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ACT: June 2019 Portfolio Manager Review

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Commentary

If you’re reading this commendatory on AdvisorShares Vice ETF (NASDAQ: ACT), we suspect that you’re also invested in (or at least watching) our other fund, the AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (NYSE: YOLO). ACT stands for Alcohol, Cannabis, Tobacco but as compared to Pure Cannabis, ACT was designed to be steadier, more consistent, or even recession-proof. We think people continue to drink no matter what’s going on in the economy, tobacco products remain the most profitable consumer products in existence, and we like the ever-growing overlap between alcohol, tobacco and cannabis.

The month of June was positive for ACT gaining 4.86% on Net Asset Value for the month ending 6/30/19 and 4.89% on its market price. The S&P 500 gained a little more at 7.05% for June. For the calendar year so far, ACT has gained 16.70% on Net Asset Value and 16.95% on market price.

During the month of June, much of our performance came from some of our largest alcohol and cannabis-related holdings. Top holding Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM) gained more than 20% after having strong gains in April and May as well. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton ADR (OTC: LVMUY) gained more than 12%. Brown-Forman Corporation Class B (NYSE: BF.B) gained more than 11%.

A significant loser in June was Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (Nasdaq: PLAY), down more than 18%. It was negative in May, as well. It’s a smaller holding in the Fund and definitely just a “hold” in my mind at these current prices. Beverage company New Age Beverages (NASDAQ: NBEV) lost more than 7%. We keep it as a lower-weight position in the fund as it’s a small, volatile company but has upside potential with its cannabis-based drinks.

Top Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
SAM BOSTON BEER COMPANY INC-A 6.22%
TMO THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC 5.74%
TPB TURNING POINT BRANDS INC 5.60%
DRI DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC 5.43%
ABT ABBOTT LABORATORIES 5.37%
ABBV ABBVIE INC 5.36%
NVS NOVARTIS AG-SPONSORED ADR 4.18%
IMBBY IMPERIAL BRANDS PLC-SPON ADR 4.16%
PM PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL 3.80%
LVMUY LVMH MOET HENNESSY-UNSP ADR 3.80%

As of 06.30.2019.

 

Cheers,

Dan Ahrens
AdvisorShares Vice ETF (ACT) Portfolio Manager

 

Past Manager 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. Emerging Markets, which consist of countries or markets with low to middle income economics can be subject to greater social, economic, regulatory and political uncertainties and can be extremely volatile. Other Fund risks include concentration risk, foreign securities and currency risk, ADRs which may be less liquid, large-cap risk, early closing risk, counterparty risk and trading risk, which can increase Fund expenses and may decrease Fund performance. The Fund is, also, subject to the same risks associated with the underlying ETFs, which can result in higher volatility. This Fund may not be suitable for all investors. See prospectus for detail regarding risk.

Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal. Cannabis-related companies are subject to various laws and regulations that may differ at the state/local and federal level. These laws and regulations may significantly affect a cannabis-related company’s ability to secure financing, impact the market for marijuana industry sales and services, and set limitations on marijuana use, production, transportation, and storage. In addition to regulatory action, litigation initiated by private citizens or companies could have a negative impact on the financial and/or operational status of cannabis-related companies. pronouncements from the current Administration suggest the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) may push back against states where marijuana use and possession is legal, step up the enforcement of federal marijuana laws and the prosecution of nonviolent federal drug crimes and, in the event the Rohrabacher- Farr amendment is not renewed by Congress, begin using federal funds to prevent states from implementing laws that authorize medical marijuana use, possession, distribution, and cultivation. Such actions by the DOJ could produce a chilling effect on the industry’s growth and discourage banks from expanding their services to cannabis-related companies where such services are currently limited.

Companies in the food, beverage and tobacco industry are very competitive and subject to a number of risks. Demographic and product trends, changing consumer preferences, nutritional and health-related concerns, competitive pricing, marketing campaigns, environmental factors, adverse changes in general economic conditions, government regulation, food inspection and processing control, consumer boycotts, risks of product tampering, product liability claims, and the availability and expense of liability insurance can affect the demand for, and success of, such companies’ products in the marketplace. For a full summary of the risks, please see the prospectus.

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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 any time thereafter. These views are intended to assist shareholders in understanding their investments and do not constitute investment advice.