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Over the last year,I've made several investments in Vanguard's Inflation-protected fund (VIPSX),reinvesting all dividends. My contribution to the fund amounted to $125,000. My cost basis is $133k, for a reported 4.5% on market value of $139.3k.

Fine. Understood. But my contribution was only $125k, while the market value of the investment approaches $140k, a difference of almost $15,000 rather than the $6000 Quicken reports as a gain. My question: is the $15,000 difference between my contribution(s) and market value referred to as "Return on Investment" or ROI? Why is this figure -- whatever it is called -- not ordinarily considered a gain?
Oyster
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