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A risk factor is a concept in finance theory such as the CAPM, APT and other theories that use pricing kernels. In these models, the rate of return of an asset (hence the converse its price) is a random variable whose realization in any time period is a linear combination of other random variables plus a disturbance term or white noise. The capital asset pricing model (CAPM) is used in finance to determine a theoretically appropriate price of an asset given that assets non-diversifiable risk. ... Arbitrage pricing theory (APT) holds that the expected return of a financial asset can be modelled as a linear function of various macro-economic factors, where sensitivity to changes in each factor is represented by a factor specific beta coefficient. ... Rates of Return (ROR): can apply to a number of different equations, these are as follows: using the illustration that is to your right, these figures will help define the difference between each catagory. ... A random variable is a term used in mathematics and statistics. ... In mathematics, linear combinations are a concept central to linear algebra and related fields of mathematics. ... For other uses of the term white noise, see white noise (disambiguation). ...

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