Calculating Real Returns

Calculating Real Returns

Chances are when someone quotes a figure for investment returns it’s likely to be on a nominal or gross basis, without taking into account the effects of inflation. Purchasing power only increases if returns outstrip inflation over a given period. Abdulla addresses this fact and explains how to measure real returns for a single period, and over time, to help us understand inflation-adjusted returns.
Overview

Real returns are in other words, inflation adjusted returns. Over the long-term, it’s important to consider the impact of inflation on returns to determine if we are wealthier. We increase our purchasing power or wealth, if our returns outstrip inflation over a given period.

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the two methods in calculating real returns

  • Use the calculation to determine if wealth has increased or decreased

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Abdulla Javeri

Abdulla Javeri

Abdulla’s career in the financial markets started in 1990 when he entered the trading floor of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, LIFFE, and qualified as a pit trader in equity and equity index options. In 1996, Abdulla became a trainer for regulatory qualifications and then for non-exam courses, primarily covering all major financial products.

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