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Is Risk the same as Volatility?

to an unleveraged speculator or investor with a long term horizon, imho the answer is "no". in fact, volatility is beneficial in the sense that it creates opportunities that wouldn't exist otherwise.

however, if you are buying treasuries on 10% down 90% margin, with a maintenance level of 7.5%, then you should certainly be concerned about the risk that underlying short term price volatility poses to your net equity.

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