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Dictionary.com says:  Risk is the exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.  American Heritage Dictionary says: Risk is the possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger.  These are just two of the many entries and these were just for the noun.  Risk in the world of investments and finance is more succinct.  Risk is the uncertainty of outcome; however, risk can be quantified whereas uncertainty cannot.  Many use risk as a quantitative measure and uncertainty for measuring the non-quantitative type.  This article will attempt to give an overview of risk, keeping to generalities, and identifying a few of the problems associated with trying to measure it.  Moreover, without any equations.


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