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VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF (AFK)

ETF · Currency in USD · Last updated Jun 24, 2022

AFK is a passive ETF by VanEck tracking the investment results of the Dow Jones Africa Titans 50 Index. AFK launched on Jul 10, 2008 and has a 0.78% expense ratio.

ETF Info

Inception DateJul 10, 2008
RegionAfrica (Broad)
CategoryForeign Large Cap Equities
Expense Ratio0.78%
Index TrackedDow Jones Africa Titans 50 Index
ETF Home Pagewww.vaneck.com
Asset ClassEquity

Asset Class Size


Asset Class Style


Trading Data

Previous Close$16.95
Year Range$16.95 - $21.69
EMA (50)$18.92
EMA (200)$20.01
Average Volume$10.54K

AFKShare Price Chart

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The chart shows the growth of $10,000 invested in VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF on Jan 5, 2010 and compares it to the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. It would be worth nearly $8,441 for a total return of roughly -15.59%. All prices are adjusted for splits and dividends.

AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
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AFKReturns in periods

Returns over 1 year are annualized


AFKMonthly Returns Heatmap

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AFKSharpe Ratio Chart

The Sharpe ratio shows whether the portfolio's excess returns are due to smart investment decisions or a result of taking a higher risk. The higher a portfolio's Sharpe ratio, the better its risk-adjusted performance.

The current VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF Sharpe ratio is -1.13. A negative Sharpe ratio means that the risk-free rate is higher than the portfolio's return. This value does not convey any meaningful information.

The chart below displays rolling 12-month Sharpe Ratio.

AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
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AFKDividend History

VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF granted a 4.95% dividend yield in the last twelve months. The annual payout for that period amounted to $0.84 per share.


Dividend yield


AFKDrawdowns Chart

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

AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
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AFKWorst Drawdowns

The table below shows the maximum drawdowns of the VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF. A maximum drawdown is an indicator of risk. It shows a reduction in portfolio value from its maximum due to a series of losing trades.

The maximum drawdown since January 2010 for the VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF is 59.33%, recorded on Mar 20, 2020. The portfolio has not recovered from it yet.



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-59.33%Jul 29, 20141419Mar 20, 2020
-29.51%Jan 18, 2011180Oct 3, 2011648May 2, 2014828
-16.74%Apr 13, 201056Jun 30, 201067Oct 5, 2010123
-9.19%Jan 20, 201013Feb 5, 201023Mar 11, 201036
-6.57%Nov 11, 201013Nov 30, 201017Dec 23, 201030
-3.29%Oct 19, 20101Oct 19, 201012Nov 4, 201013
-2.78%May 15, 201428Jun 24, 201415Jul 16, 201443
-2.48%Mar 18, 20106Mar 25, 20102Mar 29, 20108
-1.54%Jan 6, 20112Jan 7, 20113Jan 12, 20115
-1.4%Jul 21, 20141Jul 21, 20141Jul 22, 20142

AFKVolatility Chart

Current VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF volatility is 19.74%. The chart below shows the rolling 10-day volatility. Volatility is a statistical measure showing how big price swings are in either direction. The higher asset volatility, the riskier it is, because the price movements are less predictable.

AFK (VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

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