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Risk is Opportunity (SOA)

October 3, 2013

Essay. An investment is just and only the purchase of risk and the risk is that we might not get our money back or, which is the same thing, a non-negative real rate of return.

Risk is Opportunity Courtesy: Society of Actuaries

Courtesy: Society of Actuaries

The Society of Actuaries also takes that point of view, although they phrase it more simply and deferentially as “risk is opportunity” and, therefore, that an investment is the purchase of risk which is the purchase of opportunity. Indeed, that is what we would hope for.

Foundations of Economic Analysis, 1948

Foundations of Economic Analysis, 1948, by Paul A. Samuelson

However, somewhere between grade-school and Wharton, “risk” was re-defined in the common weal by the economists as “volatility” and that point of view has no traction at all and has intimidated a generation of would-be “investors” with the result that most of our money (in pension funds and savings) is managed on the wire by salespersons and meaningless policies of diversification against a market benchmark, such as an Index, in the retail secondary market, which is just that – retail and secondary, like a grocery store where anybody can shop.

But without guarantees, warranties, or proof of suitability for the investor. Those we need to provide for ourselves.

Twitter Incorporated

Courtesy: Twitter Incorporated

On the other hand, the investors are now queuing up to buy the Twitter IPO, which they believe is coming, and it is said that there is about $1 billion riding on 20% of the ownership equity, for which the investors are expecting an “exponential return” before it hits the grocery store (Reuters, October 3, 2013, Insight: Little-known Hollywood investor poised to score with Twitter IPO).

But, we’re not going to be there because the party is by invitation only and we can wait for the outcome (N)@RiskWerk sometime down the road.

For more on what risk averse investing has done for us this year, please see our recent Posts on The S&P TSX “Hangdog” Market or The Wall Street Put or specialty markets such as The Dow Transports & Utilities or for the real class actionLa Dolce Vita – Let’s Do Prada! and It’s For You, Dear on the smartphone business.


We are The RiskWerk Company and care not a jot for mutual funds, hedge funds, “alternative investments”, the “risk/reward equation” and every other unprovable artifact of investment lore. We have just one product

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