Upside down – Cutting your taxes with capital losses
Abstract: As volatile as the stock market has been, investors probably have at least thought about selling some investments that have lost value. Using caution is especially important when considering selling at a loss. Why? Because people will be locking in their losses, but they may also be missing out should those securities bounce back after they sell. However, in some situations, liquidating underperformers can make sense from a tax perspective. This article explains how selling holdings for less than the purchase price can lower a person’s income tax bill.