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The uncertainty associated with any investment. That is, risk is the possibility that the actual return on an investment will be different from its expected return. A vitally important concept in finance is the idea that an investment that carries a higher risk has the potential of a higher return. For example, a zero-risk investment, such as a U.S. Treasury security, has a low rate of return, while a stock in a start-up has the potential to make an investor very wealthy, but also the potential to lose one's entire investment. Certain types of risk are easier to quantify than others. To the extent that risk is quantifiable, it is generally calculated as the standard deviation on an investment's average return.




(1) In finance,the amount that one may lose in an investment;the potential loss,which could be the capital invested plus any personal liability on loans in excess of the value of the property securing the loans. (2) In the market, the process of making a property known to the marketplace as available for sale or lease.(3) Physically, the direction of an improvement;for example,“The southern exposure of the house had all the best views.”

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These novel findings suggest that chronic exposure to extreme temperature throughout pregnancy maybe more important than previously thought, but the existence of a critical window of chronic exposure is not clear, and we encourage further investigation of this topic.
Bioenergetics and Performance Adaptations to Chronic Exposure to Altitude
Holmes et al (14) describe the genetic and epigenetic, mechanisms associated with Cr-induced carcinogenesis while Mazumder (15) presents an overview on carcinogeneic and non-carcinogenic effects upon chronic exposure to As.
The carcinogenic effect of chronic exposure to very hot liquids on the throat is lower for those whose diets are rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains; but the risk is even higher for heavy drinkers and smokers.
Chronic exposure to noise has been shown to be harmful to children of various ages.
For most, it is simply part of t process aggravated by an acute episode of injury or chronic exposure to any of a encountered at work or play.
Early brain development can also be impacted by what's known as toxic stress, or chronic exposure to severe stress over a long period of time.
Chronic exposure to stress hormones stimulates the growth of fat cells, Mary Teruel of Stanford University reported December 16.
Objective: Drug addiction is a maladaptive form of experience-dependent plasticity that develops following chronic exposure to drugs of abuse.
Leader Professor Elvira de Mejia said: "If you eat a lot of vegetables throughout your life, you'll have chronic exposure to bioactive flavonoids, which help reduce the risk of cancer.

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