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Increasing overall investments is essential for Hemant Chauhan to build a sizeable nest egg.

     Print Edition: November 1, 2007

Increasing overall investments is essential for Hemant Chauhan to build a sizeable nest egg.

BEFORE THE CHECK-UP

  • Good savings percentage (68%), low investments
  • Very low equity exposure
  • High premiums but very low insurance cover

WHAT WE SAID

  • Exit endowment plans. Buy a term insurance of Rs 20 lakh for 30 years
  • Allocate about 65% investments to equity. Invest through mutual funds via SIPs
  • Invest in fixed maturity plans for secure and tax efficient returns

ACTION TAKEN AFTER OUR PRESCRIPTION

  • Surrendered endowment policyHemant Chauhan
  • Used money spent on premiums to increase exposure to equities
  • Increment in salary also channelled into equities
  • Invests via systematic investment plans (SIPs)

FINANCIAL HEALTH NOW

We’ve said it so many times, it’s not funny. Cash idling in your savings account actually depletes in value if inflation is anywhere more than 3.5%, the interest rate on these accounts.

Saving as diligently as Hemant Chauhan (68% of income) and leaving nearly everything there is financial hara-kiri.

Asset allocationWe got down to building a portfolio for him focusing at, yes, equities. Putting it together gave us the rare opportunity of presenting the entire thought process while evolving an investment strategy. How to get the highest insurance for the least cost? What should be the equity: debt ratio?

Which is the best way to build a retirement corpus? For the risk averse, mutual funds are the safest way to invest in equities.Then we narrowed down to specific funds. SIPs found favour to inculcate financial discipline. As a cushion, debt instruments like threeyear plus fixed deposits worked well.

The idea was to integrate tax planning with investments. Chauhan has exited an endowment policy and added more funds to his portfolio.There’s much more to done. And the benefits will be visible only after a while.

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