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  • 1. Accounting

    ratio of investment profit to investment cost an accounting ratio of the income from an investment to the amount of the investment, used to measure financial performance.

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  • 2. Tax

    form for calculating and reporting taxes owed an official form on which a company or individual enters details of income and expenses, used to assess tax liability.

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  • Rate of Return


    The annual return on an investment, expressed as a percentage of the total amount invested. It also measures the yield of a fixed-income security.

  • Return on Assets


    Return on assets—or simply ROA—may also be termed return on total assets (ROTA) or return on net assets (RONA). Whatever its designation, it is often referred to as the No. 1 ratio in finance.

  • Return on Sales


    Although return on sales (ROS) is another tool used to analyze profitability, it is perhaps a better indication of efficiency. In some business environments, it is also called margin on sales percentage, or net margin.


Definitions of ’return’ and meaning of ’return’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’return’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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