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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.
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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.
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See yield.
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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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"A good return game, it's not all me,'' Raymond said.
Thailand football team was hosted in a five-star Esteqlal hotel in Tehran and the same class hotel was expected from them to provide for the Iranian National Team in the return game, the letter said.
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Yesterday's 9-2 victory in the return game at the Skydome was over within the first period.
The Gloucester Tigers failed to gain revenge for last week's defeat at Rocester despite dominating play for most of the return game.
"If you look at their form in France they are getting better results away from home - that tells you they will be more dangerous in the return game.
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But the return game against Poland will be very significant as well.
But before that Vallen have two big league games to play, Donaghmore this evening followed by the return game at Celtic Club on Saturday.
Victory in next Sunday's return game will effectively seal Quins' place in the last eight.
The former Inter Milan striker stepped off the bench to stun Timisoara and hand his side the advantage going into the return game next Thursday at Eastlands.