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The Average Annual Return (AAR) is a financial metric used to assess the return on investment for annuities or similar financial products over a specified period.
Historical Background
AAR emerged as a significant tool in the field of finance, particularly for evaluating the performance of investments like mutual funds and annuities. It's a fundamental concept in financial analysis, providing a way to compare the annual profitability of different investments.
Calculation Formula
The AAR is calculated using the following formula:
\[ \text{Average Annual Return (AAR)} = \left( \frac{\text{Annual Payment Amount}}{\text{Present Value of the Annuity}}  1 \right) \times \text{Annual Annuity Rate} \]
Where:
 Annual Payment Amount is the yearly payment received from the annuity.
 Present Value of the Annuity is the current value of all future annuity payments.
 Annual Annuity Rate is the interest rate applied to the annuity.
Example Calculation
Consider an annuity with the following details:
 Annual Payment Amount: $10,000
 Present Value of the Annuity: $95,000
 Annual Annuity Rate: 5%
Using the AAR formula:
\[ \text{AAR} = \left( \frac{10,000}{95,000}  1 \right) \times 5\% = 0.52631578947\% \]
This means the average annual return on the annuity is approximately 0.53%.
Importance and Usage Scenarios
The AAR is crucial for:
 Investment Comparison: Helps investors compare the performance of different annuities or mutual funds.
 Financial Planning: Assists in determining the expected return for retirement planning or other longterm financial goals.
 Risk Assessment: Provides insight into the profitability and risk associated with an investment.
Common FAQs

Is AAR the same as APR (Annual Percentage Rate)?
 No, AAR calculates average returns over time, while APR is the annual rate charged for borrowing or earned through investment.

Can AAR be used for nonannuity investments?
 Yes, it can be applied to any investment to calculate the average annual return.

Does a higher AAR always mean a better investment?
 Not necessarily. A higher AAR may also indicate higher risk. It's essential to consider other factors like investment term and risk tolerance.

How does the present value of an annuity affect the AAR?
 A higher present value typically results in a lower AAR, assuming other factors remain constant.