Investment risk is defined as the probability or likelihood of occurrence of losses relative to the expected return on any particular investment

Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will allow those with some background knowledge of the area to explore investment risk. You will examine how and why investors are risk-averse and look at the risk factors involved in making a decision to invest.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the concept of risk in an investment context
  • comment critically on the impact of the principal risk factors in a given investment context.

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction To Investment Risk
Getting started FREE 00:05:00
Learning outcomes FREE 00:05:00
Section 2: Risk Aversion
A note about terminology FREE 00:07:00
Are investors risk-averse? FREE 00:07:00
Section 3: Quantifying risk
Looking at each of the possible alternative outcomes FREE 00:10:00
Calculating returns FREE 00:10:00
Section 4: Risk factors
Background FREE 00:10:00
Maturity FREE 00:10:00
Liquidity FREE 00:10:00
Variability of income FREE 00:05:00
Default or credit risk FREE 00:07:00
Event risk FREE 00:07:00
Interest rate risk FREE 00:07:00
Section 5: Discounted cash flow and the net present value rule
Introduction FREE 00:05:00
Discounted cash flow FREE 00:07:00
Net present value FREE 00:10:00
Conclusion FREE 00:05:00
Quiz 00:20:00

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