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Points To Consider Before Investing In Equity Mutual Funds

Equity mutual fund investments come with certain risks due to volatility in the stock market, and as such, investors should keep certain factors in mind before making an investment decision

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Amit Sethi
May 31, 2023
Points To Consider Before Investing In Equity Mutual Funds

Old habits die hard. If you have been investing in the equity market during your working life, you will likely continue doing the same after retirement. However, if you have not done it actively, you may be tempted to do that after you retire because of the available time to study and research. These are not invalid reasons, but we must take care of some of the points when investing in equity mutual funds after your retirement.

Risk And Return

Crash of the equity market, bullish moves, rags to riches, and bankruptcy stories abound in the media. You cannot miss it even if you want to. This uncertainty is what creates risk in investment. For example, a stock may double in one year or crash by 90 per cent in another year. You will lose money if you redeem it when the share is 90 per cent down. Similarly, it may exceed all your expectation sometime.

Nevertheless, risky assets tend to work better in the long term because time takes care of all ups and downs of its prices.

Should You Invest In Equity Mutual Funds After Retirement?

The question is whether you should invest in equity mutual funds after retirement.

Investors who have retired from active jobs cannot take many risks because they do not have any source of earning. Therefore, their priority is the preservation of capital. Protection of capital demands that you invest in low-risk instruments.

Hence, it is advisable not to exceed 25 per cent of your capital while investing in equity mutual funds. You should invest major portions, i.e., more than 75 per cent of the corpus, in safe assets like debt funds, small saving schemes or bank fixed deposits (FD).

This will ensure the preservation of capital and decent returns for your needs. Even a little exposure to equity mutual funds for the long term can help your portfolio maximise the return and beat inflation in the long term.

Things To Remember When Investing In An Equity Fund

Consider a few important points while investing in equity mutual funds after retirement.

Never exceed the investment limit that you decided in sync with your risk appetite. Restrict the maximum exposure limit to 25 per cent of your total investment.

  • Mutual funds provide risk ratings as per regulatory requirements. Do not invest in risky funds under the greed of high returns. Investment, once lost, is difficult to recover, especially when you are enjoying the last leg of your life.
  • It’s crucial to ensure that your investments are well-diversified to mitigate risk due to equity exposure.
  • Always take help from a registered investment advisor.
  • It is always good to do some research on your own.

Finally, the decisions regarding investments, including equity mutual funds by a senior citizen, should be made based on individual circumstances, financial goals, risk tolerance, and investment horizon. A more conservative investment approach may be appropriate if you have already accumulated sufficient savings to meet your goals and prioritise capital preservation.

 

The author is an Independent Financial Journalist. 

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