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[[Has anyone invested in Specialized Small Business Investment Companies
(SSBIC) or purchased Common Stock in an attempt to defer short term capital
gains? If yes, can you explain how I can benefit from using this method? ]]

If you are thinking that stocks on the major exchanges would qualify as SSBICs, you would be sadly mistaken. Most of these companies are small, startups...and you virtually have to know somebody that knows somebody to get in on the ground floor of a successful SSBIC.

You can read more about SSBICs in IRS Publication 550 at the IRS web site.

[[ How can I purchase Common Stock for Microsoft or AOL?]]

Through your brokerage account? I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but I guess I just don't understand your question. And, by the way, neither AOL nor Microsoft would qualify as an SSBIC.

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