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upside

noun up·side \ ˈəp-ˌsīd \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of upside

1 : an upward trend (as of prices)
2 a : a positive aspect
b : promise, potential
  • a young star with lots of upside

Examples of upside in a Sentence

  1. One upside to the new house is its location.

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Origin and Etymology of upside


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upside

preposition up·side \ ˈəp-ˈsīd \

Definition of upside

: up on or against the side of
  • layin' in this death cell, writin' my time upside the wall
  • —Lonnie Johnson
  • smacked him upside the head

Origin and Etymology of upside

perhaps from 1up + -side (as in alongside)


Financial Definition of UPSIDE

upside

What It Is

Upside refers to an investment's potential gains in value.

How It Works

For example, you purchase 100 shares of Company XYZ at $5 per share, for a total investment of $500. If you know or believe that Company XYZ shares will rise to $15 per share at some point, your upside equals ($15-$5 = $10) per share, or $1,000.

The reverse is true for people who short stocks: Their upside comes when the stock price falls.

Why It Matters

Upside is the fundamental motive for making any investment. The size of the upside, of course, varies with the investment -- and with the risk associated with that investment. Higher-risk investments generally have more upside; low-risk investments generally have less upside and are thus primarily concerned with preserving the value of the original investment.

Ultimately, expected upside is based on estimates and educated guesses. No analyst or investor can predict the future, thus making upside inherently unpredictable.



UPSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

upside

noun

Definition of upside for English Language Learners

  • : a part of something that is good or desirable : an advantage or benefit


upside

preposition

Definition of upside for English Language Learners

  • : on or against the side of (something)



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