AADR: 3rd Quarter 2023 Portfolio Review
The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF’s (AADR) strategy uses relative strength to allocate towards the strongest performing ADR’s in the Developed and Emerging Markets. The strategy starts with a top down approach, first ranking each sector based on its relative strength scores and then setting the weighting of each sector. Holdings are scored daily based on an in-house momentum score which compares each security to the peers in the universe. If a securities rank fall below our sell threshold, it is removed. The strategy is not constrained to holding a set allocation to Emerging or Developed Markets, rather the process identifies areas of strength across the globe regardless of geographical location. This allows the portfolio to over or underweight regions and markets to concentrate on areas of strength, often pushing the portfolio to vary dramatically from international benchmarks.
International Equities fell in Q3 2023 after solid returns off the October 2022 lows. AADR was able to beat the MSCI All World ex-US Index though (-0.92% on market price vs. -4.49%), as exposure to areas like China and South Korea offset poor performance in Latin America and Western Europe. Luckin Coffee (LKNCY) was the standout stock in the portfolio as it rose +55.67% for the quarter.
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 ~1.3% to ~6.1% with the top 10 holdings comprising roughly 37% of the portfolio.
Top 10 Holdings
|Ticker||Security Description||Portfolio Weight %|
|NVO||NOVO-NORDISK A/S-SPONS ADR||6.06%|
|PKX||POSCO HOLDINGS INC -SPON ADR||4.23%|
|UBS||UBS GROUP AG-REG||3.88%|
|MUFG||MITSUBISHI UFJ FINL-SPON ADR||3.78%|
|YPF||YPF S.A.-SPONSORED ADR||3.42%|
|EDU||NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATIO-SP ADR||3.38%|
|ABBNY||ABB LTD-SPON ADR||3.30%|
|LKNCY||LUCKIN COFFEE INC – ADR||3.10%|
|BBVA||BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA-SP ADR||3.09%|
|RELX||RELX PLC – SPON ADR||3.08%|
As of 09.30.2023.
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 50% Developed vs. 50% Emerging. The country allocations, though, are substantially different. As can be seen below, AADR holds no exposure to Canada, Australia, or India and reduced exposure to Japan, UK, France, Germany, and Taiwan which are all substantial weights in the benchmark, the MSCI ACVWI ex-US Index. Instead, we have excess allocations to countries like China where we’ve seen relative strength of late. At times we’ll own many countries which would never have large allocations in a passive benchmark.
As of 09.30.2023.
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 relative to its benchmark, the MSCI ACWI ex-US Index, the portfolio is most overweight in Energy, Industrials, and Materials while most underweight in Information Technology, Consumer Discretionary, and Health Care.
As of 09.30.2023.
John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF (AADR) Portfolio Manager
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