# average rate of return

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## Average rate of return (ARR)

## Average Rate of Return

## average rate of return

One way of measuring an investment's profitability.To calculate,one takes the total net earnings,divides by the total number of years the investment was held,and then divides that answer by the investment's initial acquisition cost.

**Example:*** Rainer spent $800,000 to buy an apartment building. After deducting all operat- ing expenses, real estate taxes, and insurance, she receives $65,000 in the first year, $71,000 in the second year, $69,000 in the third year, and $70,000 in the fourth year. The total net earnings are $275,000. Divide that number by the 4 years being analyzed, to reach $68,750 as an average annual return. Divide $68,750 by the initial $800,000 investment to calculate the average rate of return of 8.59 percent.*

Drawback: The procedure does not take into account the time value of money.The $65,000 received in the first year was more valuable than the $70,000 received in the fourth year,because the $65,000 could have been invested to earn still more money.