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− | Geometric mean returns are calculated by taking account of compounding. | + | __NOTOC__ |

+ | Geometric mean returns or growth are calculated by taking account of compounding. | ||

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(Contrasted with the arithmetic mean, which ignores compounding). | (Contrasted with the arithmetic mean, which ignores compounding). | ||

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− | (1.04 x 1.05 x 1.06)<sup>(1/3)</sup> -1 = 4.9968%. | + | ===<span style="color:#4B0082">Example 1: Positive returns or growth</span>=== |

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+ | The geometric mean return calculated from sample returns of 4%, 5% and 6% is given by: | ||

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+ | (1.04 x 1.05 x 1.06)<sup>(1/3)</sup> - 1 | ||

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+ | = '''4.9968%'''. | ||

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+ | ===Relationship between geometric mean and arithmetic mean=== | ||

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+ | When returns or growth are positive, geometric means are smaller figures than arithmetic means. | ||

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+ | In Example 1 above, the arithmetic mean is: | ||

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+ | (4% + 5% + 6%) / 3 = '''5.0000%''' | ||

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+ | ''The geometric mean of +4.9968% is a smaller positive number than the [[arithmetic mean]] of +5.0000%.'' | ||

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+ | On the other hand, when returns or growth are ''negative'', the geometric mean is a larger negative number - further away from zero - than the arithmetic mean. | ||

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+ | ===<span style="color:#4B0082">Example 2: Negative returns or decline</span>=== | ||

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+ | The geometric mean return calculated from three ''negative'' sample returns of -(4)%, -(5)% and -(6)% is given by: | ||

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+ | ( (1 - 0.04) x (1 - 0.05) x (1 - 0.06) )<sup>(1/3)</sup> - 1 | ||

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+ | (0.96 x 0.95 x 0.94)<sup>(1/3)</sup> - 1 | ||

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+ | = '''-(5.0035)%'''. | ||

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+ | The negative geometric mean of -(5.0035)% is a larger negative number - further away from zero - than the arithmetic mean of -(5.0000)%. | ||

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+ | (The arithmetic mean of the negative returns of -(4)%, -(5)% and -(6)% is the three items added together and divided by 3.) | ||

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== See also == | == See also == | ||

* [[Arithmetic mean]] | * [[Arithmetic mean]] | ||

+ | * [[CAGR]] |

## Latest revision as of 20:31, 15 January 2016

Geometric mean returns or growth are calculated by taking account of compounding.

(Contrasted with the arithmetic mean, which ignores compounding).

### Example 1: Positive returns or growth

The geometric mean return calculated from sample returns of 4%, 5% and 6% is given by:

(1.04 x 1.05 x 1.06)^{(1/3)} - 1

= **4.9968%**.

### Relationship between geometric mean and arithmetic mean

When returns or growth are positive, geometric means are smaller figures than arithmetic means.

In Example 1 above, the arithmetic mean is:

(4% + 5% + 6%) / 3 = **5.0000%**

*The geometric mean of +4.9968% is a smaller positive number than the arithmetic mean of +5.0000%.*

On the other hand, when returns or growth are *negative*, the geometric mean is a larger negative number - further away from zero - than the arithmetic mean.

### Example 2: Negative returns or decline

The geometric mean return calculated from three *negative* sample returns of -(4)%, -(5)% and -(6)% is given by:

( (1 - 0.04) x (1 - 0.05) x (1 - 0.06) )^{(1/3)} - 1

(0.96 x 0.95 x 0.94)^{(1/3)} - 1

= **-(5.0035)%**.

The negative geometric mean of -(5.0035)% is a larger negative number - further away from zero - than the arithmetic mean of -(5.0000)%.

(The arithmetic mean of the negative returns of -(4)%, -(5)% and -(6)% is the three items added together and divided by 3.)