unsystematic risk

Unsystematic risk

Also called the diversifiable risk or residual risk. The risk that is unique to a company such as a strike, the outcome of unfavorable litigation, or a natural catastrophe that can be eliminated through diversification. Related: Systematic risk.
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Nonsystematic Risk

Risk that is unique to a certain asset or company. An example of nonsystematic risk is the possibility of poor earnings or a strike amongst a company's employees. One may mitigate nonsystematic risk by buying different of securities in the same industry and/or by buying in different industries. For example, a particular oil company has the diversifiable risk that it may drill little or no oil in a given year. An investor may mitigate this risk by investing in several different oil companies as well as in companies having nothing to do with oil. Nonsystematic risk is also called diversifiable risk. See also: Undiversifiable risk.
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unsystematic risk

The risk that is specific to an industry or firm. Examples of unsystematic risk include losses caused by labor problems, nationalization of assets, or weather conditions. This type of risk can be reduced by assembling a portfolio with significant diversification so that a single event affects only a limited number of the assets. Also called diversifiable risk. Compare systematic risk.
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The need to worry about this particular unsystematic risk is reduced, freeing boards and managements to turn their attention to intelligent risks that are connected to both financial performance and strategic goals.
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The CAPM disregards unsystematic risk, because the model assumes that investors hold highly diversified portfolios, which enable investors to eliminate unsystematic risk (see Wagner & Lau, 1971; Klemosky & Martin, 1975).
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Specifically, the study decomposes volatility into systematic and unsystematic risk components and investigates the inherent changes in the underlying stocks' volatility subsequent to the resumption of SSFs.
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In order to risk measurement, they applied five criteria of the difference of the sales proposed price, bankruptcy risk, systematic risk, unsystematic risk and the sum of risk.
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