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Paper Loss

A loss on an investment that has not yet been realized. That is, a paper loss occurs when the current price of a security which is still owned by the holder is lower than the price the holder paid for it. As a result, it is possible that the paper loss might be erased if the price increases again. A paper loss represents a decrease in one's net worth, but it may or may not affect one's lifestyle. See also: Paper profit.

paper loss

Paper profit (or loss).

If you own an asset that increases in value, any increase in value is a paper profit, or unrealized gain. If you sell the asset for more than you paid to buy it, your paper profit becomes an actual profit, or realized gain.

The same relationship applies if the asset has lost value. You have a paper loss until you sell, when it becomes a realized loss.

You owe no capital gains tax on a paper profit, though you use the paper value when calculating gains or losses in your investment portfolio, for example. The risk with a paper profit is that it may disappear before you realize it. On the other hand, you may postpone selling because you expect the value to increase further.

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Based on the foregoing discussion, we hypothesize that the negative relationship between idiosyncratic volatility and subsequent stock returns is concentrated in stocks with unrealized capital losses. In order to empirically test this hypothesis, we construct a capital gains overhang measure similar to Grinblatt and Han (2005), employing a proxy for the market's aggregate cost basis in a stock as the relevant reference point to determine unrealized gains and losses.
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