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New question on total returns for shares/stocks, indices and bonds.

How do I find data on total returns for stocks, bonds, and indexes?

When using Datastream the datatype RI includes the reinvestment of dividends. The return can be calculated using

Retit = ( RIit – RIit-1 ) / RIit-1

or the percentage return can be calculated with the Datastream formula.

For example,  PCH#( X(RI), 1M ) – percentage change (PCH#) of series return index (X(RI)) over 1 month (1M).

Data for return index and a percentage change function are probably also available in Thomson One Banker Excel add-in.

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