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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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"We will ask the CAF to transfer our return match against Cercle de Bamako to another country, because of the crisis in Mali," Badr said.
Dan Giffard, the Bears' other injury victim, is back for the return match against Sheffield at South Tees Motorsports Park tomorrow night (tapes up 7.30).
Gibbs found himself against six of his compatriots during the Dragons' 10-run win on Friday and will line up in the return match at Northampton this afternoon.
CD Everton, coached by Nelson Acosta, came back from a 2-0 defeat to Santiago giants Colo Colo in the first leg by beating the Caciques 3-0 in the return match to lift their fourth national title last weekend.
Among the matches the team played in Syria, they came away with wins at Wihdah 7/0 and at Dariya, 2/0; drew 1/1 with Majd and lost 0/1 in a return match with Wihdah.Baq'a preparations
He is definitely out of the return match between the two sides at Edgeley Park this Sunday.
Austria next takes on Turkey at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna November 10 with the return match in Turkey four days later.
FOOTBALL OLYMPIAKOS might feel they did the hard part by digging out a 0-0 draw at Viktoria Plzen in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie, but the Greeks look shaky favourites to win the return match in Athens, writes Dan Childs.
Gor Mahia have raised concerns over the change of date of their Caf Champions League return match against Esperance over what they termed as deliberate move to jeopardize their preparations.
By CELLESTINE OLILOKenyan league champions Gor Mahia will be looking to finish the job Wednesday evening against Leones Vegeterianos of Equatorial Guinea in the return match of the Caf Champions League.
True to form, Newcastle were beaten 4-2 in the return match later in the season.
The 2004 European champions finished second to Belgium in their World Cup qualifying group, but were beaten in the playoffs by a strong Croatia side after a 4-1 first-leg loss in Zagreb and a goalless draw in the return match. Although it was the first time Greece had failed to reach the finals since 2006, the HFF felt that Skibbe could help the team continue their upward curve after the catastrophic Euro 2016 qualifying campaign that saw them finish bottom of their group.