'Total return is the amount of value an investor earns from a security over a specific period, typically one year, when all distributions are reinvested. Total return is expressed as a percentage of the amount invested. For example, a total return of 20% means the security increased by 20% of its original value due to a price increase, distribution of dividends (if a stock), coupons (if a bond) or capital gains (if a fund). Total return is a strong measure of an investment’s overall performance.'

Which means for our asset as example:- Compared with the benchmark SPY (32.9%) in the period of the last 5 years, the total return of -16.3% of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF is lower, thus worse.
- Looking at total return, or increase in value in of 7.4% in the period of the last 3 years, we see it is relatively lower, thus worse in comparison to SPY (11.6%).

'The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is a useful measure of growth over multiple time periods. It can be thought of as the growth rate that gets you from the initial investment value to the ending investment value if you assume that the investment has been compounding over the time period.'

Applying this definition to our asset in some examples:- Looking at the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of -3.5% in the last 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF, we see it is relatively lower, thus worse in comparison to the benchmark SPY (5.8%)
- During the last 3 years, the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) is 2.4%, which is lower, thus worse than the value of 3.7% from the benchmark.

'Volatility is a rate at which the price of a security increases or decreases for a given set of returns. Volatility is measured by calculating the standard deviation of the annualized returns over a given period of time. It shows the range to which the price of a security may increase or decrease. Volatility measures the risk of a security. It is used in option pricing formula to gauge the fluctuations in the returns of the underlying assets. Volatility indicates the pricing behavior of the security and helps estimate the fluctuations that may happen in a short period of time.'

Using this definition on our asset we see for example:- Compared with the benchmark SPY (18%) in the period of the last 5 years, the 30 days standard deviation of 32.4% of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF is greater, thus worse.
- Looking at historical 30 days volatility in of 25.9% in the period of the last 3 years, we see it is relatively greater, thus worse in comparison to SPY (20.3%).

'The downside volatility is similar to the volatility, or standard deviation, but only takes losing/negative periods into account.'

Using this definition on our asset we see for example:- Looking at the downside risk of 23.1% in the last 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF, we see it is relatively higher, thus worse in comparison to the benchmark SPY (13.4%)
- During the last 3 years, the downside volatility is 18.6%, which is greater, thus worse than the value of 15.3% from the benchmark.

'The Sharpe ratio was developed by Nobel laureate William F. Sharpe, and is used to help investors understand the return of an investment compared to its risk. The ratio is the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate per unit of volatility or total risk. Subtracting the risk-free rate from the mean return allows an investor to better isolate the profits associated with risk-taking activities. One intuition of this calculation is that a portfolio engaging in 'zero risk' investments, such as the purchase of U.S. Treasury bills (for which the expected return is the risk-free rate), has a Sharpe ratio of exactly zero. Generally, the greater the value of the Sharpe ratio, the more attractive the risk-adjusted return.'

Which means for our asset as example:- Looking at the ratio of return and volatility (Sharpe) of -0.18 in the last 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF, we see it is relatively lower, thus worse in comparison to the benchmark SPY (0.19)
- Looking at risk / return profile (Sharpe) in of 0 in the period of the last 3 years, we see it is relatively smaller, thus worse in comparison to SPY (0.06).

'The Sortino ratio improves upon the Sharpe ratio by isolating downside volatility from total volatility by dividing excess return by the downside deviation. The Sortino ratio is a variation of the Sharpe ratio that differentiates harmful volatility from total overall volatility by using the asset's standard deviation of negative asset returns, called downside deviation. The Sortino ratio takes the asset's return and subtracts the risk-free rate, and then divides that amount by the asset's downside deviation. The ratio was named after Frank A. Sortino.'

Applying this definition to our asset in some examples:- The downside risk / excess return profile over 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF is -0.26, which is lower, thus worse compared to the benchmark SPY (0.25) in the same period.
- During the last 3 years, the downside risk / excess return profile is 0, which is lower, thus worse than the value of 0.08 from the benchmark.

'The Ulcer Index is a technical indicator that measures downside risk, in terms of both the depth and duration of price declines. The index increases in value as the price moves farther away from a recent high and falls as the price rises to new highs. The indicator is usually calculated over a 14-day period, with the Ulcer Index showing the percentage drawdown a trader can expect from the high over that period. The greater the value of the Ulcer Index, the longer it takes for a stock to get back to the former high.'

Using this definition on our asset we see for example:- The Ulcer Index over 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF is 36 , which is greater, thus worse compared to the benchmark SPY (5.17 ) in the same period.
- Compared with SPY (5.93 ) in the period of the last 3 years, the Ulcer Index of 19 is larger, thus worse.

'Maximum drawdown measures the loss in any losing period during a fund’s investment record. It is defined as the percent retrenchment from a fund’s peak value to the fund’s valley value. The drawdown is in effect from the time the fund’s retrenchment begins until a new fund high is reached. The maximum drawdown encompasses both the period from the fund’s peak to the fund’s valley (length), and the time from the fund’s valley to a new fund high (recovery). It measures the largest percentage drawdown that has occurred in any fund’s data record.'

Which means for our asset as example:- The maximum reduction from previous high over 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF is -50.2 days, which is lower, thus worse compared to the benchmark SPY (-33.7 days) in the same period.
- Looking at maximum drop from peak to valley in of -37.5 days in the period of the last 3 years, we see it is relatively lower, thus worse in comparison to SPY (-33.7 days).

'The Drawdown Duration is the length of any peak to peak period, or the time between new equity highs. The Max Drawdown Duration is the worst (the maximum/longest) amount of time an investment has seen between peaks (equity highs) in days.'

Which means for our asset as example:- Looking at the maximum days below previous high of 1211 days in the last 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF, we see it is relatively greater, thus worse in comparison to the benchmark SPY (187 days)
- Looking at maximum days below previous high in of 550 days in the period of the last 3 years, we see it is relatively greater, thus worse in comparison to SPY (139 days).

'The Drawdown Duration is the length of any peak to peak period, or the time between new equity highs. The Avg Drawdown Duration is the average amount of time an investment has seen between peaks (equity highs), or in other terms the average of time under water of all drawdowns. So in contrast to the Maximum duration it does not measure only one drawdown event but calculates the average of all.'

Which means for our asset as example:- Looking at the average days under water of 590 days in the last 5 years of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF, we see it is relatively greater, thus worse in comparison to the benchmark SPY (42 days)
- Looking at average days below previous high in of 218 days in the period of the last 3 years, we see it is relatively larger, thus worse in comparison to SPY (36 days).

Historical returns have been extended using synthetic data.
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- Note that yearly returns do not equal the sum of monthly returns due to compounding.
- Performance results of Xtrackers Harvest CSI 300 China ETF are hypothetical, do not account for slippage, fees or taxes, and are based on backtesting, which has many inherent limitations, some of which are described in our Terms of Use.