AdvisorShares Sage Core Reserves ETF

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October 2018 Portfolio Manager Review


  • During the month of October, the AdvisorShares Core Reserves (NYSE Arca: HOLD) returned 11 basis-points (NAV) vs.18 basis-points on the Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Bill 1-3 Month Index.
  • The Fund paid out income of 17.7 cents per share and had a 30-day SEC yield of 2.15% as of 10/31/2018.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate 1-3 Year average option adjusted spread (OAS) was 10 basis-point wider on the month, ending at 0.59%.



  • Industrials were the best performing corporate subsector, returning 14 basis-points on the month. Some of the better performing positions included the Midcontinent Express 2019's, the Express Scripts 2019's, and Equifax 2021's. The Express Scripts benefited from spread tightening and the Equifax, a floating rate security, benefited from increasing Libor rates. One of the poorer performing positions was the Bayer US Finance 2021's floating rate position, which suffered from spread widening.
  • Financials, the second best performing corporate subsector, returned similar performance of 13 basis-points. Among the better performing positions were the Toronto-Dominion Bank 2019’s, American Express 2020’s, and the Sumitomo 2021’s, all of which are floating rate securities which have benefited from rising Libor. One of the poorer performing positions within the sector was the Goldman Sachs 2021’s floating rate position, which also suffered from spread widening.
  • Asset-backed Securities returned 13 basis-points during the month. While investor sentiment on the sector is positive, the heavy new issue calendar combined dealers attempting to lighten up their balance sheet going into year end, caused some slight spread widening.


Portfolio Activity:

  • During the month of October there was $4.240mm in maturities and structured product paydowns. This represents a turnover of nearly 6.50% based on month end fund values.  
  • Some of the larger purchases during the month included Discover credit card receivables, Ford Floorplan receivables, and CBOE Global Markets Inc.


Looking Ahead:

  • The month of October was full of volatility in both the equity and fixed income markets. The equity market dropped nearly 10% during the month, in reaction to the sharp increase in the 10 year Treasury bond rate which jumped 15 basis-points at the beginning of the month.
  • Now that the midterm elections are over, the markets are past the uncertainty of the political climate and are now adjusting to the coming reality of a split Congress. This will likely lead to a lot of political gridlock in Washington which may prove to be good for risk assets.
  • The Fed is expected to hike rates in their upcoming December meeting and once in early 2019, however further hikes are less certain. While the 2’s/10’s Treasury curve did begin to steepen in September and the first part of October, it has since flattened by 10 basis-points, and currently sits at 25 basis-points. We will keep an eye on how this may affect the Fed’s plans to hike rates in 2019.


Sage Advisory Services
Portfolio Manager of HOLD


Top 10 Holdings

Security Description Price $ Portfolio Weight %
US TREASURY N/B 0.875 4/15/2019 99.30 4.83
AMOT 2015-2 A2 1.83 1/15/2021 99.82 2.00
COMET 2016-A3 A3 1.34 4/15/2022 99.08 1.93
CHAIT 2016-A2 A 1.37 6/15/2021 99.08 1.86
FORDF 2016-1 A1 1.76 2/15/2021 99.71 1.85
TAOT 2016-D A3 1.23 10/15/2020 99.17 1.85
HAROT 2016-4 A3 1.21 12/18/2020 99.09 1.70
VZOT 2016-1A A 1.42 1/20/2021 99.67 1.68
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY 2.125 4/22/2019 99.66 1.64


Portfolio Characteristics

Yield to Worst Coupon Maturity (Years) Effective Duration
3.090 2.612 1.790 0.470


Credit Quality Breakdown

Credit quality ratings are primarily sourced from Moody’s but in the event that Moody’s has not assigned a rating the Fund will use Standard & Poor’s (the “S&P”). If these ratings are in conflict the most conservative rating will be used. If none of the major rating agencies have assigned a rating the Fund will assign a rating of NR (nonrated security). The ratings represent their (Moody’s and S &P) opinions as to the quality of the securities they rate. Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality.

The credit ratings are published rankings based on detailed financial analyses by a credit bureau specifically as it relates the bond issue’s ability to meet debt obligations. The highest rating is Aaa, and the lowest is D. Securities with credit ratings of BBB and above are considered investment grade.


Sector Allocation

Source: Sage Advisory Services; All data as of 10/31/2018.

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There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Diversification and sector asset allocation do not guarantee a profit, nor do they eliminate the risk of loss of principal. An investment in the Fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. The Fund’s investment in fixed income securities will change in value in response to interest rate changes and other factors, such as the perception of the issuer’s creditworthiness. Fixed income securities with longer maturities are subject to greater price shifts as a result of interest rate changes than fixed income securities with shorter maturities. The Fund’s investments in high-yield securities or “junk bonds” are subject to a greater risk of loss of income and principal than higher grade debt securities. In addition the Fund is subject to leveraging risk which tends to exaggerate the effect of any increase or decrease in the value of the portfolio securities. The Fund is also subject to liquidity risk, issuer risk, foreign currency and investment risk, prepayment risk and trading risk. See prospectus for details regarding specific risks.


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 material were 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.