Jump to content

  • Home
  • Shop
  • News & Commentary
    • O'Reilly Radar
    • Strata
    • Tools of Change for Publishing
  • Answers
  • Safari Books Online
  • Conferences
  • School of Technology
  • Community
  • Trending Topics:
  • XML
  • store
  • windows
  • windows 8
  • epub
  • makefile
  • ebook
  • missing manual
  • More...
  • Twitter YouTube Slideshare Facebook Google Plus RSS

How to Figure Out Your True Risk Tolerance

spacer 0 spacer
Posted May 28 2010 03:28 PM

Balancing return and risk is essential, because greed and fear can mess up the best financial plans. By matching your portfolio risk to your personal risk tolerance, you can sleep soundly while your investments are hard at work.

Figuring out your true risk tolerance is more complicated than the approaches taken by most online tools. But you can get a sense of your tolerance with any of the following tests:

MSN Money offers a risk tolerance quiz that tells you two things: how comfortable you are taking risks and whether your personal circumstances are such that you can afford to take risks.

The Rutgers University website
offers a risk tolerance quiz that identifies how comfortable you are with risk.
CalcXML.com (www.calcxml.com/do/inv08) determines your tolerance for risk by asking 10 questions about you, your financial situation, and how you would respond to several situations.

Your brokerage may also offer a tool for determining risk tolerance. For example, the Charles Schwab website has a risk profile questionnaire that analyzes your risk tolerance and investment timeframe to determine what type of investor you are.


Learn more about this topic from Personal Investing: The Missing Manual.

Take control of your funds with Personal Investing: The Missing Manual. This lively and easy-to-understand guide provides the confidence, tools, and insight you need to evaluate and invest in financial products that target success over the long term. You'll learn how to set goals and research the types of investments -- mutual funds, stocks, bonds, and other financial products -- that can best help you achieve them.


  • investment
  • finance
  • retirement
  • money

0 spacer

0 Replies

  • O'Reilly Answers Home

Sign up today to receive special discounts,
product alerts, and news from O'Reilly.
Privacy Policy >
View Sample Newsletter >
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Slideshare
  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • View All RSS Feeds >

About O'Reilly

  • Academic Solutions
  • Jobs
  • Contacts
  • Corporate Information
  • Press Room
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Service
  • Writing for O'Reilly


  • Authors
  • Community & Featured Users
  • Forums
  • Membership
  • Newsletters
  • O'Reilly Answers
  • RSS Feeds
  • User Groups

More O'Reilly Sites

  • igniteshow.com
  • makerfaire.com
  • makezine.com
  • craftzine.com
  • labs.oreilly.com
  • Partner Sites

  • PayPal Developer Zone
  • O'Reilly Insights on Forbes.com

Shop O'Reilly

  • Customer Service
  • Contact Us
  • Shipping Information
  • Ordering & Payment
  • The O'Reilly Guarantee
gipoco.com is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.