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Portfolio and your retirement lifestyle

Portfolios are usually constructed based on the individual’s investment objectives, the risk tolerance and the time horizon. Investors can feel confident that they own a well-diversified portfolio but only if they use these inputs and portfolio optimization calculations, so that they pursue their long term goals. As a retiree, your retirement goals play a major role in building your portfolio. Starting a business? If retirement funds are used to start a business it entails your risk. You might want to consider reducing risk levels of your investment portfolio to compensate for risks for a new business venture. Of course a new business cannot generate income right away and hence you might want to construct a portfolio which is income oriented and provide you for your current income till the...

Mutual Funds or ETFs?

Exchange-traded funds are baskets of securities, much like mutual funds. Unlike mutual funds, ETFs are bought and sold throughout the day. That gives buyers and sellers more control, whereas mutual fund orders are only processed after the market close, based on the day’s final prices. The Growth of ETFs has been volatile. In 1990’s there were just 29 and near to end of 2016 there were 1,700 investing in various stocks and bonds and other securities. ETFs and Mutual funds are a lot in common. Both of them pursue a specific investment goal. Both offer diversification also both manage costs but depending on their investment objectives. What are the structural differences? Mutual funds accumulate a pool of money and invest to pursue objectives stated in fund’s prospectus. All the resulti...

Ever Heard Of This Investment Risk?

Investors are aware that investing in capital markets may present any number of risks such as Interest rate risks, company risk, market risk etc. Risk is not a separable companion for long-term growth. Some of the risks can be mitigated by the method of diversification. Also you may face another less known risk as an investor for which neither the market compensate you nor can it easily be reduced by diversification.  Yet it might be the biggest challenge to the sustainability of your retirement income. This risk is called the SEQUENCE OF RETURNS RISK. The uncertainty of the order of returns which an investor shall receive over a period of time refers to sequence of returns risk. “Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet”. For an example- say a mar...

How to Double Your Investment?

There’s something that intrigues most investors by the idea of doubling one’s money. Doubling your money is a realistic goal that investors must always be moving towards, as well as something that can lure people into impulsive mistakes regarding investing. Here we shall look at the right and the wrong ways to invest for huge returns. THE SUPERIOR WAY- EARN IT SLOWLY To double your money, the most tested way over a reasonable time is to invest your money in a solid, non-speculative portfolio that diversifies between investment grade bonds and blue chip stocks. The portfolio won’t get doubled in a year, but will surely do eventually. The old rule of 72 helps you calculate the time it would take for your investment to get doubled if its growth compound itself. According to rule 72 you got to...

How can Diversification Help you?

Diversification is an important mean to manage risk. But, it does not guarantee against a loss. The key is to identify investments that perform different under various market conditions. It will be diversified between bonds, stocks and cash alternatives. How diversification works For an instance, say a stock portfolio included a mechanics company, a car manufacturer and a diesel service firm. Here, even though the portfolio has spread risks it may not be considered as a good diversified portfolio as all of them are connected to one Mechanical industry. So, switch to different portfolios such as a mechanics company, a computer company and a drug manufacturer. The concept of diversification is one reason as to why mutual funds are so popular among the investors. Ways to diversify your invest...

Plan well for your Child’s Education

In earlier 90’s the fee for children’s education was in thousands and today it’s not the same. The fee structure for children’s education is so high that it could make you worry for your child’s educational future. Planning now for your child’s education can reduce the anxiety you will face when time comes to dish out the money. It would be your little ones dream to get educated in institutions of their choice & also pursue higher level degrees, but making sure they can afford the education is your job. Your planning shall be all according to the following things below-  Today, the fees is near to 2 lakhs for a B.com degree, above 10 lakhs for engineering etc. 10-15 years from now the educational fee will be much more higher. Let’s have a look on some approximate costs of a few of repu...

Mistakes You Should Avoid To Help Your Money Grow Through S I P

A Systematic Investment Plan allows investments (small amounts) at regular intervals to yield high returns over a long period of time. SIPs help you build your wealth gradually without hurting your financial commitments rather than just investing a lump sum amount. It has the power of averaging and compounding which makes it a smart investment option- There are some common mistakes investors make:-   Deciding huge amount for investing Investors make a mistake on not calculating their present and future financial capabilities before committing high investment amount. + What to do? Set a realistic amount for monthly SIP investments by evaluating your financial condition such as present and future salaries, expenses and contingencies. Investing for one year It is an extremely small durat...

How Do You Choose The Right Mutual Fund?

  Saving and Investment for future security is at most important for each and every individual. For several people, busy lifestyle and lack of proper information might create a problem in selecting the right investment product. Mutual funds help you to get out of this hindrance. Mutual funds provide skilled investment management for people at a reasonable value. Here are a few tips for selecting mutual funds: Fund house: You need to choose a fund house on which you’ve got enough faith to invest your money and not adjust in a scheme of your choice. Identify fund houses that have a powerful presence within the financial world and provide funds that have consistent record.   Achieve goals of investment: Investments are made in such a way that it makes sure your savings enhance your ...

Reasons Why Investing in Mutual Funds In Nothing Like Gambling

  Very often, we come across peers and friends who believe that investing in mutual funds is likely to be gambling. Let’s have a look on the differences between investing and gambling. TIME SENSITIVE: Gambling like betting over a sports match or a casino lasts only as long as the event does. You cannot recover your money you lost during the respected event. On other hand, investing is a long term process where you have chances of making profits over the years over your initial investment. DIVERSIFICATION: While in gambling, there is no such risk-mitigation strategies applied. Whereas, mutual funds’ investments help you diversify your money. RECOVERY: If at gambling you lose money with an unlucky hand, you lose all of it at once which has no recovery option. Whereas when mutual funds a...

What Are The Various Schemes To Save Tax?

Paying excessive tax? Every individual wants to invest in funds that don’t extract much tax. Even though every salaried person needs to pay a fixed tax, there are exemptions on certain incomes. Are you aware of the number of schemes available through which you can pay less tax? Here are a few of them Through Mutual Funds: Income earned through mutual funds is exempted from any tax under SEBI. The best funds to invest in would be ELSS mutual funds. A good ELSS fund can build wealth for investors if held for a long term. Also, it has a potential of higher return. Also, you can get some of the investment back if you opt for the dividend option. Through Pension: National Pension Scheme is beneficial for individuals having risk volatility, looking to set aside money towards retirement. Maximum ...

7 Mutual Fund Mistakes You Should Avoid

Every investor is taught what he should be looking into while making an investment, but very often they are unaware of the mistakes that they make while opting for a mutual fund. This article, would discuss about the very common or costly mistakes that the investor makes which should be avoided. 1. Overlooking or ignoring the risks involved: Investors know the benefits of opting a mutual fund before choosing it but they generally ignore the risks associated with it. No investment is risk free, every investment comes along with a risk. One must identify and introspect the entire risk that ispresent and its profiling should be done before selecting a perfect mutual fund. 2. Infuse money in many Mutual Funds: Investing in 15, 20 mutual funds is absurdity. You should always be able to manage y...

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