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Paper gain (loss)

Unrealized capital gain (loss) on securities held in a portfolio based on a comparison of current market price to original cost.

Paper Gain

A gain on an investment that has not yet been realized. That is, a paper gain occurs when the current price of a security is higher than the price the holder paid for it, but the holder still owns the security. As a result, there is the possibility that the paper gain might be erased if the price goes back down. A paper gain represents an increase in one's net worth, but it may or may not affect one's lifestyle. See also: Paper loss.

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International Paper gains significant supply chain flexibility to support our Carolina and Everest brands and job opportunities for our employees in three facilities.
Under current law, investors can exchange rental real estate without incurring immediate tax liability -- even if they've racked up huge paper gains on their properties.
That, in turn, will not only drive consumption, but, as paper gains in houses and stocks are turned into holidays and marble countertops, it will also create jobs.
While this is certainly good news, and we should enjoy the paper gains, remember that markets go up and come down.
Separately, the bull market has left CEOs enormous paper gains on stock and options they were granted as part of pay packages in 2009 and 2010.
The word "realised" is important as paper gains from the increased valuations cannot be included.
But real as opposed to paper gains in the vegetable division compensated for the decrease of volume in the potato division.
Andrew Meadors, the Little Rock insurance broker I recently interviewed about his adventures with frozen accounts in the Stanford Financial Group debacle, reminisced about "happy hour" parties in the spring of 1999, when he and his friends celebrated making $25,000 in paper gains in a single day.
Long-term investments, not short-term profits, and productive work, rather than paper gains, need to be supported.
The statutory operating profit, which the paper gains and losses on investments came out 15 per cent down at pounds 2.
If you have sold investments in 2006 at a loss and have other investments--such as stocks--with paper gains, consider selling and taking a gain equal to the loss.