Guide to Capital Gains and Losses

Free online guide


Updated February 17, 2008

Welcome to our free online guide to capital gains and losses.

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Beware Capital Loss Whipsaw

Big losses in a year after big gains are a formula for disaster.

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Key resources


Index to this guide

Capital gains and losses in general

Basis of assets

To calculate capital gain or loss, you need to know your basis for the shares you sold. These pages cover a variety of situations.

The wash sale rule

We get so many questions on this rule that we have an entire section dealing with it.

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