Spartan Risk Profile Questionnaire

Spartan Planning Group has a wide variety of core investment models to help each client achieve his or her specific financial goals. These models range from more conservative to more aggressive growth oriented (or equity focused) portfolios. They also range from more strategic to more tactical in nature depending again on the client’s individual needs, goals, and objectives among other things. These questions will allow us to better understand your expectations, tendencies, and preferences.

Strategic strategies are, unless otherwise specified, broadly diversified across an array of asset types in order to have a mix of instruments that can benefit in a variety of market and economic conditions. The allocations within each asset class are held relatively stable over time through regular rebalancing. The goal of rebalancing is to avoid any one class dominating the portfolio for prolonged periods.
        - Historically tracks more closely to the appropriate comparable market (i.e. stock market
        - Tends to experience greater drawdowns in poor market conditions
Tactical strategies are also usually broadly diversified for the same reasons as Strategic strategies. However unlike Strategic, the allocations to each asset class will be periodically adjusted according to predefined rules in an attempt to take advantage of, or avoid, certain market conditions. The goal is to overweight better performing assets and underweight worse performers.
        -Historically tracks less closely to the market (e.g. Dow Jones Index)
        -Tends to have lower drawdowns of capital in poor market conditions
   Section I: General Preferences
1. Complete the following sentence using the choices below: “To determine how well or poorly my investments are performing, I will compare them to _____________.” *
2. Over what period is it fair to judge investment performance? *
3. Which one (1) of the following is the most important investment objective to you? *
4. Which one (1) of the following is the least important investment objective to you? *
5. When do you anticipate taking regular cash distributions from your account? *
Section II: Losses
Rationale: Behavioral economics tells us that the pain of losing is psychologically about twice as powerful as the pleasure of gaining. The sensitivity to gains and losses impacts your ability to stick to an investment plan. A better understanding of how these biases play into your investment behavior will assist in the attainment of long-term financial goals. 
6. When it comes to investing, protecting the money I have is my highest priority *
7. What is the maximum amount your investments have declined in the past? *
8. If a decline of that magnitude occurred next year, how would you feel? *
9. What is the maximum one-year loss you believe you can sustain before panic? (Choose one) *
10. I am unwilling to wait several years to recover from losses I might incur in an extended down market *
    Section III: Gains
Rationale: Behavioral economics tells us that people tend to overestimate the probability of positive events and underestimate the probability of negative events, a phenomenon known as optimism bias. A bias towards optimism often leads investors to have an unrealistically positive view of themselves and their futures. This may lead investors to overestimate their investment results or feel more assured that their predictions of the future are more reliable. Overconfident investors tend to chase returns and underestimate risk – both of which could have serious long-term impacts on the attainment of one’s financial goals.  
11. I prefer an investment strategy designed to grow steadily and avoid sharp ups and downs *
12. If your investment portfolio grew 30% in one year, how would you feel? (Choose ONE) *
13. What is your expectation for your average annual investment return over time? (Choose one) *
14. I prefer investments that are low risk, even if returns are lower than the rate of inflation *
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