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Dear Hardik, I am 50 year old and my CTC around 20 Lakhs. I want to start now MUTUAL FUNDS / SIP investments with a single lump sum amount for high return . Right now I am putting regular money in BANKS FD's only. Kindly advise / suggest how can i go ahead.

Ans: FDs will not help you beat inflation. FD is not a good place to park your long-term money.

Pls do Lumpsum and SIP in a good actively managed diversified equity funds.
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Hello Hardik Ji, I am 52 year with a monthly income of around 75K-80K. I want to start the MUTUAL FUNDS / SIP investments for my retirement & my children Future who are in their twenties. Right now I am putting regular money in BANKS RD's / FD's only. Kindly advise / suggest how can i go ahead. Thanks & Regards, RV
Ans: Hello Rahul Ji,

I appreciate that you are thinking about your retirement and your children's future. As a financial advisor, I would be happy to help you start investing in mutual funds and SIPs. Before diving into specific suggestions, let's first understand your financial goals and risk appetite.

Given your age and monthly income, you should aim to diversify your investments for long-term wealth creation and financial stability. While RDs and FDs offer low risk and guaranteed returns, they may not be sufficient for higher returns and beating inflation in the long run. Mutual funds and SIPs can help you achieve better returns, provided you make well-informed decisions and stay invested for a long period.

Here are some steps to help you get started:

Define your goals: Identify the specific financial goals you want to achieve through your investments, such as your retirement corpus and your children's higher education or marriage expenses.
Assess your risk appetite: Determine your willingness and ability to take risks in your investments. As you have been investing in FDs and RDs, it seems that you prefer low-risk options. However, considering your age and goals, you may want to include some moderate to high-risk investments in your portfolio for better returns.
Diversify your portfolio: Invest in a mix of equity, debt, and hybrid mutual funds to spread the risk and optimize returns. You can consider investing in large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap funds, balanced funds, and debt funds based on your risk appetite and goals.
Start with SIPs: Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs) allow you to invest a fixed amount regularly in a mutual fund, which helps in inculcating a disciplined savings habit and averaging out market volatility.
Consult a financial advisor: For personalized advice, you may want to consult a professional financial advisor who can help you select the right funds and create a tailored investment plan based on your goals, risk appetite, and investment horizon.
Remember, mutual fund investments are subject to market risks, and it's essential to stay informed and monitor your investments periodically. I hope this helps you get started on your journey to financial planning for your retirement and children's future.

Wishing you all the best, Rahul Ji!

Warm Regards,
Hardik
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