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Glossary Term: EXPECTED RETURN

Definition(s) for EXPECTED RETURN:


1. ) refers to the expected return on a risky asset, given a probability distribution for the possible rates of return. Expected return equals some risk-free rate (typically, the prevailing U.S. Treasury note or bond rate) plus a risk premium (the difference between the historic market return, based upon a well diversified index such as the S&P 500 and the historic U.S. Treasury bond) multiplied by the asset's beta.

2. ) A rather complex mathematical analysis involving statistical distribution of stock prices, it is the return which an investor might expect to make on an investment if he were to make exactly the same investment many times throughout history.



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