Your general risk tolerance is one of the most basic considerations when it comes to investing, and your broker or financial adviser should be paying attention. Investment misconduct lawyers see many unsuitable investment cases that involve a financial professional ignoring a client’s risk tolerance, and it happens more often than you might think. That’s part of the reason it’s so important to understand the relationship between your risk tolerance and your own portfolio.
Your risk tolerance is essentially your ability to withstand declines in your portfolio. When determining your risk tolerance or attitude toward risk, you will want to focus on your own short- and long-term investment goals. What do you hope to accomplish with a particular investment? What happens if you lose your initial investment? What kind of time frame are you looking at? Can you handle some short-term losses for a better return over time? Discuss these kinds of concerns with your broker or financial adviser and always carefully consider your risk tolerance.
Unfortunately, some financial professionals may put their needs above the needs of their clients and, for example, ignore a client’s risk tolerance to generate more commissions or more fees on an unsuitable investment. Your broker or financial adviser has a duty to recommend investments that are suitable for you based on a number of factors, including your current financial circumstances, your investing goals, and your tolerance for investment risk. If he or she fails to take these elements into account and you lose money, then you may have a claim.
If you believe you have lost money because your broker recommended an unsuitable investment, it’s important that you reach out to someone who can help you decide the steps to take next. The investment misconduct lawyers with Meyer Wilson have represented hundreds of investors across the nation in stockbroker mediation, arbitration, and litigation, and we encourage you to speak with us if you need help. Please give us a call today to schedule a completely free, no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced unsuitable-investment lawyer.