Personal finance is intertwined with emotions, which have to be addressed before investing. It is important to understand your risk appetite - how much risk you are willing to take, how prepared you are to lose part or all of your capital, and whether you have the ability to make good any losses incurred.
Your risk appetite is a measure of the amount of risk you are willing to take for potential returns. Some people have a high-risk appetite, and are willing to accept the possibility of losing a significant part, or all of what they have invested. There are also people who are unwilling to risk even a single dollar on an investment – it’s more crucial to them to protect their wealth, than to grow it.
It is important to select investments that match your risk appetite, for a few reasons:
- You need to invest in a way that allows you to sleep soundly at night, as the risk is within your acceptable range.
- Besides your psychological comfort, an investment must also match your capacity to accept any losses. The amount of risk you can manage depends on various factors, such as your investment horizon (i.e. how long you will remain invested).
- Another factor that may influence your risk appetite includes your investment time frame. If you are looking to invest for a longer period time, you have time on your side to recoup any loss. If you are an investor with a shorter investment time frame, as you might be nearing retirement, investing in high-risk products are not for you.
Step #1: Understand your risk appetite
DBS Financial Needs Analysis helps you to understand your investment needs while aligning with changing market environment and regulatory requirements. With the results, you can identify your risk class.
DBS Risk Classes
Step #2: Look at the investment product risk class
Investment product risk class measures a product’s risk from a scale of P1 to P5, with P1 being the lowest, and P5 being the highest. Match your risk class to investment products that are a right fit to you, and decide which ones best complement your portfolio.
Your risk class
Corresponding investment product risk class for consideration
P2 or below
P3 or below
P4 or below
P5 or below (P5 as the highest risk class)
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