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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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Move the cursor to the "Output-Range" option, press the return key and then type in the desired starting cell for the results (e.g., A15).
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Here is a simple example: Enter the "CTTY" command followed by the three letters "NUL" at the DOS prompt; then press the return key. These commands direct the computer to seek its input from another source--in this case, a nonexistent source--and the keyboard no longer works.
By going back to the main menu and pressing the return key, we move on to the next menu.
Sometimes the X button is supposed, and sometimes the return key works.
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If you hold down the shift key and push the return key, you get a normal-looking new line that will have the same attributes as the previous line.