DWAW: 4th Quarter 2021 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

2021 has been a market that has been through multiple leadership changes as growth was favored entering the year, then value came into favor for a few months until May, and since large cap growth has come back into a leadership role. DWAW shifted to value at the beginning of May which set up for its underperformance during the second quarter. DWAW shifted back into a growth allocation in August. For the 4th quarter, DWAW outperformed the MSCI ACWI, 7.98% and 6.68% respectively,  but it wasn’t enough for the fund to outpace its benchmark during 2021.

​Top Holding(s)

The portfolio continues to be allocated to securities that displayed favorable relative strength characteristics during the fund’s last evaluation. The portfolio is made up of two ETFs, both of which have shown high relative strength versus the broad market. This past quarter has brought a change in leadership which led the fund to change its holdings in November with a move from blend to growth.

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %


Top Underlying Stock Exposure

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
AAPL Apple Inc. 6.44%
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 5.76%
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. 3.91%
TSLA Tesla Inc 3.45%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 3.31%
FB Meta Platforms Inc. Class A 3.06%
GOOG Alphabet Inc. Class C 2.37%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc. Class A 2.31%
AMD Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. 1.76%
FTNT Fortinet, Inc. 1.71%

As of 12.31.2021. Cash is not included.

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 12.31.2021.

Given the overweighting of growth in DWAW, Information Technology is the highest weighted sector at 43.79% followed by Consumer Discretionary at 15.14%. The next highest weighted sectors are Health Care, Communication Services, and Financials. The fund is currently underweighting Utilities, Real Estate, Energy, Materials, and Consumer Staples with none of them having more than 4% of the exposure.

As of 12.31.2021.


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


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