αc International Equities

New York Stock Exchange
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The portfolio pursues a strategy that seeks to achieve equity-like returns with lower volatility and drawdowns compared to traditional equity through active ETF selection, risk management and diversification. It is thus expected to produce higher risk-adjusted returns than market indexes.

We use a systematic approach to constructing the portfolio by ranking ETFs in the investment universe using a number of technical indicators and proprietary formulas. We then select a single ETF which is deemed the most attractive compared to the other ETFs, and rebalance once a month. During unfavorable market conditions we invest in fixed-income instruments.

The investment universe for the portfolio is comprised of international equities (U.S. & ex-U.S.) with large-cap and small-cap companies.

5 May 1997  –  24 November 2021
Compare with
Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares (VHGEX)

Performance

Annualized Return
13.42%
αc International Equities
9.22%
Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares
Sharpe Ratio
1.02
αc International Equities
0.59
Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares
Maximum Drawdown
-33.7%
αc International Equities
-64.74%
Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares

Metrics

Metric αc International Equities Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares
Initial Balance $10,000 $10,000
Final Balance $220,599 $87,418
Returns
Month-To-Date 2.22% -1.12%
Year-To-Date 32.41% 14.44%
3M 5.3% 1.45%
6M 14.77% 4.14%
Annual Return (1Y) 42.99% 21.98%
Annual Return (3Y) 9.14% 20.11%
Annual Return (5Y) 11.42% 16.21%
Annual Return (10Y) 10.86% 14.23%
Annual Return (All) 13.42% 9.22%
Enh Ann Return 13.72% 11.88%
Best Year 40.26% 44.51%
Worst Year -7.68% -46.66%
Risk
Annual Volatility 13.21% 17.64%
Max Drawdown -33.7% -64.74%
Sharpe Ratio 1.02 0.59
Sortino Ratio 1.44 0.81
Adjusted Sortino (S/√2) 1.02 0.58
Ulcer Index 0.08 0.17
Gain to Pain Ratio 0.23 0.12

  • Initial balance: The amount of starting capital used to invest in the asset or portfolio. In this case, we're starting with a $10,000 investment on May 1997.
  • Final balance: The amount of capital we've accrued over time as of November 2021.
  • Annual return: Also known as annualized return, or CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate), measures how much an investment has increased on average each year, during a specific time period. The time period in this case is approximately 25 year(s). Even a small difference in return can have a big impact on the final balance over a long period of time.
  • Annual volatility: Basically indicates how much, in percentage points, the investment can deviate from its annual return, under most circumstances. An investment with an annual return of 5% and an annual volatility of 10% would indicate returns from approximately -5% to 15% most of the time. A lower volatility is usually preferred to ensure more steady returns over time.
  • Best year: The best performance attained over its lifetime in a given year.
  • Worst year: The worst performance undergone over its lifetime in a given year.
  • Max drawdown: The largest percentage drop from a peak to a trough of an asset or portfolio, before a new peak is attained. Maximum drawdown is an indicator of downside risk over a specified time period.
  • Sharpe Ratio: The Sharpe ratio measures the performance of an investment compared to a risk-free asset, after adjusting for its risk. A Sharpe Ratio above 1 is considered good.
  • Sortino Ratio: The Sortino Ratio is a variation of the Sharpe ratio that only penalizes the investment for negative volatility/outcomes, and not for positive volatility. A Sortino Ratio above 1 is considered good.
  • Adjusted Sortino Ratio: Sortino Ratio/√2. To allow for comparing the Sortino ratio to the Sharpe ratio, we multiply the risk measure of the Sortino ratio by the square root of 2 (which is the same as dividing the Sortino ratio by the square root of 2).
  • Ulcer Index: The Ulcer Index (UI) is a technical indicator that measures downside risk in terms of both the depth and duration of price declines.
  • Gain to Pain Ratio: The sum of all returns divided by the absolute value of the sum of all negative returns. In essence, the GPR shows the ratio of net returns to the losses incurred in getting those returns.

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Table

Year αc International Equities Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares Won
1997 18.35% 3.92%
1998 -0.9% 9.39%
1999 31.97% 25.95%
2000 3.09% -0.17%
2001 0.8% -5.82%
2002 -0.76% -5.73%
2003 40.26% 44.51%
2004 20.2% 20.09%
2005 16.08% 11.77%
2006 15.55% 23.59%
2007 -2.07% 8.23%
2008 33.92% -46.66%
2009 13.33% 32.98%
2010 20.16% 16.04%
2011 18.33% -8.9%
2012 10.61% 19.52%
2013 29.24% 27.65%
2014 12.3% 4.31%
2015 -7.68% -0.24%
2016 15.78% 6.57%
2017 22.54% 27.78%
2018 -2.81% -9.15%
2019 12.27% 28.73%
2020 -4.8% 22.38%
2021 32.41% 14.44%

αc International Equities had 19 positive years and 6 negative years. That's a positive ratio of 76%.

Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares had 18 positive years and 7 negative years. That's a positive ratio of 72%.

αc International Equities had a better yearly return 60% of the time compared to Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares.

Table

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec YTD
1997 0% 0% 0% 0% 2.6% 4.1% 7.9% -5.2% 4.8% -2.5% 3.9% 1.9% 18.3%
1998 1.3% 6.9% 4.9% 1.3% -1.1% -2.5% -4.7% -16.6% 3.5% -1.7% 3.7% 6.5% -0%
1999 3.5% -3.2% 4.1% 7.6% -1.2% 5.4% 2.4% 0.3% -0.3% -1.3% 4.3% 7% 28.1%
2000 -0.8% 12.1% -3.7% -7.2% -1.9% -1.6% -1.6% 6.5% -5.5% 2.7% 3% 2.5% 3.5%
2001 0.3% 1.8% -0.6% -2.6% 0.2% 0.8% -1.9% 4.2% 0.9% 5.1% -5.1% -1.8% 1.5%
2002 -2.9% -0.8% -3.9% 2.4% -0.3% -5.2% 0.8% 5.5% 4.3% -3.7% -0.9% 4.5% -0.2%
2003 -7.9% 1.5% -1.4% 4% 9% 3.3% 4% 6.3% 1.9% 8.8% 1.8% 4.2% 34.3%
2004 4.3% 2.1% 2.8% -4.5% 0.4% 4.5% -5.1% -0.1% 3.7% -0.5% 7.7% 4.1% 18.5%
2005 -1.3% 3.2% -2.3% -3.9% 3.1% 3% 5.2% 1% 2.6% -3.3% 4.1% 4.1% 14.9%
2006 7.6% -0.8% 4.7% 2.6% -5.6% -1.5% -2.8% 3.4% 0.1% 4.1% 2% 1.4% 14.5%
2007 1.8% 0.8% 2.5% 3.3% 2.6% -0.7% -3.3% -2.8% 3.8% 1.4% -8.8% -1.8% -1.8%
2008 2.1% -0.5% 2.1% -2.5% -2.7% 2.7% -0.4% 2.7% 1.5% -1.9% 14.3% 13.6% 30.7%
2009 -13.1% -1.5% 4% -7% 7.4% 1.2% 8.8% 6.1% 5.9% -3.9% 2.4% 4.6% 13.4%
2010 -5.5% 3.1% 6.1% 1.5% -7.9% 3.7% -0.9% -5.1% 11.5% 4% 0.5% 9.4% 19.4%
2011 0.9% 4.1% 2% 2.9% -1.1% -4.1% -3.6% 6.6% 13.2% -3.8% 2% -0.7% 18.7%
2012 4.6% 4.3% 3.2% -0.7% -6% -5.4% 1.7% 2.5% 2.5% -1.8% 2.6% 3.2% 10.7%
2013 5.8% 0.8% 3.3% 2.2% 0.4% -2.1% 5.2% -3% 6.4% 3.1% 1.8% 2.4% 26%
2014 -1.8% 5.3% -0.4% -1.6% 2.4% 2.1% -1.3% 3.9% -1.4% 2.4% 2.7% -0.3% 12%
2015 -3% 5.6% -1.6% -0% 1.5% -0.9% -0.4% -5.3% -0.2% -0.4% -1.3% -1.7% -7.1%
2016 4% 3.1% -0.1% 0.1% 1.7% 0.3% 3.6% 0.1% 0% -3.2% 3.2% 2% 15.3%
2017 1.8% 3.9% 0.1% 2.4% 0.7% 1.6% 2.3% -0% 4% 1.5% 2.2% 0.2% 20.6%
2018 5.6% -3.6% -2.7% 0.2% 2.5% 0.6% 3.7% 3.2% 0.6% -6.9% 3.5% -8.3% -1.6%
2019 -0.9% 2.1% 1.8% 4.1% -6.4% 1.8% 0.6% -1.7% 1.9% 2.2% 3.6% 2.9% 12.2%
2020 -2.9% -8.3% -12.5% -6.1% -1.8% -0% 5.9% 7% -3.7% -2.1% 15.4% 7.4% 0.2%
2021 2.1% 5% 2.2% 5.5% 1% 3.1% 2.4% 3% -4.7% 7% 2.2% 0% 28.8%
Pos 58.3% 70.8% 58.3% 58.3% 56% 60% 56% 64% 76% 44% 84% 75% 80%
Avg 0.2% 2% 0.6% 0.2% -0% 0.6% 1.1% 0.9% 2.3% 0.2% 2.8% 2.8% 13.2%

Drawdown Periods

Simply said, a drawdown is the "pain" period experienced by an investor between a peak (new highs) and subsequent valley (a low point before moving higher). In the table below are the fifth largest drawdowns encountered for the portfolios/assets in question.

αc International Equities

start valley end Drawdown days
2020-02-20 2020-03-23 2021-02-05 -33.7% 351
1998-04-23 1998-09-08 1999-07-12 -24.67% 445
2008-12-31 2009-05-01 2009-08-21 -19.43% 233
2001-11-08 2002-07-05 2003-07-09 -18.89% 608
2018-09-21 2018-12-24 2020-02-12 -17.64% 509

The αc International Equities took approximately 14 months on average to recover from a major drawdown.

Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares

start valley end Drawdown days
2007-11-01 2009-03-09 2013-12-23 -64.74% 2244
2020-02-20 2020-03-23 2020-08-05 -33.23% 167
2002-05-20 2002-10-09 2003-08-21 -27.85% 458
1998-04-16 1998-10-05 1999-04-08 -22.97% 357
2001-05-22 2001-09-21 2002-05-14 -21.72% 357

The Vanguard Global Equity Fund Investor Shares took approximately 24 months on average to recover from a major drawdown.

Underwater plot

The underwater plot shows you the drawdown periods on a chart. Whereas the performance chart usually gives you a positive viewpoint, the underwater plot gives you a pessimistic viewpoint. It helps you to visualize downtrends that occurred and how long it took for the portfolio's value to rebound to hit a new high after suffering a loss.

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