Definitions for **"total return"**

The return on an investment, including income from dividends and interest, as...

the sum of the total appreciation (or depreciation) of a stock over a given period plus any cash dividends received during the same period divided by the price of the stock at the beginning of the period. Each Value Line page shows the total cumulative returns (if available) for the past 1, 3, and 5 years. Each page also denotes the total returns for the Value Line Arithmetic Index for the same periods for comparative purposes. (For more, see Value Line Arithmetic Composite Index)

Total return is how much an investment has gone up (or down), taking into account all relevant factors: share price, income, and capital gains distributions.

A fund's total return includes change in value of assets due to capital appreciation and loss and income from dividends or interest.

This is a measure of a mutual fund's performance. The total return includes yield-that is, dividends-interest, capital gains, if any, and changes in share price. It is calculated over a specified period of time. You can calculate total return by multiplying the number of shares you own by the net asset value per share. Then subtract your original investment from the result and divide that difference by the original investment, and multiply it by 100. (For example, if your shares are valued at $10,000 and your original investment was $5,000, divide $10,000 by $5,000, which equals 0.5. Multiply that by 100, and your portfolio increased, or had a total return of, 50 percent.) This equation assumes you are reinvesting capital gains and interest and dividends.

A percentage profit on investment.

Overall gain in an investment or portfolio, including interest, dividends and earned income, less any losses.

The annualized rate of return for a mutual fund, including reinvested income from dividends and capital gains and the capital appreciation/depreciation of the securities within the fund's portfolio.

Including price appreciation, dividends and interest, it is the annual return on investment. Total return is one way to measure the performance of similar or different investments.

The total profit earned from an investment. Includes the sum of the income plus capital appreciation over a given time period, stated as a percentage of its value at the beginning of the period.

The rate of return on an investment, including all dividends and interest, plus or minus any change in the value of the asset. Also, an investment strategy that seeks a combination of growth and income.

Return on investment including price appreciation with reinvested dividends or income over a specific period of time.

Return on an investment, taking into account capital appreciation, dividends or interest, and individual tax considerations adjusted for present value and expressed on an annualised basis.

The sum of dividend or interest income and any capital gain. Total return is generally considered a better measure of an investmentâ€™s return than dividends or interest alone.

Fund managers sell their wares by advertising the total return. This amounts to the yield plus the capital growth of shares or unit trusts.

Price appreciation plus interest, dividends, and capital gain distributions for a given investment or account during a given period. Year-to-date return is for a partial year. Also useful is last quarter, last four quarters, and one month total return, which cover the indicated time periods. Total return is the best way to measure the performance of similar or different investments.

Accounts for distributions and changes in the value of the principal, including share price, assuming the funds' dividends and capital gains are reinvested. Often, this percentage is presented in a specified period of time (one, five, ten years and/or life of fund). Also, a method of calculating an investment's return that takes share price changes and dividends into account.

The change in value of an investment in a fund over a specific time period expressed as a percentage. Total returns assume all earnings are reinvested in additional shares of a Fund.

The performance of an investment, including yield (dividends, interest, capital gains) as well as changes in per share price, calculated over a designated period of time. Assuming reinvestment of capital gains and income distributions, multiply the number of shares owned by the net asset value per share. Subtract the original investment from the result. Then divide that figure by the original investment and multiply by 100. (Assuming your shares are now worth $8,000 and the investment was $5,000, divide $3,000 by $5,000 getting 0.6. Multiplied by 100 percentage increase the total return was 60%.) See Yield.

The actual rate of return, or performance, realized over some evaluation period. For periods greater than one year, the annualized total return is typically used.

The increase or decrease in the value of a portfolio taking into account any gain and income earned.

Performance of an investment measured over a stated period of time taking into account coupon interest, interest on interest, any realized and unrealized gains or losses.

a measure of an investment's performance that takes into account all three components of earnings per share: dividends, capital gain distributions, and price appreciation and the sales charge paid.

The unrealized increase or decrease in an investment's value during a specific time period, plus any income generated by the investment during that period.

The best way to measure investment performance. Combines price change plus income from dividends or interest. With mutual funds, total return calculations assume the investor is reinvesting all distributions.

The unrealized increase/decrease of an asset's value during a specific time period, including any income generated by the asset during that period.

Total return is your annual gain or loss on an equity or debt investment. It includes reinvested dividends or interest, plus any change in the market value of the investment. When total return is expressed as a percentage, it's figured by dividing the increase in value, plus dividends or interest, by the original purchase price. On bonds you hold to maturity, however, your total return is the same as your yield to maturity (YTM).

Includes any capital appreciation of the investment and the reinvestment of net income distributions in further units or shares on a periodic basis.

A measure of the performance of an investment portfolio, taking into account both income and capital return.

The realized return of a bond that is held to maturity. Total return includes coupons, return of principal and interest earned on reinvested coupons (interest-on-interest).

The increase in value of a portfolio, consisting of any capital gain (or loss) and income.

This return measure represents the percentage change, over a specified time period, in a fund's value, with the ending value adjusted to account for the reinvestment of all distributions of dividends and capital gains as received.

A way for investors to calculate how much they have made or lost on an investment over time. Calculated as a percentage; it's figured by dividing the current value of the investment, plus distributions, by the cost of the initial investment. In the case of mutual funds, if dividends are reinvested into the fund, they are included in the current value and don't have to be done as a separate item.

The return on an investment, including income from dividends and capital gains or losses; the actual rate of return over some evaluation period.

The growth in value of a share holding over a specified period, assuming that dividends are re-invested to purchase additional units of the stock

The amount of interest and gain or loss (selling price minus cost) earned on an investment.

The rate of return on an investment, including reinvested dividends, interest, and capital gains distributions, plus or minus any change in the value of the asset.

The combination of income and capital gains or losses on an investment.

The combined earnings from principal appreciation and income earned.

The percentage change (increase or decrease) in the value of a fund or investment option.

The return of the 1-month forecast plus the call option premium expressed as a percentage of the underlying stock.

The total return on an investment is the combination of both the income return and any capital gain or loss.

The cumulative rate of return on an investment in a fund over a stated period of time.

The total amount an investment earns over a specific period of time. Total return takes into consideration three factors: changes in the price, dividends, and the effects of compounding.

The total change in value of an investment compared with the initial amount invested. It includes both appreciation in the principal value of the investment such as the price of stock shares as well as... read full article

What investors are most interested in. The total amount of growth in value - in whatever form - that something provides. For shares, this is made up from price appreciation and dividends.

Measures the total change in an investor's wealth. It includes dividends plus capital appreciation/depreciation

All money earned on a bond or bond fund from annual interest and market gain or loss, if any, including the deduction of sales charges and/or commissions.

Total return is the return delivered by a share including the reinvestment of the dividends paid to acquire further shares. It is an important concept for long-term investors, since historical studies have shown that over periods of many years these accumulated dividends provide the greater part of the return you get from investing in shares.

Return on an investment over a specified period, including price appreciation (or depreciation), plus any reinvested income.

The annual return on an investment composed of two sources: income from dividends (stocks) or coupon payments (bonds), and appreciation or depreciation in the market price of the investment during a given time period.

A measure of a fund's performance that takes three factors into account: income dividends, capital gains distributions, and share price appreciation/depreciation.

The growth rate of an investment, usually comprised of the appreciation or depreciation in value of the investment plus any dividends or interest paid. Return to Previous

The performance of an asset over a specified period expressed as a percent. It includes price change plus any dividends or interest paid.

Measures the total change in an investment.

A percentage change, over a specified period, in a mutual fund's net asset value, with the ending net asset value adjusted to account for the reinvestment of all distributions of dividends and capital gains.

The performance of an investment over a designated period of time, including any income from the investment (dividends, interest and capital gains) as well as any changes in share price. Mutual funds are required to provide total return information quarterly and for the one-year, five-year and 10-year periods (or life of the fund, if shorter) as of the end of the most recent calendar quarter.

The total amount any investment returns, including any capital gains or losses and any dividends or interest.

Annual return on an investment as measured by the sum of an appreciation plus all dividends, interest and reinvested gains

The total earnings from an investment, including dividends or interest and any profit or loss realized on the liquidation of the investment.

The total of all earnings from a given investment, including dividends, interest, and any capital gain.

Represents the change in the value of an investment after reinvesting all income and capital gains.

The percentage change of the value of an investment over a given period. It assumes that all distributions (capital gains and income dividends) are reinvested and includes the change in the market value of the investment.

Total increase in value over a certain period of time, expressed as a percentage. It is made up of the distributions and price gains. In the case of a price fall, the loss is reduced by the amount of the distributions.

Investment category that strives for both capital appreciation and current income. Also, performance calculated assuming reinvestment of all income and capital gains distributions.

A measure of the total change in value of an investment, assuming dividends and capital gains distributions are reinvested.

the combination of capital growth and reinvested income at the end of any given period. Total return performance figures are always stated on an offer-to-bid price basis.

An investments annual return based on appreciation and dividends or interest. See: Appreciation; Dividend; Price/Earnings Ratio; Return; Yield To Maturity

The sum of the quarterly income and appreciation returns. (See formula in Appendix II of REIS report)

The change in NAV for a stated time period, adjusted for dividends and other distributions. It shows the fund's relative performance, compared to other types of investments and other funds with the same investment objective.

The return from an investment calculated by combining dividends or interest received with any capital gain or loss. Investment trusts quote two total return figures, one calculated on the net asset value (NAV) performance of the trusts, and the other calculated on the share price performance of the trust (see Share price total return).

The sum of all returns for a given period, assuming reinvestment of all distributions. Calculated by taking the total value of shares at the end of the period (including shares acquired by reinvestment), and subtracting the price of shares held at the beginning of the period.

The percentage gain or loss made on an investment over a specified time period. The total return accounts for price appreciation/depreciation of the fund and dividends paid by the fund over the period. Dividends are assumed to be reinvested when received.

The rate of return on an investment, including reinvestment of distributions.

The change in value of an investment over a given period, assuming reinvestment of any dividends and capital gain distributions, expressed as a percentage of the initial investment.

annual return on an investment including change in value and dividends or interest. For bonds held to maturity, total return is yield to maturity. For stocks, future appreciation is projected using the current price/earnings ratio. In options trading, total return means dividends plus capital gains plus premium income.

The annual benefit that accrues to the individual share investment, and to the whole portfolio, through reinvesting the dividend income received in more of the shares of the company that produced that dividend. Effectively, the total of the value received by the investor in income (the dividends received) and capital (the growth in value of the share price).

The price change plus dividend return for a stock over the last 12 months or three years (whichever is indicated).

The percentage change in the value of a stock or portfolio over a given period of time, including any distributions made during that period.

In performance measurement, the actual rate of return realized over some evaluation period. In fixed income analysis, the potential return that considers all three sources of return (coupon interest, interest on interest, and any capital gain/loss) over some i nvestment horizon.

A measure of investment performance that focuses on the overall return on investments, including interest and dividend income as well as realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments. Frequently used in connection with a spending-rate formula to determine how much of that return will be used for fiscal needs of the current period.

A stock's dividend income plus capital appreciation, before taxes and commissions.

A measure of a fund's performance that encompasses all elements of return: dividends, capital gains distributions, and changes in net asset value. Total return is the change in the value of an investment over a given period, assuming any reinvestment of dividends or capital gains distributions, expressed as a percentage of the initial investment.

is the full amount that an investment earns over a specific period of time. Total return can be cumulative or annualized. If it is cumulative it is an indicator of how much your investment grew in total for the entire period. If it is annualized it is an indicator of the average annual return over the period of years described. Total return measures the return of a fund taking into account the changes in the N.A.V. (Net Asset Value), the redistribution of dividends and the compounding factor over time.

The return on your investment which takes into account the change in price, plus dividends or interest you receive. The total return for a fund reflects changes in net asset value and reinvestment of all distributions in additional shares of the fund.

The investment return comprising both capital appreciation as well as reinvested income.

The full amount an investment earns over a specific period of time. When dealing with mutual funds or securities, total return takes into consideration three factors: changes in the NAV or price; the accumulation/reinvestment of dividends; the compounding factor over time. The return is presented as a percentage and is usually associated with a specific time period such as six months, one year or five years. Total Return can be cumulative for the specific period or annualized. If it is cumulative, it describes how much your investment grew in total for the entire period. If it is annualized, it describes the average annual return over the period of years described.

A computation of mutual fund performancewhich measures changes in total value over a specified time period.Included in the computation are distributions paid to investors,capital gains distributions and unrealized capital gains and losses.Since all fund activity which has an effect on net asset valueis represented, this measure provides a picture of performancewhich is more complete than yield.

A measure of the performance of an investment portfolio, taking into account the net change in the principal of the fund, the net income (or loss), and items such as interest or dividends.

Percentage change in the investment with gross dividends reinvested.

Representing the most complete measure of investment performance, it includes an investment's capital appreciation or depreciation as well as dividends or interest paid, after a fund's expenses have been deducted. back to the top

A standard measure of performance that includes both capital appreciation and depreciation as well as realized gains, losses and income.

The performance of an investment, including yield (dividends, interest, capital gains) as well as changes in per unit price, calculated over a designated period of time expressed in percentage terms. Simply put, it is the return one gets on his investment taking all factors into account.

The combined gains on an investment from both capital gains and income.... more on Total return

A measure of investment performance over a period of time. It is usually expressed as a percentage. For a mutual fund, total return is made up of two things: the change in the fund's share price and the money the fund earns from dividends and capital gains.

Change in price, plus any income received from asset.

Return earned on an investment over a given time period. It includes two basic components- the current yield, such as rental income and capital gains, or losses in property values. It is typically stated as an annual percentage.

Return on an investment over a specified period of time, which includes share-price appreciation, reinvested dividends or interest, and any capital gains.

The combined return of capital appreciation and income (interest and dividends) that an investment earns. Total return shows the value of an investment over a period of time. It is calculated by adding appreciation to reinvested dividends and capital gains. Realistic time periods by which to gauge total return performance are 1-, 5-, and 10-year periods.

Gross annual yield on an investment or mutual fund, including capital appreciation or distributions, interest, dividends, and personal taxes.

The aggregate increase in the value of the portfolio resulting from the net appreciation (or depreciation) of the principal of the fund, plus or minus the net income experienced by the fund during the period.

(go to top) The return from an investment or portfolio is calculated by combining dividends or interest received with any capital gain or loss. There are two main bases on which total return statistics are computed, and in each case it is assumed that dividends received by the shareholder (but not the tax credit) are reinvested. The first is calculated on the net asset value (NAV) performance of the investment trust, and the dividends are assumed to be reinvested in the assets of the trust at its NAV per share return (NAV total return). The second base is calculated on the share price performance of the investment trust, and the dividends are treated as reinvested in the shares of the trust at the market price, normally at the time when the shares go ex-dividend (share price total return).

A measure of investment performance that starts with price changes, then adds in the results of reinvesting all earnings generated by the investment during the period being measured.

The total earned on an investment. Total return includes the dividends and interest earned before deductions for fees and other expenses, plus any change inÂ value of the principal, incuding changes in share price, assuming the fund's dividends and capital gains are reinvested. This percentage is generally reflected in a specified period of time (one, five, or ten years). Net return is the amount an investment earns after those fees and expenses are deducted.

The full amount an investment earns over a specific period of time. Total return takes into consideration three factors: changes in the NAV or price; any dividends; and compounding. The return is expressed as a percentage and is associated with a time period such as six months, one year, five year or since inception.

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Same thing as payback percentage.

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