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Risk tolerance is an investor’s emotional and psychological ability to endure investment losses during large market declines without selling or undue worry, such as losing sleep. To know whether a portfolio is right for your risk tolerance, you need to be brutally honest with yourself as you try to answer the question, "Will I sell during the next bear market?"
Knowing your emotional tolerance for investment risk means knowing yourself and your unique goals and needs - and it is not easy. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1890 - Baring's Bank in London was declared insolvent due to its large holdings of defaulted Argentinian debt. Simultaneously an announcement was made that a consortium of international banks would guarantee Baring's debt. While a banking crisis was averted, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay experienced severe recessions. Source: Kris James Mitchener & Marc D. Weidenmier: The Baring Crisis and the Great Latin American Meltdown of the 1890s, NBER, 2007.
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