FNG: December 2018 Portfolio Manager Review
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For the month of December, the AdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF (FNG) was down -11.23% compared to a loss of -9.03% in the S&P 500 and loss of -8.92% in the NASDAQ. The “FANG” stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) were down -8.92% for the month.
One of the bigger winners for the FNG fund in the month of December was Marin Software (NASDAQ: MRIN) which we made 42% from our Dec 19th purchase in the month due to a revenue-share agreement with ALPHABET INC (GOOG). Marin said it will receive revenue payments from GOOG based on “revenue generated on the company’s tech platform in connection with the company’s clients spend on Search Ads appearing on GOOGLE search only. We looked at the company after the news as only a short term hold and took profits within a week’s holding period selling the position on Dec 24th.
Another larger position we held throughout the month was Amarin Corp (AMRN) with holding percentages of 6-12% during December. AMRN was falling in sympathy with the market and the reason we decided to cut the position going into year-end. We are still bullish on the company after its blockbuster REDUCE-IT study outcome but looking for a better reentry point after we see market stabilization.
Overall the month of December was one of the worst in a the past decade with major indices coming close to bear market territory and the Russell 2000 moving into a bear market . Some of the leading causes were global economic slowdown , interest rates, diminishing liquidity and trade (China).
Top 10 Holdings
|Stock Ticker||Security Description||Portfolio Weight %|
|CTXS||CITRIX SYSTEMS INC||5.66%|
|AMD||ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES||5.12%|
|SQ||SQUARE INC – A||4.55%|
|VMW||VMWARE INC-CLASS A||4.39%|
|BABA||ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING-SP ADR||4.33%|
|TWLO||TWILIO INC – A||4.27%|
As of 12.31.2018.
Scott Freeze, CIO
AdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF (FNG) Portfolio Manager
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