Risk is a part of life, and especially when it comes to investments, is a standard part of the process. While risk-free investments were possible and even a little profitable in the past, now, it is no longer possible to grow money with risk-free investments due to inflation. With this in mind, if you are an investor that previously invested in risk-free ventures, it is time to assess your risk tolerance.
Risk is not a guarantee of the performance of an investment; it is a condition of performance. Therefore, the assessment of your risk tolerance is necessary to help control risk-taking, or it could lead to an undesired result. To help you assess your risk tolerance and keep your risks under control, you may want to hire a professional. However, if you decide to invest on your own, here are two recommendations you should follow.
Recommendation 1: Build a risk-tolerant portfolio
When investors have an unlimited source of capital, they may only consider returns and not the risks. However, those investors with a lower risk tolerance have to consider risks that correspond with what they can handle. When an investment has a high yield, it can be tempting for any investor, no matter their tolerance, to put their money into that high-risk investment. If this exceeds your threshold, you have to resist the temptation.
As an investor, what you should do is assess your risk tolerance then look for investments that will stay within the parameters of that assessment. You must show restraint when necessary and go all out to your maximum when you feel it is right. You have to be careful not to look for the highest return, and you have to consider all the risks you’re willing to take. Overextending yourself in an investment can put you in a situation you’ll have a hard time digging out of if it is more loss than you can bear.
With this in mind, when building your portfolio, it must match your risk sensitivity. You also have to be careful not to invest in risky long or short-term investments, and at this point, because of inflation, it’s also not appropriate to invest in any risk-free investments. So, where does that leave your portfolio? You have to be diligent when investing to remain within your risk tolerance.
It should also be noted that you should not mirror anyone else’s investments because their risk tolerance may not be the same as your own. While you can take advice from other investors, your portfolio must build to match your needs, your interests, and your risk sensitivity. Investment portfolios are very individualized and should always be treated as such.
Recommendation 2: Invest or divest gradually
Once you have defined your risk tolerance, the temptation will be to invest all your capital as quickly as possible. This is not a good idea. You should keep your investment money in an accessible account, gaining interest while making investment decisions and small gradual investments. This slowing the process will allow you to test your assessed risk tolerance and adjust before losses become overwhelming.
Through gradual investments, the goal is to build your portfolio while continuing to evaluate what works for you and what does not. Though you will be investing gradually, it is suggested that you do so at regular intervals while observing fluctuations and changing the timeline if necessary.
Through gradual investments, you can also set an average unit price you are willing to pay. You can also adjust to what you invest in and how often. You must realize that this recommendation is to not only protect you from too much loss but to keep you from investing beyond your risk tolerance due to over excitement. When you decide to invest on your own instead of using a professional, you must give yourself time to learn what works and what doesn’t. Giving yourself this time will make you a pro before you know it!About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.