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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.

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

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Liquid

In context of securities, easily traded or converted to cash. In context of a corporation, the state of having enough cash and cash equivalents to cover short-term obligations.

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