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5 Steps to Determining Your Risk Tolerance

At J2 Capital Management, assessing a clients risk tolerance is viewed as part of the financial planning process. This offers us insight into the clients needs and tolerance levels for swings in the market. 

J2 Capital Management offers clients and prospective clients an unique risk tolerance tool to assess three risk scores:

  • Your Risk Preference - scored by answering 10  short questions.
  • Your Risk Capacity - How much risk can you take given your goals and circumstances.
  • Your Portfolio's Risk - We look at your current portfolio.

Risk Preference and Risk Capacity Portfolio

Once we understand your retirement plan and your risk tolerance we can then work on your optimal investment allocation and mix.  J2 Capital Management offers unique investment strategies all created and managed in-house by our portfolio manager John Benedict.  Most advisors do not have time to research and track the equity markets. We pride ourselves in not outsourcing our investment strategies.  

Let's look at two of our offerings.

J2 Low-Volatility ETF StrategiesJ2 Low-Volatility ETF strategies offers lower volatility and less risk and might be suitable for someone who is closer to retirement, or risk adverse. We even have different risk tiers of this strategy broken down into Aggressive, Growth, and Moderate.

 J2 Dynamic Mid-Cap GrowthJ2 Dynamic Mid-Cap Growth strategy, which is focused on individual growth stocks who are disruptive innovators with the ability to grow their earnings at a fast pace. This strategy is more for someone who has a longer time horizon until retirement and has a bit more tolerance for risk. 

Wherever you stand in terms of risk level, J2 offers multiple different strategies with different levels of risk and exposure to meet your personalized needs. Below is 5 questions that can help get you started thinking about how you view risk and your goals for the future.

There’s a degree of risk in any financial investment. There are no sure winners and no sure losers, either. How comfortable you are with the latter statement may give you a clue as to your risk tolerance. You can think of risk tolerance not only as how much you are willing to lose on your investments but rather how much uncertainty you can live with from day to day.

Are you the type to sit and watching to stock ticker pass by all day? If so, does it fill you with dread or excitement? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself. The answers will, in turn, help you pick out an investment portfolio that’s right for you.

1. A Personality Test

The individual identity component of risk tolerance assessment shouldn’t be ignored. Some of your risk tolerance can be measured, meaning that the amount of risk you can tolerate is based on factors like your age or your income. However, you may simply dislike making risky investments. That’s okay. You should be comfortable with spending (or not) your money the way you like.

2. What are Your Financial Goals?

Do you save money to accumulate wealth or are you looking for ways to retire early? If your only goal is to have a nice pile of money to retire on when you’re 70, slow and steady is your investment pace. You’re looking to have a steady accumulation over time that will be just enough for a happy retirement. If you want to go out while you’re relatively young, you’re looking for investments that are a high risk/reward ratio. You don’t mind some volatility if it can get you to the finish line faster.

These retirement-focused goals aren’t the only goals that can impact your investment strategy. You may be saving for a house or considering buying a business.

3. How Much Time Do You Need?

If you’re relatively young, you have plenty of time to ride out the peaks and valleys of the economy. You can tolerate a little more risk by design. If you have a goal you need to meet quickly (buying a home) or you are nearing retirement age, you may want to think more conservatively so that you don’t lose too much money.

4. Your Wealth and Income

If you have $5 million to invest, you can take more chances than you should if you have $50,000. That’s fairly straightforward. You may also consider additional factors, such as the amount of debt you’re carrying, or whether your personal ecosystem (job, family, assets, etc.) is strong and stable.

5. Get Good Advice

Working with a fiduciary like J2 Capital which is legally required to act in your best interest. Most advisors don't carry this fiduciary responsibility and aren't held to the ethical and legal standards. Once establishing a relationship we can reveal clues about your risk tolerance and map out a strategy. You can prepare yourself for the discussion by looking at one of the many online questionnaires that can help you look at yourself. You can ask some of the more obvious questions yourself, such as, what would you do if presented with $25,000 to invest, or whether you like to participate in extreme sports.

Even after you’ve asked yourself the tough questions, you may still want to talk about risk tolerance and assessment with an experienced fiduciary like J2 Capital Management. You may find that you are not as risk averse or risk tolerance as you thought. You can learn about yourself and make better decisions regarding your future.

Do you have additional questions about your risk tolerance? We've love to help! 

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