What Is My Risk Tolerance for Investing?

When preparing for your retirement, your investment strategy will be determined by your risk tolerance for investing, time horizon, and investment goals. Determining these factors in advance makes it easier to stick to a disciplined investment process and see the gains in wealth over time.

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Balancing Your Risk Tolerance for Investing with Diversification

Investment diversification is an asset allocation strategy for balancing out the level of risk so that you can enjoy long-term gains while cushioning your portfolio against short-term dips in any particular market. This can help you to feel more comfortable about your investment strategy and the level of return you would like to receive. However, a diversified portfolio does not guarantee protection from loss and there is no guarantee that it will outperform a non-diversified portfolio.

Investment Risk Tolerance Quiz

We have prepared a quick investment risk tolerance quiz to help you determine your risk tolerance for investing and the most appropriate approach to investment for you. There are no wrong answers in this quiz and every score leads to a tried-and-tested investment strategy. Circle the score from each category that best applies to you and find your ideal investment model below!

1. Time Horizon for Investing

What is your investment timeline? When do you expect to begin making withdrawals?

ANSWER SCORE
Less than 1 year 0
1 to 2 years 1
3 to 4 years 3
5 to 7 years 7
8 to 10 years 9
11 years or more 11

2. Time Horizon for Withdrawing

Over what time span do you expect to withdraw your invested funds?

ANSWER SCORE
I plan to take a lump-sum distribution 0
1 to 4 years 2
5 to 7 years 4
8 to 10 years 5
11 years or more 6

3. Tolerance for Fluctuations

Your risk tolerance for investing largely depends on your ability to sit out the ups and downs of fluctuating accounts, which can seem problematic in the short term but historically lead to larger long-term average returns than the more conservative investments. Keeping this in mind, what is your primary investment objective?

ANSWER SCORE
Protect the value of my account 0
Keep risk to a minimum 5
Balance risk and return 10
Maximize long‐term investment returns 15

4. Response to Dips in the Market

Imagine that you own a well-diversified portfolio and still have 10 years until you expect to make a withdrawal. Due to unforeseen events, a volatile market environment results in a 20% decline in the immediate value of your portfolio. What do you do?

ANSWER SCORE
I would not change my portfolio 15
I would wait at least a year 10
I would wait at least three months 5
I would make a change immediately 0

5. Comfort Level with Volatile Investments

How comfortable are you with investments that experience frequent large declines but may potentially result in higher returns?

ANSWER SCORE
Agree 15
Disagree 8
Strongly Disagree 0

Investment Strategies Based on Your Risk Tolerance for Investing

These investment strategies range from the highest risk tolerance option at the top to the lowest risk tolerance option at the bottom:

MODELS AVAILABLE: SCORE RANGE:
100% Stock Allocation 55 – 62
80% Stock/20% Fixed Income Allocation 43 – 54
60% Stock/40% Fixed Income Allocation 29 – 42
40% Stock/60% Fixed Income Allocation 7 – 28
20% Stock/80% Fixed Income Allocation 0 – 6

Consult the Advisors at ML&R Wealth Management LLC

At ML&R Wealth Management, we are here to help you maximize your investments for a financially-healthy retirement. Whether you have a high or low risk tolerance for investing, our team can help you find investment strategies to suit your needs.

Please reach out to our advisors if you have any questions about our investment risk tolerance quiz and start growing your wealth today!