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Dev Ashish

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Dev Ashish is a fee-only SEBI-registered investment advisor with over 15 years of active experience in the stock market. In 2011, he founded StableInvestor, a platform for personal finance and financial planning.
He provides professional fee-only investment advisory services to small and high networth individuals in order to help them achieve their financial goals.
Ashish's views are regularly published in national business publications. He has an MBA degree from NMIMS, Mumbai and also holds an engineering degree.... more

Answered on Oct 21, 2023

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Hi Dev, Good day. I am planning to start SIP's (55K per month) in the following Mutual funds for a horizon of 5-7 years to create 1 corpus. Could you please review and suggest if they look fine or need any changes/alternate funds. I am fine to take higher risks. 1 Quant Small Cap Fund Direct Plan Growth 3000 2 Nippon India Small Cap Fund Direct Growth 2500 3 HDFC Small Cap Fund Direct Growth 2500 4 Canara Robeco Small Cap Fund Direct Growth 3000 5 Quant Mid Cap Fund Direct Growth 3000 6 Motilal Oswal Midcap Fund Direct Growth 2000 7 HDFC Mid Cap Opportunities Direct Plan Growth 3000 8 Quant Infrastructure Fund Direct 3000 9 Quant Flexi Cap Fund Direct Growth 3000 10 Parag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund Direct Growth 6000 11 HDFC Flexi Cap Direct Plan Growth 5000 12 ICICI Prudential Technology Direct Plan Growth 3000 13 HDFC Retirement Savings Fund Equity Plan Direct Growth 5000 14 HDFC Balanced Advantage Fund Direct Plan Growth 2500 15 UTI Nifty200 Momentum 30 Index Fund Direct Growth 2500 16 Bandhan Nifty 50 Index Fund Direct Plan Growth 3000 17 Nippon India Growth Fund Direct Growth 5000 Thank You!
Ans: You have chosen an unnecessarily large number (17) of funds to invest Rs 55,000 monthly. If you combine the underlying stock portfolio of all these funds then you would have hundreds of stocks and be running effectively a Nifty500 kind of portfolio. So no need to complicate it. In my view, just having 3-4 funds would be more than enough for your requirements. Assuming you have at least a moderately aggressive risk appetite, you can invest 10-15K in one largecap index fund, 15-20K in one flexicap/large&midcap fund, 10K in one midcap fund and remaining in smallcap fund. This allocation enough will be more than enough for your portfolio requirements

Note (Disclaimer) - As a SEBI RIA, I cannot comment on specific schemes/funds that are provided or asked for in the questions in the platform. And the views expressed above should not be considered professional investment advice or advertisement or otherwise. No specific product/service recommendations have been made and the answers here are for general educational purposes only. The readers are requested to take into consideration all the risk factors including their financial condition, suitability to risk-return profile and the like and take professional investment advice before investing.
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Answered on Sep 30, 2023

Asked by Anonymous - Sep 29, 2023Hindi
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Hi..I have invested in in below given MF and my future target is 50 Lacs + in next 10 yrs. My investments are as below: 1. Tata Small Cap Fund Reg-G - Rs. 2000/- monthly 2. Canara Robeco Small Cap Fund Reg-G - Rs. 1000/- monthly 3. ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund- Rs. 2000- monthly 4. ICICI Prudential Bluechip Fund - Direct Plan - Growth - Rs. 2000- monthly Please suggest if I have selected right MF or I need to add/ switch to other best MF if any. Thank you.
Ans: To reach Rs 50 lakh in 10 years, you need to invest about Rs 21-23,000 per month assuming 11-12% average portfolio returns. Since no data about existing investments is provided, and given that you are doing a total of Rs 7000 per month in SIPs, there is first of all a need to increase your monthly investments to the required amount.

Having said that, you don't need so many schemes to invest Rs 20-25,000 per month. Just having a couple of schemes (like largecap index funds, and flexicap funds) would be sufficient.

Note (Disclaimer) - As a SEBI RIA, I cannot comment on specific schemes/funds that are provided or asked for in the questions in the platform. And the views expressed above should not be considered professional investment advice or advertisement or otherwise. No specific product/service recommendations have been made and the answers here are for general educational purposes only. The readers are requested to take into consideration all the risk factors including their financial condition, suitability to risk-return profile and the like and take professional investment advice before investing.
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Answered on Sep 19, 2023

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dear Dev, First of all, thank you for taking the time to review questions from viewers. Your efforts are truly appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I would be really grateful if you could review my investment portfolio. I invest 64,000/- every month in a direct mutual fund, and my plan is to continue this for the next 10 years. ICICI Pru Bluechip - 12,000/- Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip - 4,000/- Axis Mid-cap - 5,000/- HDFC Mid-cap Opp - 5,000/- Axis Small-cap - 6,500/- Quant Active - 6,500/- Parag Parikh Flexi-cap - 8,000/- UTI Nifty 50 - 6,000/- Navi Nasdaq - 6,000/- Tata Digital Industries - 5,000/- Please let me know if you see any need for corrections or changes in my portfolio. Thank you.
Ans: You don't need to invest in so many schemes. There is a lot of overlap in your mutual fund portfolio holdings if you look at individual scheme's portfolios. So just investing the same monthly amount in up to 4 funds would be more than sufficient. You can pick one from Largecap Index Fund, 1-2 from a Flexicap/Large&Midcap Fund, 1-2 from Mid/Smallcap funds and that should be sufficient. In general, most investors are better off avoiding thematic/sectoral funds.

Note (Disclaimer) - As a SEBI RIA, I cannot comment on specific schemes/funds that are provided or asked for in the questions in the platform. And the views expressed above should not be considered professional investment advice or advertisement or otherwise. No specific product/service recommendations have been made and the answers here are for general educational purposes only. The readers are requested to take into consideration all the risk factors including their financial condition, suitability to risk-return profile and the like and take professional investment advice before investing.
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Answered on Sep 19, 2023

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dear Dev, First of all, thank you for taking the time to review questions from viewers. Your efforts are truly appreciated from the bottom of my heart. I would be really grateful if you could review my investment portfolio. I invest 64,000/- every month in a direct mutual fund, and my plan is to continue this for the next 10 years. ICICI Pru Bluechip - 12,000/- Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip - 4,000/- Axis Mid-cap - 5,000/- HDFC Mid-cap Opp - 5,000/- Axis Small-cap - 6,500/- Quant Active - 6,500/- Parag Parikh Flexi-cap - 8,000/- UTI Nifty 50 - 6,000/- Navi Nasdaq - 6,000/- Tata Digital Industries - 5,000/- Please let me know if you see any need for corrections or changes in my portfolio. Thank you.
Ans: You don't need to invest in so many schemes. There is a lot of overlap in your mutual fund portfolio holdings if you look at individual scheme's portfolios. So just investing the same monthly amount in up to 4 funds would be more than sufficient. You can pick one from Largecap Index Fund, 1-2 from a Flexicap/Large&Midcap Fund, 1-2 from Mid/Smallcap funds and that should be sufficient. In general, most investors are better off avoiding thematic/sectoral funds.

Note (Disclaimer) - As a SEBI RIA, I cannot comment on specific schemes/funds that are provided or asked for in the questions in the platform. And the views expressed above should not be considered professional investment advice or advertisement or otherwise. No specific product/service recommendations have been made and the answers here are for general educational purposes only. The readers are requested to take into consideration all the risk factors including their financial condition, suitability to risk-return profile and the like and take professional investment advice before investing.
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Answered on Sep 19, 2023

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My name is Bhavaniprasad & I am an Engineer by profession and my age is 34 yrs as of now. I want to retire at 55 years by accumulating sufficient money. In today's terms it could be 1.50 Crores. What amount is required to retire after 21 years? Now I have Rs. 1.00L premium policy in LIC Of India and SIP Rs. 1000/- per Month in SBI Small Cap Fund. Please suggest a way out.
Ans: You have already decided on the target corpus in today's value at Rs 1.5 Crore. So now if the same figure provided by you is inflation-adjusted at 6% (assumed avg. inflation) for the next 21 years, the figure comes to Rs 5.1 Cr in future value. To reach this corpus, one needs to invest about Rs 51-52,000 per month (Rs 6.1+ lakh per year) at an average return of 9% per annum. This monthly/annual investment amount needs to increase ny at least 5% every year in line with the increase in your salary.

Currently, you are investing Rs 1 lakh in LIC traditional plans which can give returns of 5-6%. The equity funds can give 10-11% average returns in the long run. So to reach the target corpus, you need to increase the investments in line with what the requirements have been suggested.

Note (Disclaimer) - As a SEBI RIA, I cannot comment on specific schemes/funds that are provided or asked for in the questions in the platform. And the views expressed above should not be considered professional investment advice or advertisement or otherwise. No specific product/service recommendations have been made and the answers here are for general educational purposes only. The readers are requested to take into consideration all the risk factors including their financial condition, suitability to risk-return profile and the like and take professional investment advice before investing.
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Answered on Sep 19, 2023

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My name is Bhavaniprasad & I am an Engineer by profession and my age is 34 yrs as of now. I want to retire at 55 years by accumulating sufficient money. In today's terms it could be 1.50 Crores. What amount is required to retire after 21 years? Now I have Rs. 1.00L premium policy in LIC Of India and SIP Rs. 1000/- per Month in SBI Small Cap Fund. Please suggest a way out.
Ans: You have already decided on the target corpus in today's value at Rs 1.5 Crore. So now if the same figure provided by you is inflation-adjusted at 6% (assumed avg. inflation) for the next 21 years, the figure comes to Rs 5.1 Cr in future value. To reach this corpus, one needs to invest about Rs 51-52,000 per month (Rs 6.1+ lakh per year) at an average return of 9% per annum. This monthly/annual investment amount needs to increase ny at least 5% every year in line with the increase in your salary.

Currently, you are investing Rs 1 lakh in LIC traditional plans which can give returns of 5-6%. The equity funds can give 10-11% average returns in the long run. So to reach the target corpus, you need to increase the investments in lien with what the requirements have been suggested.

Note (Disclaimer) - As a SEBI RIA, I cannot comment on specific schemes/funds that are provided or asked for in the questions in the platform. And the views expressed above should not be considered professional investment advice or advertisement or otherwise. No specific product/service recommendations have been made and the answers here are for general educational purposes only. The readers are requested to take into consideration all the risk factors including their financial condition, suitability to risk-return profile and the like and take professional investment advice before investing.
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Answered on Jul 18, 2023

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Should High or Low NAV of a scheme impact your Investment Decision?
Ans: First, low NAV doesn’t mean that it’s a cheaper fund. Second, NO, cheap or low NAV is not better in mutual funds. In reality, the NAV of a fund is irrelevant and ideally, it shouldn’t even be considered when making an investment decision regarding investing in mutual funds.

Let me explain in simple terms why low NAV doesn’t matter at all.

Suppose two friends invest in 2 different mutual fund schemes having identical portfolios. But their NAVs are different. One was launched several years ago and hence, has a higher NAV of Rs 200. While the other is a relatively new fund with a NAV of Rs 20 only. But both funds have exactly the same portfolio of stocks they invest in.

Both friends invest Rs 1 lakh. The older fund investor gets 500 units at a NAV of Rs 200 per unit. While the new fund investor gets 5000 units at NAV of Rs 20 per unit. So it is true that lower NAV would give you more units while higher NAV would give you a lesser number of units.

Now let’s say that both funds rise by the same 20%. Since the portfolio is the same, the fund appreciation will be the same as well.

A 20% rise in the older fund will increase its NAV from Rs 200 to Rs 240. While that of the newer fund will increase from Rs 20 to Rs 24. At the fact of it, you might say that the older fund has risen by Rs 40 while the newer one has risen by Rs 4 only. But that is not the right way to look at it. You need to compare the value of your investment.

So older fund investor having 500 units (purchased at Rs 200 per unit) will see their investment increase from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.2 lakh due to the rise in NAV from Rs 200 to Rs 240.

Not surprisingly, the new fund investor having 5000 units (purchased at Rs 20 per unit) will also see his investment increase from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.2 lakh due to the rise in NAV from Rs 20 to Rs 24.

So inspite of the different number of units held due to different investment NAVs, the eventual value of the investment is the same. This is the reason that concept of low NAV or high NAV is irrelevant. What only matters is the future % increase in NAV. That’s it. Mutual fund schemes should not be judged on their NAVs but on their performance.

This confusion about low NAV vs high NAV arises because many investors make the mistake of looking at the fund’s NAV like stock prices. But that is not the case. Both are very different animals.

Low NAV doesn’t mean a cheaper fund. High NAV doesn’t mean an expensive fund.
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Asked by Anonymous - Apr 20, 2023Hindi
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hi, Im investing monthly around Rs 12.5K in MF, as per the following - Canara Robeco Small capMF - Rs 2.5K, PGIM Mid cap oppurtunities - Rs 2.5K, Tata Digital - Rs 2.5K, Quant Active - Rs 5K. I am intending to increase monthly investment in MF from present Rs 12.5 k to Rs 50K & needed a corpus of at least 1.25 Cr in next 10 years. can you check my portfolio & suggest for any changes or the same appears to be in order
Ans: While the amount that you now wish to increase your monthly SIPs to, i.e. Rs 50,000 would be a reasonably good figure to achieve Rs 1.25 Cr in 10 years, the choice of funds needs a thought.

First of all, nothing is known about your risk appetite. But assuming you belong to at least the Moderately Aggressive bucket, you should stick to the following fund categories and allocations -

Largecap Index Funds - 10K
Flexicap Funds - 12.5-15K
Large&Midcap Funds - 12.5-15K
Midcap Funds - 5-7.5K
Smallcap Funds - 5-7.5K

In my view, you don't need sectoral or thematic funds (like the one you have) in your portfolio. The above-suggested fund allocation will be sufficient to help you reach your goal. Also, make sure you increase your monthly SIPs each year as your income increases.

Also, just targeting a future amount may not be enough. It is always advisable to link all your investments to your real financial goals and follow a goal-based investment philosophy.

And if you have other goals that also need investment and you are unsure how to allocate to them all, it is suggested that you get in touch with an investment advisor with full details to better plan your finances.
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Answered on Apr 26, 2023

Asked by Anonymous - Apr 24, 2023Hindi
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How do I earn monthly income of 2 lakhs post retirement which is 15 years away? Please suggest options
Ans: If we calculate using a few assumptions, like post-retirement life of 25 years; average inflation of 6% pa during that period, and portfolio returns of about 8% (assuming a judicious mix of equity and debt with a higher allocation to the latter), then you need to have a corpus of about Rs 4.8 Cr. This is to ensure that starting at Rs 2 lakh monthly (after 15 years), your monthly income from there on increases by at least 6% assumed inflation. And starting from zero, you need to invest about Rs 1.1 lakh per month assuming equity:debt 50:50 and this monthly investment amount should increase by at least 5% every year.

To reach this target corpus, you have a sufficiently long runway of 15 years. So you should be willing to invest a major chunk in equities via equity funds if your risk appetite allows for it. You may also have some of the existing assets, which too can be earmarked towards this retirement corpus.

As mentioned, for equity allocation, choose diversified equity funds categories like passive largecap funds, flexicap funds, and large&midcap funds (and if you have a sufficiently high-risk appetite, then mid-and-small cap funds as well). For debt, your EPF+VPF alongwith PPF should be sufficient.

When the time comes for retirement (in 15 years), you may have to divide your portfolio into 2 buckets. One to take care of income needs (via SCSS, debt funds, PPF withdrawals, bonds, etc.) and the other for growth (via equity funds and ETFs)
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