Principle of diversification

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Principle of diversification

That portfolios of different sorts of assets differently correlated with one another will have negligible unsystematic risk. In other words, unsystematic risks disappear in diversified portfolios, and only systematic risks persist, those related to particular assets.

Principle of Diversification

A principle of investing stating that a portfolio containing many different assets and kinds of assets carries lower risk than a portfolio with only a few. The principle of diversification states that unsystemic risk may be alleviated through diversification, but systemic risk is more difficult to reduce. That is, the risk associated with a single investment or type of investment may be offset by the risk of another investment or type of investment. See also: Diversification.
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