# total return

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## Total return

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 coupon interest, and any capital gain/loss) over some investment horizon.

## Total Return

The complete amount one receives on an investment, expressed either as the rate of return or as a dollar figure. One calculates the total return simply by adding coupons or dividends to capital gains.

## total return

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

## Total return.

Total return is your annual gain or loss on an equity or debt investment.

It includes 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 or decrease 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).

Calculating total return is more complex if your earnings have been reinvested, as they often are in a mutual fund, to buy more shares. But fund companies do that calculation on a regular basis.

## total return

The sum of periodic income and property appreciation.
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