Understand your risks and get comfortable

Understand your risks and get comfortable

There is a nerdy enjoyment to back-testing investment systems - the satisfaction in finding a set of rules that delivers superior risk-adjusted performance. Once you switch from analysing the past to tracking in real time, however, it can prove disappointing, especially if there is a lot of trading involved and it feels as though you wasted your money. On the surface, this hasn't been the case with Investors Chronicle's 10-asset portfolio, which uses a blend of exchange traded funds (ETFs) and cash to try to achieve optimal returns while diversifying away more risk than a portfolio containing just shares.

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