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Are Mutual Funds An Ideal Investment Vehicle For Your Retirement Planning? Know Here...
Jun 1, 2018

Geezerhood is an inescapable truth of life. In a way, old age can be a two-way sword. If you have done a lot of good work in your young age, retirement becomes a time to relax and celebrate the last phase of life.

Signs of a peaceful retired life:

  • Good health
  • Sound financial condition
  • Supportive friends and family
  • A hobby
  • And contentedness

For any reason if you made wrong choices when you're young, you might have to pay for them at a later stage in life.

The opposite of each of the above can make your retirement extremely distressful. Believe it or not, the factors given above are so much important (perhaps in that order) for your peaceful retirement.

Have you ever asked yourself, if you are doing enough to ensure you will have a good life even in your old age?

Do you take care of your health?

Do you have any lifestyle diseases?

Do you save enough and invest wisely?

Do you draw a line to your ambitions?

Do you give enough time to your family and friends?

And more importantly, do you have any hobby that can keep you busy once you hang up your boots?

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A survey stated, many suddenly find it difficult to utilize the free time and get frustrated without the usual routine after retirement.

If you think you will do all of this "when it is needed" might be the biggest mistake of your life.

Your present habits decide the quality of your tomorrow's life.

Have you ever bothered yourself to check your money habits?

Until recently, Vaibhav didn't care how his lifestyle was affecting his expenses, nor about his poor financial decisions, and his complete ignorance towards family for a thriving career.

Last month, he needed a few lakh Rupees urgently. He checked his portfolio to quickly liquidate some of his investments. Perhaps, for the first time he reviewed his investments thoroughly.

[Read here: Why You Need To Review Your Mutual Fund Portfolio Right Now]

He realised after eight years of doing investments, his so-called "retirement funds" were performing miserably and giving him compounded annualised returns of under 6%. He had invested in 3-4 retirement plans offered by various insurance companies. He had fallen for their emotional appeal.

Vaibhav, a technology expert, earns a big fat salary. At 40, with all the luxuries of life, the only problem he faces today is his meagre bank balance.

After looking at the performance of his investment, he got tensed. "Will I be able to sustain my current life style after 15 years, once I retire?" he's wondering now.

He's trying to find a solution to a problem which is self-inflicted and could have been avoided completely in first place.

Moral of the story: Don't get swayed away by the tall promises of marketers; instead do some hard work to find out what works for you in the long run.

What's the right approach to planning your retirement?

  • Know Your Expenses (KYE)
  • Factor in the impact of inflation
  • Estimate the amount you might need per month post retirement
  • Estimate the corpus you need to have at your retirement
  • Based on your risk appetite and return expectation estimate the investments you might have to do per month until retirement
  • Review your investments periodically to ensure you're on the right path

[Read: A Step-By-Step Approach To Retirement Planning]

Assume you need Rs 50,000 per month and expect to maintain the same lifestyle post retirement, say after 20 years. If inflation goes up by 5% every year, your monthly expenses would be 1.35 lakh per month at your retirement, i.e. at 60.

Suppose your investments generate 1% inflation plus tax-adjusted returns on your retirement kitty post retirement, you will need Rs 2.95 crore at your retirement, assuming a life expectancy of 80.

You will have to save Rs 6.44 lakh every year for 20 years to build the retirement corpus you require. If you had started five years earlier, you would need to save approximately Rs 4 lakh a year.

Now, let's modify this a bit.

If you can generate 10% returns for 25 years, the investment of Rs 3 lakh per year would also suffice.

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You see, there's no option to starting early and investing wisely.

Some of you might ask which investment avenue would generate 10% returns for 25 years.

To your surprise, on an average, equity diversified mutual fund schemes, including Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS), have generated 17.1% Compounded Annualised Growth Rate (CAGR) returns over last 20 years. The lowest returns generated by a diversified equity scheme have been 7.6% CAGR and 27.1% have been the highest.

Mutual Funds...a right way to approach your retirement?
Data as on May 17, 2018
(Source: ACE MF ,PersonalFN Research)

Starting a few SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) in diversified equity funds would be a good retirement planning option.

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  • How to compare performance of mutual fund schemes
  • What to look for in a fund's portfolio
  • How to judge the competence of the fund house
  • How to analyse fund managers skills
  • Steps to build a solid mutual fund portfolio

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Happy Planning!

Happy Investing!

This article first appeared on PersonalFN here.

PersonalFN is a Mumbai based personal finance firm offering Financial Planning and Mutual Fund Research services.


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