Investor Risk Profiling

Investor Risk Profiling
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Our risk profiling method is a process for finding the optimal level of investment risk for your client by balancing their risk required, risk capacity and their individual risk tolerance.

Risk Requiredis the risk associated with the return required to achieve the client’s goals from the financial resources available. Based on the client’s goal to say haveXamount innyears we determine the required rate of return based on his income and assets and classify him in a conservative, moderate or aggressive investor group and give him allocation to risky and risk-averse assets based on that.

Risk Capacityis the level of financial risk the client can afford to take. Following are the key metrics on which we base the risk taking capacity -

  • Measure of Wealth: Also subjective, partly depends on investor’s perception of their wealth relative to needs
  • Time Horizon/Stage of Life: The longer your time horizon (the younger you are) the greater your ability to take risk
  • Family Members/Dependents
  • Qualifications and ability to generate a steady income
  • Ability to withstand portfolio losses: The larger the shortfall an investor can tolerate before jeopardising their goals the greater their ability to take risk.

Risk Toleranceis the level of financial risk the client is emotionally comfortable with. This is more of a behavioural aspect of the client risk preferences and can be determined using a psychometric questionnaire. A sample questionnaire is attached in the appendix.

We evaluate the user risk profile based on following criteria:

Stage in Life

Which of the following describes your current stage in life?

Stage in Life


How familiar are you with investment matters?

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How long have you been investing, not counting your home or bank type deposits?

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Investment Horizon

How long would you invest the majority of your money before you think you would need access to it?

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Once you start using your invested money, how long would you need it to last?

Investment Horizon

Extreme Risk Scenario

In January 2008, the Indian share market fell by more than 17% during a month. If the share market component of your portfolio fell by more than 20% what would you do ?

Extreme Risk Scenario

Short Term Drawdown

If your investment fell by more than 6% over a short period you would?

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Choice of Portfolio

Which scenario is most preferable?

Choice of Portfolio

Investment Preference

Which one of the following statements describes your feelings towards choosing an investment?

Investment Preference


How secure is your current and future income from sources such as salary, pensions & other investments?

Investment Experience


Add up the points you scored for each answer. Based on your score, your risk profile is defined as:

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