DWEQ: 2nd Quarter 2022 Portfolio Review
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 a simple idea: buy the stocks our analysis identifies as 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 AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Alpha Equal weight ETF (Ticker: 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 by using our systematic analysis to overweight to what we believe are 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 what we have identified as the top names in each sector.
Portfolio & Holdings
Q2 2022 was the 8th worst quarter for the S&P 500 since 1956 (-16.1%). DWEQ handled the volatility relatively well (vs. Q1) and posted returns in line with the market (-16.03%). The quarter saw a major sector shift as Technology and Financials were sold at the end of April. The portfolio bought Health Care and Real Estate as replacements. Health Care was a lone bright spot in the portfolio as many positions had positive returns during the period (Eli Lilly, Halozyme, United Health, etc.). With the sector change we also saw the portfolio take a 30% position in cash as trends deteriorated across the board. That turned out to be a welcome addition as the S&P 500 declined -8.09% from the end of April through the end of June. DWEQ continues to lag for the year though as we try to make up for a rough first quarter that saw many shifts in leadership. Momentum strategies tend to lag during these periods as previous leadership makes way for new leadership. Once new trends assert themselves (which we may be seeing now) momentum tends to recover and make up for losses incurred in the transition period.
|Ticker||Security Description||Portfolio Weight %|
|LLY||ELI LILLY & CO||2.08%|
|HALO||HALOZYME THERAPEUTICS INC||2.01%|
|UNH||UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC||1.88%|
|TMO||THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC||1.85%|
|LNG||CHENIERE ENERGY INC||1.81%|
|FANG||DIAMONDBACK ENERGY INC||1.79%|
|PXD||PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES CO||1.78%|
|EOG||EOG RESOURCES INC||1.78%|
As of 06.30.2022.
John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Alpha Equal Weight ETF (DWEQ) Portfolio Strategist
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