VEGA: 3rd Quarter 2023 Portfolio Review

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Portfolio Update

as of 09.30.2023 3Q23 YTD
VEGA (NAV) -3.55% 5.97%
MSCI AC World Index -3.40% 10.06%
CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index -2.84% 7.33%
Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index -3.23% -1.21%

In the third quarter, we rebalanced the underlying asset allocation focusing on de-risking the overall portfolio by removing our target weights for US Small Cap, Short Duration High Yield, and the MSCI US Momentum factor. Changes within the equity model were largely rebalanced into the more depressed Developed International allocation to re-shore our target geographic diversification. On the fixed income side, we reallocated towards a core exposure of intermediate duration, domestic, investment-grade credit, based on attractive relative spreads and the reinforced narrative of higher for longer rates.

Top Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %

As of 09.30.2023. Cash not included.


Covered Calls: All the monthly calls sold in the third quarter expired worthless or were repurchased at a low price to roll into new options.  A late surge in the VIX in September allowed us to increase our coverage on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) from 60% to 70% and take advantage of more attractive premiums.  And, as volatility began to increase in September, we were able to open and close our October expiration options 3 times to capture most of the premium with the last one expiring worthless in October. We typically roll the options once in a monthly cycle. The increase in volatility also allowed us to set out of-the-moniness strike prices of 3.5%, 3%, and 4.1% in July, August, and September, respectively.​

Market Outlook


Index Total Returns (%)1 September YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
S&P 500 Index TR -4.77 13.07 19.79 10.46 9.92
DJ Industrial Average TR -3.42 2.73 17.14 9.05 7.14
NASDAQ Composite TR -5.77 27.11 24.21 6.87 11.41
Russell 2000 Index TR -5.89 2.54 8.27 7.24 2.4
MSCI Emerging Markets Index GR -2.57 2.16 12.49 -0.94 0.94
MSCI EAFE Index GR -3.37 7.59 26.78 6.04 3.74
Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index TR -2.54 -1.21 0.34 -5.26 0.10

As of 09/30/2023. Returns shown are total returns of indices. Returns over one year are annualized. It is not possible to invest direction in an index.

Asset class returns were largely negative across the quarter as the market digested the Federal Reserve narrative of a ‘higher for longer’ rate environment. Rising yields weighed on both domestic equities and fixed income alike, while a resurging US dollar continued to provide a headwind for international equities.

The Federal Open Market Committee met in July and September during the third quarter, raising the target federal funds rate by 0.25% during the July meeting to a target range of 5.25-5.50%, and then holding rates steady in September. A blowout jobs report in September showed that nonfarm payrolls increased by 336,000, easily beating expectations of 170,000, and placing further pressure on the Fed to ensure financial conditions are sufficiently tight to slow inflation down to their long-term target.2 

As we look to the start of the fourth quarter, markets will turn their attention to third quarter earnings to gauge consumer strength and company’s outlooks for future growth. We expect heightened volatility around any downward revisions in company outlooks as showing signs of the lagged effects of tight monetary policy beginning to weigh on economic growth.  

Thank you for your continued trust in VEGA.


Ken Hyman
CreativeOne Wealth,
AdvisorShares STAR Global Buy-Wrtie ETF (VEGA) Co-Portfolio Manager

Past Commentary



  1. Data from Returns over one year are annualized
  2. Jobs report September 2023: Payrolls soared by 336,000 in September (

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bp or Basis point is one hundredth of a percentage point (0.01%).

Beta measures the sensitivity of an investment to the movement of its benchmark. A beta higher than 1.0 indicates the investment has been more volatile than the benchmark and a beta of less than 1.0 indicates that the investment has been less volatile than the benchmark.

The Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index broadly tracks the performance of the U.S. investment-grade bond market. and is comprised of investment-grade government and corporate bonds.

The BXM Index or CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index is designed to measure the total rate of return of a hypothetical “buy-write”, or “covered call”, strategy on the S&P 500 Index.

covered call option involves holding a long position in a particular asset, in this case shares of an ETP, and writing a call option on that same asset with the goal of realizing additional income from the option premium.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a stock market index that tracks 30 large, publicly-owned blue-chip companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.

The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) is is an unmanaged free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets.

The MSCI EAFE Index is a broad market index of over 900 stocks located within 21 countries in Europe, Australasia, and the Middle East and is often used as a benchmark for global developed market equities.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is used to measure the financial performance of mid- and large-cap companies in fast-growing economies in 25 countries throughout the world.

The Nasdaq Composite Index is a market capitalization-weighted index of more than 3,700 stocks listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange which is heavily weighted to the technology sector.

An option is a privilege, sold by one party to another that gives the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy (call) or sell (put) a stock at an agreed upon price within a certain period or on a specific date.

Exercising an option means to put into effect the right specified in the option contract.

An option premium is income received by an investor who sells or “writes” an option contract to another party.

A call option is considered Out Of The Money when the call option’s strike price is higher than the prevailing market price of the underlying stock. A put option is considered Out Of The Money when the put option’s strike price is lower than the prevailing market price of the underlying stock.

protective put is an option strategy which entails buying shares of a security and, at the same time, enough put options to cover those shares. This can act as a hedge on the invested security, since matching puts with shares of the stock can limit the downside (due to the nature of puts).

put option is a contract that gives the owner of the option the right to sell a specified amount of the asset underlying the option at a specified price within a specified time.

The Russell 2000 Index refers to a stock market index that measures the performance of the 2,000 smaller companies included in the Russell 3000 Index and is widely regarded as a bellwether of the U.S. economy because of its focus on smaller companies that focus on the U.S. market.

The S&P 500 Index is a broad-based, unmanaged measurement of changes in stock market conditions based on the average of 500 widely held common stocks.

A short position is the sale of a borrowed investment with the expectation that it will decline in value.

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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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. Other Fund risks included: allocation risk; derivative risk; early closing risk; Exchange Traded Note risk; liquidity risk, market risk; trading risk; commodity risk; concentration risk; counterparty risk; credit risk; emerging markets and foreign securities risk; foreign currency risk; large-, mid- and small- cap stock risk. Please see the prospectus for detailed information regarding risk. The Fund is also subject to options risk. Writing and purchasing call and put options are specialized activities and entail greater than ordinary investment risk. The value of the Fund’s positions in options fluctuates in response to the changes in value of the underlying security. The Fund also risks losing all or part of the cash paid for purchasing call and put options. The Fund may not be suitable for all investors.

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