Questions tagged [rate-of-return]

For questions relating to various measures of the rate of return on an investment, e.g. Internal Rate of Return, Financial Management Rate of Return, etc. Note that questions about these terms that don't apply to personal finance or actual problems you face, e.g. homework questions, are probably off-topic.

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Are Certificates of Deposit worth it compared to investing in the stock market?

Looking at roughly 0.05% for a CD to 5% for a stock portfolio. That's a huge difference in return. For example, with $10K, that's a 4.95 percentage point difference! In general, does a diverse ...
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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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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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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: $...
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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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Shouldn't a Roth IRA accumulate more than 1 cent of interest per month?

Ten months ago, I opened a Roth IRA with an initial principal of $1,000, invested in one of those "Target Date" retirement mutual funds. I also set up $100 automatic monthly contributions. The ...
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Calculate annualized return on stock with multiple transactions

I understand how to calculate the Annualized return on a stock when I have single purchase ie (principal + gain/principal) ^ (365/days) - 1 but how is it calculated when I have multiple buys and ...
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Comparing IRA vs 401K's rate-of-return with dollar cost averaging

I have both an IRA in Vanguard and an old employer's 401k with Fidelity management. I would like to compare the performance between the two accounts over time, in order to determine if I should ...
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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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How to calculate the total return on buying a home?

How to calculate the total return on buying a home, considering things such as : home value down payment constant mortgage payment (going from mostly interests at the beginning to mostly principal at ...
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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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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 “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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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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401k compound interest vs other compound interest

Whenever I see the presentations or documents imploring me to invest in 401k and retirement, it always shows a nice graph showing a 7% compound interest and how less money saved earlier in your 20s ...
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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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Is there a simple term to describe the non commutative property of decreasing and increasing a value by some X percentage?

I.e., $100 decreased by 20% requires an increase of (1/(1-0.2))-1) to return to $100. Is there a simple name that refers to this?
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Why adjust for inflation annually, as opposed to realising it after the holding period?

Why do investors offset their annual returns against inflation, when inflation isn't realised until the end of the holding period (when the investor is actually spending the money)? An example: ...
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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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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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How do you calculate the rate of return (ROR) when buying and selling put options?

How do you calculate the rate of return (ROR) when buying and selling put options?
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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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Do net returns on mutual funds include expense ratio?

I'm considering an actively managed bond fund (DODIX) versus an similar index fund (VBMFX). Both are high quality intermediate funds. The 10-year return of DODIX (exp ratio 0.43%) is 0.86% higher than ...
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Typical return for an IRA? How can I assess if my returns were decent?

The year to date return on my IRA is currently 5.3%, the DJIA is 9.5%, and the NASDAQ is at 7.7%. Is this normal or should I be disappointed? I'm just starting to pay attention to this kind of thing,...
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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 this how to calculate annualized return?

For a savings account that is returning 2.0 APR, on $10,000, $200 in interest will be earned in one year. If I have a return of 9% on a stock trade with a holding period of 3 months, is the ...
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Discussing real estate appreciation: Compound vs. simple interest?

When people say real estate has appreciated 8 % over the past 5 years, do they mean 8 % compounded annually? or simple interest annually?
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How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?

How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?
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Would high interest rates offset the issue of keeping money in a weak currency?

I am a UK resident and recently I managed to unlock an account in South Africa with FNB that my family had set up for me. The account is worth R90k (~£5k). I have no intention of moving back to South ...
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How to determine desired/required value with “value averaging”?

As opposed to dollar cost averaging (DCA), value averaging (as described in this eHow article) is a technique where the investor determines the value the investment should have after a given time ...
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Calculating Simple Portfolio Returns with Rebalancing or Adding/Removing Securities

Given a set of portfolio weights, w, and historical security prices, I am looking to calculate a simple portfolio return via: where R is the simple return for a given security from time t to t+1: ...
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What is a decent rate of return for investing in the markets?

This article indicates that the average rate of return for stocks is 4% after inflation, fees, and taxes (called "net-net-net" in the article). In the article several investment professionals are ...
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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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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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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 8....
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Calculating returns on a stock: different ways?

I am comparing two ways of calculating the total return on one stock over time and I would like to know if they both make sense. When would you use one over the other and do they have specific names? ...
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“Rule of 72” For Higher Multiples?

The rule of 72 states that if I earn n% interest, I can divide 72 by n and get the approximate number of years that I'll double my money. Suppose that I wanted to find out how many years to quadruple ...
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How to calculate return for “negative” investment

I'm tracking a few investments, with a simple formula for total (non-annualised) return, which is (current_value - money_invested) / money_invested. For one of my investments, however, I already ...
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What evidence or research suggests that mid- or small-capitalization stocks should perform better than large caps?

In my 401k I have always allocated a greater percentage of my portfolio into mid cap funds because they seem to be riskier and have a higher upside. Yet, as of the past year or so, the large cap funds ...
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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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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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Why is IRR used as a measurement of an investment's profitability?

I am new to money.SE so please forgive if this question is not in keeping with the norms of the site, and let me know how I can improve it. I have a fundamental question about concept of internal ...
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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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Calculator to compare mixed portfolio returns [closed]

I've had my IRA in Betterment for the past 2.5 yrs. Betterment invests in low fee ETF's only and charges 0.15%/yr in fess. They allow the user to manage their portfolio only by changing the ...
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How do you calculate the annualised return of your portfolio from the annualised returns of each of your funds?

I've invested in a number of mutual funds, and I've calculated the annualised return of each of them, using a spreadsheet (and the xirr function). I want to calculate the annualised return of the ...
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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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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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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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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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How is my 'Personal Investment Performance' on my 401(k) calculated?

My 401(k) shows the following: my starting value at the beginning of the year personal contributions employer contributions investment gains/losses Closing value from Yesterday Total Change Personal ...