DWUS: 3rd Quarter 2020 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.

Portfolio & Holdings

The second half of 2020 has sprung forward as one of the fastest rebounds in the market over the past few decades. We have continued to see the market dominated by growth rather than value. The broad-based benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, was down almost 4% this month. The portfolio did not hold up as well as its benchmark this month as sectors overweight in the portfolio like Technology suffered from broad US market volatility. This is not a concern however as the strategy continues to have nearly a 20% lead ahead of its benchmark for the year.  Even with the volatility, we still have growth focused ETFs scoring higher than their value counterparts. This continuation of growth leading value has also been a boost to momentum strategies that tend to perform well in market environments with defined leadership.

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. We continue to see Growth hold strength over Value across all cap sizes which is reflected in the holdings.

Top Holding(s)

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %

Top 10 Underlying Stock Exposure

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
AAPL Apple Inc. 5.47%
TSLA Tesla Inc 4.83%
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. 4.36%
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 4.09%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 3.72%
ADBE Adobe Inc. 2.84%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. 2.54%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc. Class A 2.50%
GOOG Alphabet Inc. Class C 2.43%
INTC Intel Corporation 2.19%

As of 9.30.2020.

Sector Allocation

Given the overweighting of growth in DWUS, Information Technology has the largest sector exposure with 37.62%. Following behind Information Technology are Consumer Discretionary, Health Care, and Communication Services.  Sectors that have little to no exposure are Energy, Materials, Utilities, and Financials. DWUS has no sector caps which allows it to fully take advantage of dispersion between different sectors.

As of 9.30.2020.


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AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM US Core ETF (DWUS) Portfolio Strategist


Past Commentary

Coming soon.


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