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Old 05-10-2010, 04:22 PM
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Default Investing too much in PPF and LIC? Revisit your strategy

CONTRIBUTION towards insurance and PPF are fine but if you want to create wealth, it's time to change your outlook. Certified Financial Planner, Kartik Jhaveri tells reader Dheeraj where to invest, why and how much he is likely to make.
I AM 40 years of age with a 10-year old daughter. I work with a private company in Jaipur and earn an annual salary of Rs 4 lakh. I also have a loan outstanding of Rs 6 lakh at floating rate.

My expenses are as follows
Household expenses = Rs 1.2 lakh per annum
EMI on housing loan = Rs 90,000 per annum

My investments are as follows
LIC, PPF = Rs 1 lakh per annum

My fears
I am apprehensive about investing in shares
I have no other source of income

My doubts
Where should I invest in the next 10 to 15 years to accumulate sizeable savings after my retirement?

-- Dheeraj Chauhan, Jaipur

You cannot compromise on your housing loan or your household expenses. This leaves us with your investments towards life insurance (LIC) and Public Provident Fund (PPF), where restructuring is possible. I believe you are contributing far too much into LIC and PPF than what is required, given your income and other commitments.

While we do not know exactly how much of Rs 1 lakh per annum you are paying towards PPF and how much towards LIC, let us make these two cases:

Case 1
: If you are paying more towards PPF
Your situation can be salvaged. PPF is a good investment option but it gives only 8 per cent returns per annum. First step towards accumulating wealth would be redesigning your strategy - you could potentially generate much more given that you have your retirement goal in perspective.

My recommendations
1. Stop contributions to all 80C investments except your LIC
2. Contribute Rs 1,000 per annum to keep your PPF account active
3. Use the balance money (of Rs 1 lakh after deducting LIC premia, Rs 1,000 of PPF and the principal payment of your loan) to invest in Equity Linked Saving Schemes (ELSS) of mutual funds. You will have a 3 year lock-in, but you will be able to reap good returns in 5 to 7 years.

Case 2: If you are contributing too much into insurance
Consider making your policies paid up (if you have already completed 3 years in your policies). And, if you have paid for less than 3 years, consider paying till you complete 3 years to even consider lapsing it. Do consult an expert before doing this because other variables like amount of insurance cover and amount of premium would come into play.

At your age, a life insurance policy of Rs 10 lakh sum assured should cost you no more than Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per annum. I refer to a term life policy as that is ideal. Use this number as a benchmark to evaluate if you are doing the right thing. Your ideal level of insurance should be around Rs 30 lakh.

My recommendations:
Consider alternate assets like bullion, real estate, etc at a later stage in life.

Next page: Where should you invest?

: Rs 5,500 per month = Rs 12 lakh in 11 years

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Old 05-10-2010, 04:23 PM
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Where should you invest?
Your income tax would be in the range of Rs 25,000 per annum. Studying your commitments, I estimate you will have Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000 per month surplus after managing expenses and Section 80C deployments.

Use the Systematic Investment Planning (SIP) route to invest into diversified equity mutual fund schemes. If you invest Rs 8,000 per month, you are likely to amass Rs 54 lakh (assuming a return of 15 per cent on equity investments) in 15 years. If you get a bonus or a hike, you could also invest in some bluechip companies. Follow this basic discipline and you will have amassed a sizeable quantum in the next 15 years.

Read: Get rich, SIP by SIP

I also believe that the Section 80C investments you are doing to save tax will help you meet the financial objectives of education and wedding for your daughter.

Find out: How much you need to invest with our compounding tool

Disclaimer: The concept “I want a Plan” and contents above are the intellectual property and copyright of the author, Kartik Jhaveri. No part may be used or reproduced in any form or manner. If you choose to act upon the information contained in the above article it is at your own risk. This article is purely educative and you are strongly advised to consult an expert prior to taking any significant decision.
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