Stock Swap

Definition of "Stock swap"

Trading of stock to enhance portfolio performance and reduce taxes. This practice is followed when the investor has accumulated losses on stocks and sells these stocks in order to use the losses to offset capital gains on other investments, thereby reducing taxable income. Losses incurred in this manner can be used to offset capital gains dollar-for-dollar. For any additional losses, they can be used to offset ordinary income of up to $3000. All excess losses can be carried forward to future years.

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