What is Simple Yield?

Simple Yield

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Simple Yield

In the context of finance and investing, the term “simple yield” often refers to the annual interest or dividend income from an investment, expressed as a percentage of the investment’s price or face value. It’s a basic way to measure the return on an investment without taking into account the compounding effect.

For bonds, the simple yield (often called “current yield”) can be calculated using the following formula:

SimpleĀ YieldĀ (orĀ CurrentĀ Yield) = AnnualĀ InterestĀ Payment / CurrentĀ MarketĀ PriceĀ ofĀ theĀ Bond

For stocks or other equity investments that pay dividends:

SimpleĀ Yield = AnnualĀ Dividend / CurrentĀ MarketĀ PriceĀ ofĀ theĀ Stock

It’s important to note that while the simple yield provides a straightforward measure of income return relative to the investment’s price, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of the total return on investment. Other factors, such as capital gains or losses, changes in market price, and the reinvestment of dividends or interest, can also impact the overall return.

Example of Simple Yield

Let’s explore a simple yield calculation with a real-world example involving a dividend-paying stock.

Scenario: Evaluating Dividend Yield of a Stock

Mary is considering investing in the shares of Company XYZ, which is known for paying stable annual dividends. She learns that Company XYZ is currently paying an annual dividend of $2.50 per share. The current market price of the stock is $50 per share.

Mary wants to know the simple yield or the dividend yield, which will give her an idea of the annual income she can expect from this investment relative to its price.

Using the Simple Yield formula for stocks:

SimpleĀ YieldĀ (DividendĀ Yield) = AnnualĀ Dividend / CurrentĀ MarketĀ PriceĀ ofĀ theĀ Stock


  • Annual Dividend = $2.50
  • Current Market Price of the Stock = $50

Simple Yield = $2.50 / $50
SimpleĀ Yield = 0.05
SimpleĀ Yield = 5%

Based on the dividend payment, Company XYZ has a dividend yield of 5%. This means that, at the current price, Mary can expect a return of 5% on her investment from dividends alone, not taking into account any potential capital gains or losses from changes in the stock’s market price.

This example illustrates how an investor might use the simple yield (in this case, dividend yield) to get a basic understanding of the income return from a dividend-paying stock. It’s a common metric used especially by income-focused investors to compare different income-producing securities.

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