Gauging Your Risk Tolerance

Posted by Busey Bank on Aug 11, 2021 10:24:17 AM
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Risk tolerance is an investment term that refers to your ability to endure market volatility. 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. Your tolerance for risk affects your choice of investments and the overall makeup of your portfolio.


If you are attempting to gauge your own tolerance for risk, consider the following factors:


Are you able to sleep at night knowing that you've put a portion of your hard-earned dollars at risk in a particular investment? Remember, it might be easy to tolerate a high-risk investment while 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. It's best to invest at a level of volatility that you are comfortable with.

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? Your capacity for risk depends on your financial position (i.e., your assets, income and expenses). In general, the more resources or assets you have to fall back on, the higher your risk tolerance.


Risk tolerance tests are widely available. Most require that you answer a series of questions, and generate a score based on your answers. The score translates into a measure of your risk tolerance and may be matched with the types of investments that the author deems appropriate for someone with your risk profile.

Although these tests may be helpful as a reference, your financial plan should be tailored to your unique circumstances. The professionals at Busey Investment Services are committed to helping you build the financial future you envision, working with you to make important financial decisions based on your situation and goals. As Raymond James Financial Advisors, the financial professionals at Busey Investment Services provide financial planning, investment counseling and security brokerage services—all custom-tailored for each individual, family and business we serve.

Contact the experts today at 1.800.67 l Busey to develop a strategy.

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