Capital-gain meaning

The definition of a capital gain is the profit received from the sale of an investment.

An example of a capital gain is to sell shares of stock for $10,000 for which you originally paid $2,000 - an $8,000 capital gain.

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The amount by which proceeds from the sale of a capital asset exceed the original cost.
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A profit realized on the sale of a capital asset, as a house, a stock, etc.
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The income derived from selling an investment for an amount of money greater than its purchase price. To be considered a capital gain, and not an ordinary gain, the investment must have been held for one year or longer. Capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income is taxed at. Capital gains can be offset by capital losses in order to reduce the amount of the taxpayer’s overall bill.
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(economics) An increase in the value of a capital asset.
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(business, finance) 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.
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Origin of capital-gain