What is risk versus return?
What is risk?
Put simply, risk refers to the chance of an investment’s returns differing from the expected outcome.
All investments carry risk. Generally, investments that are expected to yield large returns, are higher in risk. And investments forecasted to achieve lower returns, usually have a lower risk. This principle is commonly referred to as risk-return trade-off.
Before you decide to invest, understanding your risk profile is important. This means getting to know what level of risk you’re comfortable with. In doing so, this will help inform you what type of investment is suitable.
While some investors are content to take on more risk for potentially higher returns, other investors are uneasy with risk. Market conditions and periods of economic downturns can also influence an individual’s risk profile.
It's crucial to understand your risk appetite. In doing so, you can avoid exposing yourself to too much risk, or underestimating what you can realistically tolerate. It’s also important to remember that no two investors are the same.
Time is central to your investment strategy. When you’re thinking about making an investment, consider the suggested investment timeframe. Usually, the higher the risk, the longer the recommended investment timeframe will be.
Longer term investments are often considered to be more resilient if there is market downturn. Investors have time for the market to respond and for their investments to recover. On the other hand, if your investment is shorter term you may choose to avoid the volatility of the share market.
Distributing your money across different asset classes may help deliver more consistent returns. This is known as diversification.
Diversifying your investments can help to lower your portfolio’s risk. Because various asset classes perform well at different times, having diverse investments can help shelter you from lower-than-expected returns.
This way, if one of your investments performs poorly, you’re unlikely to lose all your money because you have balanced the overall risk of your portfolio.
Knowledge and expertise
In time, your understanding of investments and financial markets will grow. And as you gain experience and learn more, keep in mind that your risk profile might change too. In time, you may feel as though your investments no longer match your goals or risk appetite.
If you choose to outsource more investment knowledge and expertise, a managed fund could suit your needs. Pooling your money with other investors and allowing a professional to manage your investment could help you to reach your goals. You can also talk to a financial adviser.
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Asset classes explained
Asset classes refer to the different categories that investments with similar features can be grouped into. Becoming familiar with asset classes can help you to further understand what to expect from the various investment options available to you.
Why invest in a managed fund
A managed fund is a professionally managed investment portfolio that pools your money together with the money of multiple investors. An Investment Manager then buys and sells shares or other assets (property, cash, bonds etc) on your behalf.
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