Business / Taxes / Total Return: Total return is your annual gain or loss on an equity or debt investment. It includes dividends or interest, plus any change in the market value of the investment. When total return is expressed as a percentage, it's figured by dividing the increase or decrease in value, plus dividends or interest, by the original purchase price. On bonds you hold to maturity, however, your total return is the same as your yield to maturity (YTM). Calculating total return is more complex if your earnings have been reinvested, as they often are in a mutual fund, to buy more shares. But fund companies do that calculation on a regular basis.
Return Verb Synonyms: come or go back, revert, turn back
Return Noun Synonyms: replace, put back, restore, give back, bring or carry back
Return Adjective Synonyms: exchange, bring back or carry back
Total Verb Synonyms: sum (total), totality, aggregate, whole, amount, total number
Total Noun Synonyms: complete, unalloyed, unmitigated, unqualified, unconditional, utter, out-and-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, perfect, outright, downright, all-out, absolute
Business / Accounting / Rate Of Return: Also called the "yield," this is the return on an investment expressed as a percentage of its cost (e.g., $3 annual return divided by $24 price per share = .125 or a 12.5% rate of return). MORE
Business / Taxes / Current Return: Current return, also called current yield, is the amount of interest you earn on a bond in any given year, expressed as a percent of the current market price. The current return will, in most cases, n MORE