Asset Allocation Calculator

This asset allocation calculator contains an automated risk tolerance questionnaire, which can help you determine a possible allocation of stocks, bonds, and cash for your investment portfolio.  The calculator bases its allocation recommendation on your answers to six different measures of risk contained in the quiz.  The calculator's output includes a description of the portfolio, as well as the percentages of stocks, bonds and cash.

  Asset Allocation Calculator    
  Years until retirement  
  I'm comfortable with the stock market    
  If my investment dropped 20%, I would:  
  As an investor, I am:  
  Overall risk comfort level  
  Acceptable annual gain / loss on $1,000  
  Calculator Results:    
  Total Risk Tolerance Score  
  Asset Allocation Result    
  Stocks (% of Portfolio)  
  Bonds (% of Portfolio)  
  Cash / Money Market Funds (% of Portfolio)  

Calculator Definitions

The variables used in our online calculator are defined in detail below, including how to interpret the results.

Years Until Retirement

There are four different levels for this question.  The allocation rule here is simply the longer the time before retirement, the higher your potential risk tolerance.

Comfort with Stock Market

This question attempts to figure out how comfortable you are with the concept of investing in the stock market.

Investment Drop

This question tests your tolerance for a 20% drop in the value of your stock portfolio.  For example, are you going to pull all of your money out of the stock market if its value drops by 20%?

Investor Knowledge Score

This is a subjective evaluation of your own knowledge and experience as an investor.  In theory, the more knowledgeable, or experienced, you are with the stock market; the more aggressive the asset allocation can be in your portfolio.

Risk Comfort

This question attempts to figure out how comfortable you are with taking risks.  For example, are you more comfortable with stable investments, or are you willing to accept fluctuations in the value of your portfolio in exchange for potentially higher returns in the long term?

Investment Gain / Loss

This final question asks you to choose between the acceptable gain and loss pairings for a $1,000 investment.  For example, would you be willing to lose $300 in a given year for the potential to make $400?

Total Risk Tolerance

This section of the calculator provides you with your total risk tolerance score, which can range from six to twenty points, depending on how you responded during the quiz.  The higher the risk tolerance score is, the more aggressive the recommended asset allocation portfolio will be.

Asset Allocation Result

In this section of the calculator, you can see a written description of the portfolio, which runs from "Preservation" - the most conservative allocation - through "All Stocks" - the most aggressive asset allocation portfolio. The calculator provides six different levels of stock / bond allocations, stated in terms of the percentage of your total investment portfolio.

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Disclaimer: These online calculators are made available and meant to be used as a screening tool for the investor.  The accuracy of these calculations is not guaranteed nor is its applicability to your individual circumstances. You should always obtain personal advice from qualified professionals.