iShares Core Moderate Allocation ETF

AOM Summary

Fund FamilyiShares
CategoryAllocation--30% to 50% Equity
StructureExchange Traded Fund
Inception Date2008-11-04
Expense Ratio0.15%
Net Assets1.46B
Avg. Volume198.47K

Report Card

AOM provides superior risk protection. It generates 0.6% returns above inflation with only 5.8% downside volatility and 3.9% Ulcer Index. These downside risk measures rank in the top 20% of all funds that generate real returns.

AOM provides average risk-adjusted returns. It has generated 4.7% annual returns over the last three years which ranks worse than 60% of all funds. It has a 0.4 Sortino ratio and 0.6 UPI, ranking in the middle 20% of all competing funds for risk-adjusted returns.

AOM has failed to provided any S&P 500 diversification advantage over the last three years. A 60% SPY/40% AOM portfolio reduces downside risk by 18.3% but also reduces annual returns by 28.7%. Diversifying with AOM reduces the risk-adjusted performance of the S&P 500 by 18.3% to a 1.6 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-12.95%-16.90%-16.90%
Recovery TimeOngoing152 days152 days
Ulcer Index4.94%3.92%3.46%
Downside Volatility7.17%5.77%5.00%
Downside Beta0.570.520.47


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 Returns-7.33%4.67%4.36%
Sortino Ratio-1.030.420.67
Sharpe Ratio-0.990.300.47
Jensen's Alpha-7.18%-3.66%-1.70%


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 AOM or, if no participation benefit exists, a 60% S&P 500 and 40% AOM.
Statistic1 Year3 Years5 Years
Ulcer Index5.71%5.73%4.96%
Downside Volatility10.26%9.12%8.28%
Annual Returns-3.17%11.67%9.86%
Sortino Ratio-0.311.031.07


Ulcer impact
Value Per 10K$11,468$13,064$13,883
Total Returns14.68%30.64%38.83%
Annual Returns4.67%9.32%11.56%
Standard Deviation 8.22%12.01%10.68%
Downside Deviation 5.77%7.86%4.75%
Max Drawdown -16.90%-22.78%-11.49%
Recovery Time 152 days152 days314 days
Ulcer Index 3.92%4.93%4.42%
Sharpe Ratio 0.300.590.87
Sortino Ratio 0.420.901.96
Ulcer Perf. Index 0.621.442.11
Beta 0.430.650.29
Downside Beta 0.520.730.14
Treynor Ratio
Jensen's Alpha -3.66%-2.17%5.24%
Mac's Alpha -4.95%-3.26%7.41%

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