# Return

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## Return

The change in the value of a portfolio over an evaluation period, including any distributions made from the portfolio during that period.

## Rate of Return

In securities, the amount of revenue an investment generates over a given period of time as a percentage of the amount of capital invested. The rate of return shows the amount of time it will take to recover one's investment. For example, if one invests \$1,000 and receives \$150 in the first year of the investment, the rate of return is 15%, and the investor will recover his/her initial \$1,000 in six years and eight months. Different investors have different required rates of return at different levels of risk.

See yield.

## Return.

Your return is the profit or loss you have on your investments, including income and change in value.

Return can be expressed as a percentage and is calculated by adding the income and the change in value and then dividing by the initial principal or investment amount. You can find the annualized return by dividing the percentage return by the number of years you have held the investment.

For example, if you bought a stock that paid no dividends at \$25 a share and sold it for \$30 a share, your return would be \$5. If you bought on January 3, and sold it the following January 4, that would be a 20% annual percentage return, or the \$5 return divided by your \$25 investment.

But if you held the stock for five years before selling for \$30 a share, your annualized return would be 4%, because the 20% gain is divided by five years rather than one year.

Percentage return and annual percentage return allow you to compare the return provided by different investments or investments you have held for different periods of time.

References in classic literature ?
Alice thought she might as well go back, and see how the game was going on, as she heard the Queen's voice in the distance, screaming with passion.
The whist-players were quite absorbed in their game.
At times, he may be seen with his traps on his shoulder, buffeting his way across rapid streams, amidst floating blocks of ice: at other times, he is to be found with his traps swung on his back clambering the most rugged mountains, scaling or descending the most frightful precipices, searching, by routes inaccessible to the horse, and never before trodden by white man, for springs and lakes unknown to his comrades, and where he may meet with his favorite game.
If I lose the game, it shall not be from not striving for it.
A serious game was commenced between the comte and several rich courtiers.
In an ordinary game you might take one of these boys, I know, but on an important occasion like this you must not risk it.
The melancholy appearance of some of her guests seemed to add to her sarcastic humour, and perhaps the very cynicism and cruelty of the game proposed by Ferdishenko pleased her.
O-Tar himself might have played for you had you not angered him, but now you will be played for in an open game by slaves and criminals, and you will belong to the side that wins--not to a single warrior, but to all who survive the game.
Granted," Trent said tersely, bending over his game.
The game continued a little longer, but Lop-Ear did not expose himself a second time.
He was a man's man primarily, and the instinct in him to play the game of life was strong.
Yet he essayed, and haltingly at first, to express what he felt and analyzed when playing the Game at the supreme summit of existence.

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