value at risk (VAR)

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Largest loss likely to be suffered on a portfolio position over a holding period (usually 1 to 10 days) with a given probability (confidence level). VAR is a measure of market risk, and is equal to one standard deviation of the distribution of possible returns on a portfolio of positions.

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By utilizing a holding company with no actual assets, your value at risk will be negligible; your stress as your portfolio plummets, however, won't be.
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You need to understand how to break down the value at risk to see if it really is worth taking a chance on.
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The value at risk was quite large but we had decided to leverage our firm for the unlimited upside potential.
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