DWUS: 4th Quarter 2022 Portfolio Review

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The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM US Core ETF’s (DWUS) uses relative strength strength to allocate towards the strongest performing areas of the Large-Cap US space using broad market and factor ETFs. The strategy implements Dorsey Wright’s proprietary fund scoring method that is built around relative strength and momentum.  The top two ranked funds at each seasonal quarterly evaluation are selected as the holdings.  The strategy is not constrained to holding a set allocation to any sector, style, cap, or factor. This allows the portfolio to over or underweight markets to concentrate on areas of strength in the Large-Cap US market, often pushing the portfolio to vary from a standard broad market benchmark.


DWUS made a shift in May away from growth and into low volatility. The fund now has a more defensive posture than it did entering the year and maintained this exposure through the end of the third quarter. Looking at performance, DWUS outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 3.86% in the fourth quarter.


The portfolio continues to be allocated to securities that we believe to display favorable relative strength characteristics. The portfolio is made up of two ETFs, both of which have shown high relative strength versus the broad market. Growth areas in the market have picked up momentum over the last couple of months and the portfolio remains in growth. Its next evaluation period will be at the beginning of February, in which some changes may occur.

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %

Top Underlying Stock Exposure

 Security Description Ticker Portfolio Weight %
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 0.76%
Coca-Cola Company KO 0.71%
Colgate-Palmolive Company CL 0.69%
Duke Energy Corporation DUK 0.69%
PepsiCo, Inc. PEP 0.68%
Southern Company SO 0.68%
Ameren Corporation AEE 0.68%
Procter & Gamble Company PG 0.68%
Consolidated Edison, Inc. ED 0.67%
Becton, Dickinson and Company BDX 0.67%

As of 12.31.2022. Cash not included.

Sector Allocation

Utilities remain the highest weighted sector with 16.42% of the underlying exposure which is followed by consumer staples at 14.28%. Financials, industrials, and healthcare are all hovering around 12% of the sector exposure for DWUS. Communication services, energy, and materials are the three underweighted sectors with each possessing less than 5% of the total sector exposure. The overweight sectors in DWUS highlight the more defensive nature of the underlying holdings entering 2023. As of 12.31.2022.


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AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM US Core ETF (DWUS) Portfolio Model Manager

Past Commentary

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