Identify Your Risk Profile

Understanding your risk profile and product risk rating.

Personal finance is intertwined with emotions, which have to be addressed before investing. It is important to understand your risk appetite - how much risk you are willing to take, how prepared you are to lose part or all of your capital, and whether you have the ability to make good any losses incurred.

Your risk appetite is a measure of the amount of risk you are willing to take for potential returns. Some people have a high-risk appetite, and are not willing to accept the possibility of losing a significant part, or all of what they have invested. There are also people who are unwilling to risk even a single dollar on an investment – it’s more crucial to them to protect their wealth, than to grow it.

It is important to select investments that match your risk appetite, for a few reasons:

  • You need to invest in a way that allows you to sleep soundly at night, as the risk is within your acceptable range.
  • Besides your psychological comfort, an investment must also match your capacity to accept any losses. The amount of risk you can manage depends on various factors, such as your investment horizon (i.e. how long you will remain invested).
  • Another factor that may influence your risk appetite includes your investment time frame. If you are looking to invest for a longer period time, you have time on your side to recoup any loss. If you are an investor with a shorter investment time frame, as you might be nearing retirement, investing in high-risk products are not for you.

Step #1: Understand your risk appetite

DBS Risk Profiling Questionnaire helps you to understand your risk appetite. Assessment is made based on the following:

  • Your investment experiences
  • Your Ideal investment time frame
  • Your capital loss capacity
  • Your financial situation in the next 12 months

With the results, you can identify your risk profiling.

DBS Risk Profiling

Step #2: Look at the product risk rating

DBS has a risk rating method called Product Risk Rating (PRR). PRR measures a product’s risk from a scale of one to five, with one being the lowest, and five being the highest. Match your risk profile to funds that are a right fit to you, and decide which ones best complement your portfolio.

DBS Product Risk Rating


Investing in funds is not suitable for you.

Invest only in funds with PRR up to 2.

Invest only in funds with PRR up to 3.

Invest only in funds with PRR up to 4.

Invest in funds with PRR from 1 to 5.

Having identified your risk profile and product risk rating, you can use the Risk Profile filter in DBS Funds Search to find the fund that suits you.

Disclaimers and Important Notices

This article is meant for information only and should not be relied upon as financial advice. Before making any decision to buy, sell or hold any investment or insurance product, you should seek advice from a financial adviser regarding its suitability.

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