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What is Risk Acceptance?

 , updated on March 19, 2021
Risk acceptance is the assumption of a risk, typically because its risk-reward profile is attractive and within your risk tolerance. In general, it is impossible to make gains in business or life without taking risks. As such, risk acceptance is a common risk treatment. The following are a few examples:

1. Investing

Most investments involve some level of risk.

2. Insurance

The entire insurance industry is based on assuming risk for a fee.

3. Derivatives

Derivatives are contracts that derive their value from an underlying entity such as exchange rates. They are often used to transfer risk between businesses for a fee.

4. Projects

Projects are an investment that a business makes to achieve its goals such as launching new products or services. Projects involve risks such as the potential for cost overruns.

5. Business Equity

Any equity you own in a business is typically at risk. Such risks are accepted in return for potential profits from the business.
Overview: Risk Acceptance
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Definition
Choosing to assume a risk, typically because its associated risk-reward profile is attractive and within your risk tolerance.
Risk Treatments

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