As stocks gyrate, it's time to know your risk tolerance

New York

IT'S time you got to know yourself a little better.

And the time is now, when the stock market has been mostly falling, the talking heads are raising their voices, and your friends who went to school longer than you did are sending e-mails asking if you're selling your investments and putting money under the mattress.

Suddenly, they see risk everywhere and feel it acutely. Maybe you do, too. But here's the problem with listening to them too much - it can make you sick to your stomach with fear. That can lead to hasty financial decisions and stock transactions you may regret.

To combat those feelings, you can conduct a self-evaluation of your risk tolerance. Two companies, FinaMetrica and...

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