FWDB: April 2020 Portfolio Review

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FolioBeyond’s algorithm underlying the AdvisorShares FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF (FWDB) returned +0.56% in April versus +1.78% for the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (“AGG”). Year-to-date and over longer time periods, FWDB continues to outperform Morningstar’s US Fund Multisector Bond category as shown in the table below. Although risk levels declined somewhat relative to extreme volatility levels of March, risk measures still remain elevated by historical standards. Consequently, FWDB continued to maintain a conservative portfolio allocation.

The primary drivers of returns for FWDB in April were intermediate duration Agency Bonds, short dated TIPs and short duration High Yield Corporate Bonds. The Federal Reserve’s initial intervention in the markets focused on Agency Mortgage Backed Securities and Investment Grade Corporate Bonds which quickly drove yield spreads in those sectors to tighter, less attractive levels. This has created some compelling relative value opportunities in various sub-sectors of the market that will come into play for FWDB’s strategy as volatility levels subside. While implied volatility levels have come off their highs from March, we are still at two times historical levels, which makes it premature for FWDB’s optimization model to include many riskier sub-sectors given the model’s volatility constraint.


  1-Month Return YTD 2020 Return 1-Yr Return 3-Yr Return 5-Yr Return
FWDB (NAV) 0.56% -1.97% 4.24% 3.56% 3.43%
Bloomberg Barclays
U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (“AGG”)
1.78% 4.98% 10.84% 5.17% 3.806%
Morningstar Multisector Bond Category Average 3.12% -6.20% -1.79% 1.40% 2.19%
FWDB’s Morningstar Category Percentile Rank 12 12 15
Morningstar Multisector Bond Category Universe 336 332 318 282 229

Source: BNY Mellon, Morningstar.

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From a correlation perspective, FolioBeyond’s FWDB strategy has historically exhibited low correlation to commonly followed market benchmarks. One of the primary reasons for this low correlation behavior is the dynamic, multi-factor, sector rebalancing approach that utilizes an advanced modeling framework. In contrast, market benchmarks are quite static with limited periodic changes to their  index composition. This low correlation benefit can be taken advantage of in a portfolio context by complementing investors existing core fixed income bond portfolios with FWDB’s alpha generating, multisector bond strategy.

Looking forward, we anticipate that FWDB’s strategy will take advantage of the richer opportunity set of expected returns created by the recent market volatility. Whether there is a U-shaped, V-shaped, or the recently adopted Nike swoosh recovery, the FWDB’s model will continue to update the underlying analytical measures daily to capture the most relevant value and risk measures and optimize sector allocations appropriately. We believe this dynamic, algorithmic approach is likely to extract significant sector rotation alpha over intermediate and long-term holding periods, similar to how FolioBeyond’s alg

Please contact us to explore how FWDB – a low-cost, efficiently executed, and tax-efficient algorithmic strategy packaged into an ETF – can fit into your Fixed Income bucket to match your overall investment goals.

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As of 04.30.2020. Cash is not included.


Yung Lim
CEO of FolioBeyond
AdvisorShares FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF (FWDB) Research Strategist


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