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FWDB: May 2019 Portfolio Review

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Commentary

FolioBeyond’s automated asset allocation strategy of FWDB generated returns of +0.50% in May in comparison to +1.78% for the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index (“Index”), underperforming the Index by 128 basis points. However, FWDB returned 6.59% (NAV) year to date, while the Barclays Agg returned 4.80%.

The Treasury market rallied significantly as heightened concerns regarding growth prospects were further exacerbated by ongoing trade and tariff related disputes. The 10-year Treasury yield dropped by 37 basis points while the 2-year Treasury fell by 32 basis points. Credit spreads widened as spread products lagged Treasuries.

The major drivers of positive returns in May for FWDB were long duration Treasuries, followed by long duration municipal credit. High yield corporate credit and bank loans generated small losses as credit spreads widened. During the month, the relative cheapening of high yield corporate bonds resulted in our model rebalancing out of a portion of our bank loan exposure into a standard high yield corporate bond ETF.


As of 05.31.2019

The anticipated fed cuts and benign fundamentals in the corporate credit market bode well for our fixed income strategy in the coming months as spread products are likely to normalize relative to Treasuries.  The adjusted yield profile of our portfolio (after incorporating default and option costs) has increased by 27 basis points to 5.16% since the end of April, indicating good relative value in comparison to Treasuries.

Top Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
HYD VANECK VECTORS HIGH-YIELD MU 21.25%
SJNK SPDR BBG BARC ST HIGH YIELD 20.66%
TLT ISHARES 20+ YEAR TREASURY BOND ETF 13.87%
BKLN INVESCO SENIOR LOAN ETF 13.11%
HYG ISHARES IBOXX HIGH YLD CORP 13.05%
HYMB SPDR NUVEEN S&P HIGH YIELD M 9.13%
SHYG ISHARES 0-5 YR HY CORP BOND 8.85%

As of 05.31.2019.

Respectfully,

Yung Lim
CEO of Folio Beyond
AdvisorShares FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF (FWDB) Research Strategist

 

Past Portfolio Commentary

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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.