Was ist ein "portfolio"?

English for Business Studies

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What is a portfolio?

a) the property and equipment owned by a company
b) a collection of investments owned by an individual
c) a special kind of high-risk share package

The answer is b). But this word also has three other meanings. 

Originally, ‘portfolio’ was the name for a large, thin, flat case used by artists to store sheets of paper. Another meaning of the word ‘portfolio’ is the range of products offered by a company. “BMW’s portfolio ranges from small vehicles to the luxury class.”

The word is also used to describe the duties of a state minister or a member of the cabinet: “John Smith took on the Foreign Affairs portfolio.” In the financial world, the word ‘portfolio’ is used to describe a collection of investments all owned by the same individual or organisation. These investments often include stocks, bonds and mutual funds.


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