When you set out to buy a t-shirt, you have already assessed whether t-shirt fits your requirement. Same thing needs to be done for your investments.
The first step towards investing in any asset is to identify your financial goals. Unless you don't have clearly defined financial goals, you will never be able to identify the right instrument to invest in.
You can have multiple financial goals such as buying a house in 10 years or child's college education in 20 years or building a retirement corpus. Learn more about financial goals in our blog how to define financial goals and achieve them.
Once you have identified your financial goals, you need to evaluate whether mutual funds are the right instrument to achieve those goals. There are number of other investment options like real estate, gold, direct equities, bank FD and so on.
For that matter, there are different types of mutual funds as well that can help you reach different goals. So essentially, you will have to map each of your investment goals with the investment instruments that will help you reach that goal.
The second obvious step is to select an online platform where you can start investing in mutual funds. There are number of options available.
There are many platforms that allow you to set up an SIP or invest lump sum online. Not all of them are robo advisors.
For an online platform to be a "robo advisor" in true sense, it should take care of every aspect of investment once you start with them. This includes portfolio creation, portfolio optimization, rebalancing and exit.
Plus, a good robo advisor should offer intelligent investment solutions that deliver extra returns than your DIY SIPs and lump sums.
If you don't plan to engage an advisor for investing in mutual funds online, you should always go for platforms that offer direct mutual funds. This way, you ensure that you earn 0.8% - 1.0% extra returns over regular mutual funds.
Unless your advisor doesn't offer a superior investing methodology, regular funds are not worth it. However, if you feel that your advisor has solutions that will enable you to even outperform direct funds, go with a regular fund advisor.
This is the third, final and the most complicated step. Once you have identified your financial goals, you will have to create a plan on how to reach them.
Your financial goals, the amount you can invest and the portfolio you invest in should all be in sync.
Suppose you need ₹ 50 lac for a house in 10 years time. You can invest only ₹ 10,000 per month. If you choose a portfolio with an expected return of 15%, you will end up with only ₹ 27.5 lac in 10 years time.
What are your options?
For figuring out these numbers, we have a couple of useful tools - SIP Calculator and Lump sum Calculator. And if your financial goal is to build a retirement corpus, we have an amazing Retirement Planner.
Once you are ready with your goals and portfolios, it's time to start investing.
Whatever platform you select, the logistics of getting started are pretty simple. The steps are as follows:
You should also keep reviewing your portfolio to keep a tab on underperforming mutual funds as well as your goals.
You should remove underperforming mutual fund and switch to a new fund. Also, you have to make sure that your asset allocation does not go for a complete toss.
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