(redirected from performing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to performing: norming


1. The total return on an investment over a period of time.

2. A subjective measure of how an investment or the market generally is doing over a period of time.

3. In contracts, substantial completion of an agreed-upon task. That is, a party to a contract performs the contract when he has more-or-less completed what he has agreed to do, with no or only minor work left to do.


Performance, expressed as a percentage, measures the total return an investment provides over a specific period. It can be positive, representing a gain in value, or negative, representing a loss.

While return is reported on a second-to-second and day-to-day basis, short-term results are less significant an indicator of strength or weakness than performance over longer periods, such as one, five, or ten years.

Past performance is one of the factors you can use to evaluate a specific investment, but there's no guarantee that those results will be repeated in the future. What past performance can tell you is the way the investment has previously reacted to fluctuations in the markets, and, in the case of managed funds, something about the skills of the manager.

An investment is said to outperform when its return is stronger than the return of its benchmark or peers over the same period. Conversely, it is said to underperform if its results lag those of its benchmark or peer.


In contracts, the substantial completion of all duties and responsibilities. Note: The exact meaning of the word “substantial” is the cause of much litigation in contract law.
References in periodicals archive ?
Analysis of the learning styles, gender, and creativity of Bruneian performing and non-performing primary and elite and regular secondary school students and their teachers' teaching styles (Doctoral dissertation, St.
The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas' smaller performing arts organizations.
Performing with the USAF Band, the American Bandmasters Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and National Band Association and numerous state conventions
For example, while performing bodyweight dips [ILLUSTRATION FOR PHOTO 3 OMITTED], athletes often drop rapidly, ignoring the potential strength benefits derived from taking more time to lower their body in good form.
There are four types of mortgages for sale and the loans are stratified with two categories of performing loans and two categories of non-performing loans.
Laboratories performing Level I tests must have a director who is a doctor of medicine or Osteopathy licensed in the state where the laboratory is located or who is a PhD in a specified science certified by a specified national accrediting board with four or more years of full-time training or experience.
Feldman also enjoys an active solo career performing throughout the United States and Europe.
El Cajon * Dec 20, San Diego Ballet, East County performing Arts Center, 210 E Main St, 619.
However, the reauditor is responsible for conclusions on the adequacy of those responses, including number and quality, and for performing alternative procedures on nonresponding positive requests.
Another reason we once gave for performing the power clean involved the transfer of speed and explosion to other sport-related skills.
Under that article, income derived by an individual from the performance of personal services in an independent capacity is taxable only in the individual's country of residence unless the services are performed in the other country and the income is attributable to a fixed base regularly available to the individual in the other country for the purpose of performing the activities.