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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.


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.

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The Kenyan champions carry a 2-0 advantage to the return match that will be held at the 15,000-seater Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.
The changes brought in some freshness for the home team who raided the Madagascan side but their solid defence held on for 1-1draw that gives them advantage for the return match.
The Diamonds met the Monarchs in the semi-finals last year, too, and English and his men will be hoping there is no repeat of the thumping they got in the first leg in Scotland, which gave Newcastle an impossible task in the return match as Edinburgh progressed to the final 108-71 on aggregate.
Hiddink added: "I first want us to mend the image of Turkish football in the return match.
If we manage to turn this tie around in the return match, it will be a miracle.
Thank you to Chris May, Mustafa Al Hashimi and Andrew Whitelaw for making the event possible and we all look forward to the return match at Emirates next season, " Andrade said.
Turkey's soccer team Fenerbahce will take on Greek soccer team PAOK in Istanbul on Thursday in return match of the UEFA Europa League play-off.
Jermain Defoe also suffered a groin problem in that game but could be fit for the return match.
It means Everton now face a difficult return match in Portugal a week tomorrow.
The return match is scheduled for Tuesday at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Star, Kuala Lumpur.
CD Everton, coached by Nelson Acosta, came back from a 2-0 defeat to Santiago giants Colo Colo in the first leg by beating the Caciques 3-0 in the return match to lift their fourth national title last weekend.
Spurs, who trail PSV 1-0 after the first leg at White Hart Lane, are due to play the return match on Wednesday.