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What is net asset value?

Net value asset

A measurement showing the value of a mutual fund's or closed-end fund's assets, once its liabilities have been subtracted. It's generally worked out on a per-share basis, meaning it shows the market value of a share within a fund.

Where have you heard about net asset value?

Investors often use net asset value to compare how well a particular fund is performing against a wider market, as well as other funds. The net asset value of a mutual fund is officially calculated once each day.

What you need to know about net asset value.

To work out a fund's net asset value on a per-share basis, you simply need to follow this calculation:

total fund assets - total fund liabilities ÷ the number of outstanding fund shares = net asset value.

The assets of a fund can include things like cash and the total market value of its investments. Liabilities may include short and long-term obligations, and expenses like staff wages.

Along with net asset value, investors can review the total return of a fund to work out how well it's performed over a given period.

Find out more about net asset value.

Net asset value is just one way to gauge the performance of a fund. It's also important to consider its annual total return.

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