DWMC: 3rd Quarter 2020 Portfolio Manager Review

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Strategy

The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Micro-Cap ETF (DWMC) uses relative strength to allocate towards areas of strength in the micro-cap market. The portfolio is systematically managed and reviewed on a daily basis using the Dorsey Wright relative strength ranks. The strategy starts with the smallest 2,000 companies that trade on a US exchange; the securities are then screened for size and liquidity. The companies are each given a relative strength score and the portfolio allocates to approximately 150 – 200 companies that are in the top quartile of the rankings. Securities included are roughly equal- weighted based on the available cash at the time of purchase. This universe and the portfolio are ranked and evaluated for changes on a daily basis. Once a company’s rank fall below a preset threshold, it is removed from the portfolio and the portfolio reallocates to higher relative strength names.

Performance

The third quarter continued the trend of the first half 2020, with increased volatility and continued uncertainty among investors. Overall the portfolio did well over the quarter even in the face of a decline in September, thanks to a strong performance at the start of the quarter. Across the portfolio we saw broad support this quarter, with a majority of sectors providing positive performance.

Holdings

The portfolio is currently comprised of 154 companies that range in market cap from 135mm to 5,100mm.  Traditionally, micro-cap companies are below 300mm in total market capitalization.  Once a security is included in the portfolio, we will not sell it unless it falls significantly out of favor in our ranks. This means that at times, we may own companies that are more traditionally defined as small or mid cap stocks. This allows the portfolio to fully capitalize on securities that are exhibiting strong momentum characteristics. Currently, our top 10 holdings are comprised of companies that have appreciated to a larger allocation over time in the portfolio; the top 10 holdings comprise 18.13% of the overall portfolio

Top 10 Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
APPS DIGITAL TURBINE INC 2.55%
CWST CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS INC-A 2.29%
FIVN FIVE9 INC 2.08%
KNSL KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP INC 2.04%
CELH CELSIUS HOLDINGS INC 2.00%
APPF APPFOLIO INC – A 1.65%
CGEN COMPUGEN LTD 1.48%
CRDF CARDIFF ONCOLOGY INC 1.47%
NOVT NOVANTA INC 1.35%
AMRC AMERESCO INC-CL A 1.22%

As of 9.30.2020. Cash is not included.

Sector

The strategy is positioned to overweight or underweight sector allocations dependent on the relative strength of the investable universe and the portfolio allocation. The sector weight is entirely determined by the strength of the individual names in the portfolio and those that are selected based on the strategies technical buy process. Industrials which saw additions over the last few months was a major driver in the portfolio this quarter along with Technology and Consumer Discretionary which was the largest contributor to the portfolio over the quarter. Over the quarter we saw a large number of changes occur as new trends emerged and prior strength slowed.

As of 9.30.2020.

Allocation Changes

 Over the course of the year we have continued to see markets adapt to new leadership and shed the performance that drove the markets at the start of the year. This capitulation has continued to show in the portfolio as our process continues to adapt to changes in the markets. Over the past quarter we have continued to see the markets process the changes caused by Covid-19 and the ensuing shifts caused by the economic slowdown. Technology was the largest single change this month, as it dropped over 1.5%. The largest single sector gain was in Consumer Discretionary which saw strong performance across the sector and was able to increase the overall number of holdings as the portfolio made changes.

As of 9.30.2020.

Respectfully,

John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Micro Cap ETF (DWMC) Portfolio Manager

 

Past Manager Commentary

 


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The Fund is subject to a number of risks that may affect the value of its shares, including the possible loss of principal. Stock prices of microcap companies are significantly more volatile, and more vulnerable to adverse business and economic developments, than those of larger companies. Micro-cap stocks may also be thinly traded, making it difficult for the Fund to buy and sell them. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined), and do not represent the return you would receive if you traded at other times.

Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change.

The views in this commentary are those of the portfolio manager and may not reflect his views on the date this material is distributed or anytime thereafter. These views are intended to assist shareholders in understanding their investments and do not constitute investment advice.