What is a 'Return'
A return is the gain or loss of a security in a particular period. The return consists of the income and the capital gains relative on an investment. It is usually quoted as a percentage.
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BREAKING DOWN 'Return'
The general rule is that the more risk you take, the greater the potential for higher return  and loss.
Return is also used as an abbreviation for income tax return, see 1040 Form.
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