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Tax, MF Expert - Answered on Jun 19, 2024

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Satesh Question by Satesh on Jun 19, 2024Hindi

Sir what about Hdfc deffence fund ,i am planning to invest five thousand SIP for next 10 years and five thousand in HDFC multi cap fund for next 10 years . Kindly suggest .

Ans: Hello, I prefer to take some exposure in thematic funds after a person has created enough capital in basic funds like mid cap , small cap , multi cap , etc as these funds are bottom up approach whereas thematic funds are top to bottom approach. Hence themes should only be 10-15% of your portfolio and should be reviewed or watched closely.
If you intend to do an sip of 10K , you should add 3k in mid cap , 3k in small cap , 2k in multi cap and 2k in defence fund.

Let me know your thoughts on the same
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Ramalingam Kalirajan  |4605 Answers  |Ask -

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

Sir I am 37 year old ... having salary of 1.2 lacs per months and want to save money for child higher education and daughter martiage. Have 48 lakhs in fd's and PF account is having 18 laksh and will receive 20 lakhs in 2027 from LIC Please suggest how to invest in SIP currently having 50000 lumsump in Sbi energy opportunities fund, lumsump 50000 in SBI AUTO Hdfc noncyclic consumer fund Sip of 3000 Edelweiss small cap fund sip of 4000 Kotak emerging equity fund sip of. 3000 NJFlexi cap 1500, Hdfc multicap fund SIP of 1500 (50000 lumsum) Icici prudential value discovery fund sip of 1000 Total SIP per month 14500 and will increase to 30000 Please review my mutual fund portfolio as i dont have any knowledge and suggest if i have chossen correct category with mutual fund name or need to switch Waiting for your suggestion and thanks in advance
Ans: First, I want to commend you for taking proactive steps towards securing your family’s future. Planning for your children’s education and your daughter's marriage is crucial. Your current salary and savings indicate that you are on a strong financial path.

You’ve done well to accumulate Rs. 48 lakhs in Fixed Deposits and Provident Funds, and you have Rs. 18 lakhs in your PF account. Additionally, you’ll receive Rs. 20 lakhs from your LIC policy in 2027. These are significant assets that provide a solid foundation for your financial planning.

Your monthly income of Rs. 1.2 lakhs and your commitment to SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) show that you are already disciplined with your investments. Let's review your portfolio and explore how you can enhance it to meet your goals effectively.

Reviewing Your Current Mutual Fund Portfolio
Lump Sum Investments:

Rs. 50,000 in SBI Energy Opportunities Fund
Rs. 50,000 in SBI Auto Fund
Rs. 50,000 in HDFC Non-Cyclic Consumer Fund
Monthly SIPs:

Rs. 3,000 in Edelweiss Small Cap Fund
Rs. 4,000 in Kotak Emerging Equity Fund
Rs. 1,500 in NJ Flexi Cap Fund
Rs. 1,500 in HDFC Multi-Cap Fund (Plus Rs. 50,000 lump sum)
Rs. 1,000 in ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund
Total SIP per month: Rs. 14,500, with plans to increase to Rs. 30,000.

You have chosen a mix of funds across different sectors and market caps. This diversification is a good start, but let’s refine your strategy.

Diversification and Fund Selection
Your portfolio covers various market segments, which is excellent. Diversification reduces risk and provides stability. However, there are a few areas to consider:

Sector Funds:

Sector funds like Energy and Auto can be volatile. While they offer high growth potential, they are also riskier. It's important to balance them with more stable, diversified funds.
Cap Exposure:

You have exposure to small-cap (Edelweiss Small Cap Fund) and mid-cap (Kotak Emerging Equity Fund) funds. These can offer high returns but are riskier compared to large-cap or multi-cap funds. Ensure you are comfortable with this risk level.
Flexi Cap and Multi-Cap Funds:

Funds like NJ Flexi Cap and HDFC Multi-Cap provide flexibility and exposure across various market caps. These funds can adjust their portfolio based on market conditions, offering a balanced approach.
Value Funds:

ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund focuses on undervalued stocks, which can be a good long-term strategy but might not perform consistently in the short term.
Optimizing Your Investment Strategy
Given your goals, it's essential to align your investments with your risk tolerance and time horizon. Here’s a refined approach:

Reduce Sector Concentration:

Consider reallocating some funds from sector-specific investments (like Energy and Auto) to more diversified funds. Sector funds can be part of your portfolio, but they should not dominate it.
Increase Large-Cap Exposure:

Large-cap funds offer stability and consistent returns. Increasing your allocation in large-cap or blue-chip funds can provide a solid foundation, especially considering your goals of funding education and marriage.
Balanced Fund Allocation:

Maintain a balanced approach with a mix of large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap funds. This strategy provides growth potential while managing risk. Multi-cap and flexi-cap funds are good choices for maintaining balance.
Review and Rebalance Regularly:

Markets fluctuate, and your financial situation might change. Regularly review and rebalance your portfolio to ensure it aligns with your goals. A quarterly or annual review is advisable.
Increasing Your SIP Contributions
You plan to increase your SIP contributions from Rs. 14,500 to Rs. 30,000. This is a positive step towards achieving your financial goals. Here's how to approach it:

Gradual Increase:

Gradually increase your SIP amounts in existing funds or consider adding new funds that align with your investment strategy. This helps in averaging out the cost and managing cash flow effectively.
Prioritize Long-Term Goals:

Allocate more to funds with a long-term horizon, such as those targeting your children’s education. Equity funds with a long-term focus are ideal for this purpose due to their potential for higher returns.
Emergency Fund and Short-Term Goals:

Ensure you have an emergency fund to cover at least 6 months of expenses. For short-term goals like your daughter's marriage, consider more stable, debt-oriented funds or balanced funds that offer lower risk and steady returns.
Role of Fixed Deposits and LIC Policies
Fixed Deposits:

Your Rs. 48 lakhs in FDs provide a safety net and assured returns. While FDs are secure, their returns might not outpace inflation in the long run. Consider gradually reallocating a portion to mutual funds for better growth.
LIC Policy:

The Rs. 20 lakhs you will receive in 2027 from your LIC policy can be reinvested in mutual funds. This amount can significantly boost your investment corpus for your goals.
Benefits of Actively Managed Funds over Index Funds
Actively managed funds have professional managers who select stocks based on research and analysis. These funds aim to outperform the market. While index funds track the market passively, actively managed funds can provide higher returns through strategic stock selection.

Disadvantages of Index Funds:

They mirror the market and cannot outperform it.
In volatile markets, they can fall just as much as the index.
Lack of active management means no attempt to capitalize on market opportunities.
Advantages of Actively Managed Funds:

Potential to outperform the market through strategic investments.
Flexibility to shift assets in response to market changes.
Professional fund managers use their expertise to mitigate risks and enhance returns.
Regular Funds vs. Direct Funds
Direct funds have lower expense ratios as they do not include distributor commissions. However, investing through a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) using regular funds can provide several advantages:

Disadvantages of Direct Funds:

You need to have good knowledge and time to manage your investments.
Lack of professional guidance can lead to suboptimal investment choices.
No support for portfolio review and rebalancing.
Advantages of Regular Funds:

Professional advice from CFPs ensures that your investments align with your goals.
CFPs provide ongoing support and help in rebalancing your portfolio.
They can offer insights on market trends and fund performance, helping you make informed decisions.
Final Insights
You have laid a strong financial foundation with your current investments and savings. With some refinements, you can enhance your portfolio to better align with your goals.

Diversify Wisely:

Maintain a balanced approach with a mix of large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap funds. Reduce sector-specific exposure and add more diversified funds.
Regular Reviews:

Conduct regular reviews of your portfolio and adjust based on your changing financial situation and market conditions.
Professional Guidance:

Consider the benefits of regular funds and actively managed funds for professional guidance and potentially higher returns.
Goal-Based Allocation:

Allocate funds based on your specific goals, such as children's education and your daughter's marriage. Long-term goals can be aligned with equity funds, while short-term goals can be supported by stable, debt-oriented funds.
Emergency and Stability:

Maintain an emergency fund and gradually shift some FDs to mutual funds for better long-term growth.
With these strategies, you can build a robust investment portfolio that will help you achieve your financial goals. If you need further guidance, don't hesitate to consult a Certified Financial Planner to tailor a plan that fits your unique situation.

Best Regards,

K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP,

Chief Financial Planner,


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Ans: Hi Santu Chakraborty,

This is a really exhaustive query.

The journey thru' your acquisition of qualifications has been vast!

In the course of your life you are now suffering from SNIOP (SUSCEPTIBLE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OTHER PEOPLE) this happens when you let others control your life.

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