(DWSH) DORSEY WRIGHT SHORT ETF

DWSH

Overview

Markets can easily move in any direction and an investment portfolio can easily follow suit. Similar to insuring the most valuable and important possessions in life, incorporating a hedge into an equity allocation can provide an effective means of delivering protection to an investment portfolio during unexpected market downturns. Such a specialized approach to long/short diversification requires a specialized skill set from a manager with a deep expertise in navigating all aspects of the equity market.

The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF (Ticker: DWSH) is managed by Nasdaq Dorsey Wright a firm renowned for relative strength investing. Relative strength investing involves buying securities that have appreciated in price more than the other securities in their investment universe and holding those securities until they exhibit sell signals. In implementing DWSH’s shorting strategy to its core philosophy of relative strength investing, Dorsey Wright identifies and short sells those securities with the highest relative weakness within an investment universe primarily comprised of large-capitalization U.S.-traded equities. DWSH’s investment process is purely systematic and removes any human emotion from the day-to-day decision making.

Symbol Exchange Inception Date CUSIP Indicative Value Leverage Exposure
DWSH Nasdaq 7/10/2018 00768Y529 DWSH.IV No
<strong>Why Invest in DWSH?</strong>
  • Hedging Investment Tool – DWSH can be implemented as part of a long/short strategy to provide an investor with a “buy and hold” alternative to hedge their long domestically-traded equity exposure.
  • Alpha-Seeking Exposure – DWSH’s systematic and selective approach offers the potential opportunity to add alpha to an investment portfolio, especially during a bear market. At certain technical levels during severe market downturns, the strategy can allocate its short exposure more broadly to the domestic equity market – by shorting individual ETFs or futures contracts – seeking to enhance its total return.
  • For Manager Diversification – Through an established portfolio manager, spreading your investment risk among equities not correlated to the broader market can help diversify and mitigate your overall portfolio risk. DWSH differs considerably from inverse ETF investment strategies, which are subject to daily resets and blindly sell short the top companies within a market-cap weighted index such as the S&P 500.
  • For Strategy Diversification – The systematic portfolio management process seeks to limit unnecessary risk and maximize exposure to the momentum factor. If a security becomes too large as a percentage of the portfolio it is trimmed to bring it back in line with the other security weights. The process also seeks to similarly spread out allocations within its stock model. The objective sell discipline represents an important component of the portfolio construction process.
<strong>Where Can DWSH Fit in a Traditional Portfolio?</strong>

DWSH can provide a satellite equity holding to a broad-based equity allocation that may be used to hedge volatility and risk for similar long equity exposure, seeking positive returns in a declining equity market.

<strong>Key Attributes</strong>
  1. Dedicated Short Portfolio of Weakest Companies – DWSH typically has a portfolio of 75 – 100 equities that begin with a modified equal weighting, demonstrating the highest relative weakness characteristics according to Dorsey Wright’s proprietary individual stock rotation methodology.
  2. Systematic Approach – DWSH’s investment process is entirely systematic and is designed to remove human emotion from the decision process. This approach allows the portfolio manager the ability to continually execute their proven investment process through all types of different markets. The process also allows the portfolio manager the ability to analyze a large number of securities that may become very different over time.
  3. Relative Strength/Weakness Analysis – DWSH uses a core philosophy of relative strength investing, which compares price performance within a universe of stocks. Relative strength investing provides a repeatable process both to identify and to identify and select the leaders, as well as conversely to identify and select the laggards through relative weakness to sell short.
  4. Disciplined Sell Process – Securities are automatically sold from the portfolio when they surpass a predetermined rank threshold. The sell rank is determined when the security is purchased and is not adjusted for different market scenarios. The sell process is entirely based on technical, systematic ranks and does not allow for any portfolio manager discretion or overrides.
<strong>About the Portfolio Manager</strong>

John G. Lewis, CMT, Senior Portfolio Manager
John Lewis is a Senior Portfolio manager with Nasdaq Dorsey Wright. In this role, Mr. Lewis is responsible for the investment strategies used in various different indices and models.

Since joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Lewis has developed strategies for the firm’s Systematic Relative Strength series of separate accounts, the Technical Leaders Index methodology, global asset allocation strategies, and multiple series of UITs. His work is technically driven and focuses on relative strength and momentum as the main factors in the investment process.

One of the foremost experts on relative strength investing, Mr. Lewis has authored several original research papers on the subject. He is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Market Technician’s Association and the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts. Mr. Lewis earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from the University of San Diego.

Fund

Price History

As of 7/30/2021

NAV $8.71 Closing Price $8.74
Change $0.04 Close Change $0.06
Shares Outstanding 3,140,000 Volume 4,038
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint $8.73 Premium Discount $0.01
Assets Under Management $26,779,981.05 30-Day Median bid-ask Spread -
Premium/Discount Historical Data | NAV Historical Data | Daily Premium/Discount Historical Data
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.

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Performance

As of 6/30/2021

NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month -2.17 -2.62 2.33
3 Months -7.55 -7.56 8.55
YTD -25.22 -25.17 15.25
1 Year -55.58 -55.79 40.79
Since Inception (7/10/2018, Annualized) -30.13 -30.21 17.74

As of 6/30/2021

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month -2.17 -2.62 2.33
3 Months -7.55 -7.56 8.55
YTD -25.22 -25.17 15.25
1 Year -55.58 -55.79 40.79
Since Inception (7/10/2018, Annualized) -30.13 -30.21 17.74

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. All Fund data and performance data quoted is believed to be accurate, and unless otherwise stated, is sourced from the Fund administrator, the Advisor’s or Sub-Advisor’s proprietary data, and Morningstar. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Returns less than one year are not annualized.

Fund

Holdings

As of

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Date Account Symbol Stock Ticker Security Number Security Description Shares/Par (Full) Price (Base) Traded Market Value (Base) Portfolio Weight % Asset Group
07/30/2021 DWSH VST 92840M102 VISTRA CORP (16,580.00) 19.15 (317,507.00) -1.16% S
ROL 775711104 ROLLINS INC (8,014.00) 38.33 (307,176.62) -1.12% S
HOLX 436440101 HOLOGIC INC (4,057.00) 75.04 (304,437.28) -1.11% S
JKHY 426281101 JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES INC (1,707.00) 174.09 (297,171.63) -1.09% S
PRGO G97822103 PERRIGO CO PLC (6,138.00) 48.03 (294,808.14) -1.08% FS
PAYC 70432V102 PAYCOM SOFTWARE INC (732.00) 400.00 (292,800.00) -1.07% S
FISV 337738108 FISERV INC (2,515.00) 115.11 (289,501.65) -1.06% S
GWRE 40171V100 GUIDEWIRE SOFTWARE INC (2,502.00) 115.20 (288,230.40) -1.05% S
WEC 92939U106 WEC ENERGY GROUP INC (3,050.00) 94.14 (287,127.00) -1.05% S
CONE 23283R100 CYRUSONE INC (4,012.00) 71.27 (285,935.24) -1.05% S
OLED 91347P105 UNIVERSAL DISPLAY CORP (1,217.00) 234.49 (285,374.33) -1.04% S
FDS 303075105 FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC (793.00) 357.28 (283,323.04) -1.04% S
MKTX 57060D108 MARKETAXESS HOLDINGS INC (594.00) 475.17 (282,250.98) -1.03% S
CABO 12685J105 CABLE ONE INC (149.00) 1,887.99 (281,310.51) -1.03% S
VRSK 92345Y106 VERISK ANALYTICS INC (1,480.00) 189.94 (281,111.20) -1.03% S
CSGP 22160N109 COSTAR GROUP INC (3,153.00) 88.85 (280,144.05) -1.02% S
BFAM 109194100 BRIGHT HORIZONS FAMILY SOLUT (1,871.00) 149.50 (279,714.50) -1.02% S
CTXS 177376100 CITRIX SYSTEMS INC (2,776.00) 100.75 (279,682.00) -1.02% S
ATO 049560105 ATMOS ENERGY CORP (2,836.00) 98.59 (279,601.24) -1.02% S
GPN 37940X102 GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC (1,434.00) 193.41 (277,349.94) -1.01% S
BKI 09215C105 BLACK KNIGHT INC (3,340.00) 82.81 (276,585.40) -1.01% S
BF/B 115637209 BROWN-FORMAN CORP-CLASS B (3,896.00) 70.92 (276,304.32) -1.01% S
RGA 759351604 REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA (2,506.00) 110.18 (276,111.08) -1.01% S
AXS G0692U109 AXIS CAPITAL HOLDINGS LTD (5,426.00) 50.87 (276,020.62) -1.01% FS
LOPE 38526M106 GRAND CANYON EDUCATION INC (2,975.00) 92.37 (274,800.75) -1.01% S
TTWO 874054109 TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWRE (1,581.00) 173.42 (274,177.02) -1.00% S
LMT 539830109 LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP (737.00) 371.67 (273,920.79) -1.00% S
BAH 099502106 BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON HOLDINGS (3,191.00) 85.81 (273,819.71) -1.00% S
DLTR 256746108 DOLLAR TREE INC (2,742.00) 99.79 (273,624.18) -1.00% S
SVC 81761L102 SERVICE PROPERTIES TRUST (24,567.00) 11.13 (273,430.71) -1.00% S
NFLX 64110L106 NETFLIX INC (528.00) 517.57 (273,276.96) -1.00% S
ICUI 44930G107 ICU MEDICAL INC (1,341.00) 203.29 (272,611.89) -1.00% S
CTSH 192446102 COGNIZANT TECH SOLUTIONS-A (3,700.00) 73.53 (272,061.00) -1.00% S
WEX 96208T104 WEX INC (1,432.00) 189.73 (271,693.36) -0.99% S
KMT 489170100 KENNAMETAL INC (7,492.00) 36.25 (271,585.00) -0.99% S
PG 742718109 PROCTER & GAMBLE CO/THE (1,907.00) 142.23 (271,232.61) -0.99% S
CHD 171340102 CHURCH & DWIGHT CO INC (3,130.00) 86.58 (270,995.40) -0.99% S
BWXT 05605H100 BWX TECHNOLOGIES INC (4,717.00) 57.43 (270,897.31) -0.99% S
FGEN 31572Q808 FIBROGEN INC (20,789.00) 13.00 (270,257.00) -0.99% S
K 487836108 KELLOGG CO (4,260.00) 63.36 (269,913.60) -0.99% S
CDK 12508E101 CDK GLOBAL INC (5,618.00) 47.99 (269,607.82) -0.99% S
CHDN 171484108 CHURCHILL DOWNS INC (1,451.00) 185.80 (269,595.80) -0.99% S
NEU 651587107 NEWMARKET CORP (852.00) 315.91 (269,155.32) -0.98% S
FIS 31620M106 FIDELITY NATIONAL INFO SERV (1,800.00) 149.05 (268,290.00) -0.98% S
WMT 931142103 WALMART INC (1,882.00) 142.55 (268,279.10) -0.98% S
BLL 058498106 BALL CORP (3,316.00) 80.88 (268,198.08) -0.98% S
ECL 278865100 ECOLAB INC (1,214.00) 220.83 (268,087.62) -0.98% S
SPLK 848637104 SPLUNK INC (1,885.00) 141.98 (267,632.30) -0.98% S
EIX 281020107 EDISON INTERNATIONAL (4,897.00) 54.50 (266,886.50) -0.98% S
AEP 025537101 AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER (3,027.00) 88.12 (266,739.24) -0.98% S
SIRI 82968B103 SIRIUS XM HOLDINGS INC (41,226.00) 6.47 (266,732.22) -0.98% S
DHC 25525P107 DIVERSIFIED HEALTHCARE TRUST (68,079.00) 3.90 (265,508.10) -0.97% S
ETR 29364G103 ENTERGY CORP (2,579.00) 102.92 (265,430.68) -0.97% S
SAGE 78667J108 SAGE THERAPEUTICS INC (6,048.00) 43.73 (264,479.04) -0.97% S
FLR 343412102 FLUOR CORP (15,819.00) 16.66 (263,544.54) -0.96% S
VIAC 92556H206 VIACOMCBS INC - CLASS B (6,434.00) 40.93 (263,343.62) -0.96% S
KMB 494368103 KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP (1,939.00) 135.72 (263,161.08) -0.96% S
SGEN 81181C104 SEAGEN INC (1,710.00) 153.39 (262,296.90) -0.96% S
CL 194162103 COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO (3,299.00) 79.50 (262,270.50) -0.96% S
T 00206R102 AT&T INC (9,348.00) 28.05 (262,211.40) -0.96% S
PCG 69331C108 P G & E CORP (29,780.00) 8.79 (261,766.20) -0.96% S
INTC 458140100 INTEL CORP (4,862.00) 53.72 (261,186.64) -0.96% S
DISCA 25470F104 DISCOVERY INC - A (8,998.00) 29.01 (261,031.98) -0.96% S
NBIX 64125C109 NEUROCRINE BIOSCIENCES INC (2,781.00) 93.21 (259,217.01) -0.95% S
EXEL 30161Q104 EXELIXIS INC (15,355.00) 16.85 (258,731.75) -0.95% S
NI 65473P105 NISOURCE INC (10,440.00) 24.77 (258,598.80) -0.95% S
OGE 670837103 OGE ENERGY CORP (7,651.00) 33.75 (258,221.25) -0.94% S
CMS 125896100 CMS ENERGY CORP (4,168.00) 61.79 (257,540.72) -0.94% S
FLT 339041105 FLEETCOR TECHNOLOGIES INC (996.00) 258.22 (257,187.12) -0.94% S
KAR 48238T109 KAR AUCTION SERVICES INC (15,605.00) 16.48 (257,170.40) -0.94% S
EXAS 30063P105 EXACT SCIENCES CORP (2,377.00) 107.84 (256,335.68) -0.94% S
CHE 16359R103 CHEMED CORP (538.00) 476.02 (256,098.76) -0.94% S
MSGS 55825T103 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS (1,563.00) 162.74 (254,362.62) -0.93% S
ERIE 29530P102 ERIE INDEMNITY COMPANY-CL A (1,375.00) 184.89 (254,223.75) -0.93% S
MKC 579780206 MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS (2,959.00) 84.17 (249,059.03) -0.91% S
VZ 92343V104 VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC (4,437.00) 55.78 (247,495.86) -0.91% S
FLO 343498101 FLOWERS FOODS INC (10,470.00) 23.56 (246,673.20) -0.90% S
BLUE 09609G100 BLUEBIRD BIO INC (9,667.00) 25.41 (245,638.47) -0.90% S
GIS 370334104 GENERAL MILLS INC (4,167.00) 58.86 (245,269.62) -0.90% S
VRTX 92532F100 VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC (1,199.00) 201.58 (241,694.42) -0.88% S
ED 209115104 CONSOLIDATED EDISON INC (3,269.00) 73.77 (241,154.13) -0.88% S
INCY 45337C102 INCYTE CORP (3,114.00) 77.35 (240,867.90) -0.88% S
D 25746U109 DOMINION ENERGY INC (3,213.00) 74.87 (240,557.31) -0.88% S
ALSN 01973R101 ALLISON TRANSMISSION HOLDING (6,006.00) 39.91 (239,699.46) -0.88% S
NKTR 640268108 NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS (14,947.00) 15.79 (236,013.13) -0.86% S
RGLD 780287108 ROYAL GOLD INC (1,919.00) 121.52 (233,196.88) -0.85% S
CLX 189054109 CLOROX COMPANY (1,289.00) 180.89 (233,167.21) -0.85% S
GILD 375558103 GILEAD SCIENCES INC (3,329.00) 68.29 (227,337.41) -0.83% S
RNR G7496G103 RENAISSANCERE HOLDINGS LTD (1,484.00) 152.69 (226,591.96) -0.83% FS
BDX 075887109 BECTON DICKINSON AND CO (885.00) 255.75 (226,338.75) -0.83% S
MRK 58933Y105 MERCK & CO. INC. (2,862.00) 76.87 (220,001.94) -0.80% S
CPB 134429109 CAMPBELL SOUP CO (5,031.00) 43.72 (219,955.32) -0.80% S
BAX 071813109 BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC (2,831.00) 77.35 (218,977.85) -0.80% S
LVS 517834107 LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP (5,159.00) 42.35 (218,483.65) -0.80% S
TREE 52603B107 LENDINGTREE INC (1,116.00) 195.22 (217,865.52) -0.80% S
COG 127097103 CABOT OIL & GAS CORP (13,604.00) 16.00 (217,664.00) -0.80% S
IONS 462222100 IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC (5,794.00) 37.14 (215,189.16) -0.79% S
HRL 440452100 HORMEL FOODS CORP (4,617.00) 46.38 (214,136.46) -0.78% S
BMRN 09061G101 BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC (2,735.00) 76.73 (209,856.55) -0.77% S
SRPT 803607100 SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC (2,971.00) 67.78 (201,374.38) -0.74% S
OXY/WS 674599162 OCCIDENTAL PETE WT (8,342.00) 10.73 (89,509.66) -0.33% W
OGN 68622V106 ORGANON & CO (250.00) 29.01 (7,252.50) -0.03% S
HOLD 00768Y651 ADVISORSHARES SAGE CORE RESE 100,000.00 98.64 9,864,000.00 36.09% MF
CASH 17,934,460.65 100.00 17,934,460.65 65.61% CA
X9USDISLQ INVESCO GOVT AGENCY INSTL 1901 25,776,579.32 1.00 25,776,579.32 94.31% MM
Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change. A holding identified with an “MM” at the end of its name indicates it is a Money Market fund.

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Characteristics

As of 6/30/2021

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Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.75%
Other Expenses 2.81%
Acquired Fund Fees 0.11%
Gross Expenses Ratio 3.67%
Net Expense Ratio 3.67%

Advisor has contractually agreed to reduce its fees and/or reimburse expenses to keep net expenses (excluding amounts payable pursuant to any plan adopted in accordance with Rule 12b-1, interest expense, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and extraordinary expenses) from exceeding 1.25% of the Fund’s average daily net assets for at least one year from the date of the Prospectus. “Other Expenses” is comprised of 1.71% is short interest expense and 0.80% in remaining expenses.

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Fund Distributions

    • Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the Fund’s website at www.AdvisorShares.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Foreside Fund Services, LLC, Distributor.The Fund is subject to a number of risks that may affect the value of its shares, including the possible loss of principal. Short sales are transactions in which the Fund sells a security it does not own. To complete the transaction, the Fund must borrow the security to make delivery to the buyer. The Fund is then obligated to replace the security borrowed by purchasing the security at the market price at the time of replacement. If the underlying security goes down in price between the time the Fund sells the security and buys it back, the Fund will realize a gain on the transaction. Conversely, if the underlying security goes up in price during the period, the Fund will realize a loss on the transaction. Any such loss is increased by the amount of premium or interest the Fund must pay to the lender of the security. Likewise, any gain will be decreased by the amount of premium or interest the Fund must pay to the lender of the security. Because a short position loses value as the security’s price increases, the loss on a short sale is theoretically unlimited. Short sales involve leverage because the Fund borrows securities and then sells them, effectively leveraging its assets. The use of leverage may magnify gains or losses for the Fund. As with any fund, there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

      Definitions

      Alpha: One of the most commonly quoted indicators of investment performance, alpha, is defined as the excess return on an investment relative to the return on a benchmark index.  

      Short: A short, or a short position, is created when a trader sells a security first with the intention of repurchasing it or covering it later at a lower price.