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Is it better to have Short Term losses or Long Term losses?

I understand that if you must show gains, you want them to be LT.

Don't ST losses go first again ST gains and
LT losses go first again LT gains?

It would seem that I would want all my losses to be ST,
so they would eat up those ST gains first and leave my
LT gains alone. Where LT losses would take from LT gains first.

Do I have this correct?

I haven't been able to find any discussions
on this, seems like it would be a pretty common tactic to sell my losers before they hit the 1 year mark, to make them into ST losses.

thanks
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