HOW MUCH YOU REALLY GET Five questions you should ask to compute your actual returns from your investment.

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Is this an annual return

Is it post-tax

The actual returns will come down after tax is deducted from the total corpus.

100%

Return

10%

What this means 100% each year over 10 years on an investment of Rs1 lakh=

For individuals in 30% tax bracket

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Rs10.2 crore

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If the fund manager deducts 2% as cost every year, then your net return will be 9.76% per annum.

after 10 years

Annual return: 7%

Is it simple interest or compounded

Returns as per compound interest

For individuals in 10% tax bracket

Is it postinflation?

Rs2 lakh

Return

For individuals in 20% tax bracket

If you account for increasing inflation each year, the actual returns will go down.

Return 10%

100% after 10 years on an investment of Rs1 lakh=

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9%

Is it post-cost

after 10 years

OR

8%

7%

Return

Inflation

Return

10%

4%

6%

COMPOUND INTEREST: Interest is added back every year to the principal amount and both earn interest.

Rs1 lakh after 10 years will return Rs2.59 lakh on

10%

a 10% compounded return

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1.10

1.21

1.33

1.46

1.61

1.77

1.95

2.14

2.36

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2.59 End of

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Returns as per simple interest

SIMPLE INTEREST: When the interest earned is not added back to the principal each year.

(Return figures in Rs lakh)

Source: Mint research

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