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Tag Archive: Risk aversion


In one classic experiment conducted by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, pioneers in the field of blogprospect theory, subjects were given a hypothetical choice between a sure $3,000 gain versus an 80% chance of a $4,000 gain and a 20% chance of not getting anything.

The vast majority of people preferred the sure $3,000 gain, even though the other alternative had a higher expected gain (0.80 × $4,000 = $3,200).

Then they flipped the question around and gave subjects a choice between a certain loss of $3,000 versus an 80% chance of losing $4,000 and a 20% chance of not losing anything. In this case, the vast majority chose to gamble and take the 80% chance of a $4,000 loss, even though the expected loss would be $3,200. Continue reading

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RISK MANAGEMENT

Well, its bit old actually, but it is still good:blog

Safety is a product, not a process.

It is being said in the industrial accident context. I’ll let the Ranter explain! through his blog.

In general, effective safety measures are usually something you do, and scattering costly “devices” around an unchanged process is a classic failure mode. Not least because they might instil a false sense of safety and lead people to take risks… Continue reading

The risk/return tradeoff could easily be called the “ability-to-sleep-at-night test.” While some people can handle the equivalent of financial 813530skydiving without batting an eye, others are terrified to climb the financial ladder without a secure harness. Deciding what amount of risk you can take while remaining comfortable with your investments is very important.

In the investing world, the dictionary definition of risk is the chance that an investment’s actual return will be different from expected. Technically, this is measured in statistics by standard deviation. Risk means you have the possibility of losing some or even all of our original investment.   Continue reading

The Risk/Return Tradeoff

The risk/return tradeoff could easily be called the “ability-to-sleep-at-night test.” While some people can handle the imagesequivalent of financial skydiving without batting an eye, others are terrified to climb the financial ladder without a secure harness. Deciding what amount of risk you can take while remaining comfortable with your investments is very important.

In the investing world, the dictionary definition of risk is the chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected. Technically, this is measured in statistics by standard deviation. Risk means you have the possibility of losing some or even all of our original investment. 
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