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VBINX Summary

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VBINX provides average risk protection. It generates 3.8% returns above inflation with 8.3% downside volatility and 8.4% Ulcer Index. These downside risk measures rank in the middle 20% of all funds that generate real returns.

VBINX provides good risk-adjusted returns. It has generated 7.9% annual returns over the last three years which ranks better than 60% of all funds. It has a 0.7 Sortino ratio and 0.7 UPI, ranking in the top 40% of all competing funds for risk-adjusted returns.

VBINX has failed to provided any S&P 500 diversification advantage over the last three years. A 60% SPY/40% VBINX portfolio reduces downside risk by 5.2% but also reduces annual returns by 17.3%. Diversifying with VBINX reduces the risk-adjusted performance of the S&P 500 by 16.6% to a 1.0 UPI.


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Key Performance Metrics


We measure a funds ability to protect on against stock market declines by comparing various downside specific risk measures. Max drawdown is the largest decline for the security while the Ulcer Index quantifies both the depth and breath of all drawdowns. We also look at downside volatility and beta, both of which are measured relative to the S&P 500.
Statistic1 Year3 Years5 Years
Max Drawdown-8.27%-21.61%-22.78%
Recovery Time123 days788 days152 days
Ulcer Index2.61%10.28%8.45%
Downside Volatility6.21%8.99%8.22%
Downside Beta0.780.720.72


We measure a securities ability to Perform by comparing net annual returns relative to our benchmarks. To measure absolute performance, we use the well-known Sharpe and Sortino ratios but prefer a risk-adjusted ratio such as Jenson's Alpha. Ultimately, performance is the most critical variable in fund selection so we take a much deeper dive into this measure.
Statistic1 Year3 Years5 Years
Annual Returns15.96%3.16%8.73%
Sortino Ratio1.690.350.79
Sharpe Ratio0.860.240.51
Jensen's Alpha-7.20%-3.70%-2.80%


Participate measures the ability of a security to improve the effecient frontier of a stock portfolio. If the letter grade for this fund is an F, the fund does not provide any diversification or participation benefit. The Statistics presented are calculated using an either an optimal mix of VBINX or, if no participation benefit exists, a 60% S&P 500 and 40% VBINX.
Statistic1 Year3 Years5 Years
Ulcer Index2.78%10.27%8.84%
Downside Volatility6.75%10.54%10.08%
Annual Returns23.21%6.96%12.93%
Sortino Ratio2.630.661.06


Ulcer impact
Value Per 10K$15,199$12,616$14,635
Total Returns51.99%26.16%46.35%
Annual Returns8.73%4.76%7.91%
Standard Deviation 12.75%9.63%10.82%
Downside Deviation 8.22%6.41%5.64%
Max Drawdown -22.78%-19.96%-17.66%
Recovery Time 152 daysOngoing768 days
Ulcer Index 8.45%7.61%8.28%
Sharpe Ratio 0.510.260.53
Sortino Ratio 0.790.391.01
Ulcer Perf. Index 0.770.330.69
Beta 0.690.490.30
Downside Beta 0.720.520.21
Treynor Ratio
Jensen's Alpha -2.80%-4.14%1.66%
Mac's Alpha -3.23%-4.49%2.82%

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