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What Risks Lurk in Each Asset Class?

A field guide to the key risks for investors in stocks, bonds, and yes, cash.

Note: This article is part of Morningstar's November 2014 Risk Management Week special report.

Academics and finance professionals sometimes refer to the "risk-free rate of return" as a benchmark; in this context, the risk-free rate is the yield on cash assets, where you're guaranteed stability of principal even as you pick up a slight (these days very slight) return. 

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