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    Do these mutual funds match my risk profile?

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    I have been investing in mutual funds for the last three years. My primary goal is to achieve a corpus for my retirement at the age of 50. My current monthly investment via SIP is Rs 50,000. I have a high risk appetite until 40 years and later my appetite will be moderate to low. Below are my SIP investments:

    Mirae Asset Bluechip Fund: Rs 10,000/month
    Mirae Asset Large Cap Fund: Rs 6,000/month
    Axis Bluechip Fund: Rs 10,000/month
    SBI Small Cap Fund: Rs 5,000/month
    ICICI US Bluechip Fund: Rs 5,000/month
    Quantum Value Discovery Fund: Rs 4,000/month

    I am 34 years old. Could you please comment whether the fund selection matches my risk profile till I become 40 years old?
    - Satish Jayachandiran

    One, do not assume your risk profile or link it to your age or financial position. Your risk profile is not just your risk-taking ability. For most people, the risk profile is more linked to their mindset or mental make up. For example, a person may have a lot of money. Therefore, he has the ability to take risk. However, he may be a very conservative by nature and not at all comfortable with the idea of taking more risk to make more money. This is just an example to drive home the point that do not assume that your have a high risk appetite because you are young or rich. Take an online quiz if you are not sure about it.

    Two, always try to quantify your goal. It is extremely important to have a number for each goal, especially when it comes to long-term goals like retirement, children’s education, etc. For example, if a college course cost around Rs 10 lakh now. It will cost around Rs 46.60 lakh after 20 years, assuming an annual inflation rate of 8%.

    Follow the same strategy for your retirement planning. Find out your current cost of living and inflate it by a realistic number to arrive at a target retirement corpus. Once you know the target, you can find out how much you need to invest every month to achieve it. Without these basic calculations, you would invest whatever you can or choose a random number for your retirement corpus. These may may not be enough to take care of your long-term goal.

    Things You should consider
    • Annualized Return
      for 3 year: 5.25%
    • Suggested Investment
      Horizon: >3 years
    • Time taken to double
      money: 3.6 Years
    Things You should consider
    • Annualized Return
      for 3 year: 9.33%
    • Suggested Investment
      Horizon: >3 years
    • Time taken to double
      money: 4.10 Years
    You are given the name of two schemes wrong. It seems, you are talking about Mirae Asset Emerging Bluechip Fund and ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund.

    You are currently investing in two large cap schemes, a value scheme, large & mid cap scheme, international scheme, and small cap scheme. Among these, the small and large & mid cap schemes have higher risk element in them. They are meant for aggressive investors who can take extra risk and volatility. Make sure that you are okay with the extra risk in these schemes.

    You should reassess your risk profile and try to build a sharply focused portfolio in line with your risk profile. Also, adopt a goal-based investment strategy that would help you to quantify your goals and invest regularly to build your target corpus.
    (If you have any mutual fund queries, message us on ET Mutual Funds on Facebook. We will get it answered by our panel of experts.)
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