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Huge return on investment, I feel like im doing the math wrong

From October 11, 2011 to January 24, 2014 CannaVEST Corp($CANV) went from $.05/share to $85.55/share (171,000% increase). Knowing this that means if I were to have invested $1000 at the low and sold ...
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Formula that predicts whether one is better off investing or paying down debt

This is more of a statistics/probability question but the implications for personal finance are obvious. Let's say you have extra cash (assume tax-advantaged space is already maxed out) and are ...
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How do I calculate yearly rate of return on my investments?

I have been investing since May 2013 and I wanted to calculate my average yearly rate of return. For example:- Date May - 2013 - Total investment made ($1200) January - ...
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How are the sub-periods derrived in TWRR Daily Valuation?

I've been looking at the TWRR Daily Valuation method and I'm trying to understand how to break the total performance period into sub-periods when there are irregular cash flows. As the article ...
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How can I determine if my portfolio's rate of return has been “good”, or not?

I've invested in stocks as a hobby for the last ten years, so I'm no expert on this. But if you have contributed about $7,000 over the past ten years (like putting in $200 here and there) and your ...
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How do top investors pull out 20% ROI?

I've been searching the ROI percentage of well known investors. Warren Buffet - (Berkshire Hathaway) 22% annual return from 1964-2005 George Soros - (Soros Fund Management) 30% annual return ...
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Investment Newbie - Options in India - For $10K - for 10 years

What are the investment options in India for a newbie like me. I would like to start with 500,000 INR. (5 lacs / roughly $10K). Its for a long term. I don't need this amount for 10 years. Low to ...
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How do I calculate the return on my stock _call_ option, similar to my _put_ example?

I'm trying to figure out the effective percentage return when I write ("sell to open") a stock call option. I think I've figured it out for put options. Consider this put example I think XYZ stock ...
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calculate return on investment [closed]

I am interested in calculating returns from a fixed no of periodic investments that is redeemed at a specific time after the last payment. ex : periodic outflow of 3000 on a monthly basis for 8 ...
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ROI on Forex Trading

I have lately been reading up on what Forex Trading is and how it works. In many sources, it is described that a consistent investor can generate 15% return annually. My question is, what is this ...
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Calculating IRR with cashflows vs NAV - getting different answers

I'd like to calculate an investment's IRR by looking at the NAV/share of the investment and also by looking at the cash flows as a check. The results should be the same. The following case works ...
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How can I figure out how much to bid on a parking space?

A nearby condo building is auctioning off 65 parking spaces within the building with no minimum bid. The condo is in the middle of the business district in my city. I'm interested in investing in one ...
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How do we correctly sum up returns

Assume I have done 8 trades and calculated the profit (or loss) of each trade: Balance PnL 100 102 2.00% 105 2.94% 103 -1.90% 101 -1.94% 98 -2.97% 97 ...
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In need of Algebra assistance

For some reason, my Algebra is getting rusty and I need help solving for the Purchase of the following: (Sale - Const - Purchase) / (Const + Purchase) = ROI
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What is the “rule of 70” or “rule of 72” with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?

What is the "rule of 72" (sometimes called the "rule of 70") with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?
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If a mutual fund did really well last year, then statistically speaking, is it likely going to do bad this year?

I am a looking at a specific fund that made a killing last year. I know that this is a speculative question, but I am interested whether what I am saying held true over the years. Does a mutual fund ...
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Given a certain yearly savings, how much can I spend on a capital improvement? NPV of future cash flow

I'm seeking a simple online calculator, or explicit instructions for a spreadsheet, for answering simple real-world scenarios like this: Our insurance company is offering a 30% discount on an ...
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Calculating Daily Returns for Futures Contract

I am calculating daily returns for a position in a futures contract. I am a little stuck with margin and how to account for it. I specifically dont understand how return is calculated after Margin ...
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How can I calculate yearly interest of my investment gain?

I'm trying to figure out the yearly interest of a potential investment. Lets say I invested $10 000, 13 days later i cash out and I now have $10 500. The interest here is 4,76% for 13 days. But can I ...
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Investing in DHA property in Queensland

I was interested in investing in DHA (Defence Housing Australia) properties in Queensland. Does anyone who may have any DHA investment properties within Queensland know how these properties have ...
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Is there any calculator where you can put a set amount of money in and track the actual returns of the S&P 500 between any dates provided?

I want to find a calculator where between any two dates provided, the return on a given amount of money is calculated for the actual returns of the S&P 500 between those dates.
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What are the standard industry practices or disclosures for computing compounded interest on retail deposit accounts in the United States?

I'm seeking to understand how my bank calculates the interest on my various deposit accounts (Money Market, Interest Checking, Savings, Certificate of Deposit) in order to simulate and predict it to a ...
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I'm a programmer and need a formula for calculating overal ROI [duplicate]

I'm programming a web app to track my hedge fund performance. I'd like to find my overall ROI for all time. If I had a beginning balance and my current balance then finding the ROI is easy. For ...
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How do I maximise my returns when using margin in my brokerage account?

Suppose I have an investment account with $10,000 in it. I have a margin rate of 10% per year. For a total of $2.7 interest per day, or $1,000 per year. I can invest in a high risk ETF with returns ...
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Is there a term for the risk of investing in an asset with a positive but inferior return?

For example, say I invest in a 5-year certificate of deposit at 3% annually. Let's assume the bank delivers on time (no defaults). However, a month after I buy it, another bank offered a 4% 5-year ...
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Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments by Selling Originally Bought Shares

I'm trying to determine how much profit or rate of return is required from a financial instrument, say stocks, to break even with a loan taken out for this. I'll use specific numbers to simplify. ...
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Is the very long-term growth of the stock market bound by aggregate net income? [closed]

When talking about residential property, people sometimes throw around the idea that over the very long-term aggregate home prices can't rise faster than aggregate income. i.e. even if for a while ...
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What does the average log-return value of a stock mean?

Assuming log-return is defined by the log of the price today divided by the price yesterday. Does knowing this single piece of information (the average log-return of a stock over a long period of ...
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Calculating required rate of return for an income-generating savings account

Say someone has £1m. They want it to generate an increasing level of income, starting from £25k in year 1, and increasing at a rate 7% + inflation pa, such that the end value of the savings after 20 ...
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What is the theory behind Rick Van Ness's risk calculation in the video about diversification?

In the video, Rick Van Ness states the following scenario: Stock A has a 7% return with +/- 1% risk Stock B has a 3.5% return with +/- 0.5% risk Stock A and B are perfectly negatively correlated. ...
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Discount Rate vs. IRR

The more I learn about the discount rate and IRR the more confused I get.... This is related to real estate. My confusion is that I've read that you should use your desired rate of return for the ...
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Calculating historic S&P 500 returns

I'm using the S&P 500 data provided by Robert Shiller which goes back to 1871. I've then calculated the percent return for each month, the simple arithmetic average is 0.43%. Calculating the ...
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Where to find the 5 or 10 year returns for a mutual fund?

I’m researching some mutual funds and am trying to find the 5 or 10 year return. However, all I can find is the YTD return. For example, Yahoo Finance shows the Yacktman Focused Svc (YAFFX) has an ...
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Is there a term that better describes a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) when it is negative?

When calculating rates of return for an investment or portfolio over time, whether to report or compare performance, one frequently calculates the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). I've got a ...
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Yield of a municipal bond with a sinking fund?

How do I calculate my expected return if I buy a municipal bond at a premium with a sinking fund feature? For example, I'm looking at a bond with a coupon of 5.5%, maturing July 2015, with the ...
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What is the compound annual growth rate of the major markets?

What historical compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) have the major markets provided? Data as far back as has been recorded is preferable. Specifically I'm looking for returns of: Short-term, ...
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How to calculate the standard deviation of stock returns?

I'm trying to learn the the Black–Scholes option pricing formula and one of the elements of that formula (according to http://bradley.bradley.edu/~arr/bsm/pg04.html) is the "standard deviation of ...
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What does Personal/Internal Rate of Return mean for a 401k?

My 401k statements show a "Personal Rate of Return" (also called Internal Rate of Return), and I am curious what this actually means. Does this indicate how my funds are performing in the market? Or ...
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Time-Weighted Rate of Return & Money-Weighted Rate of Return

Background I am trying to figure out the computational difference between Time-Weighted Rate of Return (TWRR) and Money-Weighted Rate of Return (MWRR). Let's say, I have a portfolio looking like ...
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Computing portfolio return with net inflow/outflow

in his book "The four pillars of investing", the author describes this simple method to compute the rate of return for a portfolio that has a net inflow of cash: Without in- or outflow, the rate of ...
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Use my savings to pay out my mortgage on my rental apartment?

My rental apartment at this point is making me a 5% ROI per year. My bank is currently charging me a 5.87% Interest rate on the mortgage, which means I am putting from my pocket to keep this apartment ...
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Are the guaranteed returns of regulated utilities really what they sound like?

In the last few days I've stumbled upon two-year-old editorials like this one and this one stating "as a regulated utility, publicly traded [PG&E] shareholders benefit from a guaranteed 11.35 ...
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How can I determine if my rate of return is “good” for the market I am in?

I am considering a small investment to get started with. What percent rate of return is considered to be good return on investments made in a stock market? I read somewhere that 25-30% is considered ...
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Table of how many years it takes to make a specified return on the stock market?

Suppose I want to know "if I want to make a 30% return on the stock market, how many years should I expect to wait?" I know the real answer is "it depends - if the market does horrible it could ...
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Why should I worry about the variance of the return?

I have this doubt (I hope that this is not a completely silly question). If my growth rate depends on the long period average return, why should I worry about the variance of the return? i.e. over the ...
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How can I calculate a “running” return using XIRR in a spreadsheet?

I should say that I'm not married to XIRR, I just want to calculate the return on a running basis in a column next to dates, deposits and balances. Here's a screenshot of a simplified spreadsheet in ...
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Help me understand the oddity of percentage gains and losses?

If you start with $100K, and you get a 50% gain, it's $150K. Then, you get a 50% loss: now it's $75K. Reverse the order (i.e. lose 50%, gain 50%), it's the same thing (a 25% loss). So, 50% up then ...
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Diversified portfolio return calculation & comparison to return from real estate only?

Here's a sample portfolio. If we assume that he invested $100K in the beginning (2005), is it correct that if he sold his entire portfolio and the end of 2009, he would have received $121,394? ...
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Are long-term bonds risky assets?

I think bonds are debt/loan and fixed-income, so they are risk-free, both short term and long term. But it seems like Bodie's Investment thinks long-term bonds are risky: For example, assume that ...
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How do I account for newly added money when computing my rate of return?

I have a simple spreadsheet where I track the balance in my investment account. What should I do to handle new deposits in the account? For example: End of Day 1: balance = $100 End of Day 2: ...