FWDB: 1st Quarter 2021 Portfolio Review

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FolioBeyond’s algorithm underlying the AdvisorShares FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF (FWDB) returned -0.38% in March. The strategy outperformed the the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (“AGG”) which returned -1.25%.  During Q1 of 2021, FWDB returned -1.51%, outperforming the AGG which returned -3.37%.

The outperformance of FWDB occurred with the backdrop of Treasuries’ steepening selloff which maintained its trend in March, with the 2 to 10-year yield spread widening by another 28 basis points. FWDB’s strategy has been positioned with a shorter duration profile than AGG but with higher current income, primarily from short-duration High Yield exposure. As the relative value relationships change, the model will rebalance the portfolio to maximize projected returns subject to risk constraints.

Performance Summary as of March 31, 2021

Total Return 1-Month YTD 2020 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year
FWDB (NAV) -0.38% -1.51% 3.48% 3.47% 3.94%
Bloomberg Barclays
U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (“AGG”)
-1.25% -3.37% 0.71% 4.65% 3.10%
Standard Deviation     1-Year 3-Year 5-Year
FWDB 2.95% 4.49% 4.00%
AGG 3.61% 3.56% 3.31%

Source: BNY Mellon, Morningstar.

Standard Deviation measures the dispersion of a set of data from its mean and is calculated as the square root of variance. Sharpe Ratio measures the average return minus the risk-free return divided by the standard deviation of return on an investment.

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Highlight: Review of Fixed Income Risk Factors

Given fluctuations in the perceived pace of the economic recovery and inflationary concerns, investors need to capture the changing risk dynamics emanating from shifts in fundamental and technical factors. It is essential in the current environment to maintain a disciplined approach for quantifying the varying effects of fundamental factors.

To review the major drivers of value and risk in the Fixed Income market’s diverse product sectors, we provide a qualitative overview of the significant risk dimensions present in a subset of the 23 subsectors we analyze on an ongoing basis. While some of the risk factors are clearly evident, such as the high duration risk in long Treasuries and Municipal Bonds, the combination of risk factors embedded in certain product types might be less obvious.

For example, while Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) protect against rising inflationary expectations, there is a significant duration component in TIPs that can offset any gains from rising inflation if the environment is accompanied by increasing interest rates. Another example is Bank Loans, where the product’s floating rate nature would make it insensitive to changes in intermediate and long-term Treasury rates.  Additionally, since most Bank Loans have longer maturities, they are adversely impacted when credit spreads widen. This makes its spread duration risk more significant, especially in any rate move where credit spreads gap out. A third example is Mortgage REITs, where the leverage risk amplifies the prepayment risk in the underlying Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) portfolio.

RISK Long-Term Treasury TIPs Intermediate-Term Corporate MBS Bank Loans High Yield
Long-Term Municipals Mortgage REITs
Duration High Moderate/
Moderate Moderate   Moderate High Low/ Moderate
Spread Duration     Moderate Moderate Moderate High High High
    Low   Moderate/
Low Low
Option/ Callable     Moderate Moderate   Moderate   High
Liquidity     Low Low Moderate Moderate Moderate High
Other   Inflation   Prepay       Leverage;

The good news is that the diversity of risk-return profiles in the Fixed Income market allows for effective implementation of portfolio solutions that match institutional and individual investors’ desired risk goals. FolioBeyond’s optimization approach used in managing FWDB evaluates the opportunity set across many discrete subsectors in the Fixed Income market. It produces optimal portfolio allocations while limiting the aggregate risk level to be equivalent to the broad AGG benchmark.  The Fixed Income market’s quantitative nature lends itself well for running comprehensive value and risk updates daily, with timely rebalancing transactions as required.


Top Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %

As of 03.31.2021. Cash is not included.


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



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