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DEFINITION of 'Unlimited Risk'

The risk of an investment that has unlimited downside potential.

BREAKING DOWN 'Unlimited Risk'

Examples of investments with inherent unlimited risk include short positions and futures contract trading. In short selling or trading futures contracts, the potential to lose more than your initial investment is theoretically infinite.

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