- Last Ratings Update:07/31/2014
- Price as of 07/31/2014 :$31.54
- Net Assets:$664.54 Million
- Peer Rank:274 of 280
- Investment Rating:E-
We rate IPath S&P 500 VIX Sm-Trm Futr ETN at E-. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. Negative factors that influence this rating include a well below average total return. The fund may be considered for investors seeking an Equity Income strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The IPath S&P 500 VIX Sm-Trm Futr ETN has returned an annual rate of -62.25% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -61.15% in the last five years, -59.17% in the last three years, and -42.10% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 0% of them. It has also outpaced 0% of its competitors on a three year basis and 0% of them over the last year for the period ending 7/31/2014. On a year to date basis, VXX has returned -22.43%.
Downside risk has been above average. VXX has a draw down risk of -83.14%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 70.4%. This fund has experienced excessive volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 7/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $31.54, which is 1.1% below its 52-week high of $31.90 and 17.0% above its 52-week low of $26.95.
High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $664.55 million, VXX maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Equity Income peers of 0.89% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As VXX is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The IPath S&P 500 VIX Sm-Trm Futr ETN is managed by a team at Barclays Bank PLC. This fund is one of 79 Barclays Bank PLC exchange-traded funds launched since 6/6/2006 that we track.
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