Financial Risk and Its Types

Financial Risk and Its Types
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Eshna

Published on February 24, 2012


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Financial Risk is one of the major concerns of every business across fields and geographies. This is the reason behind Financial Risk Manager FRM Exam gaining huge recognition among financial experts across the globe. FRM is the top most credential offered to risk management professionals worldwide. Financial Risk again is the base concept of FRM Level 1 exam. Before understanding the techniques to control risk and perform risk management, it is very important to realize what risk is and what the types of risks are. Let's discuss different types of risk in this post.

Risk and Types of Risks:

Risk can be referred as the chances of having an unexpected or negative outcome. Any action or activity that leads to loss of any type can be termed as risk. There are different types of risks that a firm might face and needs to overcome. Widely, risks can be classified into three types: Business Risk, Non-Business Risk and Financial Risk.

  1. Business Risk: These types of risks are taken by business enterprises themselves in order to maximize shareholder value and profits. As for example: Companies undertake high cost risks in marketing to launch new product in order to gain higher sales.
  2. Non- Business Risk: These types of risks are not under the control of firms. Risks that arise out of political and economic imbalances can be termed as non-business risk.
  3. Financial Risk: Financial Risk as the term suggests is the risk that involves financial loss to firms. Financial risk generally arises due to instability and losses in the financial market caused by movements in stock prices, currencies, interest rates and more.

Types of Financial Risks:

Financial risk is one of the high-priority risk types for every business. Financial risk is caused due to market movements and market movements can include host of factors. Based on this, financial risk can be classified into various types such as Market Risk, Credit Risk, Liquidity Risk, Operational Risk and Legal Risk.

Financial Risk
 

Market Risk:

This type of risk arises due to movement in prices of financial instrument. Market risk can be classified as Directional Risk and Non - Directional Risk. Directional risk is caused due to movement in stock price, interest rates and more. Non- Directional risk on the other hand can be volatility risks.

Credit Risk:

This type of risk arises when one fails to fulfill their obligations towards their counter parties. Credit risk can be classified into Sovereign Risk and Settlement Risk. Sovereign risk usually arises due to difficult foreign exchange policies. Settlement risk on the other hand arises when one party makes the payment while the other party fails to fulfill the obligations.

Liquidity Risk:

This type of risk arises out of inability to execute transactions. Liquidity risk can be classified into Asset Liquidity Risk and Funding Liquidity Risk. Asset Liquidity risk arises either due to insufficient buyers or insufficient sellers against sell orders and buy orders respectively.

Operational Risk:

This type of risk arises out of operational failures such as mismanagement or technical failures. Operational risk can be classified into Fraud Risk and Model Risk. Fraud risk arises due to lack of controls and Model risk arises due to incorrect model application.

Legal Risk:

This type of financial risk arises out of legal constraints such as lawsuits. Whenever a company needs to face financial loses out of legal proceedings, it is legal risk.
To know more about risks and in depth knowledge on the types of financial risks, you can explore our online training courses on Financial Risk Manager. Simplilearn offers both online and classroom training on Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Part 1 Exam.
 

About the Author

Eshna is a writer at Simplilearn. She has done Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is a Gold Medalist in the same. A voracious reader, she has penned several articles in leading national newspapers like TOI, HT and The Telegraph. She loves traveling and photography.


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