Examples of elephant in a Sentence
by any standard, the new shopping mall will be an elephant and one that is certain to alter the retail landscape
Recent Examples of elephant from the Web
The program includes weekly blood tests with same-day results for all the elephants.
More pathways will be built to allow visitors to view the elephants from multiple vantage points.
Infuriating, because the baby elephant needs an armed guard — otherwise people will shoot it for fun.
This might just be arranging furniture around the elephant, though.
Mdou Moctar’s albums bring to mind the parable of the blind men and the elephant; taken individually, each one gives a misleading impression of the Nigerien artist’s full measure.
The elephants on our planet right now can't tolerate the cold climate of the steppe.
Rani became pregnant three times but sadly none of the baby elephants lived past infancy.
The elephant made a scene on its way out of the room.
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Financial Definition of ELEPHANT
What It Is
Elephants are large institutions that make big trades.
How It Works
CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System) is the nation's largest pension fund. More than 1.6 million people there are employees of public institutions such as schools and local governments. To ensure that the fund has enough money to make pension payments when employees retire, it invests that money in stocks, bonds, venture capital, real estate and a variety of other assets. In 2012, CalPERS had about $234 billion invested and another $3 billion in cash.
Accordingly, it can make some very large trades and has a lot of influence in the market. CalPERS can also be a source of capital for growing companies: It invested $34.2 billion in private equity in 2012.
Why It Matters
When elephants make trades, they are often large trades that can spike (or tank) the price of a stock or other security quickly. Elephants aren't just big influencers of the markets; they're big "gets" for brokerage firms, advisory firms, or any other financial institution that retains them as customers. After all, fees are often a percentage of trade size or asset size, and thus it's usually a big deal to "bag an elephant."
ELEPHANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elephant for English Language Learners
: a very large gray animal that has a long, flexible nose and two long tusks
ELEPHANT Defined for Kids
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