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What occasionally is called 'annual return' and usually called 'total return'; is the total growth of the investment inside the fund. It presumes re-investment of all dividends (and capital gains, if any). It is the aggregate of the re-invested dividends, capital gains, and share price appreciation.

The fund's 'yield' of course is a function of the dividends received in a year per share, and the share price. If the fund's yield exceeds its total return, then the fund's share price drops. Of course, the opposite is also true. Hope this helps.

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