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I keep seeing conversations about "when risk shows up" and about "risk showing up at the wrong time". Is that correct, semantically? Is it not CONSEQUNENCES that show up? Or ADVERSE RESULTS that show up?
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If there are no adverse consequences is it really "risk that showed up"?
Risk is the potential for adverse consequences. If the potential is realized, that is "risk that showed up."
I am not a grammarian, so won't try going down the the path of whether or not this is strictly correct word usage. But I think the meaning is clear.
We live a world with knowledge of the future markets has less than one significant figure. And people will still and always demand answers to three significant digits.
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As was stated above risks lead to consequences.
It is risky to smoke.
If you do smoke the consequence frequently is cancer.
So we always speak of risks. We don't know all of the possible consequences or even all the
possible risks we are taking. But, we can observe the consequences after the fact.
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