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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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When I checked with travel agents here, the return ticket price was too high.
I was given Virgin's customers relations number and was told there was no problems with any of their machine and I would have to pay for a new return ticket.
Train travel can be booked 12 weeks in advance, with Return Tickets valid for 30 days from the date of original travel
Return tickets from Abu Dhabi to Moscow start from AED750, to Athens from AED830, to London from AED930, and to Vienna from AED1060.
Six return tickets cost from pounds 29 each way and three return tickets are from pounds 33 each way.
And an even bigger increase will hit all unregulated ticket purchases - meaning standard open return tickets will rise by up to 7%.
Around 120,000 people have been left stranded having flown only one leg of their return tickets the budget airline said, but pinned the blame squarely on Spain after its threat to suspend Air Madrid's operating license for a spate of flight delays.
Day return tickets from Blyth to Newcastle cost only pounds 3; any local journey within Blyth is only pounds 1 flat fare; Cramlington to Blyth is only pounds 2.
A FOUR-month old bitch puppy related to 2003 Irish Derby champion Climate Control, a trip for two to the Paddy Power Irish Derby and return tickets on the Orient Express to Royal Ascot at York are among the auction items on offer at Walthamstow's gala charity meeting on Saturday.
The English-language Jakarta Post daily reported that dozens of tsunami survivors from Aceh were denied entry into Batam Island by authorities on grounds that they had failed to show identity cards, return tickets and deposited money.
The family were given a prize of two British Airways' return tickets and a private capsule on the London Eye.
But the Sunday Mercury has discovered that the trade in expensive return tickets is one-way traffic.