HDGE: 3rd Quarter 2022 Portfolio Review

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For the third quarter of 2022, the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (NYSE Arca: HDGE) lost -4.83% while the S&P500 lost -4.88%.

Markets Review

We track and respect Warren Buffet’s favorite market indicator, namely, the U.S. Market Capitalization-to-GDP ratio.* It is a useful measure of long-term stock market valuations and of “where we are” in a cycle. Currently, the ratio tells us that the market remains overvalued.  Despite the decline that has taken place already, the ratio sits at the level of the peak of the tech bubble in 2000.  In short, the market could certainly fall further.  A balanced level could see the market falling another 30% to where the US market cap and GDP are worth the same amounts – a level of 100 on this chart.

Market participants are changing their exposures across stock characteristics.  Rising interest rates and continuing Federal Reserve tightening are leading investors to shun highly indebted companies.  Stocks of those companies are underperforming the broader market, as can be seen here.

Yet, money-losing companies whose stocks had fallen so much earlier in the year seem to be stabilizing now.  Are investors taking a pause and cautiously rethinking risk appetites for young growth companies again?  It seems to be the case.

Investors are once again embracing aggressive industry groups.  These include Technology, Health Tech and Energy sector stocks.

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* The Market Capitalization-to-GDP ratio (or the Buffet indicator) is a valuation multiple used to assess how expensive or cheap the aggregate stock market is at a given point in time. It was proposed as a metric by investor Warren Buffett in 2001, who called it “probably the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment”, and its modern form compares the capitalization of the US Wilshire 5000 index to U.S. GDP.


Top Holdings

For the third quarter of 2022, the largest realized and unrealized gains were Freshpet Inc (FRPT), VanEck Oil Services ETF (OIH), Wayfair, Inc. Class A (W)and Universal Display Corporation (OLED). Freshpet stock drifted downward most of the quarter, ending down -3.47%. After a hard selloff in May, this premium pet food manufacturer continued to see high cash burn. Management cut its earnings outlook in August and the stock continued to slide. We exited the position. VanEck Oil Services ETF  stock fell sharply in September, ending down  -9.20% for the quarter. Oilfield Equipment and Services stocks were hard hit in late September on falling crude prices. We exited the position. Wayfair stock continued a long slide, ending the quarter down -25.28%. This online furniture and housewares retailer continues to lose money even as top line grows. The company missed estimates and announced deep layoffs last quarter. It is also squarely among the growth stories that are falling sharply from rising rates and the shift in investor appetites. We exited the position. Universal Display stock rose, then fell during Q3. The flat panel display technology company missed sales and earnings estimates last quarter.  Analysts lowered their forecasts. The stock finished the quarter down -6.71%.

The largest realized and unrealized losses for the second quarter were Cloudflare Inc Class A (NET), Bill.com Holdings, Inc. (BILL) and Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK). Cloudflare stock benefitted from the early August market rally and finished the quarter up 26.42%. The security software company continued to add large clients, which allowed it to beat estimates last quarter. The stock rallied as a result. Bill.com stock rallied during August, ending the quarter up 20.40%. The payment processing company announced results that exceeded expectations. They reduced their loss from last year’s quarter and topped forecast revenues. We exited the position. Autodesk stock had a strong July and early August. The design software company posted strong results. The stock rose in sympathy with other tech growth stocks in July and August. The stock closed 8.63% higher at the end of the quarter than on June 30th. We exited the position.

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
FFIV F5 INC -1.55%

As of 09.30.20202. Cash not included.


Brad Lamensdorf
Ranger Alternative Management
AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (HDGE) Portfolio Manager


Past Commentary


The S&P 500 Index is a free-float capitalization-weighted index based on the common stock prices of 500 American companies. It is one of the most commonly followed equity indices and many consider it the best representation of the market and a bellwether for the U.S. economy.

A Bear Market (Bearish) is a market condition in which the prices of securities are falling, and widespread pessimism causes the negative sentiment to be self-sustaining. As investors anticipate losses in a bear market and selling continues, pessimism only grows. Although figures can vary, for many, a downturn of 20% or more in multiple broad market indexes, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) or Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500), over at least a two-month period, is considered an entry into a bear market.

A Bull Market (Bullish) is a financial market of a group of securities in which prices are rising or are expected to rise. The term “bull market” is most often used to refer to the stock market, but can be applied to anything that is traded, such as bonds, currencies and commodities.

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Volatility is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given security or market index. Volatility can either be measured by using the standard deviation or variance between returns from that same security or market index. Commonly, the higher the volatility, the riskier the security.

Implied Volatility is the estimated volatility of a security’s price. In general, implied volatility increases when the market is bearish and decreases when the market is bullish. This is due to the common belief that bearish markets are more risky than bullish markets.

The Volatility Index (VIX) is the ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index, which shows the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility. It is constructed using the implied volatilities of a wide range of S&P 500 index options. This volatility is meant
to be forward looking and is calculated from both calls and puts. The VIX is a widely used measure of market risk and is often referred to as the “investor fear gauge”. The VIX is a contrarian sentiment indicator that helps to determine when there is too much optimism or fear in the market.

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