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Subject:  Re: fund VS. personal rate of return Date:  12/6/2012  2:05 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  24966 of 25318

First realize that each of these figures is calculated based on a given start and finish date. As prices change day to day at least, make sure you are using the same dates for comparison.

If you are using numbers provided by the mutual fund company, I think you will find they are calculated before loads and fees. Hence, most likely you are being charged fees on reinvested funds.

Also note that when you reinvest dividends and capital gains distributions, the exact figure gets distorted by the purchase of additional shares.

The best way to compare returns is to look up share prices on the two dates (I use Yahoo Finance) and do your own calculations. Adjustments for payouts can be needed, but approximate numbers are easy to come by, and those are ones you can count on.
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