Financial Risk Management


The term “risk” describes the probability of an undesirable event happening as a result of a present decision or of some future event. In life, we face multitudes of these risks. There are risks that we would readily take while there are also those that we would try to avoid. There are risks that we consider worth taking and those that we would not consider because they are surely headed for a loss.

The worlds of business and finance are not much different from our lives when it comes to risk-taking. In any business venture, owners or shareholders are bound to face risks. Like the risks we face in everyday life, some of these business risks can be easily handled and some cannot, and the process of deciding which is which belongs to the practice of risk management.

Risk management refers to the entire process of identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and treating risks. But since businesses are faced with many different types of risks, risk management specializations have also been created to deal with them. One specialization of risk management is enterprise risk management, which deals with non-financial risks.

And then there’s financial risk   management , which is very similar to general risk  management  with a specialization in a business’s  finances . Like general risk management, financial risk management also follows the processes of risk identification, analysis, evaluation, and treatment. Financial risk  management , however, is more focused on  finances  and makes use of financial instruments to manage a business’s exposure to risks.

Instead of leaving businessmen with a variety of choices for risk treatment, financial risk marketing is focused primarily on hedging, which is the use of two counter-balancing investment strategies to offset the negative effects of price fluctuations. Aside from these differences, everything else is essentially the same.

Risks are inherent in any business venture, and when it comes to financial risks, businessmen don’t have much choice but to face them. It is for this reason that knowledge about financial risk management is very important in the business world. The practice won’t help businessmen avoid risks, but it gives them a chance to counterbalance the negative effects of risks whenever they have to take one.

Source by Jason Gluckman

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