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HOLD: March 2019 Portfolio Manager Review

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  • During the month of March, the AdvisorShares Core Reserves (NYSE Arca: HOLD) returned 29 basis-points vs 21 basis-points on the 1-3 month T-bill Index.
  • The fund paid out income of 19.4 cents per share, with a Bloomberg indicated yield of 2.35%.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate Average OAS was 2 basis-points tighter on the month, ending at 0.55%.


  • Industrials were the best performing corporate subsector, returning 38 basis-points on the month. Some of the better performing positions include the NXP Funding 2020’s, HP Enterprise 2020’s, and Vulcan Materials 2021’s, which returned 0.99%, 0.66%, and 0.64%. The poorest performing position was the Bayer US Finance 2021’s, which returned -0.28% on the month. Bayer has come under pressure from legal responsibility associated with recently acquired Monsanto.
  • Financials had similar returns on the month, ending at 38 basis-points. Within financials, some of the better performing positions include Liberty Property 2020’s, Aviation Capital 2021’s, and Morgan Stanley 2020’s, which returned 0.65%, 0.59%, and 0.59%. There were no significant outliers to the downside.
  • Asset-backed securities followed similar market trends and performed well, returning 23 basis-points on the month.

Portfolio Activity

  • During the month of March, the portfolio had $2.353mm in maturities and $1.249mm in structured product paydowns. This represents a turnover of over 5%, based on month end fund values.
  • A few of the larger corporate purchases include Pemex 2020’s and Nomura 2020’s. The only sale in the portfolio was a Treasury sale which was used to fund a corporate purchase.

Recent Headlines / Looking Ahead

  • During the month of March, the most noteworthy event in the financial markets was the dovish Fed statement indicating they will not hike rates in 2019, and perhaps more importantly, they will stop the balance sheet runoff by the third quarter. While it had become apparent over the previous several months that rate hikes in 2019 were not likely, the Fed had continued to take an aggressive stance on their intent to hike rates. To remove all doubt on rate hikes and then also indicate the end of the balance sheet roll-off in one statement was an unexpected event.
  • As we look ahead, one thing to note is that the market appears to be positioned to maintain the rich valuations in both the equity market as well as fixed income spreads. The economy is currently not running hot enough to warrant rate hikes, but is also not weak enough to spark recession related fears. There also appears to be an increasing amount of foreign buyers of US credit, due to low yields abroad. Barring poor economic data, it seems plausible that we will continue to see tight spreads, at least in the near-term.

Top 10 Holdings

Security Description Price Portfolio Weight %
US TREASURY N/B 0.875 9/15/2019 99.3008 7.24%
CREDIT SUISSE NEW YORK 5.4 1/14/2020 101.8245 2.90%
CHAIT 2016-A2 A 1.37 6/15/2021 99.7393 2.13%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 2.25 4/21/2020 99.4914 1.99%
NOMURA HOLDINGS INC 6.7 3/4/2020 103.4496 1.97%
KROGER CO 1.5 9/30/2019 99.3004 1.94%
COMET 2016-A3 A3 1.34 4/15/2022 99.7257 1.87%
WFNMT 2012-D A 2.15 4/17/2023 99.8698 1.75%
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY 2.125 4/22/2019 99.9707 1.58%
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC FRN 2/25/2021 102.4618 1.57%

As of 03.31.2019

Portfolio Characterisitics Yield-to-Worst Coupon Maturity (Yrs) Effective Duration
  2.920 2.888 1.390 0.450

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 (non-rated 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 03.31.2019.



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Past Manager Commentary


  • The 2/10 Yield Curve measures the difference between the 2-year Treasury and the 10-year Treasury giving an indication of the curve’s steepness. The curve’s flattening or steepening can be used to predict changes in economic output and growth.
  • 30-Day SEC Yield (Standardized Yield) is an annualized yield that is calculated by dividing the investment income earned by the Fund less expenses over the most recent 30-day period by the current maximum offering price.
  • basis point is one hundredth of a percentage point (0.01%).
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure that examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services, such as transportation, food and medical care. The CPI is calculated by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them; the goods are weighted according to their importance. Changes in CPI are used to assess price changes associated with the cost of living. One cannot invest directly in an index.
  • Coupon is the interest rate stated on a bond when it’s issued. The coupon is typically paid semi-annually.
  • Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are Treasury bonds that are adjusted to eliminate the effects of inflation on interest and principal payments, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • Credit Spread is the spread between Treasury securities and non-Treasury securities that are identical in all respects except for quality rating.
  • Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. Duration is expressed as a number of years. Rising interest rates mean falling bond prices, while declining interest rates mean rising bond prices.
  • The Fed Funds rate is the interest rate at which a depository institution lends immediately available funds (balances at the Federal Reserve) to another depository institution overnight. The rate may vary from depository institution to depository institution and from day to day.
  • Investment Grade is a rating that indicates that a municipal or corporate bond has a relatively low risk of default. Bond rating firms, such as Standard & Poor’s, use different designations consisting of upper- and lower-case letters ‘A’ and ‘B’ to identify a bond’s credit quality rating. For example, ‘AAA’ and ‘AA’ (high credit quality) and ‘A’ and ‘BBB’ (medium credit quality) are considered investment grade. Credit ratings for bonds below these designations (‘BB’, ‘B’, ‘CCC’, etc.) are considered low credit quality (speculative), and are commonly referred to as “junk bonds”.
  • London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is an interest rate at which banks can borrow funds, in marketable size, from other banks in the London interbank market. The LIBOR is fixed on a daily basis by the British Bankers’ Association. The LIBOR is derived from a filtered average of the world’s most creditworthy banks’ interbank deposit rates for larger loans with maturities between overnight and one full year.
  • Mortgage Backed Security is a type of asset-backed security that is secured by a mortgage, or more commonly a collection (“pool”) of sometimes hundreds of mortgages.
  • The Option Adjusted Spread (OAS) is a measurement of the spread of a fixed-income security rate and the risk-free rate of return, which is adjusted to take into account an embedded option. Typically, an analyst would use the Treasury securities yield for the risk-free rate. The spread is added to the fixed-income security price to make the risk-free bond price the same as the bond.
  • Spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price of a security or asset.
  • The Subsidized Yield reflects fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements recorded by the Fund during the period. Without waivers and/or reimbursements, yields would be reduced.
  • The Unsubsidized Yield does not adjust for any fee waivers and/ or expense reimbursements in effect. If the Fund does not incur any fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements during the period, the 30-Day Subsidized Yield and 30-Day Unsubsidized Yield will be identical.
  • Yield Curve is a line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity dates. The most frequently reported yield curve compares the three-month, two-year, five-year and 30-year U.S. Treasury debt. This yield curve is used as a benchmark for other debt in the market, such as mortgage rates or bank lending rates. The curve is also used to predict changes in economic output and growth.
  • Yield-To-Worst is the lowest potential yield that can be received on a bond without the issuer actually defaulting. The yield to worst is calculated by making worst-case scenario assumptions on the issue by calculating the returns that would be received if provisions, including prepayment, call or sinking fund, are used by the issuer. This metric is used to evaluate the worst-case scenario for yield to help investors manage risks and ensure that specific income requirements will still be met even in the worst scenarios.

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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.