DWAW: 4th Quarter 2020 Portfolio Review

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The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM All Cap World Equity ETF’s (DWAW) uses relative strength to allocate towards the strongest performing areas of Global Markets including size, style, broad market, and factor ETFs. The strategy implements Dorsey Wright’s proprietary Fund Scoring Method (FSM) which is built around relative strength and momentum. The top two scoring funds at each seasonal quarterly evaluation are selected as the holdings.  The strategy is not constrained to holding a set allocation to any sector, style, cap, or factor. This allows the portfolio to over or underweight markets to concentrate on areas of strength in the global market, often pushing the portfolio to vary dramatically from a standard broad market benchmark.

Performance & Holdings

For much of 2020 DWAW centered its portfolio around large cap growth, but at the beginning of November it made a full transition out of large growth and into mid and small growth. The latter part of 2020 saw a fairly large laggard rally which was a major tailwind for small caps in particular with growth still maintaining leadership over value. The exposure to small growth at the end of the year helped DWAW have a strong finish in the fourth quarter. For the 2020 year, DWAW returned 48.84% while its benchmark, the MSCI ACWI, returned 16.25%. In the fourth quarter of 2020, DWAW returned 19.86% beating its benchmark, MSCI ACWI, by 5.18%.

The portfolio continues to be allocated to securities that we believe to display favorable relative strength characteristics. The portfolio is made up of two ETFs, both of which have shown high relative strength versus the broad market. We continue to see Growth hold strength over Value across all cap sizes which is reflected in the holdings.

Top Holding(s)

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
  Cash 0.07%

Top 10 Underlying Stock Exposure

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
PLUG Plug Power Inc. 0.85%
CRWD CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. Class A 0.74%
MTCH Match Group, Inc. 0.73%
CDNS Cadence Design Systems, Inc. 0.71%
MSCI MSCI Inc. Class A 0.69%
A Agilent Technologies, Inc. 0.67%
ROKU Roku, Inc. Class A 0.67%
DXCM DexCom, Inc. 0.66%
PANW Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 0.63%
VRSK Verisk Analytics Inc. 0.63%

As of 12.31.2020.

Geographic & Sector Allocations

The portfolio’s universe of funds to choose from includes domestic, emerging, and developed markets, but is currently allocated only to the domestic equity market.

As of 12.31.2020.

Given the overweighting of growth in DWAW, Information Technology has the largest sector exposure with 35.05%. Following behind Information Technology are Health Care and Industrials.  Sectors that have little to no exposure are Energy, Materials, Utilities, and Real Estate. The move out of large cap growth saw a shift away from Consumer Discretion and Communication Services to a larger weighting for Health Care and Industrials.  DWAW has no sector caps which allows it to fully take advantage of dispersion between different sectors. The overweighting of Information Technology and Industrials has been a tailwind for the fund and the avoidance of Energy and Real Estate has helped maximize the benefits of sector dispersion.

As of 12.31.2020.


Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM All Cap World ETF (DWAW) Portfolio Strategist



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