How-to: Company Pages
How to: Discovery
How-to: Portfolio Holdings
How to: Activity
How to: Leaderboard
How to: Performance
How to: Challenges
How to Trade
What are some basic Financial Vocabulary?
How to get recruited using EquitySim
Fixing Account Errors
My Trade is not being processed
An investment in my portfolio is showing up as $0
Stock splits, mergers + acquisitions
I can't find a specific investment
I can't sign-up
My credit card is being declined
What is a Stock?
How to Choose a Stock
Active Trading vs Portfolio Management
How to start testing multiple strategies
What is Portfolio Management Strategy?
How to Build a Basic ETF Portfolio
What is an ETF?
How to Choose ETFs
What is a Bond?
What is an Option?
What are Trading Strategies?
What is short selling?
Understanding Metrics / Data
What is Diversification?
What is the Diversification Score?
What are asset-classes?
What is Geopolitical Exposure?
What is Industry Diversification?
What is Geographical Diversification?
What is Industry Exposure?
How do I read the Diversification Radar Chart?
How to read impact on diversification
What is a good Sharpe Ratio?
What is Sharpe Ratio?
What are average excess returns?
How to Improve Sharpe Ratio
How do I measure risk?
What is Return?
What is Volatility?
Credit-Suisse Investment Challenge
Recording your Strategies and Rationales
Showcasing your work on EquitySim
Adding structure to your interview answers
Preparing for the interview
Preparing for the Sales + Trading Interview
Credit-Suisse: 2019 Case Study
2019 Credit Suisse Investment Challenge [Fall]
2020 Credit Suisse Investment Challenge [Fall]
2020 Credit Suisse Investment Challenge [Summer]
Host your own EquitySim Challenge
Can users share an account?
How do I export classroom data?
How do I delete, archive and edit my class?
Challenge Setting Types
How does EquitySim compare to other simulations?
What is EquitySim?
Can I undo a trade?
How are prices determined in the simulation?
Why didn't my trade execute immediately?
How do I exchange currency?
Why isn't my ranking showing up?
What are Public Portfolios?
How do I switch between portfolios?
How am I Graded?
Does EquitySim have sample assignments for my curriculum?
How are Options priced in the simulation?
How do I find my daily portfolio change?
How do the Portfolio Emails Work?
Is my data confidential?
How do I delete my account?
How our simulations reflect the real-world
What can I trade on EquitySim?
What is a good rationale?
How to set-up your team
What are the different order types?
Which government bonds can I trade?
Understanding your risk profile is like quantifying your ability to sleep at night. You may be comfortable with taking more risk on your investments, thirsty for a bigger gain; or you may prefer to take a safer bet while being satisfied with a modest gain. Everybody has their own level of risk appetite depending on factors like age, income, and investment goals.
The securities you decide to hold in your portfolio, as a whole, should match the level of your risk profile - so you can sleep at night :).
How do we measure the risk of a portfolio? In the Volatility Profile level, we understand that volatility characterizes the "ups and downs" of a security. We can apply the same concept to a portfolio as a whole: the volatility of a portfolio is the daily return rates of the portfolio.
Even though everyone may have a different risk profile, given the same performance of an individual security or a portfolio, it is always more desirable to have lower risk, or volatility.
Why? Let's say a term deposit's rate were exactly the same as the return rate of Apple on the stock market. You would put it in a term deposit rather than on Apple, right? The reason is that from a term deposit you always reap the return, hence a less volatile and less risky instrument than Apple. If both the term deposit and Apple have the same return rate, you are much better off investing in a term deposit.
One of the best ways to lower the volatility of your portfolio is to diversify your portfolio. The next few levels will walk you through ways to diversify your portfolio.