1. The amount by which proceeds from the sale of a capital asset exceed the cost basis. 2. In real estate and investments, the difference between the purchase price and the sale price when the sale price is more. When an investor buys an asset and sells it for a higher price, they incur a capital gain. In the United States, Capital Gains are taxed at a lower rate than other income if the asset is held for longer than one year. An investor may use capital losses to offset gains to minimize their taxes.
1. The exchange of goods or services for an amount of money or its equivalent; the act of selling. 2. A selling of property to the highest bidder; an auction. 3. An offer or arrangement in which goods are sold at a discount: The store has a sale on winter coats. 3. The business or activity of selling goods or services: She works in sales. 4. The number of items sold or the amount of money received for a number of items sold.