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Sir my SIP - SBI contra fund-2000, SBI small cap-1000, SBI small 250 index -1000, Aditya Birla sun Light PSU -2000, Parag Parikh flexi cap-2000, Motilal Oswal mid cap-2000, quant active fund-2000, total SIPs is to Rs.12000 per month , How many returns to get after 10 years investment.

Ans: Let's assess your SIP investments and project the potential returns over a 10-year period, keeping in mind various factors that influence investment outcomes.

Current SIP Portfolio Overview
Allocation Breakdown
SBI Contra Fund: Rs. 2000
SBI Small Cap Fund: Rs. 1000
SBI Small Cap 250 Index Fund: Rs. 1000
Aditya Birla Sun Life PSU Equity Fund: Rs. 2000
Parag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund: Rs. 2000
Motilal Oswal Mid Cap Fund: Rs. 2000
Quant Active Fund: Rs. 2000
Total Monthly SIP: Rs. 12000
Factors Affecting Returns
Fund Selection
Actively Managed Funds: Offer potential for higher returns but involve higher risk and management fees.
Index Funds: Lower fees but may have limitations in beating market benchmarks.
Market Performance
Equity Market Trends: Historical performance and future market conditions impact investment returns.
Economic Factors: Macroeconomic indicators influence market movements and fund performance.
Projected Returns Analysis
Historical Performance
Review historical performance of selected funds to gauge potential returns.
Consider past performance trends, fund manager expertise, and investment strategy.
Market Outlook
Analyze current market trends, economic indicators, and sectoral performance.
Evaluate growth prospects of sectors represented in your SIP portfolio.
Risk Assessment and Diversification
Risk Management
Diversification: Spread investments across different asset classes and sectors to manage risk.
Risk Appetite: Assess your risk tolerance to ensure investment choices align with your financial goals.
Regular Monitoring
Review SIP performance periodically to track progress and make informed adjustments.
Stay updated with market developments and fund performance reports.
Conclusion and Future Outlook
Based on the current investment allocation and market conditions, projecting precise returns over a 10-year period can be challenging. However, a diversified SIP portfolio across various asset classes and fund types is a prudent approach to long-term wealth creation.

Best Regards,

K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP,

Chief Financial Planner,

www.holisticinvestment.in
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Your investments in small-cap funds and sector-specific funds indicate an appetite for growth. These funds have potential but come with higher risk due to market volatility.

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Small-cap funds: Rs 2,000 in one fund, Rs 2,000 in another, and Rs 1,000 in a third

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Mid-cap fund: Rs 2,000

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Regular Review and Rebalancing
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Conclusion
Your current investment strategy is solid, focusing on growth through diverse funds. However, balancing your portfolio to manage risk is crucial. Professional guidance can enhance your investment decisions and help achieve your financial goals.

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Suggested Allocation
Equity Funds: Allocate a significant portion to equity funds for growth potential.

Debt Funds: Include debt funds for stability and regular income.

Hybrid Funds: Consider hybrid funds for a balanced approach to risk and return.

Regular Monitoring and Adjustments
Continuous monitoring and adjustments to your portfolio are necessary to ensure it remains aligned with your financial goals.

Benefits of Regular Monitoring
Performance Tracking: Monitor the performance of your investments regularly.

Timely Adjustments: Make necessary adjustments to optimise returns and manage risks.

Goal Alignment: Ensure your investments remain aligned with your evolving financial goals.

Final Insights
Investing a lump sum of Rs 10 lakh requires careful planning and a strategic approach.

Understanding the investment landscape, embracing market volatility, and opting for actively managed mutual funds are key steps towards achieving your financial goals.

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