The Difference Between the Sharpe Ratio (“SR”) and the Smart Sharpe Ratio - AlternativeSoft

Smart Sharpe Ratio (Graphic: Business Wire)

LONDON--()--The Sharpe Ratio (“SR”) does not consider sharp drawdowns, while Smart Sharpe Ratio does.

Sharpe Ratio is one of the most used metrics for Asset Analysis in the investment industry. The ratio simply measures the excess return over volatility; hence it does not forecast the future. The higher the Ratio, the better the performance. Anything below 1 is considered sub-optimal, while anything above 2 is regarded as good, and above 3 is excellent.

However, the SR has a downside showcase by the graph attached.

On the one hand, asset A has a hefty downfall at the beginning of Dec 2014 only to come back up at the end of Jun 2020. On the other hand, asset B has steady growth with some small fluctuations over the years. However, if we only measure the SR for the two assets, we will get the same ratio for both despite the staging distinctive performance throughout the period.

 

Asset A -
Drawdown

Asset B -
No Drawdown

Weighted Rank

1

2

Return Statistics

Annualized Return

2.19%

2.18%

Risk Statistics

Annualized Volatility

12.61%

13.08%

Annual Sharpe Ratio (Rf = 0.25%)

0.15

0.15

Value-at-Risk

 

 

Normal monthly VaR 95%

-5.74%

-5.96%

Table 1: Comparison of key metrics between Asset A and Asset B

The table above shows that Asset A has a slightly higher annualized return, lower annualized volatility and lower monthly VaR. Despite performing better at these three metrics it has an equal SR with Asset B.

Smart Sharpe Ratio differs from the SR by including an Autocorrelation Penalty in the denominator. are the correlation coefficients of the timeseries and its lags. A fund with high Autocorrelation Penalty will have a higher likelihood of drawdowns due to the tendency to propagate negative shocks in the timeseries.

Let’s compare the two assets again using the Smart Sharpe ratio this time. This time we can see that the ratio reflects the more stable performance of Asset B.

 

Asset A -
Drawdown

Asset B -
No Drawdown

Weighted Rank

-

-

Risk Statistics

Annual Sharpe Ratio (Rf = 0.25%)

0.15

0.15

Autocorrelation Penalty

3.72

0.17

Annual Smart Sharpe Ratio (Rf = 0.25%)

0.04

0.89

Extreme Risk Statistics

Max Drawdown

-30.03%

-3.50%

In conclusion, while SR is a widely used ratio it should be taken with a grain of salt because it doesn’t account for the drawdown. The Smart Sharpe Ratio allows to account for autocorrelation in a time series. Smart Sharpe ratio would be more suitable than the conventional measure for investors that aims to avoid high drawdowns (i.e., Madoff and illiquid fixed income funds).

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Release Summary

Smart Sharpe ratio would be more suitable than the conventional measure for investors that aims to avoid high drawdowns.

Contacts

Mitesh Gohil
+44 20 7510 2003
information@alternativesoft.com