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cap·i·tal gain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capital gainnoun

    the amount by which the selling price of an asset exceeds the purchase price; the gain is realized when the asset is sold


  1. capital gainnoun

    An increase in the value of a capital asset

  2. capital gainnoun

    An amount by which the value or the proceeds of the sale of a capital asset by its owner exceed its cost to the owner.

  3. Etymology: capital + gain


  1. Capital gain

    Capital gain is an economic concept defined as the profit earned on the sale of an asset which has increased in value over the holding period. An asset may include tangible property, a car, a business, or intangible property such as shares. A capital gain is only possible when the selling price of the asset is greater than the original purchase price. In the event that the purchase price exceeds the sale price, a capital loss occurs. Capital gains are often subject to taxation, of which rates and exemptions may differ between countries. The history of capital gain originates at the birth of the modern economic system and its evolution has been described as complex and multidimensional by a variety of economic thinkers. The concept of capital gain may be considered comparable with other key economic concepts such as profit and rate of return, however its distinguishing feature is that individuals, not just businesses, can accrue capital gains through everyday acquisition and disposal of assets.


  1. Capital gain

    A capital gain is a profit that results from a disposition of a capital asset, such as stock, bond or real estate, where the amount realized on the disposition exceeds the purchase price. The gain is the difference between a higher selling price and a lower purchase price. Conversely, a capital loss arises if the proceeds from the sale of a capital asset are less than the purchase price. Capital gains may refer to "investment income" that arises in relation to real assets, such as property; financial assets, such as shares/stocks or bonds; and intangible assets such as goodwill.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capital gain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capital gain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of capital gain in a Sentence

  1. Robert Willens:

    If the deal was done exactly the same way, but for cash rather than stock, the tax liability would be mammoth, gains would be taxed at capital gain rates which, for a New York resident, amounts to about 30 percent.

  2. Neilmaldrin Noor:

    It is important to know that... if there is a profit or capital gain generated from a transaction, the profit is an object of income tax, so the tax payer who receives capital gain has to pay the tax and report it.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Profit & Loss statement, capital gain and ledger provided by stock brokerage firms to shares investors are largely misguiding and manipulated. SBI securities and other brokers are all crook

  4. Lakshheish M Patel:

    If you have Rs.5 lakh in your bank accounts and trading in stock market, then after a year you will find that the balance in bank account has become Rs.4 Lakh and this is despite your daily profit as seen in ledger or contract document, no stock keeping in your portfolio and capital gain showing Rs.2.5 lakhs. The difference of Rs.1 lakh is stealthily taken out from your account by brokerage firms and even your capital gain profit is all hoodwinking. BEWARE OF BROKERS

  5. Bill Gross:

    A purchase of Treasuries and a sale of Bunds allows for not only a potential capital gain if the spread narrows, but a yield pickup while the Rip Van Winkle investor potentially waits for a probable outcome.

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