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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Treatment of reinvestment of income in returns
A colleague sent us a note recently inquiring about the proper treatment of accounts that have dividends reinvested; that is, how the flows are to be handled from a return perspective. The essential question is "should the money flowing into the account, to purchase additional shares, be treated as a cash flow?" And the answer is a conditional one:
If you treated the dividend that flowed out of the account as a cash flow, then yes
If you didn't treat the divided that flowed out as a cash flow, then no.
We essentially want our flows to cancel each other out, as the dividend's impact should be kept within the account, and the manager should benefit from it. We cannot treat only the money coming in as a flow because then the manager wouldn't get credit for creating it.
is an internationally recognized authority on investment performance measurement. He's the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Spaulding Group, Inc. (www.SpauldingGrp.com), and founder and publisher of The Journal of Performance Measurement. He's the author, contributing author, and co-editor of several investment books. He's actively involved in the investment performance industry, serving on numerous committees and working groups.
Dave earned his BA in Mathematics from Temple University, his MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Baltimore. He's pursuing a doctorate in Finance from Pace University.
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