paper profit

noun

Definition of paper profit

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

Examples of paper profit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reasons for these paper profits are disconcerting. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Rich Profits and Dark Messages From the Market (No, Not That Market)," 28 Feb. 2020 In other words, SoftBank is heavily reliant on paper profits. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Masa Son Desperately Needs That Second $100 Billion," 6 Nov. 2019 In some cases, SoftBank's involvement in multiple funding rounds helped drive up valuations that resulted in paper profits for Son’s company. Peter Elstrom, Fortune, "‘Unicorn Porn:’ How SoftBank’s Investing Style Boosts Paper Profits—But Not Real-World Value," 26 Nov. 2019 In the past, this line has included paper profits from revaluing stakes in bike-rental and fintech startups. Washington Post, "Relax, Things Really Aren’t So Bad at Tencent," 18 Sep. 2019 The fund, which is sitting on large paper profits from its initial investment, held around $321.8 million worth of Didi shares at the end of July. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China’s Tech Investment Mania Ebbs—For Now," 28 Oct. 2018 The Los Angeles hedge-fund firm made about $27 million in paper profits on Wednesday and about $40 million in the past week, according to people close to the matter. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Hedge Funds Poised to Be Winners in AT&T-Time Warner Deal," 13 June 2018 Telegram has delivered early paper profits to investors. Coulter Jones, WSJ, "The Fuel Powering Corporate America: $2.4 Trillion in Private Fundraising," 3 Apr. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW AT&T booked a $20 billion paper profit in the fourth quarter on the signing of the tax bill. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Tax cuts mean more money, and business, for San Antonio manufacturers," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of paper profit

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Paper profit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paper%20profit. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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