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Finance Glossary

Just call us Bond. Amortized bond.

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Return On Investment


Put in a dollar. You expect to get more than a dollar back. If you invested a dollar and 3 years later you got back $3, your return was 300%. You made $2 in profits. But it's still written nomenclature as a return of 300%. If you invested $3 and 3 years later got back (like baby) just $1, your return was negative 67%.