Average Return vs Actual return

​RETURN ON INVESTMENT

100%

-50%

100%

​-50%

​Understaning your money

​ACCOUNT BALANCE

$2,000

$1,000

$2,000

$1,000

Have you ever heard a financial adviser say, "This fund averaged 10% return"? There can be a big difference in the average return and actual return you get! Here's an example of someone who invested $1,000 and received a gain or loss over 4 years.

(Hypothetical illustration may not be used to predict or project investments)

By averaging the returns over a four year period, it would be a 25% gain.

But as you can see, the balance is at the original $1,000 that was invested, thus giving you a real return of 0%.  Furthermore, if inflation is considered over that period of time then this scenario has actually lost money!

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