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Capital Gain Or Loss

Definition of Capital Gain Or Loss

A capital gain is a profit that an investor or trader earns by selling an asset while a capital loss is the money a trader or investor loses after selling an asset. Capital gains are taxed while capital losses can be used to offset gains.

Related Terms

Futures and Options

Futures and options are derivative contracts that derive their value from one or more underlying financial securities like stocks, bonds, interest rates, currencies, and commodities.

Every futures and options contract contains an expiration date and a price for the underlying that’s pre-agreed. Futures are a right and an obligation whereas options are a right but not an obligation to exercise the terms of the contract.

Lead Underwriter

The lead underwriter is a financial institution that is in charge of ensuring that an IPO is successful on the primary market. Companies may also hire lead underwriters to carry out a FPO.

Book Entry Securities

Book entry securities are financial instruments like stocks, bonds, ETFs, and others whose ownership is recorded and tracked electronically. Book building is the process of determining the potential issue price of a financial instrument based on investor demand, generally during an IPO.

For context, there was a time when physical ownership certificates were issued. If someone wanted to sell their shares, they’d have to present the ownership certificate and get it transferred to the buyer.

Book entries have made ownership certificates obsolete as they track who owns what electronically.

The trades are settled by the depository like NSDL or CSDL which sends the buyer a statement confirming ownership.

Best Efforts Underwriting/Offering

A best efforts underwriting or offering means the underwriter will do their best to market the securities for the issuer (company, supplier, etc) to investors. The underwriter will not buy all the securities from the issuer, only those the underwriter’s clients want to purchase.

Ichimoku Cloud

Ichimoku Cloud is a group of technical indicators that’s used to understand trends, momentum, support, and resistance by calculating averages. Furthermore, the Ichimoku Cloud indicator is made up of two components:


  • TenkanSen: The short-term indicator
  • KijunSen: The long-term indicator

There’s a cloud that’s formed as a result of plotting the averages and using the components on a chart. One glance at this cloud can tell you multiple things like:


  • Uptrend: If the price is above the cloud
  • Downtrend: If the price is below the cloud
  • Neutral: If the price is in the cloud

Moreover, if the cloud and the price are moving in the same direction, there’s much more confidence in the trend that’s forming. In fact, it’s a trading signal.

Delivery Trading

Delivery trading refers to buying a stock or ETF and holding it for more than one day. In such a scenario, the buyer take delivery of the asset instead of squaring off their position in the same trading session. Delivery trading is applicable for short term and long term trades and can last overnight to a decade or more.



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