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English definition of “paper loss”

paper loss

noun [C or U]     ACCOUNTING
a loss in the value of an investment, etc. that appears in accounts, but that does not involve a real loss of cash, for example shares that have fallen in value but that have not been sold: The US banking giant was facing a paper loss of about $37.5 million. Some of the thousands of private investors sitting on big paper losses could still get their money back.
(Definition of paper loss noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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