LeoGlossary: Gain

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Gain can have different meanings depending on the context. Here are a few possible interpretations:

  1. In finance, gain refers to the profit or increase in value of an investment or asset over time. For example, if you bought a stock for $100 and it is now worth $120, you have a gain of $20.

A profit turned on a financial transaction. This can be done on securities such as stocks, commodities, cryptocurrency and real estate.

The gain is made by selling the asset for more than it originally cost. This is the difference between the sales price and the cost.

In most countries, these gains are subject to being taxed. In the United States, this is known as the capital gains tax if the asset is held over a year.

  1. In economics, gain can refer to an increase in the value of a good or service over time, adjusted for inflation. For example, if the price of a loaf of bread increases from $2 to $3 over a year, the gain in the value of the loaf of bread is $1, adjusted for inflation.
  2. In psychology, gain can refer to a positive reinforcement or reward that motivates behavior. For example, if a child cleans their room, they may receive a gain in the form of praise or a small reward.
  3. In physics, gain can refer to the ratio of the output power of a system to the input power, often expressed in decibels (dB). For example, if a amplifier has a gain of 10 dB, it means that the output power is 10 times Greater than the input power.
  4. In computer science, gain can refer to the number of times a computer program or algorithm repeats a task or operation before stopping or reaching a desired result. For example, a loop may have a gain of 10, meaning it repeats 10 times before stopping.
  5. In biology, gain can refer to a genetic mutation that results in a new or increased function, such as antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
  6. In social interactions, gain can refer to the benefits or advantages that one person derives from a relationship or interaction, such as gaining knowledge, status, or resources.


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