paper profit
noun Date: 1893 a profit that can be realized only by selling something (as a security) that has appreciated in market value

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • paper profit — ➔ profit1 * * *    Apparent, and as yet unrealized, profit arising out of an increase in the value of an asset. * * * paper profit UK US noun [C or U] (also paper gain) FINANCE ► an increase in the value of an investment, etc. that appears in… …   Financial and business terms

  • paper profit — or loss An unrealized profit (or loss) on a security or other investment still held. Paper profits (or losses) become realized profits (or losses) only upon the sale of the security + paper profit Profit not yet realized as derived from an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • paper profit — noun an unrealized gain on an investment calculated by subtracting the investor s cost from the current market price • Ant: ↑paper loss • Hypernyms: ↑gain * * * an unrealized profit due to the appreciation of something owned but not yet sold.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • paper profit — /ˌpeɪpə prɒfɪt/ noun a profit on an asset which has increased in price but has not been sold ● He is showing a paper profit of £25,000 on his investment. Also called paper gain, unrealised profit …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • paper profit — A profit shown by the books or accounts of an organization that is not a realized profit. This is usually for one of three reasons: • because the value of an asset has fallen below its book value; • because the asset, although nominally showing a …   Accounting dictionary

  • paper profit — A profit shown by the books or accounts of an organization that is not a realized profit This is usually for one of three reasons: • because the value of an asset has fallen below its book value; • because the asset, although nominally showing a… …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • paper profit — / peɪpə ˌprɒfɪt/ noun a profit on an asset which has increased in price but has not been sold ● He is showing a paper profit of £25,000 on his investment …   Marketing dictionary in english

  • paper profit — profit which is impossible to realize, profit calculated but is not realistic …   English contemporary dictionary

  • paper profit — noun Apparent profit shown in accounts but not realized in an expendable form. The company had paper profits of two million dollars, but everyone knew that depreciation neant they had really lost 10 million …   Wiktionary

  • paper profit — an unrealized profit due to the appreciation of something owned but not yet sold. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

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