How Can I Gauge My Risk Tolerance?

How Can I Gauge My Risk Tolerance?

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All investments come with some level of risk, and if you’re planning to invest your money, it’s important to be aware of how much volatility you can endure. Consider the following factors:

Personality: Are you comfortable putting a portion of your hard-earned dollars at risk in a particular investment? It might be easy to tolerate a high-risk investment when it is generating double-digit returns, but consider whether you’ll feel the same way if the market takes a downward turn with your investment leading the way.

Time horizon: The sooner you may need to use your investment dollars, the lower your risk tolerance. For example, for money you plan to use to make a down payment on a house in 2 years, your risk tolerance is lower than if you’re investing for retirement in 20 years. If you can keep your money invested for a long period of time, you may be able to ride out any downturns in the market (though time alone is no guarantee of higher returns).

Capacity for risk: How  much can you afford to lose? In general, the more resources or assets to fall back on, the higher your risk tolerance.


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Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Copyright 2019.

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