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Venkat Question by Venkat on Dec 20, 2019Hindi

I have been investing in the following MF for the last more than five years. Kindly let me have your opinion. 

Name of the Fund Category RankMF Star Rating
HDFC Equity Fund Equity - Multi Cap Fund 4
HDFC Capital Builder Equity - Value Fund 3
HDFC Midcap Opportunities Equity - Midcap Fund 3
ABSLFrontline Equity Fund Equity - Large Cap Fund 4
ABSL - MNC Fund Equity - Thematic Fund - MNC 4
ABSL Equity Fund Equity - Multi Cap Fund 4
HDFC Low Duration Fund Debt - Low Duration Fund 2
ABSL Savings Fund Debt - Ultra Short Duration Fund 5
ICICI prudential Value Discovery Fund Equity - Value Fund 2
ICICI Asset Allocator Hybrid - Multi Asset Allocation 4

Ans: You may continue with 4 and 5 rated funds; better options are available in value and midcap categories.

Equity Value Funds: (4-Star rated):

  • Tata Equity PE fund
  • UTI value opportunity funds

Midcaps: Suitable options considering quality and value for money at present levels are:

  • Motilal Oswal Midcap 30
  • DSP Midcap
  • Kotak Emerging Equity Fund
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Asked by Anonymous - Jul 14, 2024Hindi
Sir,pls review my MF portfolio and give your review and advice. I have in my portfolio 5 L in Baroda pnd paribas multi asset,2 L sbi balanced advantage,2 HDFC manufacturing fund,2 bandhan innovation MF,1 sbi psu fund,1 sbi next 50 index fund,2 L HDFC multicap,3000sip in sbi 250small cap index fund,3000 sip in ICICI bluechip fund,3000 sip in motilal oswal midcap fund.
Ans: Review of Your Mutual Fund Portfolio
Let's assess your current mutual fund portfolio and provide suggestions to optimize it.

Current Portfolio Breakdown
Baroda BNP Paribas Multi Asset: Rs 5,00,000
SBI Balanced Advantage: Rs 2,00,000
HDFC Manufacturing Fund: Rs 2,00,000
Bandhan Innovation Mutual Fund: Rs 2,00,000
SBI PSU Fund: Rs 1,00,000
SBI Next 50 Index Fund: Rs 1,00,000
HDFC Multicap Fund: Rs 2,00,000
SIP in SBI 250 Small Cap Index Fund: Rs 3,000 per month
SIP in ICICI Bluechip Fund: Rs 3,000 per month
SIP in Motilal Oswal Midcap Fund: Rs 3,000 per month
Analysis and Evaluation

Your portfolio includes a mix of equity, balanced, and sector funds.
This diversification helps in risk management.
Sector Funds:

HDFC Manufacturing Fund and SBI PSU Fund are sector-specific.
Sector funds can be risky due to lack of diversification.
Index Funds:

SBI Next 50 Index Fund and SBI 250 Small Cap Index Fund are passive investments.
Index funds do not outperform the market and lack active management.
Balanced Advantage Fund:

SBI Balanced Advantage Fund balances equity and debt.
This provides stability during market volatility.
Multicap Funds:

HDFC Multicap Fund offers diversification across large, mid, and small caps.
This reduces concentration risk.
Reduce Sector Exposure:

Consider reducing your investment in sector funds like HDFC Manufacturing and SBI PSU Fund.
These funds are less diversified and can be volatile.
Shift from Index Funds to Actively Managed Funds:

Index funds like SBI Next 50 and SBI 250 Small Cap Index Fund lack active management.
Actively managed funds can potentially offer better returns.
Increase Exposure to Actively Managed Funds:

Increase investment in actively managed funds such as multicap, large-cap, and mid-cap funds.
These funds are managed by professionals who can make informed investment decisions.
SIP in Balanced and Multicap Funds:

Continue your SIP in ICICI Bluechip and Motilal Oswal Midcap funds.
Consider adding more SIPs in balanced advantage or multicap funds.
Diversify Across Asset Classes:

Continue investing in multi-asset funds like Baroda BNP Paribas Multi Asset.
These funds offer a mix of equity, debt, and other assets for better diversification.
Suggested Portfolio Allocation
Equity Funds:

Large Cap Funds: 30% of your portfolio.
Mid Cap Funds: 20% of your portfolio.
Multicap Funds: 25% of your portfolio.
Reduce sector funds to 10% of your portfolio.
Balanced Funds:

Balanced Advantage Funds: 15% of your portfolio.
Multi-Asset Funds:

Continue with Baroda BNP Paribas Multi Asset.
Final Insights
Your portfolio is well-diversified but can be optimized by reducing sector-specific and index funds. Increase allocation to actively managed large, mid, and multicap funds. This strategy will potentially enhance returns and manage risks better. Regularly review and rebalance your portfolio to stay aligned with your financial goals.

Best Regards,

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Asked by Anonymous - Jul 19, 2024Hindi
Hi I am 42 year old and have monthly income of 68k. Monthly expenses are appx 40k which includes my children fee. I invest 4k in SIP which I started last year and have savings of 7lakh no loan and have parents own house. Have to spent appx 8k monthly on my medicines because of some health issues, this amount I reimbursed through corporate policy for which I paid 70k annual.( Excluding of in-hand salary and get sum insured of 1.5 lakh). My daughter is doing BCA and Son is in 10th standard. I want to give them better future and spend my savings on their higher study as and when needed if not manageable with salary. Pls tell me how I can arrange fund of 40 lakh in next 10 years. With salary growth of average 8 to 10% every year.
Ans: Evaluating Your Current Financial Situation
You have a stable income and manageable expenses. Let’s plan to arrange Rs. 40 lakh for your children's higher education over the next 10 years.

Current Financial Overview
Monthly Income: Rs. 68,000
Monthly Expenses: Rs. 40,000 (including children’s fees and medicines)
Current SIP Investment: Rs. 4,000
Savings: Rs. 7 lakh
No Loans
Health Insurance: Corporate policy with Rs. 1.5 lakh sum insured
Financial Goals
Arrange Rs. 40 lakh in 10 years
Continue managing current expenses and health needs
Strategy to Achieve Rs. 40 Lakh in 10 Years
Increase SIP Contributions
Current SIP: Rs. 4,000 monthly
Proposed SIP Increase: Gradually increase SIP by 5-10% annually.
Targeted SIP: Aim to invest Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 monthly in diversified mutual funds over time.
Utilize Savings
Savings of Rs. 7 lakh: Keep Rs. 2 lakh as an emergency fund.
Invest Rs. 5 lakh: In a mix of equity and debt mutual funds for growth and stability.
Leverage Salary Growth
Salary Growth: Assume an average increase of 8-10% annually.
Increment Allocation: Allocate a portion of salary increments towards increasing SIP investments.
Investment Plan
Step 1: Monthly SIPs
Equity Mutual Funds: Focus on high-growth potential.
Debt Mutual Funds: For stability and lower risk.
Step 2: Lump Sum Investments
Use Rs. 5 lakh Savings: Invest in diversified mutual funds.
Regular Top-Up: Add lump sums from bonuses or extra income.
Estimated Growth
Assuming a 12% average annual return on mutual fund investments, your SIPs and lump sum investments can potentially grow to Rs. 40 lakh in 10 years.

Health and Emergency Management
Maintain Emergency Fund
Emergency Fund: Keep Rs. 2 lakh liquid for unforeseen expenses.
Health Expenses: Ensure Rs. 8,000 monthly for medicines, covered by corporate policy.
Children's Education Planning
Estimate Education Costs
Higher Education: Plan for tuition, living expenses, and additional costs.
Prioritize Savings: Keep savings liquid for immediate educational needs.
Final Insights
To arrange Rs. 40 lakh in 10 years:

Increase SIP investments gradually.
Utilize a portion of current savings.
Allocate part of salary increments to SIPs.
Maintain an emergency fund and cover health expenses.
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Hello, I am 45 and I earn 1.5 lacs per month after Tax and Mandatory PF deduction. I have no Loan EMI and never took any loan in my life. I have 68 lacs in provident Fund, 8.5 lacs in PPF, 17 lacs in Bank FD, 55 lacs of a home, 50 lacs of land, 90 lacs in Equity and MF investments (with 1.20 Cr current value), 10 lacs investments in LIC/other insurances, and 10 lacs of cash. I am planning to retire at 50. Kindly guide me how to reach 3 Crore Corpus Savings/liquid fund or 1 lac earnings every month after age 50 in the best possible way?
Ans: Evaluating Your Current Financial Situation
You have a well-diversified portfolio and good income. Planning for retirement at 50 is a great goal. Let's analyze your assets and create a strategy.

Current Assets Overview
Provident Fund (PF): Rs. 68 lakh
Public Provident Fund (PPF): Rs. 8.5 lakh
Bank Fixed Deposit (FD): Rs. 17 lakh
Home: Rs. 55 lakh
Land: Rs. 50 lakh
Equity and Mutual Funds: Rs. 1.2 crore
LIC and Other Insurances: Rs. 10 lakh
Cash: Rs. 10 lakh
Monthly Income and Expenses
Monthly Income: Rs. 1.5 lakh
Expenses: Not specified, assume moderate living expenses.
Retirement Goals
Corpus of Rs. 3 crore by age 50
Monthly Income of Rs. 1 lakh post-retirement
Step 1: Analyzing Current Investments
Your current investments are strong. Here’s how to optimize them:

Provident Fund and PPF: Stable and safe, continue as they are.
Bank FD: Consider moving part to higher-yield investments.
Equity and Mutual Funds: Good growth, continue SIPs and increase contributions.
Step 2: Targeting Rs. 3 Crore Corpus
Increase Equity Investments
Higher Returns: Equity investments yield higher returns over time.
Diversify: Continue SIPs in diversified and sectoral funds.
Regular Review: Adjust based on market performance.
Move Some FD to Mutual Funds
Better Returns: Mutual funds offer higher returns than FDs.
Balanced Approach: Consider hybrid funds for a mix of equity and debt.
Step 3: Ensuring Monthly Income of Rs. 1 Lakh
Invest in Annuity Plans and SWPs
Systematic Withdrawal Plans (SWPs): From mutual funds for regular income.
Annuity Plans: For guaranteed income, though not recommended as primary.
Build a Dividend Portfolio
Dividend Yield Stocks: Invest in companies with a good dividend record.
Regular Income: Provides a steady cash flow.
Step 4: Emergency Fund and Insurance
Maintain Liquidity
Emergency Fund: Keep Rs. 10 lakh or more as a buffer.
Insurance: Adequate life and health coverage.
Step 5: Review and Adjust Annually
Annual Review: Check performance and adjust as needed.
Rebalance Portfolio: Ensure the right mix of equity and debt.
Final Insights
To reach a Rs. 3 crore corpus by 50 and ensure Rs. 1 lakh monthly income:

Increase equity investments.
Move some FD to mutual funds.
Invest in dividend stocks and SWPs.
Maintain a strong emergency fund and insurance.
Review and adjust your portfolio annually.
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Hi, I am 37 years and having a income of 1 lakh. My household expense is manged by husband. Having home loan - 40k monthly (13years) Personal exp - 15k monthly Equity - invested 3.5 lakhs ( now 5 lakhs) Started mutual funds last year for 5k SIP in quant small cap (2 lakhs) 2 LIC - sum insured 5 lakhs (one ll mature in 2026 , where should I reinvest or should I use to repay home loan) 1 sip in max ulip of 5k - for kid education (for 5 years , matured after 15 years) 1 sbi ulip - 40k ( annually) Where should I invest to get corpus of atleast 2 cr in next 10 years
Ans: Your income is Rs. 1 lakh per month.

Your monthly expenses include a home loan EMI of Rs. 40k and personal expenses of Rs. 15k.

Your equity investment has grown from Rs. 3.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs.

You have a SIP in a small-cap mutual fund and other investments.

Evaluating Current Investments

Your small-cap SIP is a good start. Small-cap funds have high growth potential.

Your LIC policies provide insurance coverage. One matures in 2026.

Your ULIP for your child's education is a long-term investment. It matures in 15 years.

Investment Strategy for 2 Crores in 10 Years

To achieve a corpus of Rs. 2 crores in 10 years, you need a disciplined approach.

Diversification of SIPs
Large-Cap Funds

Invest in stable, large companies.
These funds offer steady growth.
Mid-Cap Funds

Invest in medium-sized companies.
These funds provide balanced growth.
Flexi-Cap Funds

Invest across different market capitalizations.
These funds offer diversification.
Balanced Advantage Funds

Mix of equity and debt.
These funds balance risk and returns.
Increase SIP Contributions
Consider increasing your SIP contributions.

A higher SIP amount will help you reach your goal faster.

Reinvestment of LIC Maturity
When your LIC matures in 2026, reinvest the maturity amount.

Consider allocating it to equity mutual funds for higher growth.

You can also use a part of it to prepay your home loan.

Evaluate and Adjust ULIPs
Your ULIP for your child's education is long-term.

Review its performance regularly.

Consider switching to mutual funds if returns are not satisfactory.

Avoid ULIPs with high charges and low returns.

Emergency Fund
Maintain an emergency fund.

Keep at least 6 months of expenses in a liquid fund.

Insurance Coverage
Ensure adequate insurance coverage.

Review your term insurance and health insurance.

Consider increasing your coverage if needed.

Professional Guidance
Consult a Certified Financial Planner.

They can help you design a personalized investment strategy.

Regular reviews and adjustments are crucial for achieving your goals.

Final Insights
A disciplined investment approach can help you achieve Rs. 2 crores in 10 years.

Diversify your SIPs and increase contributions.

Reinvest your LIC maturity amount wisely.

Regularly review your ULIPs and consider switching to mutual funds.

Maintain an emergency fund and ensure adequate insurance coverage.

Seek professional guidance for a tailored investment strategy.

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Hello, I am a businessman and now im 38 years. My monthly income is around 100000/- approx but not fixed for every months since im from events industry. This year I have taken home loan of 42 lakhs for 30 years ( 2024 ) and current emi is 33000/- and additionally I have to pay approx 1.5 Lakhs in every 4 months till 2025 end. And car loan emi is 18000/- and duration left approx june 2028 and misc loan of 15000/- left for 2 years. My goal is to get 2 crore at the age of 55 and to enjoy loan free life. Can you please suggest me how to achive my goal. Thank you.
Ans: Current Financial Situation
1. Income and Loans:

Monthly income: Rs 1,00,000 (variable).
Home loan EMI: Rs 33,000 for 30 years (starting 2024).
Additional home loan payment: Rs 1.5 lakhs every 4 months until 2025 end.
Car loan EMI: Rs 18,000 until June 2028.
Miscellaneous loan EMI: Rs 15,000 for 2 years.
Financial Goals
1. Debt-Free Life:

Clear all loans by 55.
Reduce financial burden and stress.
2. Savings Goal:

Accumulate Rs 2 crore by age 55.
Secure a comfortable future.
Strategies to Achieve Your Goals
1. Debt Management:

Prioritize clearing high-interest loans.
Focus on repaying the miscellaneous loan first (Rs 15,000 EMI for 2 years).
2. Optimize Loan Repayments:

Pay extra towards the principal of the home loan when possible.
Consider making additional lump-sum payments to reduce the loan tenure.
3. Investment Plan:

Start a disciplined investment plan.
Invest a portion of your income regularly in diversified mutual funds.
Detailed Investment Strategy
1. Emergency Fund:

Keep 6 months' worth of expenses in a liquid fund.
Ensure financial stability during income fluctuations.
2. Systematic Investment Plan (SIP):

Invest in diversified equity mutual funds.
Consider actively managed funds for higher returns.
Start SIPs with any surplus after meeting loan EMIs and expenses.
3. Long-Term Investments:

Invest in equity mutual funds for long-term growth.
Choose funds with a strong track record and professional management.
Investment Amount and Expected Returns
1. Monthly SIP Contributions:

Allocate Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 for SIPs.
Increase SIP amount as income grows or debts reduce.
2. Expected Returns:

Equity mutual funds can yield 10-12% annual returns over the long term.
Reinvest the returns for compounding benefits.
Additional Tips
1. Regular Review:

Review your investment portfolio annually.
Adjust investments based on performance and goals.
2. Professional Advice:

Consult a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for personalized advice.
Ensure your investment strategy aligns with your risk tolerance.
3. Tax Planning:

Use tax-saving instruments like ELSS mutual funds.
Optimize your tax liability to increase investable surplus.
Final Insights
To achieve your goal of Rs 2 crore and a loan-free life by 55, focus on disciplined investing and strategic debt repayment. Regularly review your financial plan and seek professional advice to stay on track.

Best Regards,

K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP

Chief Financial Planner,


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Mutual Funds, Financial Planning Expert - Answered on Jul 25, 2024

Hlw SIr Good evening I want to know about Reits.. Real Estate investment. Plz guide me of how much min investment I will make.
Ans: REITs are companies owning income-producing real estate.
They allow individual investors to earn dividends without buying, managing, or financing properties.
Advantages of REITs

Liquidity: Easily bought and sold on stock exchanges.
Diversification: Invest in different property types and locations.
Regular Income: Dividends from rental income.
Professional Management: Managed by professionals ensuring efficiency.
Minimum Investment

Varies: Depends on the specific REIT and platform.
General Range: Can start with as low as Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000.
Disadvantages of REITs

Market Risk: Subject to market volatility like stocks.
Fees: Management and transaction fees can reduce returns.
Dividend Tax: Dividends are taxable, affecting net returns.
How to Invest in REITs
Through Stock Exchanges

Listed REITs: Available on stock exchanges.
Process: Similar to buying stocks; use a demat account.
Mutual Funds

REIT Mutual Funds: Funds that invest in REITs.
Benefit: Professional management and diversification.
Tips for Investing in REITs

Research: Understand the REIT's portfolio, performance, and management.
Diversify: Don't invest all in one REIT; diversify across sectors and regions.
Long-Term Perspective: Hold investments for a longer period for potential growth.
Alternatives to Direct REIT Investment
Actively Managed Funds

Flexibility: Fund managers can adapt to market changes.
Potential for Higher Returns: Aim to outperform index funds.
Regular Mutual Funds

Guidance: Investment through Certified Financial Planners ensures professional advice.
Convenience: Easier management and oversight.
Final Insights
Start Small: Begin with a manageable amount and increase gradually.
Monitor Regularly: Keep an eye on market trends and performance.
Consult a CFP: Seek advice from a Certified Financial Planner for tailored guidance.
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Hi, I have 43L and I'm planning to buy a flat worth 1.4Cr. It is due completion in 2029. So I can either put in more now or at the end. I have decided to do below. Pay 10% since it's compulsion, now I have 30lacks with me. My biggest advantage now is time. So I have invested lumpsum of 20L in PPFAS Flexi cap and 10L in HDFC Balanced Fund. I have a loan sanctioned of remaining amount 1.2Cr. My question is, in 5yrs time, should I use 87L from loan and use whatever I get from these MF's or should I stay invested in MF's and use full loan amount of 1.2cr instead? My plan was to pump in additional 30k per month if I use only 87L from loan as my EMI would be less and 8-10yrs down the line, I can apply for PreClosure. What's the best way forward? Use full loan amount and pay higher emi and keep my 30L in MF intact or use partial loan amount, pump in additional sip and utilize what I get to foreclosure of loan? Other details, 30M, Monthly Exp around 50k. I am investing 35k in SIP, 50k for various plans, ULIP, insurance ROP, Assured returns etc. I consider these as debt instruments in my investments. End goal is to save enough for retirement and an additional real estate asset worth 1.5cr before retiring.
Ans: You have Rs 43 lakhs and plan to buy a flat worth Rs 1.4 crores due for completion in 2029. Here's an analysis of your options:

Current Investment Plan
1. Initial Payment:

Paid 10% (Rs 14 lakhs) upfront.
Remaining Rs 30 lakhs available.
2. Investment Allocation:

Rs 20 lakhs in PPFAS Flexi Cap Fund.
Rs 10 lakhs in HDFC Balanced Fund.
3. Loan Details:

Sanctioned loan amount: Rs 1.2 crores.
Option 1: Partial Loan and Additional SIP
1. Plan:

Use Rs 87 lakhs from the loan.
Use returns from mutual funds for the rest.
Pump in an additional Rs 30k per month as SIP.
2. Benefits:

Lower EMI, making it easier to manage monthly expenses.
Ability to invest more monthly, enhancing wealth creation.
Option to pre-close the loan in 8-10 years.
3. Considerations:

Assess the expected returns from mutual funds.
Ensure the investments outperform the loan interest rate.
Option 2: Full Loan Amount
1. Plan:

Use the full Rs 1.2 crores loan.
Keep the Rs 30 lakhs in mutual funds.
2. Benefits:

Larger loan amount may offer tax benefits.
Investments remain intact and grow over time.
Flexibility to use investment returns for other goals.
3. Considerations:

Higher EMI impacts monthly cash flow.
Loan tenure may be longer, increasing interest paid.
Comparative Analysis
1. Loan Interest vs. Investment Returns:

Compare the loan interest rate with the expected returns from mutual funds.
If mutual fund returns are higher, keeping investments intact might be beneficial.
2. Monthly Cash Flow:

Evaluate your ability to manage higher EMIs.
Consider the impact on your overall financial stability.
3. Pre-closure Option:

With lower EMIs, pre-closure of the loan becomes feasible.
Additional SIP investments can create a pre-closure fund.
1. Balanced Approach:

Use a mix of both options.
Opt for a partial loan and keep some investments intact.
2. Regular Review:

Monitor your mutual fund performance regularly.
Adjust investments and loan repayments based on market conditions.
3. Financial Goals:

Align your investments with long-term goals like retirement.
Diversify your portfolio to balance risk and returns.
Final Insights
Considering your goals, a balanced approach of partial loan and maintaining investments is optimal. Regularly review and adjust based on performance and market conditions.

Best Regards,

K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP

Chief Financial Planner,


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