Definition of portfolio
1 : a hinged cover or flexible case for carrying loose papers, pictures, or pamphlets
2 [from the use of such a case to carry documents of state] : the office and functions of a minister of state or member of a cabinet
3 : the securities held by an investor : the commercial paper held by a financial house (such as a bank)
4 : a set of pictures (such as drawings or photographs) usually bound in book form or loose in a folder
5 : a selection of a student's work (such as papers and tests) compiled over a period of time and used for assessing performance or progress
Recent Examples of portfolio from the Web
The Fed wants to start winding down the $4.5 trillion bond portfolio without roiling longer-term interest rates and while gradually raising the policy rates.
Shoppers in Enterprise and Auburn now have access to a new offering in the Walmart portfolio -- giant self-service kiosks.
While 15 of the 16 properties were ultimately sold, the Hotel del was pulled from the portfolio after a Treasury Department committee was said to have had concerns about its proximity to the Coronado Naval Base.
The 111 individual Gold Key works, 13 Gold Key portfolios and five American Visions Nominees were sent to New York City for national judging.
A snapshot of the crown prince’s many titles reveals just how vast his portfolio is.
Just ten years later, renewables are on the verge of outpacing coal and nuclear in the U.S. energy portfolio.
Part crown prince and part minister without portfolio, the president’s son-in-law has taken on a broad range of issues within the turbulent free-for-all of Trump’s inner circle.
In addition, Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Company continues to add new brands to its portfolio with Florida’s Cigar City Brewing being the latest to join the family.
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Did You Know?
Portfolio is partly based on the Latin folium, meaning "leaf, sheet". A portfolio usually represents a portable showcase of your talents. Today actual portfolios are used less than they used to be by artists, since most commercial artists have a Web site dedicated to showing off their art. But portfolio in its other common meaning is extremely common. Not so long ago, a broker would keep each of his or her clients' investments in a separate notebook or portfolio. Today the investment portfolio, like an artist's portfolio, usually takes the form of a Web page, even though everyone still uses the same old word.
PORTFOLIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of portfolio for English Language Learners
: a flat case for carrying documents or drawings
: a set of drawings, paintings, or photographs that are presented together in a folder
finance : the investments that are owned by a person or organization
PORTFOLIO Defined for Kids
Definition of portfolio for Students
1 : a flat case for carrying papers or drawings
2 : a collection of art (as paintings) presented together in a folder
Legal Definition of portfolio
: the securities held by an investor : the commercial paper held by a financial institution (as a bank)
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