risk rated investment portfolios

risk assessment


Asset Allocation

Asset allocation is the process of dividing your investment between different assets, such as cash, bonds, equities (shares in companies) and property. This practice helps to spread risk through diversification – in other words, by not putting all your eggs in one basket.




To benefit from diversification, you need to invest in assets that behave differently from each other. Each asset type has a relationship with others – some have very little or no relation to each other (known as a low correlation), whereas others are inversely connected – meaning that they move in opposite ways to each other (called a negative correlation).

Diversifying your assets helps spread risk because you’re reducing the likely potential for losses. If you had all of your money invested in one asset, sector or region, and it began to drop in value, your investments would suffer.

By investing in assets that aren’t related to each other, while one part of your investment portfolio is falling in value, the others aren’t going the same way. Some assets will actually go up in value when others decrease.

Navigate Asset allocation models

We use asset allocation models which link to your risk score which in turns links to a risk rated portfolio which meets your tolerance and ability to accept risk.

Navigates asset allocation models are run by Moody’s Analytics who are a global leading provider of investment research and analytics for debt capital markets and risk management professionals.

Risk Assessment

Establishing your Risk Tolerance or Profile

risk vs reward

We will establish your risk tolerance by considering:

  • Your goals and objectives
  • Your investment time horizon
  • Your investment experience
  • Your willingness and ability to accept some risk
  • And by completion of a risk analysis questionnaire

The risk score then links to a risk rated portfolio.


Investment Term (Years)
5 - 10 10 - 15 15 Plus For life


Risk LevelATR LevelDownside Risk %Score Range
1 Low Risk 10 0 to 6
2 Defensive 15 7 to 13
3 Cautious 20 14 to 20
4 Balanced 25 21 to 27
5 Growth 30 28 to 34
6 Aggressive 35 35 to 41
7 Speculative 40 42 to 48

Fund Selection

Navigate's risk rated portfolios contain either 22 or 23 different investment funds depending on whether an emerging market equity fund is included (only in the aggressive and speculative portfolios).

Further diversification is provided by spread of market capitalisation:


We minimise stock overlap by avoiding using two funds with similar holdings.

Portfolio Maintenance

The funds are selected by our independent investment committee after completing extensive research using the latest technology and investment management software.

The investment committee has 45 years combined experience in portfolio construction.

The committee meets quarterly to review and assess the last quarters fund performance.

Funds have to meet strict criteria for inclusion in the portfolios which include:

  • Short, medium and long term track record
  • Volatility and risk adjusted returns

If the strict criteria is not met a fund is replaced with an alternative which meets the fund selection criteria.

Your portfolio will be rebalanced into the latest set of funds at your annual review.

This has the effect of keeping you invested in top performing consistent funds and aligned to your tolerance for risk.

Our Risk Rated Portfolios

We’ve built a range of investment portfolios – a menu of different asset allocations that cater for cautious investors who don’t like the idea of losing much money, through to speculative investors who are happy taking on greater risk for a much higher potential return.

We believe this can help you make sensible and responsible choices with your investment portfolio, and offers you a solid foundation from which to start your investment journey.

Investment Platforms

We operate our Navigate Risk Rated Portfolios from investment platforms.

An investment platform enables advisers to select and purchase investments from a wide range of solutions. The platforms we use provide access to a large range of investment solutions normally in excess of 3,000 different investment funds.

These investments may sit within wrappers that enjoy certain tax advantages and typically include ISAs, SIPPs, Personal Pensions and Investment Bonds. Assets not held in a specific tax wrapper are held within a general investment account.

Holding all your investments in one place makes monitoring much easier and provides access to a very wide range of investment solutions with free movement between the funds, enabling your adviser to maximise the potential of your investment.

We select the right platform for you on a bespoke basis usually after taking into consideration:

  • Cost of the platform
  • Required functionality
  • Investment requirements

FE Risk Score

The FE Risk score compares the risk score of the investment compared to the FTSE 100 Index (Top 100 companies in the UK) which has a risk score of 100.

FE AFI Index

The FE Adviser Fund Index (FE AFI) is made up of the recommended portfolios of a panel of leading UK financial advisers. Based entirely on the funds actually recommended to clients, the FE AFI Aggressive, Balanced, Cautious portfolios carry real-life credibility, and provide insight in terms of the benefits of holding top quality funds. The current constituents of the FE AFI Index are:

  • Beckitt Financial Sevices
  • Charles Stanley
  • Chelsea Financial Services
  • City Asset Management
  • Dart Capital Ltd
  • Dennehy Weller & Co Ltd
  • Equilibrium Asset Management LLP
  • Gemmell Financial Services Ltd
  • Holden & Partners Ltd
  • Killik & Co
  • Minerva Fund Managers Ltd
  • Rowan Dartington
  • The Share Centre
  • Towry Ltd
  • Whitechurch Securities Ltd


We have great belief in our investment solution, as do our clients who have experience investing in these portfolios.

The following charts include:

  • The Fe Risk Score of each portfolio
  • 5 Year performance of each portfolio
  • Comparisons against sector benchmarks


  1. FE Risk Score Chart - Risk Rated Portfolio’s

  2. FE Performance Chart - Risk Rated Portfolio’s

  3. FE Risk Score Chart - Risk Rated Portfolio’s v Benchmarks

  4. FE Performance Chart – Navigate Cautious v AFI Cautious Index

  5. FE Performance Chart – Navigate Balanced v AFI Balanced Index

  6. FE Performance Chart – Navigate Adventurous v AFI Aggressive Index


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Studio 3 Strand Studios
150 Holywood Road
Belfast, BT4 1NY
Northern Ireland
Tel: +44 (0)28 9076 9769

Email: office@navigateifa.com


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