Risk is the potential that a chosen action or activity (including the choice of inaction) will lead to a loss (an undesirable outcome). The notion implies that a choice having an influence on the outcome sometimes exists (or existed). Potential losses themselves may also be called "risks". Any human ...

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How do companies protect employees' income from currency flucturations? [on hold]

Say you are an export-oriented company, selling products abroad and receiving income in some (nominally stable) basket of currencies. Now let's suppose your own domestic currency, the one you use to ...
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What's the best trading period : Weekly, daily or hourly?

I'm designing an Expert Advisor with MetaTrader5 using Neural Networks. I'm working with EURUSD but the EA works with any forex currency almost the same (~2% difference max). If I choose 1 hour ...
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Risks in investing savings into retail superannuation in Australia?

What risks are there if I invest all my savings into retail superannuation? I'm still working part time, in my 60s, but would like to get a regular (pension type) income tax free, from investing in a ...
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Any strategies to screen high risk, hopefully high reward stocks? [closed]

Can't seem to find anything geared towards that. Looking to allocate a small proportion to such stocks.
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Why does shorting a call option have potential for unlimited loss?

Referring to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Option_(finance), for a short call: If the stock price increases over the exercise price by more than the amount of the premium, the short will lose ...
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How to manage currency risk in international investing

Exchange rate fluctuations can wipe out or augment your return from a foreign stock investment. Is there any way to protect yourself from such risk?
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Are index trackers subject to insolvency risk?

If I invest my money in a bank account, the bank could go bankrupt and I could lose all my money - well, at least I could have in the distant past, before government deposit insurance was invented. ...
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Ideal investments for a recent college grad with very high risk tolerance?

I recently graduated college and got a steady job making decent money as a software engineer/programmer. I make more than enough money to sustain myself and save up money, while still having money ...
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Setting and measuring risk profile target for retirement account

I understand that as you age you want to slowly lower the risk profile of your retirement account, but how should I determine how much risk I should take on currently and how do I measure how much ...
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What to know before purchasing Individual Bonds?

What are the different factors and terms one should be acquainted with before investing in individual bonds? I'm currently looking at: It's all rather foreign to me though. When I look at this page ...
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Should I be more aggressive in a Roth IRA, 401k, or taxable account?

I presently have a mix of Vanguard funds spread throughout taxable and non-taxable accounts. Some advisors claim it's better to take risk in the taxable accounts while placing bonds in the IRA. ...
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Why is volatility in a positive direction clubbed in the same risk category as volatility in a negative direction?

Let's say a stock's price has been steadily rising for the last 6 months. It's going to have (a relatively) high volatility. Let's say another stock's price has been falling steadily for the last ...
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How to evaluate investment risk in practical terms

I've seen previous questions about risk here and here, as well as read some stuff in books about similar ways of assessing risk. However, as discussed in one of those questions, a lot of the ...
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When the market price for a stock is below a tender offer's price, is it free money (riskless) to buy shares & tender them?

For instance, on March 11, 2014, Jos A Bank (JOSB) agreed to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse for $65/share in cash. A tender offer to existing shareholders was set to expire on March 19th. On March ...
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Do bond interest rate risk premiums only compensate for the amount investors might lose?

Consider two different bonds: one riskless, and the other risky. Suppose the risky bond has a known probability of default. Suppose a market is made in these bonds, with investors trying to maximize ...
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What's the difference between buying bonds and buying bond funds for the long-term?

I know that if I buy a bond and hold to maturity, I will get the value plus the coupon. If rates go up, the resale value of my bond will go down, and vice versa. However, what happens if I buy into ...
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Reasonable alternatives to using the Treasury rate as the risk free rate, e.g. for CAPM calculation?

For all practical purposes, the risk free interest rate is taken to be the short term Treasury bill interest rate. Let's say this rate is 0.5% per annum. But for an individual investor, if his bank ...
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Is there any reason to diversify your investments across accounts at multiple/different brokers?

I have a few retirement accounts at Vanguard. I am considering opening a regular non-retirement investment account there. Is there any reason to diversify and open the new account with a different ...
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Bond prices: Why is a high yield sometimes too good to be true?

Thank you for taking the time to explain me this. I'm looking at bonds prices at Yahoo Finance (see attached image) And it seems to good to be true: A-rated bonds at YTM rates of 11% and more. ...
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When to start investing in an index fund? Wait for a bear market, use dollar cost-averaging, or another approach?

I think index funds are one of the best investment tools for the defensive investor. Still, when should one start investing money in an index fund? It could result in a loss to get in at the top of a ...
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What is the difference between hedging and diversification? How does each reduce risk?

Hedging and diversification are both used for reducing financial risks, but what are the exact differences between these two?
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How do rich people guarantee the safety of their money, when savings exceed the FDIC limit?

I am curious how a millionaire would guarantee the safety of his money, given that the FDIC only insures up to $250K of an individual's deposits at a bank. If someone had $3 million that they wanted ...
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Should my retirement portfolio's asset allocation become more conservative over time?

It seems to be common advice that a retirement portfolio should be invested aggressively when one is young, and conservatively when one is older and closer to retirement. Is this good advice? ...
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Can I get a dumbed down explanation of risk measures used for evaluating stocks?

Hoping this will be a good reference question for the site. Can someone explain in a way that doesn't require a lot of math/statistics background what the following terms mean when analyzing the ...
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How much lump sum investment in stocks would be needed to yield a target stable monthly income?

Situation: a guy has a lot of money. He wants to invest in stable and low risk stocks so that he could get a steady 1000$ a month income at least for the next 10 years (and having equal or bigger ...
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Is there a term for the risk of investing in an asset with a positive but inferior return?

For example, say I invest in a 5-year certificate of deposit at 3% annually. Let's assume the bank delivers on time (no defaults). However, a month after I buy it, another bank offered a 4% 5-year ...
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Does long term asset growth really converge to that derived from compound interest formula?

Many websites/experts claim that the longer you hold your assets, the likelier your asset's return is closer to that predicted by the compound interest formula. However, some other experts claim ...
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What is the theory behind Rick Van Ness's risk calculation in the video about diversification?

In the video, Rick Van Ness states the following scenario: Stock A has a 7% return with +/- 1% risk Stock B has a 3.5% return with +/- 0.5% risk Stock A and B are perfectly negatively correlated. ...
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How can I estimate the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes?

Is there a standard method for estimating the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes? Some of the information I have includes the average duration and the SEC yield.
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How do small cap stocks perform vs. large cap stocks (like Dow constituents) during bear trends?

Does anyone have any good information on how small cap stocks, e.g. < $500M, perform during bear trends and/or recessions in comparison to large cap stocks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...
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Is there difference in risk between physical or synthetic replication of an index by an ETF?

I understand that there are different ways to manage an ETF. Some use physical replication where they seem to buy the actual stock to track the index it is following. Others use synthetic replication ...
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What risk of a diversified portfolio can be specifically offset by options?

I have been reading articles on portfolios and options. It seems options are used to hedge portfolios for multiple risk factors. I would like to know why options, and why not futures? What is the ...
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What's the least risky investment for people in Europe?

I have a few thousand euros in a bank deposit and I was wondering where I should invest them, considering that I won't want to take much risk? I am ready to accept the lower ROI than investing the ...
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Who is the issuer in a derivative contract?

In the case of a bond or a share, there is a bondholder or a shareholder on one side and a company issuing the security on the other side. In a derivative contract, which party can be named as the ...
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How are derivatives treated in bankruptcy?

If I am a counterparty to a contract (swap, cds etc.) with an entity that went bankrupt and I am due some payment, how "senior" is my claim (amongst the other creditors where do I rank)? I'm sorry if ...
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How risky are penny stocks?

I've recently gotten into several discussions on penny stocks, and I intuitively know that they're far more risky than large cap companies with real assets, but is there any measure of how risky they ...
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Effect of a “Bond Bubble” Bursting?

Lately I've heard increasing talk that the next big bubble that will burst in the US is the "Bond Bubble". Consider this recent Wall Street Journal article. Excerpt: But in the same investment ...
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What are the risks in buying a property from a “Tax Deed” auction?

Recently, I was approached by a friend of my wife's, and she said that she and her husband were making a lot of money bidding on properties that went up for sale in our area, at auctions like this ...
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Can the risk of investing in an asset be different for different investors?

If 2 people invest the same amount in the same asset at the same time, will their risk be different if they use different risk management strategies? Say Inventors A and B both buy 1000 shares in ...
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Investing in dividend-yielding stocks with money borrowed from margin account?

I am getting ready to invest some of my savings in a stock brokerage account. The well-known brokerages, e.g. ETrade, Ameritrade, etc, have relatively high margin interest rates for the level I am ...
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Safer investing (401k/savings) assuming there will be another banking crisis?

Assuming one or more of the big investment banks incurs unsustainable investment losses leading to another banking crisis, what is the safest place to invest my 401k?
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Is socialtrend.com or/and feelthetrend.com legitimate?

I'm not particularly literate about finance and market. One of my friend invited me in a 1-hour meeting about this Social Trend marketing of TheTrendSocial.com. Apparently buying one of their "kit" ...
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How to analyze risk of a bond?

If given the screen below as an example, how would you analyze the risk of a bond? I am not sure what to look for to know if this is a good investment. What risk factors should be considered when ...
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How to convince someone they're too risk averse or conservative with investments?

I have a friend who is very risk-averse, by self admission. By my standards he is too much risk averse for his own good. He says that his personal experience over the last 15-20 years taught him that ...
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Tax lien investing: Possible in Canada?

I was just reading on the tax lien investing process and how it works in the United States. I was wondering if it happens in other countries. In specific, I would like to know if it happens in Canada ...
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Understand interest rate risk on a bond

I was wondering why there is interest rate risk on a bond that a financial services firm has sold, besides default risk on the bond? As far as I know interest rate risk means the risk that ...
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Is it possible to quantify the probability of sudden big movements for a high-volume stock?

As an example: Over this past weekend, from Friday close to Monday open, Netflix (NFLX) dropped about 36% in stock price. Going back to July, Netflix was trading near $300, and now it is at about ...
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How prevalent are futures in the agricultural industry?

I realize that many agricultural companies sell their crops or livestock via futures contracts to manage the risks inherent to their industry. It seems to me that this kind of activity would be ...
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What is a “Junk Bond”?

I was reading Barbarians at the Gate and I read that junk bonds were required to do large leveraged buyouts. What is a junk bond and how does it differ from a regular bond? Why is there higher ...
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Are long-term bonds risky assets?

I think bonds are debt/loan and fixed-income, so they are risk-free, both short term and long term. But it seems like Bodie's Investment thinks long-term bonds are risky: For example, assume that ...