The insurer’s 17-page wealth risk study, which polled 1000 UK investors about their attitude to risk, found that 26 per cent of people were willing to take a risk on their investments.
A further 10 per cent were willing to opt for the highest possible risk option.
However the study also revealed that the majority of investors - at 58 per cent - preferred to stick to a low-risk portfolio and 6 per cent gave up any chance of growth to safeguard their money.
All types of investor were less likely to be upset about losing money if they had taken financial advice.
Daniel Cawley, partner of East Sussex-based 121 Financial Services, said: “I have a fairly broad spread of risk appetite within my client base, most people fall in the middle, and I tend to find that the higher risk clients have a greater knowledge.”