How is the Risk Level calculated for Flexible Portfolios?
The Risk Level is a measure of risk, expressed as a percentage, whereby in any given year, there is a 99% probability that you won’t lose more than this percentage in terms of the portfolio’s value.
These are the Risk Level brackets for Flexible Portfolios.
- Very Conservative: Up to 7%
- Conservative: 8-13%
- Moderate: 14-19%
- Balanced: 20-25%
- Aggressive: 26-32%
- Very aggressive: 33% and more
For example, in a worst-case scenario, there's a 99% chance a Balanced portfolio won't lose more than 25% of its value in any given year. Generally, a higher Risk Level percentage denotes a more risky portfolio, and thus should be accompanied with a longer term investment horizon.
We calculate the Risk Level by looking at long-term asset class return and assumptions, and we update these calculations.
Your portfolio's Risk Level could change for one of two reasons: In the case that the quarterly update calculates a new Risk Level, or in the case that our investment team replaces a particular ETF in favour of a similar, more cost-efficient or preferable one in the same asset class.