Simple Investing Tolerance Metrics

Your comfort level as an investor depends on many facets, and level of debt. If you’re twenty-five years old, single, childless, and debt-free, you obviously have a far more tolerance for risk than a fifty-five-year-old nearing retirement with two children that are still in college.

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You might be second-guessing if you are trying to pin down your own tolerance risk if might be doing it on your own and soul searching might work or might not. As stated, tolerance depends from person to person. Age groups, life status, financial cache and emotional threshold. 

This test developed by Lincoln Benefit Life, subsidiary of Allstate Life Group, can help lighten things up. Simply choose an answer from the choices given for each question and assess your results at the end. 


1. If someone made me an offer to invest 15 percent of my net worth in a deal he said had an 80-percent chance of being profitable, I'd say:

A. No level of profit would be worth that kind of risk.

B. The level of profit would have to be seven times the amount I invested.

C. The level of profit would have to be three times the amount I invested.

D. The level of profit would have to e at least as much as my original investment.

2. How conformable would I be assuming as $10,000 debt in the hope of achieving a $20,000 gain over the next few months?

A. Totally uncomfortable. I’d never do it.

B. Somewhat uncomfortable. I’d probably never do it.

C. Somewhat uncomfortable. But I might do it.

D. Very comfortable. I’d definitely do it.

3. I am holding a lottery ticket that's gotten me to the finals, where I have 1-in-4 chance of winning the $100,000 jackpot. I'd be willing to sell my ticket before the drawing, but for nothing less than:1

A. $15,000

B. $20.000

C. $35,000

D. $60,000

4. How often do I beT more than $150 on one or more of these activ­ities: professional sports gambling, casino gambling, or loTtery tickets?

A. Never.

B. Only a few times in my life.

C. Just in one of these activities in the past year.

D. In two or more of these activities in the past year.

5. If a stock I bought doubled in the year after I bought it, I'd:

A. Sell a II my shares.

B. Sell half my shares.

C. Not sell any shares.

D. Buy more shares.

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6. I have a high-yielding certificate of deposit that Is about to mature, and interest rates have dropped so much that I feel compelled to invest in something with a higher yield. The most likely place I'd invest thE money Is:

A. U.S. savings bonds.

B. A short-term bond fund.

C. A long-term bond fund

D. A stock fund.

7. Whenever I have to decide where to invest a large amount of money, I:

A. Delay the decision.

B. Get someone else, like my broker, to decide for me.

C. Share the decision with my advisors.

D. Decide on my own.

8. Which of The following describes How I make my investment decisions?

A. Never on my own.

B. Sometimes on my own.

C. Often on my own.

D. Totally on my own.

9. My luck in investing is:

A. Terrible.

B. Average.

C. Better than average.

D. Fantastic.

10. My investments are successful mainly because:

A. Fate is always on my side.

B. I was in the right place at the right time.

C. When opportunities arose, I took advantage of them.

D. I carefully planned them to work out that way.


Give yourself One point for each answer A, Two points for each answer B, Three points for each answer C. And Four points for each answer D. If you scored nineteen points or lower, you’re a conservative investor who feels uncomfortable taking risks. You probably realize that you will have to take some calculated risks to attain your financial goals. Bu this doesn’t mean you will be comfortable doing so.

If you scored twenty to twenty-nine points, you’re a moderate investor who feels comfortable taking moderate risks. You are probably willing to take reasonable risks without a great deal of discomfort.O

If you scored thirty or more points, you’re an aggressive investor who is willing to take high risks in search of high returns. You are not greatly stressed by taking significant risks.

Typical behavior indicates that most investors either don’t understand risk or choose to ignore it. Here’s how we know. When the market is rising, money floods into stocks and mutual funds, even as each upward move in price increases risk and reduces potential returns. In a bear market, many investors engage in near-panic selling, even though each drop in price decreases risk and increases potential returns. For most investors, the two most effective ways to manage risk are to limit your aggressive exposure to a small part of the whole portfolio and to stick with your program once you have embarked on it.

References: “The Everything Investing Book” – 2nd Edition. By: Michele Cagan, CPA, & Brian O’Connell. Pp. 30-34.



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