# What is Real return bond?

## What is Real return bond?

Real Return Bonds (RRBs) are Government of Canada bonds that have been specifically designed to offset the impact of rising inflation. This is achieved by applying Inflation Compensation to the principal amount of the bond.

**Are real return bonds worth it?**

Overall, it’s true that bonds may reduce the volatility of your portfolio. That’s because bonds and stocks do tend to move in opposite directions, up to a point. However, when interest rates on long-term bonds are so low, then it generally makes little sense to hold them.

**How do you calculate real return on a bond?**

You can determine real return by subtracting the inflation rate from your percent return. As an example, an investment with 5 percent return during a year of 2 percent inflation is usually said to have a real return of 3 percent.

### What is the return rate on bonds?

2020 Bond Fund Returns

Category | 1-Year | 5-Year |
---|---|---|

Ultra Short-Term | 2.36% | 1.88% |

Short-Term | 4.80% | 2.51% |

Intermediate-Term | 8.50% | 4.86% |

Long-Term | 12.78% | 8.75% |

**What is a TIPS bond?**

Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, or TIPS, are bonds issued by the U.S. government that offer protection against inflation plus modest interest payments.

**What is nominal return and real return?**

A real rate of return is the annual percentage return realized on an investment, which is adjusted for changes in prices due to inflation or other external factors. Conversely, the nominal rate of return strips out outside factors that can affect performance such as taxes and inflation.

#### How do you calculate real rate of return?

The real rate of return formula is the sum of one plus the nominal rate divided by the sum of one plus the inflation rate which then is subtracted by one. The formula for the real rate of return can be used to determine the effective return on an investment after adjusting for inflation.

**Why do real returns matter more than nominal returns?**

The real rate of return adjusts profit for the effects of inflation. It is a more accurate measure of investment performance than nominal rate of return. Nominal rates of return are higher than real rates of return except in times of zero inflation or deflation.

**Do bonds lose money?**

Bond mutual funds can lose value if the bond manager sells a significant amount of bonds in a rising interest rate environment and investors in the open market demand a discount (pay a lower price) on the older bonds that pay lower interest rates. Also, falling prices will adversely affect the NAV.

## Can TIPS funds lose money?

And since TIPS are highly sensitive to interest rate movements, the value of a TIPS mutual fund or ETF can fluctuate widely in a very short period. These losses are meaningful since inflation typically has run in the 1-3% range in recent years.