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Downside risk

Risk includes the chance that a security increases or decreases in value unexpectedly. However, most people are concerned with the chance of an unexpected decline - which is known as downside risk.
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In technical analysis and fundamental analysis, an estimate of the potential percentage or dollar amount by which a security may fall in the near-term. There are various methodologies used to determine an upside. For example, an analyst may look at recent trends on a bank stock and believe that it has the potential to fall in value by 15% in the next few weeks. This might be an indication for investors to sell the stock. Downside is also known as downside risk. See also: Upside Potential.
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downside risk

The potential losses that may occur if a particular investment position is taken. For example, the downside risk from holding Treasury bills is quite small. Compare upside potential.
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downside risk

the risk of experiencing losses associated with an investment project and the magnitude of these losses. Managers' attitudes towards UNCERTAINTY will influence their assessment of the desirability of a project which has substantial downside risk.
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