should you take risk and how much
should you take?
people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time
to get interested is when no one else is. You can't buy what is
popular and do well." Warren
are two times in life when you shouldn't
take investment risk—when
you can't afford to take risk and when you can.
you have a short investment horizon
[need to withdraw money soon],
and do not have time to recover from
you have achieved your investment goals—don't
put your retirement lifestyle at
all the risk to you need to take
and are able to take and not
investor needs to determine the
annual rate of return he needs to
take to reach his investment goals
[the amount needed to generate
income for a desired retirement
the investor needs to determine the
level of risk he can live with—before
a "temporary" loss may cause him to sell his
positions in a down market [investors
need to be able to sell when they
want to, not when they have to].
the amount of risk required is
greater than the investor can take,
a compromise is needed [adjust
retirement date, retirement
income and lifestyle, or live with additional
Things that risk averse investors keep in mind:
The future is unpredictable.
You must protect against unpredictable adversity.
In the short run anything can happen. In the very long run, everything will happen.
While loss avoidance is not an investment strategy, it must be a foundational investment principle.
money can be devastating to your
Note: We have found that most
investors are taking more risk than they
need to take, and are able take—causing
selling action that results in a loss—ouch!