FWDD

AdvisorShares Madrona Domestic ETF

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September 2018 Portfolio Manager Review


Through September, heightened trade concerns regarding the U.S. and China heavily pressured returns for FWDD holdings resulting in a mixture of positive and negative returns for investors.

FWDD underperformed the S&P 500 by returning 0.01% in NAV while the S&P 500 Index closed at 0.57%.


Source: Morningstar

Though September failed to outperform the S&P 500, the majority of the top 10 holdings in FWDD produced positive returns. Discovery Inc – A (NYSE:DISCA) turned out a 14.98% return for investors due in part by DISCA and Hulu finalizing a deal that will bring all of Discovery’s television assets to a major streaming platform. NRG pushed out a return of 5.68% for investors through a volatile month. NRGs growth is due in part by strong investor confidence following the sale of NRG Yield Inc for $1.348 billion. The transaction will help NRG bounce back after missing Q2 earnings.

FWDD Top 10 Holdings (as of 9/30/18)

Portfolio Weight

Sept. Returns

NRG ENERGY INC (NRG)

0.65%

5.68%

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS (UAL)

0.65%

1.88%

HUNTINGTON INGALLS INDUSTRIES (HII)

0.63%

4.75%

DISCOVERY INC - A (DISCA)

0.62%

14.98%

UNITED RENTALS INC (URI)

0.61%

4.96%

EVEREST RE GROUP LTD (RE)

0.60%

2.44%

NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO (NFX)

0.60%

5.68%

ANDEAVOR (ANDV)

0.59%

-0.04%

CBS CORP-CLASS B NON VOTING (CBS)

0.58%

8.36%

DELTA AIR LINES INC (DAL)

0.58%

-1.11%

Source: Morningstar

No trades were made to reallocate the FWDD portfolio in June.

Tensions between the U.S. and China look to continue through the 4th quarter and beyond. Despite these concerns, we at Madrona have confidence that FWDD will continue to realize appreciation of investments across the multiple asset classes and sectors this year alongside sustainably expanding corporate earnings. We believe that our domestic business environment is still conducive to long-term market appreciation. We look forward to the rest of the year and remain optimistic in the ability of FWDD to generate returns for investors in the months to come.

Respectfully,

The Madrona Funds Portfolio Management Team

Portfolio Manager of FWDD

 


July-August 2018 Commentary

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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. The Fund may invest in large capitalization companies. During a period when the demand for large-cap securities is less than for other types of investments, the Fund's performance could be reduced. Other Fund risks include market risk, equity risk, early closing risk, liquidity risk and trading risk.

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. Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change.

The views in this commentary are those of the portfolio manager and may not reflect his views on the date this material is distributed or anytime thereafter. These views are intended to assist shareholders in understanding their investments and do not constitute investment advice.

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Forward Price To Earnings (Forward P/E) is a measure of the price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) using forecasted earnings for the P/E calculation. While the earnings used are just an estimate and are not as reliable as current earnings data, there is still benefit in estimated P/E analysis. The forecasted earnings used in the formula can either be for the next 12 months or for the next full-year fiscal period.

Forward PEG Ratio (price/earnings to growth ratio) is a valuation metric for determining the relative trade-off between the price of a stock, the earnings generated per share, and the company's expected growth. In general, the Forward P/E ratio is higher for a company with a higher growth rate. It is the opinion of Madrona Funds, LLC that using just the Forward P/E ratio would make high-growth companies appear overvalued relative to others. It is assumed that by dividing the Forward P/E ratio by the earnings growth rate, the resulting ratio is better for comparing companies with different growth rates. When calculating weighted average forward PEGs, data for any securities with negative or unavailable growth or earnings projections have been removed for calculation purposes. The forward PEG of each security is a tool used to determine whether the individual security is over or undervalued. The lower the forward PEG, the cheaper the security is relative to its projected earnings and growth.