DWUS: 4th Quarter 2023 Portfolio Review

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The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM US Core ETF’s (DWUS)​ uses relative 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 benefitted from its overweight of growth in the fourth quarter of 2023 and gained 12.86% (market) over the last three months of the year. Its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, gained 11.69%. With its outperformance in the fourth quarter, DWUS was able to post a 2023 return of 20.47% (market). As growth continues to hold relative strength over other styles, the momentum strategy underneath DWUS will benefit if this trend holds in 2024.


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. DWUS did not make any changes in the fourth quarter and continues to hold the Invesco QQQ Trust and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust. With its allocation to QQQ and SPY, DWUS is heavily weighted in the largest stocks in US and is highlighted by names like Apple and Microsoft. Over the past quarter, Costco has snuck into the top 10 of stock exposure.

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %

As of 12.31.2023. Cash not included.

Top 10 Stocks Underlying Exposure
Security Description Ticker Portfolio Weight %
Apple Inc. AAPL 8.11%
Microsoft Corporation MSFT 7.77%
Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN 4.14%
NVIDIA Corporation NVDA 3.40%
Meta Platforms Inc. Class A META 2.91%
Tesla, Inc. TSLA 2.70%
Broadcom Inc. AVGO 2.70%
Alphabet Inc. Class A GOOGL 2.30%
Alphabet Inc. Class C GOOG 2.12%
Costco Wholesale Corporation COST 1.53%

As of 12.31.2023.


As one might expect, the heavy overweight towards growth has DWUS most concentrated in the technology and consumer discretionary sectors. On the other hand, energy, real estate, and materials are the three most underweight sectors. Industrials, healthcare, and communication services each hold roughly 10% of the underlying sector exposure.

As of 12.31.2023


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Past Commentary


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