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The Best Way to Encourage Your Risk Appetite?


As the stock market rallies, investors are getting hungrier for risky investments.

This past summer, when investors everywhere feared a second recession, the name of the game was playing it safe.

But with markets rallying, and the Fed apparently ready to do whatever it takes to prop up the economy, investors are regaining their appetite for risk: Citing exchange-traded funds as indicators, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) -- which includes holdings like Exxon (XOM), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), and Bank of America (BAC) -- is now up 9.5% since August 27, which is when Ben Bernanke suggested that the Fed might consider another bond purchase program.

When it comes to adding risk to your portfolio, however, things can get a little a complex. Fortunately, the Association for Psychological Science has some advice: Get touched by a woman.

That's right, scientific evidence suggests that a woman's touch actually has the psychological effect of making people take riskier bets.

So, does this theory hold up?

Join Josh Lipton for a closer look.

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