This is the context. The person the people below speak of is a journalist who was convicted for Libel.
Salander: He’s honest. He’s who he presents himself to be. In his business, that’s an asset.
FRODE: There’s less in his asset column after his conviction today.
What is an asset column in this context? Is there an asset column in a curriculum vitae? This is what I thought he was alluding to but was unable to find it in any cv.
"Column" noun (source:Thefreedictionary) a. any of two or more vertical sections of type on a printed page, esp on a newspaper page