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 groom’s father retired as a portfolio manager at Pioneer Investments in Boston.
Investors are increasingly heeding experts’ advice to seek out lower-cost funds in their 401(k) accounts and other portfolios.
With a portfolio of $1.2 trillion in student debt, rising loan defaults and mounting consumer complaints of poor loan servicing and abusive debt collection practices, the student aid office has a lot on its plate.
And there’s also the problem that Venezuelan bonds make up a big chunk of the emerging-market bond indexes that portfolio managers are judged against.
Pacific Investment Management Co. has dialed down the risk in its portfolios in recent months as rallying financial markets have reduced returns on assets with more unpredictable profiles, according to a senior investor at the giant fund.
By 2022, Mercedes-Benz aims to have over ten all-electric vehicles in its portfolio, and is investing more than $1 billion in global battery system production.
Vueling was the only airline in IAG's portfolio where profit declined last year.
Qualcomm not only makes chips that power smartphones, but also licenses its portfolio of thousands of cellular patents to smartphone makers.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of portfolio
Italian portafoglio, from portare to carry (from Latin) + foglio leaf, sheet, from Latin folium — more at blade
First Known Use: 1713
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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