are those of the portfolio manager and may not reflect his views on the date this material is distributed or anytime thereafter. These views are intended to assist shareholders in understanding their investments and do not constitute investment advice.