Sir, I am a 43-year-old government employee. Recently, the government…

Nov 17 2008, 12:24 IST
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SummaryEquity investments should be done with a long-term horizon. Since you have about 10 years before you need the capital, you should certainly look at investing in equities.

…had given arrears of the Sixth Pay Commission. I got approximately Rs 60,000 as 40 per cent of my arrears. In the next eight to 10 years my daughter will be of marriageble age and my son will have completed his XII. Should I invest this money in a Ulip or in a mutual fund for a 10-year horizon? Please suggest the name of the company and the name of the plan for either the Ulip or the mutual fund, and for how long I should invest in each of these instruments. I will be able to invest Rs 5,000-6,000 per month.
Sushil Kr Sachdeva, e-mail
Equity investments should be done with a long-term horizon. Since you have about 10 years before you need the capital, you should certainly look at investing in equities. Also, it is usually better to separate your insurance and investment needs. Your insurance needs can be met by using a term plan from an insurance company. Term Plans have the advantage of providing you with a large sum assured for a small premium.

For your equity investments you could consider investing in an index mutual fund or an exchange traded fund (ETF). An index fund is one that invests in stocks of an underlying index in the same proportion as stipulated by the index. It is, therefore, expected to provide returns very similar to that of the underlying index. For example, if you invest in a Sensex index fund and the Sensex moves from 10,000 to 12000, then your investment of Rs 100 is expected to grow to Rs 120. An ETF is very similar to an index fund except that it is traded on the stock market and therefore has to be purchased through a stock broker or an online brokerage account. A small brokerage of about 0.5-0.75 per cent will be charged by the broker on this purchase. I suggest that you could invest the Rs 60,000 in an ETF such as Nifty BeES which is expected to replicate the returns of the Nifty Index. For the Rs 5,000-6,000 per month, you could start a monthly SIP with an index fund such as Franklin Templeton Index Fund-Sensex plan.

I want to invest in mutual funds but don’t know how or where. Please help.
Ravi Chandran, Chennai
Before investing in mutual funds you should be aware of the various types of mutual funds. Broadly speaking, mutual funds can

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