Simple Rules Of Asset Allocation

Posted On Thursday, Mar 05, 2015


"Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole."

- Michelle Obama

We live our life in phases. It starts with a phase where others give in to our demands, then there comes a phase when we take care of our demands and eventually we land up to a phase where we give in to others’ demands. Our family, our children, our parents or even our spouse.

How can we help ourselves to fulfill their demands and give them the best of life? Proper financial planning will help you reach your financial goals. May it be buying your own house, or children’s education, with proper planning and investment you can ensure you play your role successfully.

Many of you would have already planned your finances, but did you know how important is the role of asset allocation in your financial planning? Remember the key to long term wealth creation is having the right asset allocation strategy. Different asset classes can perform differently under similar market conditions.

Many of you might wonder: where to invest and how to design a right asset allocation strategy?

If you are married, and with young children
When you are blessed with children, securing their future becomes your prime responsibility. Children these days have their own wishes and ambitions and as a good parent, it becomes your responsibility to try and fulfill as many of those wishes. Expenses for education right from pre-school to schooling to higher education are growing much faster than regular inflation. Adequate investments are required to cover this. However you probably still have a good, long period of 10-15 years to invest and prepare for those goals. Hence, you can still invest more in equities in this phase. As you come closer to the goals you could transfer your equity investments to less ‘risky’ asset classes like liquid funds and also reduce allocation to equities.

Indicative Model Portfolio:
50-60% equity schemes, 15% gold ETFs and 25-35% debt funds.

If you are married, and with older children
This phase can be tougher to face. On one hand you have your children who are all grown up and waiting to take a leap towards the next stages of their lives and on the other hand you have your own future to take care of. Marriages and providing houses for children, etc. can become a great challenge in case you have not planned for it effectively. If investments in growth assets like shares and real estate are started early in life, and maintained, it would help ensure that the children enjoy the same life style as you did, when they set up their independent families.

At this stage your allocation to equities would be low. Some of the financial goals you planned for would already have been reached and the rest would be near. Fixed income investments like debt funds, FD would be more suitable for you.

Indicative Model Portfolio:
30-45% equity schemes, 15% gold ETFs and 40-55% debt funds.

If you are married, but with no kids
In these circumstances too, it becomes important to save for your retirement, but for both you and your spouse. Depending on whether your spouse is working or not will determine your asset allocation.

Indicative Model Portfolio:
50% equity schemes, 15% gold ETFs and 35% debt funds.

However remember in all the scenarios it is important to know that as you come close to meeting your financial goals you should transfer your money from equity to debt.

Therefore make sure you follow the simple rule of asset allocation prudently to ensure the happiness of your family. Also remember it is equally important to plan for your retirement as early as possible. You can also consult your financial advisor before making any investment related decisions.

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Above article is authored by Quantum.

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