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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.
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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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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.
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Berkshire's net income soared in 2012 to $14.8 billion, up from $10.3 billion the previous year, but most of the increase came from paper gains on its investments and derivative contracts.
There would be no such thing as 'paper gains' or 'paper losses' - just real gains or losses.