Capital gains definition

Capital gains are the profits made from the buying and selling of assets. They are made when traders sell assets – like shares or commodities – for more than they originally paid for them. The opposite of a capital gain is a capital loss.

Both capital gains and capital losses are only realised by traders when their position is closed and profit or loss is taken. When a capital gain is realised, it is subject to capital gains tax.

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