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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.


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.
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As a collaborative artist she has appeared in song recitals with Ingemar Korjus, Rosemarie Landry, Janet Stubbs and Catherine Robbin, and in chamber music concerts with Andrew Dawes, with whom she has recorded and performed the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle, Martin Beaver and many others.
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In the June 10 concert, about a half-hour of excerpts from it will be performed, Domine said.
4 CHILDREN'S PIN PEAT GONG ENSEMBLE PERFORMING FOR THE CAMBODIAN KING OF BUDDHIST MONKS (WAT THMEY MONASTERY, THE KILLING FIELDS, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA) In January, the ensemble performed next to a giant glass shrine containing the bones and skulls of Khmer Rouge victims.
Van Mason and Robinson warmed up, put on the make-up, and performed.
The AICPA peer review program is dedicated to enhancing the quality of accounting, auditing and attestation services performed by AICPA members in public practice.
Of significance was that the taxpayer performed "the procedures at a time when the engines are completely serviceable and the purpose of performing the procedures is to keep the towboat engines in good operating condition.
1] However, an adenoidectomy performed in a patient with a palatal abnormality-- such as a short soft palate, a bifid uvula, or a submucosal cleft palate--can cause velopharyngeal insufficiency.
Because an individual retained by a former employer will ordinarily be retained to perform services substantially similar to the services performed while an employee, this requirement will seldom be met.
Quality assurance activities must become exercises that are performed with diligence and concern and not as drudgery simply because they are mandated.
If all hospitals performed at the level of the Best-performing hospitals in the study, 30,548 additional women may have survived their hospitalization for heart disease and stroke.