Meaning of “paper profit” in the English Dictionary

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(Definition of “paper profit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paper profitnoun [ C or U ]

uk us also paper gain FINANCE

an increase in the value of an investment, etc. that appears in accounts, but that does not involve a real increase in cash, for example shares that have risen in value but that have not been sold:

The company has 1 million share options which are showing a paper profit of about £135,000.

(Definition of “paper profit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)