An Easy Way to Assess Your Risk Profile

Some of the most popular questions asked by our investors especially during the current crisis are –

“Should I continue my SIP in Equity funds?”

“Should I invest in Debt funds rather than a Bank FD?”

“Can Gold save me from the current crisis?”

“Are Hybrid Funds good for long term investments?”

These questions are valid.

We have always answered them in one way or another.

But what really determines your portfolio “well-being?”

Your Risk bearing capacity. Your Risk Appetite….

In times of economic uncertainty, it’s important to re-strategize your investment portfolio.

Since almost everything around us has changed.

It makes total sense to re-evaluate your risk appetite. Not just to ensure there is no further damage to your investment portfolio, but also to make the most of the hidden opportunities amidst turmoil.

A risk profile is important for determining a proper asset allocation for your investment portfolio.

In this article we aim to help you understand your attitude towards risk, and how your tolerance to risk translates into your portfolio construction.

You see, every asset class has a risk-return trait suitable for a certain level of personal risk appetite, investment objectives, financial goals, and the time horizon to achieve them.

Let us look at 9 factors that determine Asset Allocation by Risk Profile –

Have your heard of the 100 rule?

It’s by far the easiest and most interesting way to determine risk by your age.

It simply states that you should take the number 100 and subtract your age. The result should be the percentage of your portfolio that you dedicate to equity mutual funds.

If you’re 25, this rule suggests you should invest 75% of your money in equity mutual funds. And if you’re 75, you should invest 25% in equity mutual funds.

In other words, the basic principle behind age-based asset allocation is that your exposure to portfolio risk needs to reduce with age.

Given the expenses, the higher the income, the higher could be your risk appetite.

Of course things might have changed now a little bit, that’s why, dear investor, re-evaluating risk becomes more important.

Are you a young investor starting your wealth creation journey?

Or Are you a seasoned investor with high-value assets and well-diversified.

This will determine a lot on your risk bearing capacity.

As said above, let’s assume you are a seasoned investor or a high income individual.

Your risk appetite could be low if your current liabilities are high.

Also if your income is low but with no current liabilities you are free to take more risk.

This could be your game changer!

If you know well enough about the financial markets, you can aim for prudent asset allocation.

For instance, this can help you understand that equities are very risky if you are investing for a short tenure; but the same equities could offer a very attractive risk adjusted return when you are holding for a long period of time.

Thus increasing your chance to make the most out of your portfolio. Eventually earning higher risk adjusted returns.

No matter if you fall under the high income bracket or not. Monthly investible surplus depends upon your financial responsibilities.

So, once all your monthly expenses are taken care of. You have paid your monthly EMIs, bills, SIPs etc.

Is there any surplus amount left for you to further invest?

If your proportion of investible surplus is high, your risk-taking ability could also be high.

This is very common.

We have several times discussed this when it comes to long term investment in equity mutual funds.

The longer time horizon for investment, the greater risk-taking capacity.

If you need your money in short period of time, you are not recommended to take undue risk with your money.

If your investment objective is capital appreciation over a long period of time, usually the propensity to take on risk is usually higher.

You are one of those investors who seek a significant level of returns.

These investors could take on higher risk over a long period. More aggressive strategies that may offer higher potential risk adjusted long term returns.

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary – Jim Rohn”

Last but not the least, if you are one of those who believe taking risk to achieve the extraordinary is the way to go, you have a high risk appetite.

Higher the degree of loss you can bear, higher is the risk endurance.

The Bottom Line

Yes, all investors are not the same.

Some prefer less risk. While some might prefer higher risk than even the higher net worth individuals.

It is important for you to understand the idea of risk and how it applies to YOUR investment portfolio.

Thus helping you make an informed investment decision.

Let us make it easy for you. Try your personal asset allocator.


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