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What is Your Risk Appetite?

Guest Blog from Quicken.com.

Only one thing always happens in the financial markets: Values fluctuate. Before investing in any market, at any price, in any climate, prudent investors think about how much fluctuation they can handle. In other words, how much can your portfolio go down before you start to lose sleep?

We all have our trigger points. After the stock market began skidding in October 2007, frayed nerves sent investors scrambling for havens they hoped were less risky. Then the market reversed course. Strong gains in much of 2009 left risk-averse investors on the sidelines, watching stock prices climb and wondering when, if ever, they’d have the stomach to invest in stocks again.

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