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Rethinking Risk Tolerance

Beyond their ability to stomach short-term volatility, investors should define their risk tolerance in terms of their actual risk capacity and the probability of hitting their retirement goals, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.

Jason Stipp: I'm Jason Stipp for Morningstar.

Recent volatility over the last few months--and over the last few years, really--has put a special emphasis on investors' so-called "risk tolerance."