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What is total gain?

 

 

 

Total gain is a combination of all capital gains and dividends earned

 

Capital Gains:

The increase or decrease in value of your investment. Capital gains are either unrealized or realized. An unrealized capital gain is a position in a stock or fund that has yet to be sold. A realized capital gain is the profit or loss experienced when a position has been both bought and sold.

 

Example:

Date Activity Share Price Shares Owned Value Realized Gain Unrealized Gain Capital Gain
April 1 Bought Share $110 1 $110 $0 $0 $0
May 1   $115 1 $115 $0 $5 $5
June 1 Sold Share $120 0 $0 $10 $0 $10

 

 

Dividends:

The interval cash payments made by companies to their current shareholders

 

 

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