How do I collect and use information relevant to the risk assessment?

  • Consider attitude to risk of investor - this is specifically what the risk questionnaire is designed to do.
  • Consider capacity for loss - this should be considered in addition to the questionnaire.
  • Use a good quality risk questionnaire that has been validated, such as that provided by EV
  • Ensure each client understands the product and investment
  • Identify the client's investment objectives including the expected term and purpose of the investment
  • Consider using a stochastic forecast to show what the risk means for an individual and their objectives.