The investment objective of the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (NYSE Arca: HDGE) is capital appreciation through short sales of domestically traded equity securities. HDGE is sub-advised by Ranger Alternative Management, L.P. (“Portfolio Manager”). The Portfolio Manager implements a bottom-up, fundamental, research driven security selection process. In selecting short positions, the Fund seeks to identify securities with low earnings quality or aggressive accounting which may be intended on the part of company management to mask operational deterioration and bolster the reported earnings per share over a short time period. In addition, the Portfolio Manager seeks to identify earnings driven events that may act as a catalyst to the price decline of a security, such as downwards earnings revisions or reduced forward guidance.

Symbol Exchange Inception Date CUSIP Indicative Value Options
HDGE NYSE Arca 1/26/2011 00768Y 412 HDGE.IV Available
<strong>Why Invest in HDGE?</strong>
  • As a Tool to Hedge Equity Exposure – HDGE can be used as part of a long/short strategy in which an investor may synthetically integrate by pairing HDGE with a long-index ETF (or an investor’s portfolio of long positions), providing the investor with a “buy and hold” option to hedge their long domestically-traded equity exposure.
  • For Diversified Portfolio Construction – The Portfolio Manager’s portfolio construction process emphasizes diversification across a number of industries and specific companies with a special focus on catalysts that drive lower stock returns. The portfolio typically consists of between 20-75 equity short positions, with an average position size of between 2% and 7% of the portfolio exposure.
  • For a Fundamental Investment Process – The Portfolio Manager utilizes accounting metrics across the income statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet to identify companies with low earnings quality or possible aggressive accounting practices. These factors may suggest operational deterioration in a company’s business. Qualitative analysis is also considered. An assessment of the management team, accounting practices, corporate governance and the company’s competitive advantage are analyzed before a company is included as part of the HDGE portfolio.
<strong>Key Attributes</strong>
  1. Disciplined, Repeatable Investment Process – The forensic accounting based methodology the Portfolio Manager utilizes is a disciplined, consistent investment approach to both security selection and risk management. Like an investigative auditor, a forensic accountant dissects a company’s financial statements, crunching the numbers searching for evidence in the data that may suggest operational deterioration or manipulative sales and revenue recognition, rather than focusing on fad products or broken business models to identify domestically-traded equity stocks that are expected to underperform.
  2. Experience – The Portfolio Manager has experience trading and managing short portfolios with the ability to tactically allocate to liquid, low short interest stocks of companies which may be masking operational deterioration.
  3. Market Analysis – Top-down technical evaluation of broader market liquidity, sentiment and breadth is utilized to help identify short and intermediate term market trends, manage exposure and mitigate risk.
  4. Specialized Strategy – Effectively shorting individual securities requires an approach very different from a traditional long-only strategy. HDGE is a very specialized product managed by investment professionals with years of short selling experience as opposed to another fund that might not have the HDGE ETF Product Manager’s shorting expertise.
<strong>About the Portfolio Managers</strong>

John Del Vecchio, CFA – Portfolio Manager/Principal
Mr. Del Vecchio serves as a Portfolio Manager for Ranger Alternative Management, L.P. (“Ranger”). Mr. Del Vecchio managed short only portfolios for Ranger from October, 2007 through March, 2010. He also serves as principal and founder of Parabolix Research, LLC, a short-only research firm. From 2003-2007, Mr. Del Vecchio served as an Analyst with David W. Tice & Associates / Behind the Numbers, LLC selecting short sale opportunities utilizing forensic accounting research on behalf of institutional clients and the Prudent Bear Fund. In 2002, Mr. Del Vecchio served as a portfolio manager for RedHawk Advisors, LLC with responsibility for managing the short sale allocation of the fund. In 2001, Mr. Del Vecchio served as an Analyst for the Center for Financial Research and Analysis (CFRA) performing forensic accounting analysis for short sale opportunities. Mr. Del Vecchio earned a B.S. in Finance, Summa Cum Laude, from Bryant College, and was awarded Beta Gamma Sigma honors. Mr. Del Vecchio earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in September, 2001.

Brad H. Lamensdorf – Portfolio Manager/ Principal
Mr. Lamensdorf serves as a Portfolio Manager for Ranger Alternative Management, L.P. (“Ranger”) and provides trading and market strategy for Ranger’s short only portfolio. Mr. Lamensdorf has served as a Trading and Market Strategist for Ranger since 2009. Mr. Lamensdorf also serves as a principal of Precisian GP, LLC and Portfolio Manager of Precisian Partners L.P., both positions of which he has held since November 2007. Prior to Precisian, Mr. Lamensdorf founded BHL Partners L.P. a commodity oriented hedge fund primarily focused on gold and gold equities. From 1998 through 2005, Mr. Lamensdorf served as principal and portfolio manager for Tarpon Capital Management, L.P., which managed long/short hedge funds. In 1997, he was a founder, partner and co-manager of KBH, L.L.P., an investment firm created to manage investment portfolios for the King-Hughes family. From 1992 through 1996, Mr. Lamensdorf worked on the equity trading desk for the Bass family in Fort Worth, Texas, where he co-managed an extensive equity portfolio with emphasis on short selling and derivatives strategies. He also provided market analysis for fund managers throughout the Bass network. Mr. Lamensdorf received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992.

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Price History

As of 6/11/2021

NAV $23.43 Closing Price $23.45
Change $-0.17 Close Change $-0.14
Shares Outstanding 2,182,500 Volume 15607
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint $23.44 Premium Discount $0.01
Assets Under Management $51,138,388.86 30-Day Median bid-ask Spread 0.0826788
Premium/Discount Historical Data | NAV Historical Data | Daily Premium/Discount Historical Data
Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined), and do not represent the return you would receive if you traded at other times.



As of 5/31/2021

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month -0.21 -0.25 0.70
3 Months -7.21 -7.16 10.72
YTD -20.65 -20.20 12.62
1 Year -53.65 -53.74 40.32
3 Years -33.33 -33.27 18.00
5 Years -25.38 -25.38 17.16
10 Years -19.81 -19.80 14.38 
Since Inception (1/26/2011, Annualized) -20.23 -20.23 14.36

As of 3/31/2021

  NAV Market Price Return S&P 500 Index
1 Month -2.33 -2.43 4.38
3 Months -16.47 -16.12 6.17
YTD -16.47 -16.12 6.17
1 Year -63.22 -63.34 56.35
3 Years -32.48 -32.49 16.78
5 Years -24.89 -24.93 16.29
Since Inception (1/26/2011, Annualized) -20.12 -20.13 13.95

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. All Fund data and performance data quoted is believed to be accurate, and unless otherwise stated, is sourced from the Fund administrator, the Advisor’s or Sub-Advisor’s proprietary data, and Morningstar. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Returns less than one year are not annualized.



As of

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Date Account Symbol Stock Ticker Security Number Security Description Shares/Par (Full) Price (Base) Traded Market Value (Base) Portfolio Weight % Asset Group
06/11/2021 HDGE LQD 464287242 ISHARES IBOXX INVESTMENT GRA (35,000.00) 133.67 (4,678,450.00) -9.15% MF
NFLX 64110L106 NETFLIX INC (5,000.00) 488.77 (2,443,850.00) -4.78% S
TUP 899896104 TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP (85,000.00) 24.49 (2,081,650.00) -4.07% S
APPF 03783C100 APPFOLIO INC - A (12,500.00) 143.27 (1,790,875.00) -3.50% S
EHTH 28238P109 EHEALTH INC (27,000.00) 62.29 (1,681,830.00) -3.29% S
MKC 579780206 MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS (15,000.00) 88.85 (1,332,750.00) -2.61% S
FIVE 33829M101 FIVE BELOW (7,000.00) 189.71 (1,327,970.00) -2.60% S
BEKE 482497104 KE HOLDINGS INC-ADR (25,000.00) 48.63 (1,215,750.00) -2.38% FS
IWM 464287655 ISHARES RUSSELL 2000 ETF (5,109.00) 231.70 (1,183,755.30) -2.32% MF
LPX 546347105 LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORP (20,000.00) 58.61 (1,172,200.00) -2.29% S
OLED 91347P105 UNIVERSAL DISPLAY CORP (5,000.00) 221.75 (1,108,750.00) -2.17% S
FSLY 31188V100 FASTLY INC - CLASS A (20,000.00) 54.38 (1,087,600.00) -2.13% S
GO 39874R101 GROCERY OUTLET HOLDING CORP (30,000.00) 34.11 (1,023,300.00) -2.00% S
PTC 69370C100 PTC INC (7,500.00) 136.42 (1,023,150.00) -2.00% S
MRCY 589378108 MERCURY SYSTEMS INC (15,000.00) 66.98 (1,004,700.00) -1.97% S
HAS 418056107 HASBRO INC (10,000.00) 97.47 (974,700.00) -1.91% S
FFIV 315616102 F5 NETWORKS INC (5,000.00) 192.74 (963,700.00) -1.89% S
GSHD 38267D109 GOOSEHEAD INSURANCE INC -A (10,000.00) 95.15 (951,500.00) -1.86% S
BMI 056525108 BADGER METER INC (10,000.00) 94.54 (945,400.00) -1.85% S
SDGR 80810D103 SCHRODINGER INC (12,000.00) 77.51 (930,120.00) -1.82% S
BAND 05988J103 BANDWIDTH INC-CLASS A (7,000.00) 127.00 (889,000.00) -1.74% S
UAA 904311107 UNDER ARMOUR INC-CLASS A (40,000.00) 21.49 (859,600.00) -1.68% S
ETSY 29786A106 ETSY INC (5,000.00) 165.82 (829,100.00) -1.62% S
ALRM 011642105 ALARM.COM HOLDINGS INC (10,000.00) 82.60 (826,000.00) -1.62% S
WGO 974637100 WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES (12,000.00) 67.29 (807,480.00) -1.58% S
GOCO 38046W105 GOHEALTH INC-CLASS A (70,000.00) 11.41 (798,700.00) -1.56% S
GDS 36165L108 GDS HOLDINGS LTD - ADR (10,000.00) 79.67 (796,700.00) -1.56% FS
FSLR 336433107 FIRST SOLAR INC (10,000.00) 79.59 (795,900.00) -1.56% S
MKTX 57060D108 MARKETAXESS HOLDINGS INC (1,800.00) 440.86 (793,548.00) -1.55% S
UEIC 913483103 UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC (16,000.00) 48.92 (782,720.00) -1.53% S
MTOR 59001K100 MERITOR INC (30,000.00) 25.81 (774,300.00) -1.52% S
U 91332U101 UNITY SOFTWARE INC (7,500.00) 99.45 (745,875.00) -1.46% S
RPAY 76029L100 REPAY HOLDINGS CORP (30,000.00) 24.01 (720,300.00) -1.41% S
FROG M6191J100 JFROG LTD (15,000.00) 47.25 (708,750.00) -1.39% FS
FCFS 33767D105 FIRSTCASH INC (7,832.00) 82.95 (649,664.40) -1.27% S
SFIX 860897107 STITCH FIX INC-CLASS A (7,500.00) 64.09 (480,675.00) -0.94% S
LOCO 268603107 EL POLLO LOCO HOLDINGS INC (25,000.00) 17.12 (428,000.00) -0.84% S
NYT 650111107 NEW YORK TIMES CO-A (2,320.00) 41.46 (96,187.20) -0.19% S
HOLD 00768Y651 ADVISORSHARES SAGE CORE RESE 200,000.00 98.74 19,748,000.00 38.64% MF
CASH (51,923,899.20) 100.00 (51,923,899.20) -101.60% CA
X9USDFITY FIDELITY INSTL GOVT 657 C 5,884,501.11 1.00 5,884,501.11 11.51% MM
X9USDBLFD BLACKROCK FEDERAL FD 30 INSTL 119,102,055.59 1.00 119,102,055.59 233.05% MM

Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change. A holding identified with an “MM” at the end of its name indicates it is a Money Market fund.



As of 5/31/2021

HDGE Performance During Market Drawdowns

HDGE Market Cap

HDGE Sector Allocation


Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 1.50%
Short Interest Expense 1.42%
Other Expense 0.18%
Acquired Fund Fees 0.26%
Expense Ratio 3.36%


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  • Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the Fund’s website at www.AdvisorShares.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Foreside Fund Services, LLC, Distributor.


  • There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. An investment in the Fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. The Fund may invest in (or short) ETFs, ETNs and ETPs. In addition to the risks associated with such vehicles, investments, or reference assets in the case of ETNs, lack of liquidity can result in its value being more volatile than the underlying portfolio investment. Other Fund risks include market risk, equity risk, short sales and leverage risk, large cap risk, early closing risk, liquidity risk and trading risk. Short sales involve leverage because the Fund borrows securities and then sells them, effectively leveraging its assets. The use of leverage may magnify gains or losses for the Fund. See prospectus for specific risks and details.  
  • Definitions  
  • Short: A short, or a short position, is created when a trader sells a security first with the intention of repurchasing it or covering it later at a lower price.