Plan your wealth & retirement with Mutual Funds
A young techie sent me a message “I am 24 years old and I need help with my retirement planning . Can you help me out?”.
Amazing, isn’t it? Hardly around a decade ago it was impossible for people like us – early into the professional life to talk about retirement planning and personal finance. The scenario has changed completely. Now a days I see a lot of young professionals lined up seeking early retirement advice and discuss on the ways how they can accumulate wealth. Till a few years ago, these kind of questions were the subject of discussion for people in their late 40s and 50s
The reason behind this is the younger generation is much more aware about the surroundings. Youngsters are more worried about the retirement and investments. They indeed should be as
- There is no provision of company funded pension schemes in private organizations and even in most of the Government organizations now.
- It’s unlikely that the kids / family will help the current generation during their retirement times. Hence they can not even think of relying on them during their golden years.
- Due to advancement in medical facilities, people are living longer now. This means they have to provide for themselves for few more years.
- The cost of living, including the healthcare costs are on the rise and one needs money to fund the living.
So how to get around and plan for a decent retirement for yourself? Rather I should frame this question as “How best mutual funds can be used to fund your retirement plan effectively?”
A lot of historical data which is available at hand at many online portals / financial magazines indicates that the returns from a small amount invested religiously over many years in equity mutual funds have always beaten the inflation by a huge margin.
What does this mean? When you are investing for retirement you have to make sure that your earnings are not affected by inflation. Say for example, money in savings bank account as of today earns around 3% as interest per year. Retail inflation usually hovers at around 4%-6%. This effectively means that your money is eroding its value when you keep it in savings account.
When you are investing for a long term or a goal like retirement, you must ensure that you go full throttle to increase the gap between inflation and the returns you generate from your investments.
As per the historical data, over last 10 years
- Large Cap mutual funds category has generated an average of around 14% returns per year
- Diversified mutual funds category has generated an average of around 17% returns per year
- Midcap / small cap mutual funds category has generated an average of around 20% returns per year
So we do have some learning from the statistics above. To keep our earnings well above the inflation – we must tap the potential of Equity Mutual Funds. Right? It is extremely important to to earn well above inflation to save our money from eroding its value.
Now coming back to Mutual Funds, all one has to do is to select a mutual fund which fits in one’s risk taking appetite and set aside a sum every month to invest in it. Do it religiously for eternity – you will certainly hit the jackpot. If you are young, starting your career and love to take risks, pick a more aggressive small cap / mid cap combination. Choose the best funds in the category and you are done. Only catch is you have to invest in it month on month for many years. If you keep on investing and do not withdraw your earnings, you are set for your retirement corpus. One more things, invest a sizable amount. My suggestion is you must aim to invest 20%-30% of your take home income every month.
If you are conservative by nature, pick any top rated large cap equity mutual fund and hang on with it till you reach your retirement age.
Believe me, there are no shortcuts of becoming rich. One has to invest diligently over a long period of time and once you give exposure of time to your equity mutual funds investments none can stop you from acquiring a decent retirement corpus. You will be amazed to see the power of compounding.
One word of caution – do not get disturbed or distracted with short term fluctuation in markets. Every few years there will be sharp down turns which can be used to park more funds and earn better during the upcycles.
If you are young, ready to start – I am reachable at wealthsamurai at gmail.com to help you out.
Happy Investing !!!