When you own a mutual fund, you will receive an annual report each year that shows how well the fund did in the preceding 12 months. All mutual funds also list their performance figures in the prospectus, which in many cases is available online. If you are an account holder with online access, you can log on to your account, check the performance of the fund and calculate your own return on investment.
Review the mutual fund statement you received at the beginning of the year. Note the net asset value of the fund.
Check the most recent mutual fund statement you received. Check the current net asset value of the fund.
Subtract the net asset value at the beginning of the year from the net asset value at the end of the year. For instance, if your mutual fund had a NAV of $19.00 per share at the beginning of the year and it has a NAV of $20.00 now, it gained $1.00 throughout the year.
Add any distributions that were paid throughout the year. These distributions are shown on your monthly statements. Add those distributions to the figure you calculated in step 3.
Divide the figure you calculated in step 4 by the net asset value at the beginning of the year. This is the total return of your mutual fund.
Items you will need
- Mutual fund statements
- Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
- How to Determine if a Tax Return Has Been Cashed
- How to Find the Status of a WWII Bond
- How to Get Information on Mutual Fund Year-End Distributions
- How to Adjust Your Basis When You Receive a Capital Gain Distribution on Your Mutual Fund
- How to Calculate Increase in Retained Earnings
- How to Resubmit Your Taxes
- How to Report Stock Short Sales to the IRS
- How to Write Off Sales Tax on a New Car Purchase