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Total Yield

Total Yield 
“Total yield” may refer to slightly different aspects of an investment's return. For example, it may be used to describe the sum of the cash flow distributions and the payments on the principle of a loan (principal reduction), in order to show that investors benefit from the income of the offering beyond just the cash flow. In such a context and during the operating stage of an investment, total yield would not include potential capital gains. However, after an investment has been sold and capital gains have been realized, it is not uncommon to include capital gains when discussing "total yield.” It is important to understand the components that make up total yield to distinguish between net income (realized currently on an ongoing basis), principal reduction (realized after a sale or refinance), and capital gains (realized after a sale or after all capital has been returned via the cash flow or a refinance.

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Written By: Louis Swingrover

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