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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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After playing the 2013 season with a myriad of injuries that hampered him in both the passing and return games, his 40 time was especially satisfying for Raymond and HC's coaching staff.
But Darlington manager Dave Penney will have to shuffle the troops again for the return game, as Tommy Wright is out with medial knee ligament damage, Parker is very unlikely to recover from a hamstring injury, while Alan White faces a race against time to shake off a dead leg.
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.
We've been beaten in Scotland and we'd like to win the return game, and it would give us a massive boost.
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.
Edelman also had a 40-yard punt return in the first quarter, starting off a pretty productive night in the return game for the Patriots.
As the table stands, Cardiff would play Leicester at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday, May 9, with a return game the following Wednesday.
In the return game a desperate extra time goal from Paul Robinson opened the path to glory as Whitley Bay won 3-2 to set up their second FA Vase final in a row.
The Armenian president came to Turkey to watch the return game in 2009.
The Reds won 2-1 in the Champions League opener, and were held to a 2-2 draw in the return game.
Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura scored a brilliant freekick at Old Trafford two years ago when Celtic lost 3-2 at the same stage of the competition but the Japan international's replica goal in the return game at Parkhead took Gordon Strachan's men into the last 16 of the tournament for the first time.