Thursday, March 19, 2009

Student's dilemma on Diversified Funds or Balanced Funds?

From: Akhil Sharma

Hi! Mr.Advisor

I'm a student.My age is 23.i love to save my's been a year that i've invested in various equity diversified funds like
ICICI pru infra
Reliiance diversified power

Sundaram capex
Reliance RSF equity
Kotak indo world infra
I've invested Rs.5000 in each of them.As the last year has been bad for the markets...i've lost 50% of my investment.Now i want to invest again but not in diversified as i now want to have different type of funds in my portfolio.

I wanted to know if DSP black rock balanced fund,UTI mahila unit scheme and Reliance banking fund would be a good deal to invest or not and should i go for lumpsum or i should go for SIPs!
Any of your suggestions for me are welcome.

Thank you!
You're doing a great job!.....cheers to ur blog!!
Akhil sharma

Dear Akhil sharma,
First of all, thank you for your kind words on my blog.
You have started your invested at the peak of the Bull Market and hence it is no surprise that your investment value is down by 50%.
Alas, your investment has all been in Infrastructure Funds which only adds to the downswing of your investment value.
Thankfully, I am happy to note that you have not lost your heart and ready to invest again. Yes, as you yourself have admitted, you need to diversify your investment horizon. The funds you have selected for investment are all Balanced Fund. And at your age, you can go for Diversified Funds as these funds typically give you more return than Balanced Funds over a longer periods of time.
you can consider one among the following funds for your future investments.
Birla sunlife Equity fund
Fidelity Equity Fund
HDFC Top 200 fund
Reliance Growth Fund
Sundaram Select Focus Fund.

If you are still considering Balanced funds, you can think of HDFC Prudence Fund which has an excellent Track Record since its inception.
Preferably, go for SIPS.
Best of luck,
Srikanth Shankar Matrubai,

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