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The Go-To Investment Strategy When You’re 50 (Retirement Planning)

13 November 2019

Turning 50 is a significant landmark in an individual’s life. It not only depicts that you will be near the peak of your career, but it also means you will have n number of responsibilities with a family to look after.

In this blog, we seek to discuss how you should plan your investments when you are 50 years old.

It is a wise decision to have investment plans in place irrespective of the stage of your life. If you are turning 50 and if you haven’t already thought of the investment plan, there is still some hope you can rectify the missed opportunity, but you need to act now.

How Should You Plan at 50?

Investing is an art that varies at every stage of your life.

Be it 20s, 30s or 50s, the investment plan will vary at each age bracket. This is because you have a different financial objective at each stage of life, a different set of responsibilities, different income slab and most importantly different lifestyle and number of dependents.

The most important thing is that you don’t have more than ten years of service left, and retirement is very near. Thus, you need to plan for your retirement.

To start, first, compute the amount you would need post-retirement.

How Do You Calculate the Corpus Required?

Very simple! Take into account the current and prospective expenses, your needs, your existing investments. Assess the durability of the corpus you have. For this, you need to consider inflation as the costs are rising every day.

For example, if you are spending Rs. 10,000 per month currently, the same becomes Rs.12762 in 5 years and Rs 20789 in 15 years growing at 5% inflation rate.

How Much Do You Need to Accumulate for Retirement?

As and when you turn 50, you start planning for your retirement and thoughts about how you can sustain yourself after retirement, starts taking shape.

Once you retire, you don’t have any steady cash inflow. Thus, you need to cover your expenses with the help of the pension you may receive or from the investments you make. Therefore, it is crucial that all your monthly costs are well covered.

You need to cover your needs such as monthly expenses, doctor bills, healthcare expenses, insurance premiums, leisure expenses, travel expenses and food expenses.

Assume you spend Rs. 50,000 per month including all of the above. You need to save a minimum of Rs.50,000 for 15 years after retirement.

This translates to Rs.90 lakhs without factoring inflation. With inflation, the amount shall go up to Rs 1.5 crore (please note we have ignored the interest component you would receive on these savings after retirement).

How Much Do You Need to Invest Every Month?

To compute the monthly savings requirement, let us assume returns of 12-13% annually given the risk appetite would be moderate owing to the age factor.

Also, given your salary/income would see an increment every year, we have assumed step-up SIP in which your monthly contribution increases by 10% every year.

Taking all these into consideration, you need to start with Rs. 50,000 in the first year and subsequently increase by 10% every year.

Which Funds Should You Invest In?

Given you are investing for ten years, you may consider investing in equities. But with your being 50, you should moderate your equity risk either by investing in balanced funds or debt funds to some extent.

Large-cap funds invest in companies that are well established and have high market capitalization. These companies are financially healthy, reputable, and trustworthy and thus the risk is moderated despite equity asset class.

SBI Bluechip Fund

The fund seeks to offer investors long-term capital growth by active management of the portfolio. The fund manager seeks to maintain a diversified basket of large-cap equity stocks.

Aditya Birla Sun Life Frontline Equity Fund

The fund aims to provide long-term growth of capital by a portfolio with a target allocation of 100% equity comprising of sectors as in the benchmark index, Nifty 50.

ICICI Prudential Bluechip Fund

The scheme seeks to generate long-term capital appreciation to investors by investing in a portfolio that predominantly comprises of equity and equity-related securities of large-cap companies.

Hybrid funds are funds where the investment is made in both equity and debt. These are diversified funds that seek to provide a balance between risk and returns. Given the high age factor of 50, you should look to moderate your risk.

Mirae Asset Hybrid Equity Fund

The fund seeks to provide capital appreciation with income by investing in a portfolio comprising of equity & equity related instruments along with debt and money market instruments.

ICICI Prudential Equity & Debt Fund

The fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation and income by investing in equity and related securities as well as fixed income and money market securities.

While the equity portion is around 60-80 percent with a minimum of 51 percent, the debt accounts for the remainder with a minimum of 20 percent.

SBI Equity Hybrid Fund

The fund seeks to provide investors with long-term capital appreciation along with the liquidity by investing in a portfolio of debt and equity.

The fund seeks to invest in the equities of high growth companies and balances the risk with fixed income securities of high rating.

Now, let us move on to the real plan and its execution.

Saving Is the Key

To retire, Invest; To invest; Save

The above proverb is pretty simple and explains you your actionable item in just six words.

To have a secured retirement, you need to invest so that if inflation increases your expenses, your money also grows to a faster pace to curb the impact of rising cost.

In order to invest, you need to start saving.

It goes without saying that Indian parents who are mainly in the age bracket of the 50s currently have spent a fortune in the upbringing of their children and have seldom thought of themselves.

While you have your fixed deposits in the form of your children, you should always be financially prepared for yourself too. So if you feel you have’ saved anything yet, you need not worry.

Even now it is the right time to start. This approach shall help you boost your investment for your retirement.

While opting for investments, choose for the instruments that offer a higher rate of return. Alternatively, you can look to increase your savings amount every month or every quarter.

Given you are already 50 with around a decade remaining for retirement, you need to focus on maximizing your savings and not returns.

Also, while in 50, keep the risk factor in mind and don’t get aggressive with very high participation in equities. Remember, you can’t afford too much risk if you are on the increasing side of the half-century.

How Much Should You Save?

Ideally, 35-50% is an excellent number to save when you are 50. The entire amount can be put in mutual funds by way of Systematic Investment Plans (SIP).

Also, mutual funds are a basket of stocks and other instruments. Thus, they offer good diversification to risk. You should explore mutual funds that provide a low-risk profile with average to above average returns.

Re-Visit Your Portfolio

If you already have a portfolio of stocks, bonds, mutual funds or any other asset class, you should revisit it.

Ideally, an investor should keep track of his/her portfolio and should assess every month or quarter, but significant rebalancing should take place every decade.

When your age increases, you tend to reduce your risk appetite and thus allocation to the different asset class is the key to success here.

You should remember the rule that says with increasing age, the allocation to risky assets should reduce. Thus, you should asses your portfolio and shuffle the debt and equity allocations to reduce the risk component of your portfolio.

Stay Away from Debt

50 is an age by when you should get rid of all your loans – be it home loan, personal loan, car loan or loan for children such as education loan, etc.

Thus, you should only focus on ending your previous commitments. Don’t try to add any new EMI commitment at 50 as this could result in distortion in savings which is equally vital for securing retirement.

You should take a loan only if you have invested a sizeable sum in your children’s education. But even in this case, the primary borrower should be the child and not you so that you are not liable for any repayment.

To conclude, we believe 50 is an important landmark in one’s lifecycle, and it brings in a new set of responsibilities towards self and spouse particularly. If you have missed the opportunity to create wealth for retirement in the early years of your life, you need not worry.

All it takes is a disciplined approach and execution, and even now you would be able to safeguard your future. You should keep your plan comprehensive and straightforward so that it covers your priorities first.

If you need any other information, you can always seek advice from experts from the house of Groww, and they shall be of help for growwing your money.

Until then, happy planning for retirement and yes do not forget to plan a few of those amazing trips with your spouse!

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are that of the author and not those of Groww


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