capital gain


: the increase in value of an asset (such as stock or real estate) between the time it is bought and the time it is sold

Examples of capital gain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The median capital gain for a San Diego seller was $400,000, Redfin said. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 Trump lowered taxes on the rich through cuts in corporate and capital gains tax rates and a reduction of the top marginal tax rate for households earning in excess of half a million dollars (a threshold that has since risen to $578,100). Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 In 2021, amid a cryptocurrency bubble and an explosion in housing prices driven by rock-bottom interest rates, investors recorded huge gains that led them to pay capital gains taxes at record levels. Jeff Stein,, 3 Sep. 2023 According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 85% of capital gains go to the wealthiest 5% of taxpayers. E. Napoletano,, 8 Sep. 2023 But then the bubble burst, leading to a sharp drop in capital gains tax revenue. Jeff Stein,, 3 Sep. 2023 It was ultimately thwarted following intervention by tech giant Kakao, which instead became SM’s biggest shareholder, but Hybe likely walked away with a capital gain from the sale of its stake in the company. Patrick Frater, Variety, 10 Aug. 2023 And if rates start to fall meaningfully, existing bonds and bond funds become more valuable, creating the potential for capital gains. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2023 The state collected less in capital gains revenue than projected, and more members of pass-through entities collected their share of $1.4 billion in available credits than anticipated. Matt Stout,, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of capital gain was in 1921

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“Capital gain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition

capital gain

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