Many financial decisions are made in situations of uncertainty, and so risk is involved. Different people are comfortable with different levels of risk.
Unlike, say, height or weight, there is no unit of measurement for risk tolerance. A person's risk tolerance can only be measured relative to others on a constructed scale, in much the same way as IQ is measured.
By using the FinaMetrica Risk Profiling system, you obtain an accurate assessment of your risk tolerance in terms that are meaningful to you and your advisers. Your Risk Profile report will guide you and your advisers in your financial decision making. In particular, the report provides the basis for your instructions to your advisers on the level of risk you would prefer.
In the questionnaire, you are asked about your attitudes, values and experiences. Your answers are scored against the system's database and used to produce a detailed report. The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Developed and maintained in conjunction with the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, the system exceeds international standards for tests of this kind.
Why are 25 questions needed? A person's answer to a specific question may be influenced by a particular experience they have had, or their mood at the time. Or they may have misinterpreted the question. Or they may simply have made a mistake.
Statistical studies are used to determine the number of questions needed to provide a scientifically acceptable level of accuracy in an assessment. The accuracy of a questionnaire is a function, in part, of the square of the number of questions. Because of the nature of risk tolerance more than just a few questions are needed. Statistical studies of this questionnaire show that its accuracy exceeds internationally accepted standards.
What if the situation described in a question has never happened to me, or will never happen to me? There are a number of questions that ask you to assume or imagine you are in a certain situation. These questions are designed to gain a picture of what you would do in such circumstances, regardless of whether you have ever been in them or are ever likely to be in them. Please answer as best you can on the available information.
What if a question asks about a situation where, in real life, I would have (or would seek) more information than is given in the question? Some questions require you to make a decision based on limited information. While, in real life, you may wish to obtain more information before making your final decision, these questions are designed to gain an idea of what you would do given the limited information. Please answer as best you can on the available information.
What if none of the choices in a multiple-choice question is my preferred answer? Some questions give you a limited choice of responses and may not include what would be your preferred answer. These are designed to obtain a picture of what you would do given the choices available. Please answer as best you can on the available choices.
You answer a question by selecting one of the options. You select an option by clicking on the button in front of it. Please answer all 25 questions. If none of the options is exactly right for you, choose the option that is closest.