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Trading and Investment Terms

Capital Loss

A capital loss is a decrease in the value of an investment. 

A capital loss arises when the cost price is higher than the selling price.

A capital loss is a reduction in the value of a company’s capital, That is Investment, Capital assets.

Formula:

Capital Loss = Purchase price- Sale price

 

For example:

 ABC Ltd. plans on expanding its manufacturing unit. For such a purpose, the company purchases a factory worth $900,000. Ten years later, the company decides to sell the factory to upgrade to a larger one.

The business sells the factory for $840,000. Applying the capital loss formula with the information available:

 

900,000-840,000=60,000

The company realizes a capital loss of $60,000 from the sale.

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