February 2000, Dean Baker

The vast majority of stock trades and other financial transactions are done by short term traders who hold assets for less than a year and often less than a day. These trades are essentially a form of gambling. This paper proposes a modest tax on these trades, 0.25 percent on the sale or purchase of share of stock, along with comparable fees for other assets.

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