What type of investor are you?

The first step in determining what type of investor you are is to gauge your risk tolerance. Then, you can focus on your approach to investing.

Risk tolerance

Which of these descriptions best represents your comfort level with risk?

If you think …

  • Big fluctuations in the market are bad, no matter how long your investment time horizon.
  • Bonds and short-term investments may be better for you than stocks because they're typically less volatile.

Then your risk tolerance is probably …

One or two on a scale of one to five


If you think …

  • Some (but not too many) market fluctuations are tolerable.
  • A mix of stocks and bonds could be the way to go, because you plan on being invested for at least five years.

Then your risk tolerance is probably …

Three on a scale of one to five


If you think …

  • Market fluctuations aren't a big deal.
  • The potential for higher returns outweighs the risk of losing money.
  • A portfolio that holds more stocks than bonds is okay.

Then your risk tolerance is probably …

Four or five on a scale of one to five


Investment strategy

To help determine the investment approach you should take, decide which of these quotes sounds most like you.

"Managing my investments is too complicated. I'd like some help."

Age-based options could be the right approach for you.

You pick one of the three age-based options depending on your risk comfort level. Then, as your child approaches college age, we'll automatically shift your savings to more conservative portfolios. Of course, it's good to periodically review your investments in case your risk tolerance or personal situation changes.

"I like to choose my investments and control how they're managed."

Individual portfolios could be the right approach for you.

This is a do-it-yourself strategy. You can make up to 5 selections from our lineup of 16 individual portfolios. You then manage that mix based on the strategy you put together.

If you need guidance, we have tools to help.