DWEQ: July 2020 Portfolio Review
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Nasdaq Dorsey Wright has been a trusted partner for advisors since the 1980’s when the original team faxed Point and Figure charts from a small office in Richmond, Virginia. In the 90’s we began to implement our research into managed portfolios, later we introduced Mutual Funds, structured products and ETF’s. All of our strategies are based on simple idea, buy the winners and let them run. We systematically manage all of our portfolios to a set of rules that allows us to be objective and remove the emotion. It does not matter how a particular analysts feels about a stock (positive or negative), we follow our strict buy and sell process. This has, in our opinion been a hallmark of our success across a variety of asset classes.
For the AdvsorShares Dorsey Wright Alpha Equal Weight ETF (DWEQ), we continue to deploy investment ideas that have shown value over time. The first idea is that sectors showing strong momentum will often outpace the broad market and the sectors that show less favorable momentum. This is achieved through overweighting to strong companies to capture upward momentum, as well as removing or reducing allocations to trouble areas. Prime examples are reducing or removing energy exposure during the oil sell off of 2015 or overweighting technology over the past decade. The second idea is that being overly diversified dilutes momentum returns by forcing the portfolio to own names that are not as strong. This is implemented by reducing the total number of portfolio holdings to a manageable number.
Combining both of these ideas gives us a portfolio of names that are equally weighted in the three sectors that are showing the strongest momentum. The roughly 50 names in the portfolio are equally weighted and are rebalanced every time the portfolio makes a change. This pushes the portfolio to hold the top names in each sector.
Portfolio & Holdings
July was another strong month for US Equity markets, as Growth areas of the market such as Health Care and Technology continued to dominate. This was great for the portfolio this month which is heavily focused on Technology, Consumer Cyclical and Healthcare names. This concentration in strong sectors as well as focus on strong momentum names proved to be a winning recipe. While Technology continues to be abuzz in the media for names like Apple that continue to set new size records, Healthcare was the real driver of performance this month. Healthcare was responsible for half of this months return, while Technology and Cyclicals posted almost identical returns. DWEQ outperformed the S&P 500 during July, returning 9.41% (NAV) vs. 5.64%, respectively.
|Ticker||Security Description||Portfolio Weight %|
|W||WAYFAIR INC- CLASS A||2.78%|
|TDOC||TELADOC HEALTH INC||2.74%|
|WST||WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES||2.74%|
|IDXX||IDEXX LABORATORIES INC||2.73%|
|EPAM||EPAM SYSTEMS INC||2.65%|
As of 7.31.2020.
John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright – Strategist
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Alpha Equal Weight ETF (DWEQ) Portfolio Manager
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