DEFINITION of 'RiskAdjusted Return'
A concept that refines an investment's return by measuring how much risk is involved in producing that return, which is generally expressed as a number or rating. Riskadjusted returns are applied to individual securities and investment funds and portfolios.
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There are five principal risk measures: alpha, beta, rsquared, standard deviation and the Sharpe ratio. Each risk measure is unique in how it measures risk. When comparing two or more potential investments, an investor should always compare the same risk measures to each different investment in order to get a relative performance perspective.

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