Meaning of “paper loss” in the English Dictionary

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"paper loss" in Business English

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paper lossnoun [ C or U ]

uk us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)