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Unraveling the Mystery of Investing #8


Specific Risk
 
Specific risk involves any occurrences that may affect only a particular company. For example, the death of the founder, political developments, or heavy debt can affect a particular firm adversely. Some huge companies that have been around for a very long time, even with great products and unsoiled reputations, have […]

Unraveling the Mystery of Investing #7


Company Risk If a company’s stock value decreases due to financial difficulties, this creates an instant company risk. Internal factors such as inefficient production and poor management or external factors such as problems with the industry, the economy, or trade can contribute to company risk.
 
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Unraveling the Mystery of Investing #6


Market Risk
Market risk is the risk associated with market fluctuations that can depress the value of particular investments. All stocks and bonds can be affected by downturns caused by fraud, war, or calamity. Additionally, certain types of investments can experience a major downturn should there be a slowdown in a specific industry or category of […]

Unraveling the Mystery of Investing #5


Interest Rate Risk
 
Interest rate risk occurs when changes in interest rates cause the value of certain investments to decrease. For example, when interest rates rise, the market value of fixed-income securities, such as bonds, declines. Bond investors hate inflation because it erodes the value of bonds’ fixed interest payments. Investors are locked […]

Unraveling the Mystery of Investing #4


Economic Risk
 
Economic risk can surface due to the fact that slow economic growth will be too weak to sustain or improve the return on a particular investment. For example, the price of shares in growth companies that require a strong economy to sustain earnings may fall during an economic slowdown. Again, as in […]