Percent change in stock prices over a specified time period. All of the major calculations in TaraFolioTM are based on perchange changes in stock prices. This is the only way to consistently compare returns among different securities. That is, a $10 return on a $100 investment would be equivalent to a dollar return on a $10 investment. Real returns are important as opposed to nominal returns.
Simple Rate of Return is the profit realized from an investment, calculated as percentage of the cost of the investment. It is most often not compounded and expressed on a periodic basis. Total Rate of Return is the measure of a fund's/stock's performance that encompasses all elements of return: dividends, capital gains distributions, and changes in net asset value. Total return is the change in value of an investment over a given period, assuming reinvestment of any dividends and capital gains distributions, expressed as a percentage of the initial investment.