VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK): Historical Returns

Data Source: from August 2008 to February 2024 (~16 years)
Consolidated Returns as of 29 February 2024
Live Update: Mar 01 2024
Category: Stocks
VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF
ETF • LIVE PERFORMANCE (USD currency)
2.21%
1 Day
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2.21%
Current Month
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In the last 10 Years, the VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF obtained a -5.38% compound annual return, with a 20.13% standard deviation.

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The ETF is related to the following investment themes:

  • Asset Class: Equity
  • Size: Multi Cap
  • Style: Blend
  • Region: Africa
  • Country: Broad Africa

Investment Returns as of Feb 29, 2024

The VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF guaranteed the following returns.

Returns are calculated in USD, assuming:
  • no fees or capital gain taxes.
  • the reinvestment of dividends.
  • the actual US Inflation rates.
VANECK AFRICA INDEX ETF (AFK) ETF
Consolidated returns as of 29 February 2024
Live Update: Mar 01 2024
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  Chg (%) Return (%) Return (%) as of Feb 29, 2024
  1 Day Time ET(*) Mar 2024 1M 6M 1Y 5Y 10Y MAX
(~16Y)
VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF 2.21 2.21 -1.57 -7.86 -17.22 -5.86 -5.38 -4.31
US Inflation Adjusted return -1.57 -8.90 -19.40 -9.57 -7.93 -6.41
Returns over 1 year are annualized | Available data source: since Aug 2008
(*) Eastern Time (ET - America/New York)
US Inflation is updated to Jan 2024. Pending updates, the monthly inflation is set at 0% for the subsequent periods. Current inflation (annualized) is 1Y: 2.71% , 5Y: 4.10% , 10Y: 2.77%

In 2023, the VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF granted a 1.96% dividend yield. If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF: Dividend Yield page.

Capital Growth as of Feb 29, 2024

An investment of 1$, since March 2014, now would be worth 0.58$, with a total return of -42.48% (-5.38% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 0.44$, with a net total return of -56.25% (-7.93% annualized).
An investment of 1$, since August 2008, now would be worth 0.50$, with a total return of -49.63% (-4.31% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 0.36$, with a net total return of -64.38% (-6.41% annualized).

Investment Metrics as of Feb 29, 2024

Metrics of VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF, updated as of 29 February 2024.

Metrics are calculated based on monthly returns, assuming:
  • no fees or capital gain taxes.
  • the reinvestment of dividends.
  • the actual US Inflation rates.
VANECK AFRICA INDEX ETF (AFK) ETF
Advanced Metrics
Data Source: 1 August 2008 - 29 February 2024 (~16 years)
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Metrics as of Feb 29, 2024
1M 3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y MAX
(~16Y)
Investment Return (%) -1.57 -3.85 -7.86 -17.22 -11.53 -5.86 -5.38 -4.31
Infl. Adjusted Return (%) details -1.57 -4.36 -8.90 -19.40 -16.16 -9.57 -7.93 -6.41
US Inflation (%) 0.00 0.54 1.14 2.71 5.52 4.10 2.77 2.25
Pending updates, the monthly inflation after Jan 2024 is set at 0%. Returns / Inflation rates over 1 year are annualized.
DRAWDOWN
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y MAX
Deepest Drawdown Depth (%) -18.46 -36.60 -39.13 -55.15 -57.83
Start to Recovery (# months) details 12* 33* 18 114* 187*
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 03 2021 06 2019 07 2014 09 2008 08
Start to Bottom (# months) 8 29 9 67 140
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 10 2020 03 2020 03 2020 03
Bottom to End (# months) 4 4 9 47 47
End (yyyy mm) - - 2020 12 - -
Longest Drawdown Depth (%)
same as
deepest

same as
deepest
-36.60
same as
deepest

same as
deepest
Start to Recovery (# months) details 33*
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 03 2021 06 2021 06 2014 09 2008 08
Start to Bottom (# months) 8 29 29 67 140
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2020 03 2020 03
Bottom to End (# months) 4 4 4 47 47
End (yyyy mm) - - - - -
Longest negative period (# months) details 12* 36* 60* 120* 187*
Period Start (yyyy mm) 2023 03 2021 03 2019 03 2014 03 2008 08
Period End (yyyy mm) 2024 02 2024 02 2024 02 2024 02 2024 02
Annualized Return (%) -17.22 -11.53 -5.86 -5.38 -4.31
Drawdowns / Negative periods marked with * are in progress
Deepest Drawdown Depth (%) -20.06 -44.65 -44.65 -59.26 -64.67
Start to Recovery (# months) details 12* 33* 33* 114* 187*
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 03 2021 06 2021 06 2014 09 2008 08
Start to Bottom (# months) 8 29 29 110 183
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10
Bottom to End (# months) 4 4 4 4 4
End (yyyy mm) - - - - -
Longest Drawdown Depth (%)
same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest
Start to Recovery (# months) details
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 03 2021 06 2021 06 2014 09 2008 08
Start to Bottom (# months) 8 29 29 110 183
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10 2023 10
Bottom to End (# months) 4 4 4 4 4
End (yyyy mm) - - - - -
Longest negative period (# months) details 12* 36* 60* 120* 187*
Period Start (yyyy mm) 2023 03 2021 03 2019 03 2014 03 2008 08
Period End (yyyy mm) 2024 02 2024 02 2024 02 2024 02 2024 02
Annualized Return (%) -19.40 -16.16 -9.57 -7.93 -6.41
Drawdowns / Negative periods marked with * are in progress
RISK INDICATORS
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y MAX
Standard Deviation (%) 15.49 18.03 23.01 20.13 22.62
Sharpe Ratio -1.45 -0.77 -0.33 -0.33 -0.37
Sortino Ratio -2.31 -1.13 -0.44 -0.45 -0.51
Ulcer Index 11.48 21.34 19.00 31.34 32.44
Ratio: Return / Standard Deviation -1.11 -0.64 -0.25 -0.27 -0.19
Ratio: Return / Deepest Drawdown -0.93 -0.32 -0.15 -0.10 -0.07
% Positive Months details 25% 41% 48% 47% 48%
Positive Months 3 15 29 57 91
Negative Months 9 21 31 63 96
LONG TERM RETURNS
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y MAX
Best 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized -5.38 4.57
Worst 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized -6.07
Best 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized -7.93 2.75
Worst 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized -7.93
ROLLING PERIODS
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y MAX
Over the latest 10Y
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 72.74 12.35 7.74 -5.38
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -37.46 -12.54 -10.13
% Positive Periods 40% 52% 36% 0%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 76.29 22.41 13.69 6.70
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - -
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 68.33 9.97 5.50 -7.93
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -38.40 -16.16 -11.73
% Positive Periods 34% 30% 26% 0%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 76.29 22.41 13.69 6.70
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - -
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Over all the available data source (Aug 2008 - Feb 2024)
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 72.74 20.90 14.37 4.57
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -37.46 -16.61 -10.13 -6.07
% Positive Periods 51% 55% 32% 19%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 61.09 22.41 13.69 6.70
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - -
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 68.33 18.08 12.06 2.75
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -38.40 -17.32 -11.73 -7.93
% Positive Periods 45% 34% 23% 7%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 61.09 22.41 13.69 6.70
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - -
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Terms and Definitions
  • Annualized Portfolio Return: it's the annualized geometric mean return of the portfolio.
  • Deepest/Longest Drawdown: a drawdown refers to the decline in value from a relative peak value to a relative trough. The deepest (or maximum) drawdown is the maximum observed loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio before a new peak is attained. The longest drawdown is the period observed from a peak to the subsequent peak with the greatest duration.
  • Longest negative period: it's the maximum period for which an overall negative return has been observed.
  • Standard Deviation: it's a measure of the dispersion of returns around the mean.
  • Sharpe Ratio: it's a measure of risk-adjusted performance of the portfolio. It's calculated by dividing the excess return of the portfolio over the risk-free rate by the portfolio standard deviation. The risk-free rate here considered is the 1-3 Mth T-Bill return.
  • Sortino Ratio: another measure of risk-adjusted performance of the portfolio. It's a modification of the Sharpe Ratio (same formula but the denominator is the portfolio downside standard deviation).
  • Ulcer Index: it's a measure of downside risk that quantifies the depth and duration of drawdowns in an investment portfolio.
  • Best/Worst 10Y returns: the best and the worst 10-year return over a time frame.
  • Rolling Returns: N-year returns over a time frame, calculated over all the available data source (best, worst, % of positive returns). Each rolling period, longer than the longest negative period, yielded a non-negative minimum return.
  • Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR): it's the percentage of the initial portfolio balance that can be withdrawn at the beginning of each month with inflation adjustment, without the portfolio running out of money in any case (money amount withdrawal).
    For instance: Your initial invested capital is 100.000$; withdrawal rate (annualized) is 4%. This means that, in the first month, you will withdraw 100.000 * 4% * 1/12 = 333.33$. The second month, you’ll withdraw 333.33$ plus the inflation monthly rate. You’ll continue adjusting your withdraw monthly for inflation.
  • Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (PWR): it's the percentage of the initial portfolio balance that can be withdrawn at the beginning of each month with inflation adjustment, preserving the original invested capital, adjusted for inflation too.

Correlations as of Feb 29, 2024

Correlation measures to what degree the returns of the two assets move in relation to each other.

Correlation coefficient is a numerical value between -1 and +1. If one variable goes up by a certain amount, the correlation coefficient indicates which way the other variable moves and by how much.
Asset correlations are calculated based on monthly returns.

Monthly correlations of VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF vs the main Asset Classes, over different timeframes. Columns are sortable (click on table header to sort).

VANECK AFRICA INDEX ETF (AFK) ETF
Monthly correlations as of 29 February 2024
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Correlation vs AFK
Asset Class 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years Since
Aug 2008
VTI
US Total Stock Market
0.69
0.81
0.70
0.74
SPY
US Large Cap
0.66
0.79
0.68
0.73
IJR
US Small Cap
0.67
0.83
0.64
0.68
VNQ
US REITs
0.68
0.73
0.56
0.58
QQQ
US Technology
0.46
0.64
0.56
0.64
PFF
Preferred Stocks
0.66
0.74
0.64
0.55
EFA
EAFE Stocks
0.78
0.85
0.79
0.81
VT
World All Countries
0.76
0.86
0.79
0.82
EEM
Emerging Markets
0.85
0.85
0.83
0.84
VGK
Europe
0.79
0.85
0.78
0.81
VPL
Pacific
0.79
0.84
0.76
0.77
FLLA
Latin America
0.74
0.76
0.74
0.79
BND
US Total Bond Market
0.55
0.42
0.35
0.26
TLT
Long Term Treasuries
0.52
0.05
0.02
-0.11
BIL
US Cash
-0.14
-0.21
-0.12
-0.12
TIP
TIPS
0.52
0.48
0.45
0.40
LQD
Invest. Grade Bonds
0.59
0.59
0.54
0.42
HYG
High Yield Bonds
0.67
0.77
0.73
0.63
CWB
US Convertible Bonds
0.69
0.78
0.72
0.74
BNDX
International Bonds
0.40
0.42
0.31
0.30
EMB
Emerg. Market Bonds
0.73
0.78
0.71
0.62
GLD
Gold
0.17
0.35
0.36
0.32
DBC
Commodities
0.50
0.64
0.61
0.68

If you want to learn more about historical correlations, you can find out here how the main asset class are correlated to each other.

Drawdowns

A drawdown refers to the decline in value from a relative peak value to a relative trough. A maximum drawdown is the maximum observed loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio before a new peak is attained.

VANECK AFRICA INDEX ETF (AFK) ETF
Drawdown periods
Drawdown periods - Inflation Adjusted
Data Source: 1 March 2014 - 29 February 2024 (10 Years)
Data Source: 1 August 2008 - 29 February 2024 (~16 years)
Inflation Adjusted:
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Drawdown period
Recovery period
Total
Drawdown Start Bottom #Months End #Months #Months Ulcer Index
-55.15% Sep 2014 Mar 2020 67 in progress 47 114 32.15
-0.80% Mar 2014 Mar 2014 1 Apr 2014 1 2 0.46
-0.21% Jun 2014 Jun 2014 1 Jul 2014 1 2 0.12
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Drawdown (DD)
Occurrencies (EOM)
Drawdown (DD)
Range #Num Every (Avg) Frequency Cumulative Frequency
All Time High (DD=0%) 5 24.2 Months 4.13%
 
DD = 0% 4.13%
 
0% < DD <= -5% 2 60.5 Months 1.65%
 
DD <= -5% 5.79%
 
-5% < DD <= -10% 1 121.0 Months 0.83%
 
DD <= -10% 6.61%
 
-10% < DD <= -15% 2 60.5 Months 1.65%
 
DD <= -15% 8.26%
 
-15% < DD <= -20% 12 10.1 Months 9.92%
 
DD <= -20% 18.18%
 
-20% < DD <= -25% 20 6.1 Months 16.53%
 
DD <= -25% 34.71%
 
-25% < DD <= -30% 14 8.6 Months 11.57%
 
DD <= -30% 46.28%
 
-30% < DD <= -35% 23 5.3 Months 19.01%
 
DD <= -35% 65.29%
 
-35% < DD <= -40% 22 5.5 Months 18.18%
 
DD <= -40% 83.47%
 
-40% < DD <= -45% 12 10.1 Months 9.92%
 
DD <= -45% 93.39%
 
-45% < DD <= -50% 7 17.3 Months 5.79%
 
DD <= -50% 99.17%
 
-50% < DD <= -55% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -55% 99.17%
 
-55% < DD <= -60% 1 121.0 Months 0.83%
 
DD <= -60% 100.00%
 
-60% < DD <= -65% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -65% 100.00%
 
-65% < DD <= -70% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -70% 100.00%
 
-70% < DD <= -100% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -100% 100.00%
 
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Drawdown period
Recovery period
Total
Drawdown Start Bottom #Months End #Months #Months Ulcer Index
-59.26% Sep 2014 Oct 2023 110 in progress 4 114 38.12
-1.00% Mar 2014 Mar 2014 1 Apr 2014 1 2 0.58
-0.34% Jun 2014 Jun 2014 1 Jul 2014 1 2 0.20
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Drawdown (DD)
Occurrencies (EOM)
Drawdown (DD)
Range #Num Every (Avg) Frequency Cumulative Frequency
All Time High (DD=0%) 5 24.2 Months 4.13%
 
DD = 0% 4.13%
 
0% < DD <= -5% 2 60.5 Months 1.65%
 
DD <= -5% 5.79%
 
-5% < DD <= -10% 1 121.0 Months 0.83%
 
DD <= -10% 6.61%
 
-10% < DD <= -15% 1 121.0 Months 0.83%
 
DD <= -15% 7.44%
 
-15% < DD <= -20% 3 40.3 Months 2.48%
 
DD <= -20% 9.92%
 
-20% < DD <= -25% 11 11.0 Months 9.09%
 
DD <= -25% 19.01%
 
-25% < DD <= -30% 11 11.0 Months 9.09%
 
DD <= -30% 28.10%
 
-30% < DD <= -35% 28 4.3 Months 23.14%
 
DD <= -35% 51.24%
 
-35% < DD <= -40% 22 5.5 Months 18.18%
 
DD <= -40% 69.42%
 
-40% < DD <= -45% 10 12.1 Months 8.26%
 
DD <= -45% 77.69%
 
-45% < DD <= -50% 12 10.1 Months 9.92%
 
DD <= -50% 87.60%
 
-50% < DD <= -55% 8 15.1 Months 6.61%
 
DD <= -55% 94.21%
 
-55% < DD <= -60% 7 17.3 Months 5.79%
 
DD <= -60% 100.00%
 
-60% < DD <= -65% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -65% 100.00%
 
-65% < DD <= -70% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -70% 100.00%
 
-70% < DD <= -100% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -100% 100.00%
 
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Drawdown period
Recovery period
Total
Drawdown Start Bottom #Months End #Months #Months Ulcer Index
-57.83% Aug 2008 Mar 2020 140 in progress 47 187 32.44
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Drawdown (DD)
Occurrencies (EOM)
Drawdown (DD)
Range #Num Every (Avg) Frequency Cumulative Frequency
All Time High (DD=0%) 1 188.0 Months 0.53%
 
DD = 0% 0.53%
 
0% < DD <= -5% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -5% 0.53%
 
-5% < DD <= -10% 6 31.3 Months 3.19%
 
DD <= -10% 3.72%
 
-10% < DD <= -15% 8 23.5 Months 4.26%
 
DD <= -15% 7.98%
 
-15% < DD <= -20% 21 9.0 Months 11.17%
 
DD <= -20% 19.15%
 
-20% < DD <= -25% 25 7.5 Months 13.30%
 
DD <= -25% 32.45%
 
-25% < DD <= -30% 34 5.5 Months 18.09%
 
DD <= -30% 50.53%
 
-30% < DD <= -35% 25 7.5 Months 13.30%
 
DD <= -35% 63.83%
 
-35% < DD <= -40% 25 7.5 Months 13.30%
 
DD <= -40% 77.13%
 
-40% < DD <= -45% 21 9.0 Months 11.17%
 
DD <= -45% 88.30%
 
-45% < DD <= -50% 15 12.5 Months 7.98%
 
DD <= -50% 96.28%
 
-50% < DD <= -55% 4 47.0 Months 2.13%
 
DD <= -55% 98.40%
 
-55% < DD <= -60% 3 62.7 Months 1.60%
 
DD <= -60% 100.00%
 
-60% < DD <= -65% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -65% 100.00%
 
-65% < DD <= -70% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -70% 100.00%
 
-70% < DD <= -100% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -100% 100.00%
 
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Drawdown period
Recovery period
Total
Drawdown Start Bottom #Months End #Months #Months Ulcer Index
-64.67% Aug 2008 Oct 2023 183 in progress 4 187 39.71
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Drawdown (DD)
Occurrencies (EOM)
Drawdown (DD)
Range #Num Every (Avg) Frequency Cumulative Frequency
All Time High (DD=0%) 1 188.0 Months 0.53%
 
DD = 0% 0.53%
 
0% < DD <= -5% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -5% 0.53%
 
-5% < DD <= -10% 1 188.0 Months 0.53%
 
DD <= -10% 1.06%
 
-10% < DD <= -15% 4 47.0 Months 2.13%
 
DD <= -15% 3.19%
 
-15% < DD <= -20% 18 10.4 Months 9.57%
 
DD <= -20% 12.77%
 
-20% < DD <= -25% 17 11.1 Months 9.04%
 
DD <= -25% 21.81%
 
-25% < DD <= -30% 21 9.0 Months 11.17%
 
DD <= -30% 32.98%
 
-30% < DD <= -35% 20 9.4 Months 10.64%
 
DD <= -35% 43.62%
 
-35% < DD <= -40% 16 11.8 Months 8.51%
 
DD <= -40% 52.13%
 
-40% < DD <= -45% 29 6.5 Months 15.43%
 
DD <= -45% 67.55%
 
-45% < DD <= -50% 25 7.5 Months 13.30%
 
DD <= -50% 80.85%
 
-50% < DD <= -55% 15 12.5 Months 7.98%
 
DD <= -55% 88.83%
 
-55% < DD <= -60% 12 15.7 Months 6.38%
 
DD <= -60% 95.21%
 
-60% < DD <= -65% 9 20.9 Months 4.79%
 
DD <= -65% 100.00%
 
-65% < DD <= -70% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -70% 100.00%
 
-70% < DD <= -100% 0 - 0.00%
 
DD <= -100% 100.00%
 

Rolling Returns

( more details)

A rolling return is a measure of investment performance that calculates the return of an investment over a set period of time, with the starting date rolling forward. This approach can provide a more accurate representation of the investment's historical performance and helps investors to evaluate the investment's consistency over time.

VANECK AFRICA INDEX ETF (AFK) ETF
Annualized Rolling Returns
Annualized Rolling Returns - Inflation Adjusted
Data Source: 1 March 2014 - 29 February 2024 (10 Years)
Data Source: 1 August 2008 - 29 February 2024 (~16 years)
Inflation Adjusted:
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Rolling
Period
Worst Period
15th Percentile
50th Percentile
85th Percentile
Best Period
Latest Negative
Periods
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
1Y -37.46 04/2019
03/2020
0.62$ -21.57 0.78$ -6.91 0.93$ 21.54 1.21$ 72.74 04/2020
03/2021
1.72$ -17.22 59.63%
2Y -26.91 04/2018
03/2020
0.53$ -15.73 0.71$ -2.41 0.95$ 10.00 1.20$ 34.97 04/2020
03/2022
1.82$ -19.07 53.61%
3Y -12.54 04/2017
03/2020
0.66$ -7.71 0.78$ 0.38 1.01$ 4.28 1.13$ 12.35 04/2020
03/2023
1.41$ -11.53 47.06%
5Y -10.13 04/2015
03/2020
0.58$ -5.83 0.74$ -3.56 0.83$ 4.13 1.22$ 7.74 03/2016
02/2021
1.45$ -5.86 63.93%
7Y -3.18 02/2017
01/2024
0.79$ -2.78 0.82$ -1.19 0.91$ 0.53 1.03$ 4.02 02/2016
01/2023
1.31$ -3.17 75.68%
10Y -5.38 03/2014
02/2024
0.57$ -5.38 0.57$ -5.38 0.57$ -5.38 0.57$ -5.38 03/2014
02/2024
0.57$ -5.38 100.00%
Annualized rolling and percentiles/median returns over full calendar month periods
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Rolling
Period
Worst Period
15th Percentile
50th Percentile
85th Percentile
Best Period
Latest Negative
Periods
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
1Y -38.40 04/2019
03/2020
0.61$ -25.33 0.74$ -8.75 0.91$ 18.32 1.18$ 68.33 04/2020
03/2021
1.68$ -19.40 65.14%
2Y -28.13 04/2018
03/2020
0.51$ -19.12 0.65$ -5.45 0.89$ 7.27 1.15$ 27.89 04/2020
03/2022
1.63$ -22.42 60.82%
3Y -16.16 03/2021
02/2024
0.58$ -9.77 0.73$ -3.38 0.90$ 1.87 1.05$ 9.97 02/2016
01/2019
1.33$ -16.16 69.41%
5Y -11.73 04/2015
03/2020
0.53$ -8.82 0.63$ -6.35 0.72$ 1.49 1.07$ 5.50 03/2016
02/2021
1.30$ -9.57 73.77%
7Y -6.44 02/2017
01/2024
0.62$ -5.01 0.69$ -4.05 0.74$ -2.23 0.85$ 0.60 02/2016
01/2023
1.04$ -6.41 97.30%
10Y -7.93 03/2014
02/2024
0.43$ -7.93 0.43$ -7.93 0.43$ -7.93 0.43$ -7.93 03/2014
02/2024
0.43$ -7.93 100.00%
Annualized rolling and percentiles/median returns over full calendar month periods
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Rolling
Period
Worst Period
15th Percentile
50th Percentile
85th Percentile
Best Period
Latest Negative
Periods
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
1Y -37.46 04/2019
03/2020
0.62$ -19.71 0.80$ 0.70 1.00$ 21.54 1.21$ 72.74 04/2020
03/2021
1.72$ -17.22 48.86%
2Y -26.91 04/2018
03/2020
0.53$ -14.49 0.73$ -0.26 0.99$ 10.76 1.22$ 36.49 02/2009
01/2011
1.86$ -19.07 51.22%
3Y -16.61 02/2013
01/2016
0.57$ -8.81 0.75$ 0.75 1.02$ 5.04 1.15$ 20.90 03/2009
02/2012
1.76$ -11.53 44.74%
5Y -10.13 04/2015
03/2020
0.58$ -6.31 0.72$ -2.53 0.87$ 4.19 1.22$ 14.37 03/2009
02/2014
1.95$ -5.86 67.19%
7Y -9.15 04/2013
03/2020
0.51$ -3.54 0.77$ -1.73 0.88$ -0.21 0.98$ 4.02 02/2016
01/2023
1.31$ -3.17 85.58%
10Y -6.07 04/2010
03/2020
0.53$ -3.91 0.67$ -1.83 0.83$ 0.25 1.02$ 4.57 02/2009
01/2019
1.56$ -5.38 80.88%
15Y -3.60 09/2008
08/2023
0.57$ -3.60 0.57$ -1.22 0.83$ 0.79 1.12$ 1.03 02/2009
01/2024
1.16$ 0.79 62.50%
Annualized rolling and percentiles/median returns over full calendar month periods
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Rolling
Period
Worst Period
15th Percentile
50th Percentile
85th Percentile
Best Period
Latest Negative
Periods
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
Growth
of 1$
Ann.
Return
From
To
Growth
of 1$
1Y -38.40 04/2019
03/2020
0.61$ -22.31 0.77$ -1.87 0.98$ 18.86 1.18$ 68.33 04/2020
03/2021
1.68$ -19.40 54.55%
2Y -28.13 04/2018
03/2020
0.51$ -17.20 0.68$ -2.53 0.94$ 8.37 1.17$ 33.61 03/2009
02/2011
1.78$ -22.42 59.76%
3Y -17.32 02/2013
01/2016
0.56$ -10.18 0.72$ -1.64 0.95$ 2.94 1.09$ 18.08 03/2009
02/2012
1.64$ -16.16 65.79%
5Y -11.73 04/2015
03/2020
0.53$ -8.36 0.64$ -4.34 0.80$ 2.07 1.10$ 12.06 03/2009
02/2014
1.76$ -9.57 76.56%
7Y -10.51 04/2013
03/2020
0.45$ -5.27 0.68$ -3.77 0.76$ -2.23 0.85$ 0.60 02/2016
01/2023
1.04$ -6.41 96.15%
10Y -7.93 03/2014
02/2024
0.43$ -6.30 0.52$ -3.79 0.67$ -1.72 0.84$ 2.75 02/2009
01/2019
1.31$ -7.93 92.65%
15Y -5.74 09/2008
08/2023
0.41$ -5.74 0.41$ -3.49 0.58$ -1.70 0.77$ -1.50 02/2009
01/2024
0.79$ -1.70 100.00%
Annualized rolling and percentiles/median returns over full calendar month periods

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality

In which months is it better to invest in VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF?

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency (Win %) are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.
For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.
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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Gain Frequency
-0.33
40%
-1.40
40%
-6.12
20%
2.61
60%
-1.39
40%
-0.33
40%
2.17
60%
-2.54
40%
-4.08
0%
0.45
80%
5.11
80%
2.61
80%
Best 6.4
2023
4.7
2021
0.1
2021
16.7
2020
4.3
2021
7.1
2019
8.0
2023
3.1
2020
-0.8
2019
2.9
2021
13.4
2022
7.8
2020
Worst -5.2
2020
-8.9
2020
-27.9
2020
-8.2
2022
-6.4
2019
-11.6
2022
-4.3
2019
-8.1
2023
-9.4
2022
-6.1
2023
-5.7
2021
-5.0
2022
Monthly Seasonality over the period Sep 2008 - Feb 2024
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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Gain Frequency
1.20
50%
-0.57
40%
-2.33
30%
3.69
70%
-1.79
40%
-0.92
40%
1.58
70%
-2.59
40%
-3.53
10%
-0.67
60%
1.50
60%
1.02
60%
Best 11.3
2019
4.7
2021
11.0
2016
16.7
2020
4.3
2021
7.1
2019
8.0
2023
3.7
2017
2.4
2016
2.9
2021
13.4
2022
7.8
2020
Worst -7.1
2016
-8.9
2020
-27.9
2020
-8.2
2022
-6.9
2016
-11.6
2022
-8.0
2015
-8.3
2015
-9.4
2022
-6.1
2023
-7.8
2015
-6.4
2014
Monthly Seasonality over the period Sep 2008 - Feb 2024
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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Gain Frequency
-0.66
38%
0.77
56%
-0.35
40%
3.33
73%
-0.55
40%
-2.05
33%
2.36
73%
-2.15
38%
-2.52
31%
-0.88
63%
-0.61
38%
1.74
63%
Best 11.3
2019
7.0
2012
11.0
2016
16.7
2020
27.3
2009
7.1
2019
11.7
2010
6.0
2012
8.5
2010
10.1
2011
13.4
2022
9.6
2010
Worst -16.6
2009
-8.9
2020
-27.9
2020
-8.2
2022
-9.0
2010
-11.6
2022
-8.0
2015
-8.3
2015
-14.8
2008
-26.1
2008
-11.5
2008
-6.4
2014
Monthly Seasonality over the period Sep 2008 - Feb 2024

Monthly Returns

This section provides a visual/tabular representation of the performance variability in the VanEck Africa Index ETF (AFK) ETF over time. It illustrates the distribution of monthly returns, showcasing the range and frequency of positive and negative returns.

VANECK AFRICA INDEX ETF (AFK) ETF
Monthly Returns Distribution
Data Source: 1 March 2014 - 29 February 2024 (10 Years)
Data Source: 1 August 2008 - 29 February 2024 (~16 years)
57 Positive Months (48%) - 63 Negative Months (53%)
91 Positive Months (49%) - 96 Negative Months (51%)
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