paper profit

paper profit
noun
an unrealized gain on an investment calculated by subtracting the investor's cost from the current market price
Ant: ↑paper loss
Hypernyms: ↑gain

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an unrealized profit due to the appreciation of something owned but not yet sold.
[1890-95]

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paper profit,
a profit existing on paper, but not yet realized. An increase in the market value of a security is a paper profit until the security is actually sold at a profit.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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