Bill Ramsay, CFP®, recently shared his thoughts in the November 2009 Investment Advisor magazine.
In the cover story Reassessing Risk by Olivia Mellan, Bill discusses his views on risk tolerance:
“My experience is that many people’s tolerance is directly correlated with recent market performance, so we shy away from questionnaires. I’m also wary of the way people can misjudge odds due to things like familiarity bias or the structure of questions.”
“We then discuss with clients how that [performed] under different market conditions, and look for their wince point to gauge whether their tolerance is lower than their capacity. If their tolerance is lower, we’ll lower the max equity exposure.”