Risk scores
To ensure that you invest only in portfolios that are suitable for your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial capacity.
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Client risk scores

Interactive Advisors assigns all Interactive Advisors clients a personal client risk score on a scale of one to five based on your responses to a risk questionnaire. Through this risk questionnaire, Interactive Advisors aims to reliably assess the following three key areas:

  • Investment objectives measure your goals in order to determine the extent of investment risk needed to achieve them.
  • Risk tolerance measures your willingness to take investment risk and your ability to withstand swings in the value of your investments.
  • Financial capacity measures your ability to take investment risk based on your financial situation.
Cautious
Growth
Growth plus
Aggressive
Speculative

Cautious

Cautious capital growth with a lower risk than broad equity markets. Investing mostly in ETFs, funds and large-cap equities and prepared to accept some level of fluctuation in portfolio value.

Growth

Capital growth with a similar risk profile to broad equity markets. Investing in equities and prepared to accept fluctuation in portfolio value.

Growth plus

Capital growth plus with a more complex portfolio or higher risk profile than broad equity markets. Investing in equities and concentrated portfolios and prepared to accept fluctuation in portfolio value.

Aggressive

Aggressive capital growth with significantly higher risk than broad equity market. Investing in equities and concentrated portfolios and prepared to take substantial risk to achieve investment goals.

Speculative

Speculative capital growth with significantly higher risk than broad equity markets. Investing in equities and concentrated portfolios and prepared to take exceptional risk including taking speculative and concentrated positions in high risk securities.

Portfolio risk scores

Initially before the launch of a portfolio on the platform and then at the beginning of every quarter thereafter, Interactive Advisors assigns each portfolio a risk score by combining:

Risk strategy

Strategy review

The Investment Management team reviews for classification and adherence to previously stated objectives the portfolio managers’ description of the strategy and their answers to a questionnaire.
Risk metrics

Risk metrics

The Investment Management team analyzes quantitative measures, based on the accounts historical holding and performance. Holding characteristics, such as concentration in individual securities and sectors, leverage and margin requirements and return and risk characteristics, such as volatility, VaR, drawdowns are used.
Risk creation

Portfolio rules

Interactive Advisors has established and enforces a set of trading rules that determine which trades are allowed to be replicated in client accounts’ based on their appropriateness for the risk level of the portfolio. For instance, certain types of trades (like short positions or leverage) are only appropriate for certain risk scores.

Client risk score >= Portfolio risk score

Your client risk score assists Interactive Advisors in determining which portfolios you may invest in. You may only invest in portfolios that have a risk score less than or equal to your own client risk score.