- The definition of a portfolio is a flat case used for carrying loose sheets of paper or a combination of investments or samples of completed works.
- An example of portfolio is a briefcase.
- An example of portfolio is an individual's various investments.
- An example of portfolio is an artist's display of past works.
portfolio definition by Webster's New World
- a flat, portable case, usually of leather, for carrying loose sheets of paper, manuscripts, and drawings; briefcase
- such a case for state documents
- the office of a minister of state or member of a cabinet
- all the securities held for investment as by an individual, bank, investment company, etc.
- a list of such securities
- a selection of representative works, as of an artist
Origin: earlier porto folio ; from Italian portafoglio ; from portare (; from L: see fare), to carry plush foglio (; from Classical Latin folium: see foliate), leaf
portfolio definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. port·fo·li·os
- a. A portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings.b. The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings.
- The office or post of a cabinet member or minister of state.
- A group of investments held by an investor, investment company, or financial institution.
Origin: Italian portafoglio : porta-, from portare, to carry, from Latin portāre; see per-2 in Indo-European roots + foglio, sheet (from Latin folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots).
portfolio - Business Definition
- A group of assets. For individuals, a portfolio might include stocks, bonds, rental real estate, bank accounts, and collectibles. For businesses, a portfolio is all of the assets included on the firm's balance sheet. For example, a real estate trust holds a portfolio of office rental properties. Also called investment portfolio. See also diversification.
- A collection of creative work that can be made available to an employer or potential employer.
portfolio - Investment & Finance Definition
All of the assets and investments, such as stocks, bonds, real estate, and cash, that a person or business owns. A professional who manages a portfolio is called a portfolio manager. Often, investors group their portfolios into different asset classes with a targeted percentage of each asset. For instance, one potential asset allocation formula for a portfolio is 60 percent stocks, 30 percent bonds, and 10 percent cash. Asset allocation protects the value of a portfolio. If equities decline, for example, then bonds likely will rise, which helps protect the portfolio’s value.
portfolio - Legal Definition