RiskMetrics Helps Gauge Investment Risk

February 13, 2002 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Retirement investors, interested in measuring each component of their portfolio for risk, can use RiskMetrics Group's new 401k CheckUp program, the company says.

According to RiskMetrics Group, the CheckUp product is designed to help retirement investors spot inadequate diversification and over concentration of risk and make the necessary changes.

The 401k CheckUp is based on RiskMetrics Group’s benchmark measure of volatility, the RiskGrade.

Assigned to every exchange-traded equity and comparable security across all asset classes, the RiskGrade measures volatility on a scale ranging from zero for cash to 1,000 or higher for the most speculative investments.

Using this number as a barometer, investors are able to tailor a portfolio to their personal investment time lines and goals, the company says.

Visit the RiskMetrics site .