Systemic Risk

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Systemic Risk

Risk common to a particular sector or country. Often refers to a risk resulting from a particular "system" that is in place, such as the regulator framework for monitoring of financial_institutions.

Systemic Risk

A risk that is carried by an entire class of assets and/or liabilities. Systemic risk may apply to a certain country or industry, or to the entire global economy. It is impossible to reduce systemic risk for the global economy (complete global shutdown is always theoretically possible), but one may mitigate other forms of systemic risk by buying different kinds of securities and/or by buying in different industries. For example, oil companies have the systemic risk that they will drill up all the oil in the world; an investor may mitigate this risk by investing in both oil companies and companies having nothing to do with oil. Systemic risk is also called systematic risk or undiversifiable risk.
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These ceilings reflect a range of undiversifiable risks to which issuers in any jurisdiction are exposed, including economic, legal and political risks.
A good example is a firm that rents out construction equipment; such a firm faces undiversifiable risks that are greater than that of the stock market as a whole.
14) Beyond these ambient concerns, two often cited challenges in export credit insurance are the presence of undiversifiable risks and the challenges that arise in serving very small companies.
The government is well-suited to bear large undiversifiable risks, such as future price-level uncertainty (inflation and deflation risk), so risk-sharing of this sort is likely to be welfare-enhancing as well as potentially profitable for the Treasury.
A derivative can be used to reduce its exposure to undiversifiable risks, allowing the bank to then increase lending and lessen risk through diversification.