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Absolute Return

Updated on May 16, 2024 , 15143 views

What is Absolute Return?

Absolute return is the return that an asset gains over a certain period of time. Absolute return measure the gain or loss that an asset achieves over a given period of time. The asset could be Mutual Funds, stocks, etc. Absolute return is expressed in percentage.


Absolute return can also refer to the Total Return of a Portfolio or fund, as opposed to its relative return against a benchmark. It is called relative because many mutual fund scheme's performance is benchmarked against an index.

Absolute Return Formula

The formula for absolute return is-

Absolute returns = 100* (Selling Price – Cost Price)/ (Cost Price)

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Absolute Return Calculation

For an illustration purpose, let's take an example. Let's suppose that you have invested in a asset on January 2015 at a price of INR 12,000. You sold the investment in January 2018 at the cost of INR 4,200.

Absolute returns in this case will be:

Absolute returns= 100* (4200 – 12000)/12000 = 65 percent

When to use Absolute Returns

Investors who are willing to take risk for short and long term gains, absolute return analysis can be used for choosing the mutual fund. Investors can make good returns, if invested in right funds for long-term horizon.

All efforts have been made to ensure the information provided here is accurate. However, no guarantees are made regarding correctness of data. Please verify with scheme information document before making any investment.
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