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Why capital gains count even when they don't!

Many lenders and their financial institutions don’t want to count on income from capital gains as a recurring source to service debt. I get that and don’t necessarily disagree. Although see the post on ‘Lending on Asset Conversion instead of Income‘ for another point of view.

Why the confusing blog title?

Admittedly, you are more likely to read a controversial title. But that is not why I said what I said.

Even if you do not plan to use the cash inflow from capital gains, whether stock or real estate, as a recurring source of cashflow to service debt going forward…the cash inflow (or outflow) happened! It may explain some things like where the borrower came up with the money to:

  • fund their lifestyle
  • contribute capital to their business
  • purchase equipment without financing it

If it seems unlikely that any of those could happen with the cashflow you have calculated, it might lead you to suspect fraud.

Notice capital gains as a source even if you won’t use it as a recurring source

I suggest you notice capital gains as a source, maybe even mention it in your write-up. If you don’t, the borrower’s situation make not make sense and may even be suspicious.

About the Author
Linda Keith CPA is an expert in credit risk readiness and credit analysis. She trains banks and credit unions throughout the United States, both in-house and in open-enrollment sessions, on Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis. She is in the trenches with lenders, analysts and underwriters helping them say "yes" to good loans. Creator of the Tax Return Analysis Virtual Classroom at, she speaks at banking associations on risk management, lending and director finance topics.