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risk factor

n.
A characteristic, condition, or behavior, such as high blood pressure or smoking, that increases the possibility of disease or injury.
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risk factor

n
(Medicine) med a factor, such as a habit or an environmental condition, that predisposes an individual to develop a particular disease
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But James' subtext-that asset class investing, with its coarse classifications and the false promise of diversification, has failed us and risk-factor investing is the new great hope-was motivational because, I, too, have been hearing asset owners and managers and even a few consultants chanting the mantra "asset classes are dead; risk factors are the future," though they seldom chant in unison.
Low risk-factor profile and long-term cardiovascular and noncardiovascular mortality and life expectancy: findings for 5 large cohorts of young adult and middle-aged men and women.
Therefore, the present estimates of lifetime risk, made on the basis of current or projected risk-factor levels, may be important in estimating the future burden of cardiovascular disease in the general population," they noted.