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So I dug into my file cabinet and located the brokerage statement that showed the purchase, in 6/02, and was thus able to calculate my capital gain. [...] So I'm glad I'm a pack rat.

I'd argue that keeping trade confirms (or other documentation) showing purchases until you dispose of an asset and handle the taxes on it is being prudent not a pack rat. But then maybe that's because I do the same and would rather be called prudent than a pack rat. :-)

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