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Definition: Yield

Quick Summary of Yield

The annual income provided by an investment.

What is the dictionary definition of Yield?

Dictionary Definition

The annual income earned from an investment usually expressed as a percentage of the money invested.

  1. obsolete Payment; tribute.
  2. A product; the quantity of something produced.
  3. law The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.
  • The income from an investment expressed in various ways.
  • The nominal yield of a fixed-interest security is the interest it pays; expressed as a % of its par value.
  • The current yield (interest yield, earnings yield, running yield, or flat yield) however, depends on the market price of the stock.
  • The income obtained from a tax.

Full Definition of Yield

Yield is the annual return you receive from holding a stock, share or unit trust – it is expressed as a percentage of its price.

In general, the yield is a term that defines a return on a capital investment of various forms. Typically, the yield is expressed as a percentage and is used as an annual figure. An example of yield would be an investment in real estate or a business deal that generates a ten per cent return. It is then said that that investment yielded a ten per cent return.

In the stock market yield essentially communicates a rate of return made form an investment in common and preferred stocks. This particular yield comes in the form of a dividend and is also called dividend yield. Yield is also a function of the bond market. One of its applications is current yield, which is a coupon rate of interest divided by the bond’s purchase price. Additionally, yield is a rate of return on a bond that takes into account the sum annual interest payment, the purchase price, the redemption value, as well as the time period remaining until maturity. This is also referred to as maturity yield or yield to maturity.

In the case of shares, the yield is calculated by expressing the dividend as a percentage of the cost of the investment.

To calculate the yield on a share, take the dividend paid (this will be net of the basic rate of tax), add back the tax to get the gross yield and then divide by the share price and multiply by 100. In simple terms, if you buy shares in (say) General Trading Company and the gross dividend is 5 pence and the shares are 100 pence, your yield is 5%.

Yield can be an important consideration when investing. Some companies have a policy of maximising their dividend payouts, others are more concerned to retain all or most of the profits for re-investment.

In the case of fixed interest stock, such as gilts, the return is a specified rate of interest. But there may also be a capital gain or loss to take into account if the investor holds the stock until maturity when it is redeemed by the issuer at face value. This is why it’s important to consider two gilt yield figures, the interest yield and the redemption yield.

Annual Percentage Yield

Annual percentage yield is effectively an annual rate of return that takes into account the impact made by compounding interest. It is calculated with the help of the following formula:

Annual percentage yield = (1 + periodic rate) # periods -1

Current Yield

Current yield may be explained in economic terms as a result of the division of yearly income by the present price of a particular security. In the case of stocks, the current yield is also referred to as dividend yield and bond yield. It is computed by using the following formula:

Current yield = annual cash inflows/market price

Dividend Yield

The dividend yield is a financial ratio. It basically provides details of payments made by business establishments in terms of prices of shares issued by themselves. In case there is no capital gain, the dividend yield is regarded as a return on investment for a share. Following is an equational representation of dividend yield:

Dividend yield = yearly dividends per share/price of each share

Examples of Yield in a sentence

Higher-rate deposit accounts tend to yield good returns.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Yield are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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