DWAW: 4th Quarter 2022 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.


2022 has been a tough year for most domestic and international equity benchmarks with the MSCI ACWI finishing the year down -18.36%. DWAW fared slightly better in 2022 relative to its benchmark with a loss of -17.53%. However, the fourth quarter was a much better quarter for equites. DWAW returned +11.60% over the fourth quarter which outpaced the MSCI ACWI by 1.84%. DWAW entered the year with a heavy growth tilt which led to underperformance during the start of the year after a rough January. In February, both holdings were sold, and the new holdings shifted focus from US large cap growth to US large cap value. The fund continued to move more defensively in the second quarter as it picked up low volatility exposure in May. Then in August, DWAW rotated out of low volatility and into large blend which still leaves the portfolio with an overweight towards large cap value. The ETF maintained this exposure during the fourth quarter and benefited from its overweight towards value.


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 August to a large cap value tilt.

​Top Holding(s)

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %

Top Underlying Stock Exposure

Security Description Ticker Portfolio Weight %
Lumen Technologies, Inc. LUMN 1.69%
Paramount Global Class B PARA 1.48%
DISH Network Corporation Class A DISH 1.43%
WestRock Company WRK 1.24%
General Motors Company GM 1.19%
Mohawk Industries, Inc. MHK 1.15%
Phillips 66 PSX 1.14%
Walgreens Boot Alliance, Inc. WBA 1.13%
Viatris, Inc. VTRS 1.08%
Valero Energy Corporation VLO 1.06%

As of 12.31.2022. 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 12.31.2022.

Given the overweighting of value in DWAW, financials is the highest weighted sector at 17.67%. Given the rotation out of low volatility, exposure to consumer staples and utilities fell in the third quarter but consumer staples still have a notable allocation of 7.16%. Consumer discretionary is now the second-highest weighted sector with 13.61% of the overall allocation. Real estate and utilities have the lowest weightings of the eleven major sectors.

As of 12.31.2022.


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

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