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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What causes a stock to drop in price?

sorry for some minor grammar issues its late and I'm trying to get as much information for a class of mine. So what exactly is making the price of a stock to go down even though as an example through ...
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What is this type of risk-free investment called?

My mother told me that in 1994, she had $10K to put into a savings account or CD. She went to the local Citibank and didn't like the interest rates that they were offering on their savings/CD ...
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How can I compare the risk of different investing opportunities?

I have some money to invest and I consider different investing options. For instance I could: Let the money on a tax-free account 0.75% per year (the % can be changed by the state if inflation is ...
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Downside to temporarily lowering interest rates?

American Express sent me a promotional offer to lower the interest rate on my credit card for 12 months. I don't carry a balance on any credit cards. I can't think of a good reason to accept this ...
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How does investment on goods impact the risk of portfolio?

I really need good references to see what the impact of SRI (socially responsible investment) is on the portfolio risk. I have searched through a lot of books but nothing I found. Can you please give ...
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Do developed country equities have a higher return than emerging market equities, when measured in the latter currency?

Do developing country equities have a higher return and/or lower risk than emerging market equities, when measured in the emerging market's currency? Do you have data for this over a long timeframe ...
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What are the disadvantages to borrowing money for energy conservation measures / solar panels?

I am contemplating putting solar panels on my roof, as there is a collective buying of solar panels in my neighborhood going on. Special loans are offered by local government for solar panels or ...
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Why does the introduction of chip & pin appear to be so controversial in the United States?

The past few weeks there have been many news articles about the introduction of chip & pin in the United States; most of these articles are against it and citing such 'issues' as: "Some people ...
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Looking into investment bonds for the first time- what do I need to be aware of?

I have an ISA that has matured recently, and am now looking to reinvest that balance elsewhere. Given that most of the ways I usually save (current/ savings accounts, regular savers, ISAs, etc) aren't ...
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Are bond ETFs considered low risk in this market?

I'm thinking about moving my money to an automated management service. I've set my risk profile to 3.5 (low) which means they would invest around 35% in bond ETFs. With today's interest rates being ...
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New to options trading and need help understanding an options spread risk graph. What am I missing?

Suppose the stock is $41 at expiry. The graph says I will lose money. I think I paid $37.20 for (net debit) at this price. I would make money, not lose. What am I missing? Thanks for all your input, ...
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Is my car overinsured if my net worth is high enough?

My net worth is approx. 200k (distributed in checking for emergency, bonds indices for bigger emergency, and stocks for retirement) and I make between 15k-35k per year (it varies). I've been ...
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Should ETF currency risk be avoided by changing denomination or selling in a different currency?

I am about to purchase international stock and bond ETFs as part of my retirement portfolio. I am concerned about currency denomination. Suppose that I purchase an ETF in Euros and when I start ...
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What happens after a counterparty defaults on a derivative trade?

I understand that counterparty risk, or the risk of the counterparty defaulting when they lose on a bet, is inherent when trading derivatives. My question is what happens after they default? Is there ...
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What fraction of a portfolio should P2P lending comprise?

Based on what I understand, traditionally we are supposed to put 70% money in stocks and 30% money in bonds (based on individual age, I am 33 right now). I have been experimenting on P2P lending and ...
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Fundamentals of creating a diversified portfolio based on numbers?

There are a number of articles and posts across the internet describing how to diversify your portfolio. But, each claim typically focuses on how to allocate your portfolio rather than describing ...
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How does a person with a large equity in a company hedge his risk

How people like Bill Gates , who has the bulk of their wealth tied up in MSFT shares, hedge their downside risk in case the share price tanks? If he were to buy put options like the rest of us, it ...
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Managing risk: financial risk due to future health problems as a dollar amount

I am analyzing my long-term saving goals against the overall strategy of reducing my risk in various areas. One of the areas of risk I want to reduce is that of financial woes due to future health ...
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What happens if futures contract seller defaults?

I'm considering buying a put future to hedge against interest rate increase. I know there is a certain level of protection from default as required by the contract, but I assume the risk is not zero. ...
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What are the real risks in “bio-technology” companies?

Biotechnology companies are often in the top 10 of the most lucrative businesses in a market. For example on Friday 13th march, the company I am interested in was among the best performers of the day ...
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What is the standard deviation and mean return of oil?

Let's use WTI. I'd like to add oil to my portfolio, and I was wondering how much I should have. I'm in 60-70% index and 40-30% individual value stocks. I want to cut back on my value plays and add ...
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Risk and reward of a synthetic option position

I am trying to understand option synthetics. This article mentions: For example, if your stock is at $100 per share and the you sell a 105 Call and buy a 105 Put, you have zero risk (and zero ...
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Is it smart to only invest in mid- and small-cap stock equity funds in my 401(k)?

Historically, mid-cap and small-cap company stocks have outperformed the market. Correct? Since I'm not going to touch the money in my 401(k) in over 40 years, wouldn't it make sense to invest ...
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Why I cannot find a “Pure Cash” option in 401k investments?

I am of an opinion that I should decide where my money should get invested and if it should get invested at all or not. When I looked at the investment options I have with my 401k money, I figured ...
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how derivatives transfer risk from one entity to another

In his book 'options, futures and other derivatives', John hull writes: Derivatives such as forwards, futures, swaps, and options are concerned with transfer- ring risk from one entity in the economy ...
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Is this trick enough to totally prevent bankrupcy in a case of a crash?

I have a trading scheme that is very profitable but is also really dangerous because it opens a lot of trades at the same time with high leverage and else. So the trick is to open only short (sell) ...
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Why are U.S. Treasury interest rates are so low vs. other nearly risk-free rates?

I was reading Options,Futures and Other Derivatives by John Hull and I came across the question: Why are US Treasury rates significantly lower than other rates that are close to risk-free? I ...
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Why does financial investor bother to buy derivatives and then hedge the position?

I am recently studying mathematical finance, and I am not really familiar with how the financial system works. This might be a naive question: when reading some books on mathematical finance, ...
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How do companies protect employees' income from currency flucturations? [closed]

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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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? ...