Sortino Ratio

Sortino Ratio was authored by Frank A. Sortino. The Sortino is similiar to the Sharpe Ratio except for the standard deviation component. It is designed to evaluate how well an investor is compensated for the risk taken. The higher the Sortino the better the instrument’s performance. The main ingredients are current price and a prior price which are adjusted with the user defined safe return. An average and standard deviation (minus part only) are taken; and the Sortino is their quotient. The user must select linear bars but may change the input (close), period length and a safe value. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

See Sortino Ratio
See also Sharpe Ratio

Sortino Ratio

How To Trade Using the Sortino Ratio

The Sortino Ratio may be used to evaluate a instrument’s performance. No trading signals are calculated.

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//input = price, user defined, default is close
//period = p1, user defined, default is 30
//safe = safe return percentage, user defined, default is 2
//av = average, pow = power
//sma = simple moving average, sdDev = standard deviation
//index = current bar number

BarSize bar = getBarSize();
if (bar.getType() == BarSizeType.LINEAR) barMin = bar.getInterval();
else return;
minPerYr = 60*24*30*12;
barsPerYr = minPerYr/barMin;
adjSafe = Math.pow((1 + (safe)), p1/barsPerYr) - 1; //safe return per period compounded
priorP = price[index-p1];
ret = ((price/priorP)-1) - adjSafe; //safe return subtracted here to reflect Sharpe 1994 revision
av = sma(index, p1, RET);
stdMinus = sdDev(index, p1, RET)[2];
if (stdMinus != 0 )sortino = av / stdMinus;
Plot: sortino;