Sunday, March 22, 2009


Mr.Naveen Ekbote Wrote :
Hi Srikanth,

Nice to know you work on mutual fund investments.

I have made two SIP investments of Rs.1000 each in HDFC Tax saver and Franklin templeton Tax saver from last 1 1/2 year. Unfortunately I have lost heavily due to fall in the stock market. Almost to the tune of 50%. Do you suggest to hold on for lock in period of 3 years? What is your suggestion.

I also want to take one Mutual fund SIP in my wifes name which gives tax benefit. Pls suggest.



Dear Naveen Ekbote,
Thank you for you nice words.

Both of your SIP investments, HDFC Tax Saver and Franklin Templeton Tax Saver are going into good funds. Though I am not so pleased with the performance of Franklin Templeton Tax Fund.
This Market Meltdown has not spared anyone and you are no exception. My sympathies are with you. You have got no other option but to stay invested till the lock-in period of 3 years. Unlike other Tax Saving Tools, Mutual Fund Equity Linked does not allow you prematural withdrawal. In a way, this is good as Equities tend to deliver better returns over longer periods of time.
Consider stopping your existing SIP in Franklin and starting a SIP in Sundaram Tax Saver which has been a very consistent performer.
To invest in your wife's name, I would have been happy if you have given your goal, term for the investment. If you wife does not have any Insurance and is under insured, start with investment in DWS Tax Saving Fund (offers Free Life Insurance 5 times your investment amount) or Birla Sunlife Tax Relief 96 (which too offers Free Life Insurance)

For details on the above schemes/offers, you visit my site

If Insurance is not an issue, but Returns are, then you should consider investing in Fidelity Tax Advantage Fund or Principal Personal Tax Saver or Sundaram Tax Saver Fund among others.
Best of luck,
Srikanth Shankar Matrubai,

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