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VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF (AFK)
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ETF Info

ISINUS92189F8665
CUSIP92189F866
IssuerVanEck
Inception DateJul 10, 2008
RegionAfrica (Broad)
CategoryForeign Large Cap Equities
Index TrackedDow Jones Africa Titans 50 Index
Home Pagewww.vaneck.com
Asset ClassEquity

Asset Class Size

Multi-Cap

Asset Class Style

Blend

Expense Ratio

AFK has a high expense ratio of 0.78%, indicating higher-than-average management fees.


Expense ratio chart for AFK: current value at 0.78% compared with the broader market ranging from 0.00% to 2.12%.0.50%1.00%1.50%2.00%0.78%

Share Price Chart


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VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF

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Performance

Performance Chart

The chart shows the growth of an initial investment of $10,000 in VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF, comparing it to the performance of the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. All prices have been adjusted for splits and dividends.


-100.00%0.00%100.00%200.00%300.00%December2024FebruaryMarchAprilMay
-38.49%
333.23%
AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

S&P 500

Returns By Period

VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF had a return of 18.48% year-to-date (YTD) and 11.49% in the last 12 months. Over the past 10 years, VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF had an annualized return of -3.88%, while the S&P 500 had an annualized return of 10.87%, indicating that VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF did not perform as well as the benchmark.


PeriodReturnBenchmark
Year-To-Date18.48%11.56%
1 month11.60%7.13%
6 months20.23%17.26%
1 year11.49%26.92%
5 years (annualized)-0.19%13.56%
10 years (annualized)-3.88%10.87%

Monthly Returns

The table below presents the monthly returns of AFK, with color gradation from worst to best to easily spot seasonal factors. Returns are adjusted for dividends.


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
2024-3.19%-1.57%10.80%1.68%18.48%
20236.44%-4.94%-1.73%-0.92%-6.21%-0.94%8.06%-8.09%-3.36%-6.13%5.63%0.89%-12.11%
20221.99%3.66%-0.09%-8.19%-2.61%-11.63%2.92%-3.69%-9.45%2.47%13.39%-4.99%-17.31%
2021-1.67%4.74%0.14%2.95%4.34%-3.19%-0.59%0.92%-5.29%2.94%-5.68%4.10%3.00%
2020-5.15%-8.89%-27.89%16.69%3.93%6.98%4.83%3.04%-1.48%1.25%11.12%7.74%4.28%
201911.34%-0.73%-1.01%2.51%-6.44%7.13%-4.30%-4.94%-0.77%1.68%1.16%5.27%9.87%
20185.23%-2.18%0.12%-1.68%-3.33%-3.57%1.02%-6.41%-3.87%-5.86%1.44%-1.87%-19.55%
20177.38%-1.65%-0.10%1.29%1.89%0.23%6.62%3.69%-2.76%0.90%4.59%3.55%28.22%
2016-7.14%3.21%10.97%12.21%-6.88%1.47%3.94%-2.93%2.42%-0.96%-5.36%4.66%14.31%
2015-3.20%2.63%-2.95%6.68%-3.45%-5.43%-8.01%-8.34%-3.94%2.79%-7.84%-2.71%-29.90%
2014-3.13%4.70%-0.80%5.35%0.83%-0.23%1.36%0.75%-6.77%-5.86%-3.45%-6.33%-13.57%
2013-1.72%-1.17%-0.26%-2.04%1.24%-10.33%7.65%-1.61%4.69%5.34%-1.68%2.41%1.33%

Risk-Adjusted Performance

Risk-Adjusted Performance Rank

The current rank of AFK is 22, indicating that it is in the bottom 22% of ETFs on our website in terms of risk-adjusted performance. This ranking is based on the combined values of the indicators listed below.


The Risk-Adjusted Performance Rank of AFK is 2222
AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
The Sharpe Ratio Rank of AFK is 2323Sharpe Ratio Rank
The Sortino Ratio Rank of AFK is 2323Sortino Ratio Rank
The Omega Ratio Rank of AFK is 2323Omega Ratio Rank
The Calmar Ratio Rank of AFK is 2020Calmar Ratio Rank
The Martin Ratio Rank of AFK is 1919Martin Ratio Rank
The risk-adjusted ranks indicate the investment's position relative to the market. A rank closer to 100 signifies top-performing investments, while a rank closer to 0 might suggest underperformance, based on the selected ratio. The values are calculated based on the past 12 months of returns.

Risk-Adjusted Performance Indicators

The charts below present risk-adjusted performance metrics for VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF (AFK) and compare them to a chosen benchmark (^GSPC). These indicators evaluate an investment's returns against its associated risks.


AFK
Sharpe ratio
The chart of Sharpe ratio for AFK, currently valued at 0.59, compared to the broader market0.002.004.006.000.59
Sortino ratio
The chart of Sortino ratio for AFK, currently valued at 0.93, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.000.93
Omega ratio
The chart of Omega ratio for AFK, currently valued at 1.11, compared to the broader market0.501.001.502.002.503.001.11
Calmar ratio
The chart of Calmar ratio for AFK, currently valued at 0.23, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.0015.000.23
Martin ratio
The chart of Martin ratio for AFK, currently valued at 1.21, compared to the broader market0.0020.0040.0060.0080.00100.001.21
^GSPC
Sharpe ratio
The chart of Sharpe ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 2.34, compared to the broader market0.002.004.006.002.34
Sortino ratio
The chart of Sortino ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 3.31, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.003.31
Omega ratio
The chart of Omega ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 1.41, compared to the broader market0.501.001.502.002.503.001.41
Calmar ratio
The chart of Calmar ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 1.90, compared to the broader market0.005.0010.0015.001.90
Martin ratio
The chart of Martin ratio for ^GSPC, currently valued at 8.93, compared to the broader market0.0020.0040.0060.0080.00100.008.93

Sharpe Ratio

The current VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF Sharpe ratio is 0.59. This value is calculated based on the past 1 year of trading data and takes into account price changes and dividends.

Use the chart below to compare the Sharpe ratio of VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF with the selected benchmark, providing insights into the investment's historical performance in terms of risk-adjusted returns. Go to the Sharpe ratio tool for more fine-grained control over the calculation options.


Rolling 12-month Sharpe Ratio-1.000.001.002.003.00December2024FebruaryMarchAprilMay
0.59
2.34
AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

Dividends

Dividend History

VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF granted a 1.92% dividend yield in the last twelve months. The annual payout for that period amounted to $0.31 per share.


PeriodTTM20232022202120202019201820172016201520142013
Dividend$0.31$0.31$0.58$0.84$0.80$1.29$0.34$0.49$0.53$0.39$0.76$0.83

Dividend yield

1.92%2.27%3.59%4.17%3.91%6.34%1.71%1.99%2.67%2.16%2.92%2.68%

Monthly Dividends

The table displays the monthly dividend distributions for VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF. The dividends shown in the table have been adjusted to account for any splits that may have occurred.


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTotal
2024$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
2023$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.31$0.31
2022$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.58$0.58
2021$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.84$0.84
2020$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.80$0.80
2019$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$1.29$1.29
2018$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.34$0.34
2017$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.49$0.49
2016$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.53$0.53
2015$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.39$0.39
2014$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.76$0.76
2013$0.83$0.83

Drawdowns

Drawdowns Chart

The Drawdowns chart displays portfolio losses from any high point along the way.


-50.00%-40.00%-30.00%-20.00%-10.00%0.00%December2024FebruaryMarchAprilMay
-39.53%
0
AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

Worst Drawdowns

The table below displays the maximum drawdowns of the VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF. A maximum drawdown is a measure of risk, indicating the largest reduction in portfolio value due to a series of losing trades.

The maximum drawdown for the VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF was 62.45%, occurring on Mar 20, 2020. The portfolio has not yet recovered.

The current VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF drawdown is 39.53%.


Depth

Start

To Bottom

Bottom

To Recover

End

Total

-62.45%Jul 16, 20082936Mar 20, 2020

Volatility

Volatility Chart

The current VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF volatility is 5.03%, representing the average percentage change in the investments's value, either up or down over the past month. The chart below shows the rolling one-month volatility.


2.00%4.00%6.00%8.00%10.00%December2024FebruaryMarchAprilMay
5.03%
3.10%
AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)