Unrealized capital gain/loss

Definition:

An increase/decrease in the value of a security that is not "real" because the security has not been sold. Once a security is sold by the portfolio manager, the capital gains/losses are "realized" by the fund, and any payment to the shareholder is taxable during the tax year in which the security is sold.

Investing Essentials


Copyright © 2011 Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Term of the Day

Forward delivery

A transaction in which the settlement will occur on a specified date in the future at a price agreed upon on the trade date.

Subscribe to the Term of the Day via email Get the Term of the Day in your inbox!


Create your free portfolio