What Does Capital Loss Mean?

Capital Loss refers to a loss realized when a security is sold for less than it was purchased for.

In stock trading, if an investor purchases stock ABC for $30 / share, and then sells the stock a few months later for $22 / share, they have realized an $8 / share capital loss.

At the end of every year, as per U.S. tax policy, capital losses can be used to offset capital gains, so as to help an investor reduce their tax burden. A common year-end strategic approach is to “harvest” capital losses in an effort to offset any capital gains made from trading that year.

What is Capital Accumulation?
What is Capital Appreciation?