Realized Gain

Business / Taxes / Realized Gain: When you sell an investment for more than you paid, you have a realized gain. For example, if you buy a stock for $20 a share and sell it for $35 a share, you have a realized gain of $15 a share. In contrast, if the price of the stock increases, and you don't sell, your gain is unrealized, or a paper profit. Realizing your gains means you lock in any increase in value, which could potentially disappear if you continued to hold the investment. But it also means you may owe tax on that profit when you sell unless the investment is tax exempt or you hold it in a tax-deferred or tax-free account. In a tax-deferred account, you can postpone paying the tax until you begin withdrawing from the account. However, if taxes are due and you have owned the investment for more than a year when you sell, you pay tax at the long-term capital gains rate, which, for most types of investments, is lower than the rate at which you pay federal income tax on ordinary income.

Other Words for Gain

Gain Verb Synonyms: catch up (to or on or with), approach, get nearer (to), overtake, close with, close in (on), narrow the gap, gain ground
Gain Adverb Synonyms: get, obtain, acquire, procure, attain, achieve, secure, earn, win, capture, bag, net, harvest, reap, garner, glean, collect, gather, come by, pick up
Gain Noun Synonyms: acquisition, achievement, attainment
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Deferred Capital Gain

Business / Real Estate / Deferred Capital Gain: The part of the realized gain that is tax deferred. MORE

Excluded Capital Gain

Business / Real Estate / Excluded Capital Gain: The part of the realized gain that is excluded from taxes. MORE

Unrealized Gain

Business / Taxes / Unrealized Gain: If you own an investment that has increased in value, your gain is unrealized until you sell and take your profit. In most cases, the value continues to change as long as you own the investment, eithe MORE

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