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Mutual Fund Expert - Answered on May 30, 2023

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Raghu Question by Raghu on May 30, 2023Hindi

My age is 47years, and can invest around 20K per month, looking to have around 70Lakhs-1Cr for retirement, please suggest MF to be invested

Ans: Hello Raghu and thanks for writing to me. Assuming you retire at 65 and your portfolio compounds at around 13%, you will be able to create a corpus of around Rs.1.5 Crore after investing Rs.20,000 every month.

You can consider starting monthly SIP's in:
1-Edelweiss Nifty 100 Quality 30 Index Fund-Rs.5,000
2-UTI MNC Fund-Rs.5,000
3-SBI Focused Equity Fund-Rs.5,000
4-Kotak Equity Fund-Rs.5,000

If you can step-up your SIP's by 10% or more every year, you will be able to create a larger corpus for retirement.

You should also rebalance your portfolio periodically to ensure that your investments suit your risk preferences. I recommend you seek help from a professional financial planner.
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Mutual Funds, Financial Planning Expert - Answered on Jun 04, 2024

Asked by Anonymous - Jun 04, 2024Hindi
Age: 44years. Please suggest a MF which works best for retirement, child's education and long term capital appreciation. I could invest lumpsum Rs 100000/
Ans: Planning for Your Future: Retirement, Education & Growth
At 44, you're making a smart move by planning for your future goals: retirement, child's education, and long-term wealth creation. A single mutual fund might not be the best fit for all these needs, but let's explore some options:

Diversification is Key

Since your goals have different time horizons (retirement is farther away than your child's education), it's wise to diversify your investments. This means spreading your money across different asset classes to manage risk.

Actively Managed Funds for Growth

Given your long-term perspective and willingness to take on some risk, actively managed funds can be a good option. Here's why:

Outperforming the Market: Actively managed funds have fund managers who try to pick promising stocks and beat the market average. This has the potential for higher returns compared to passively managed options like index funds.
Matching Risk to Goals

Here's a possible approach to consider, but remember, this is general advice:

Retirement (Long Term): Invest a larger portion (say 60-70%) in aggressive actively managed funds like multi-cap funds. These invest in a mix of large, mid, and small-cap companies, offering growth potential along with diversification.

Child's Education (Mid Term): Allocate a mid-range portion (say 20-30%) to a balanced actively managed fund. These funds balance between equity and debt, offering some growth potential with a lower risk profile compared to aggressive funds.

Remember, your situation is unique. A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) can help you create a personalized asset allocation plan based on your risk tolerance and specific goals.

Rs. 1 Lakh Lump Sum Investment

A lump sum investment of Rs. 1 lakh can be a great way to jumpstart your investment journey. Consider investing across different actively managed funds based on your asset allocation plan.

Regular Investment (SIP) is Powerful

Don't stop with the lump sum! Regular investments (SIPs) can be a powerful tool for long-term wealth creation. Even a small amount invested regularly can benefit from rupee-cost averaging, where you purchase more units when the price is low and fewer units when the price is high.

A CFP Can Help You:

Choose the Right Funds: They can recommend actively managed funds with a good track record and experienced fund managers.

Asset Allocation: They can advise on the right mix of asset classes (multi-cap, balanced, etc.) for your goals.

Review and Rebalance: A CFP will monitor your progress and adjust your asset allocation as needed to stay on track.

Taking Charge of Your Tomorrow

By planning and investing for your future, you're taking control of your tomorrow. Actively managed funds within a diversified portfolio can be a powerful tool for growth, but remember, they also carry risk. A CFP can help you navigate your options and make informed investment decisions.

Best Regards,

K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP,

Chief Financial Planner,


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Ramalingam Kalirajan  |5295 Answers  |Ask -

Mutual Funds, Financial Planning Expert - Answered on Jul 22, 2024

Hi sir right now 22 I want to invest in MF around 2500 per month for next 28 years suggest some best MF
Ans: Investing in mutual funds is a smart decision. It's a great way to build wealth over time. Starting at 22 gives you a long investment horizon, which is advantageous.

Benefits of Mutual Funds
Diversification: Spreading risk across various assets.
Professional Management: Managed by experienced fund managers.
Liquidity: Easy to buy and sell.
Convenience: Suitable for different financial goals.
Evaluating Investment Options
Avoid index funds. They often track market indices passively. This means lower returns compared to actively managed funds.

Disadvantages of Index Funds:

Lower Flexibility: Limited to the index performance.
No Active Management: No adjustments based on market conditions.
Potential for Mediocre Returns: Follows the average market performance.
Instead, consider actively managed funds. They aim to outperform the market. Professional fund managers adjust the portfolio based on market trends.

Benefits of Actively Managed Funds
Higher Return Potential: Aims to beat the market.
Professional Management: Fund managers actively monitor and adjust the portfolio.
Flexibility: Can adapt to market changes.
Regular Funds vs Direct Funds
Investing through a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) has distinct advantages over direct funds.

Disadvantages of Direct Funds:

Lack of Professional Guidance: No expert advice.
Time-Consuming: Requires constant monitoring.
Higher Risk: Without professional insights, the risk increases.
Benefits of Regular Funds with CFP:

Professional Advice: Access to expert insights.
Better Decision Making: Informed investment choices.
Regular Monitoring: Constant portfolio reviews and adjustments.
Risk Management: Strategies to mitigate potential risks.
Recommended Strategy
Diversified Portfolio: Invest in a mix of large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap funds.
Systematic Investment Plan (SIP): Invest Rs 2500 monthly via SIP.
Long-term Horizon: Continue investing for the next 28 years for optimal returns.
Steps to Start
Choose a Reliable Fund House: Ensure credibility and good track record.

Consult a Certified Financial Planner: Get personalized advice.

Start SIP: Automate your monthly investments.

Review Regularly: Monitor and adjust based on performance.

Final Insights
Starting early with mutual funds is commendable. By avoiding index funds and opting for actively managed funds, you can aim for better returns. Investing through a CFP provides professional guidance, ensuring informed decisions and effective risk management. Keep investing consistently, review periodically, and stay focused on your long-term goals.

Best Regards,

K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP,

Chief Financial Planner,


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Career Counsellor - Answered on Jul 25, 2024

Presently Im a class 12 commerce student and i want to join BCA for my degree next year but i dont know what are the careers after BCA.
Ans: Adella, first of all, shortlist top 5-10 colleges to get admission for your BCA.

Know the Eligibility Criteria / Admission Process / Entrance Exams (such as CUET & other Private Colleges' its own Entrance Exams) you will have to appear in.

There are multiple career options after BCA, but depends upon which specialization you will choose, which specilizations are available in the college you will join & which all skills you will upgrade. Some of the examples of specializations available for BCA are:

1) Software Development
2) Cyber Security
3) Data Analytics
4) Web Development
5) Mobile Application Development
6) Networking & System Administration
7) Cloud Computing
8) Digital Marketing
9) Multimedia & Animation
10) AI & ML
11) Full Stack Development & More.

After you get admission into BCA in any college:

1) Try to maintain a good academic performance.
2) Involve in co/extra-curricular activities.
3) Keep upgrading your skills, as recommended by your college faculties.
4) Start researching about the Recruiters/Companies visited your college for Campus Recruitment.
5) Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile.
6) Put Job Alerts related to your domain in LinkedIn.
7) Get notifications of job vacancies and go through the JD (Job Description) of each.
8) Know the Job Market Trends & keep analyzing how it changes till your 3rd year.
9) Connect with Professionals of your domain, get their advice/views/opinions for your Career Growth
10) At the end of your 3rd year, start applying for jobs through LinkedIn, matching your Profile and also prepare for your Campus Interview.

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