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Finance Glossary

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Realized Loss


See realized gain.

Realized loss is a loss you experience when you sell a stock or asset for less than what you paid for it. As long as you hang in there and only see the loss on paper, it's unrealized. Once you sell, boy do you realize it.


You bought GE at $30 and then sold it a few years later at $10 a share. You have realized a loss of $20—and you likely also realized that you have no clue when it comes to investing.