DWSH: April 2020 Portfolio Manager Review
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The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF (DWSH) is built on the relative strength testing that Dorsey Wright has been doing for over almost two decades. Rather than investing in those companies that are exhibiting the strongest relative strength however, we identify the bottom tier or laggards and short them. Shorting using relative strength is by no means a new idea, when reading academic literature on momentum from the past 40 years, the idea of buying the past winners and shorting the losers is often found to be a sensible allocation.
Our vision for utilizing the strategy is twofold. First, is using DWSH as a hedge against downside US equity volatility, helping to reduce the volatility of the portfolio by pairing DWSH with a traditional long portfolio. The second is using DWSH as an alpha bet during period of market distress. During period of high dispersion among securities, there are well-defined winners and losers. Rather than buying a broad short of the whole market, we systematically invest in companies that are identified to be weak and have a greater chance in our opinion of dropping more than the other companies drop in the universe.
2020 has continued to be a record year. So far this year we have seen unemployment across the globe rise to record levels (the U.S. unemployment rivals the great depression), equity markets sold off at a record speed which pushed the US market into a bear market and oil moved into negative territory as demand has deteriorated. Since the depths of the market sell off at the end of March, the equity market just as quickly pulled itself out of a bear market, also in record time. The first quarter was the strongest performing quarter since DWSH was launched, as the markets crashed and investors fled to safety. This changed in April however as markets rebounded and DWSH posted a loss for the month.
Currently the portfolio is comprised of 101 companies spread across the major macro sectors. This number will fluctuate over time as positions grow to a larger allocation of the portfolio and as securities are replaced in our sell process. As securities are removed from the portfolio, the new purchases will be allocated at roughly equal weight, depending on the cash level. Over the past several months we have seen several names continue to grow in our holdings as the markets continue to hold the companies in an unfavorable light.
Top 10 Holdings
|Ticker||Security Description||Portfolio Weight %|
|AR||ANTERO RESOURCES CORP||-2.31%|
|W||WAYFAIR INC- CLASS A||-1.71%|
|NUS||NU SKIN ENTERPRISES INC – A||-1.46%|
|SERV||SERVICEMASTER GLOBAL HOLDING||-1.35%|
|QRTEA||QURATE RETAIL INC-SERIES A||-1.33%|
|PTEN||PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY INC||-1.31%|
|FANG||DIAMONDBACK ENERGY INC||-1.29%|
As of 04.30.2020.
The portfolio is continually reevaluated so that it is well positioned to capture current market trends. In the current markets we have seen the portfolio continually make changes along with the changes in sentiment in the market. The portfolio saw a large number of change over the past quarter, with numerous new positions in energy and consumer cyclicals. While healthcare saw the largest reduction in total holdings. Over the past month the largest changes were in Energy and Healthcare which saw the largest increase in allocation, while Healthcare and Technology both saw reductions. As the markets continue to digest new information around Covid-19 and the recession that it has caused, the portfolio will continue to position itself appropriately.
As of 04.30.2020.
John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF (DWSH) Portfolio Manager
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