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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.
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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.

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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.
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Without some type of recording, the performer and instructor in the scenario above depend on subjective memory distorted by stress and anxiety caused by classroom performances and further eroded by activities that occur between performance and assessment.
This technology permits one to compare performances in terms of technical skills and personal interpretation, and to examine difficult-to-notate elements of timing and dynamics in detail, such as specifically where and to what extent to ritard or accelerate the tempo.
Most performance appraisal systems do not tie individual goals and performance to organizational goals and performance.
As Diamond writes, "Refusing the conventions of role-playing, the performer presents herself/himself as a sexual, permeable, tactile body" (Performance 3).
Though interesting and tenable, Aercke's readings of the allegorical complexities of the works seem less compelling than his careful construction of the theoretical and contextual framework that precedes his descriptions and readings of the performances themselves.
One approach to paying employees that both reduces fixed payroll expenses and creates a more direct link between pay and performance. This approach is commonly referred to as "variable pay."
Starting pay: per performance, contracts available.
While many believe it is important, and even necessary, to experience some performance anxiety to play their best, anxiety should not take over and debilitate the performer.
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