Mutual funds for Retirement

Why this topic ?

Reasons are many. I mean, what is right way for making provisions for retirement, is maybe subject for big fight. But I am asking it as simple question. If you are aware about it, you may know that it is very big thing and as nowadays Defined contribution plans are in famous that is Employee is supposed to take all the risk for it and invest. It is important thing to concentrate in your financial planing.

on the other hand, where Mutual Funds are famous for simplicity, easy liquidity and much more things and if you are in US, then its very much possible that you are invested in Vanguard and their Retirement special fund. Though explaining the mechanism of Vanguard retirement fund is not for what I am here, But still i want to make it sure that I loved it.

But what about others? Fidelity? yes they also have good funds for retirement.

In India, investing in capital market itself is difficult thing. Equity is very outside till recent time. But all due to Mutual funds, its changing. We have some retirement funds but they are not large size. The reason is maybe still today we have something called Employee Provident Fund Organization  and National Pension Scheme.

so I was on search. As the generation is changing, is the need for retirement planing is also changing? off course yes. So are Mutual funds answer for it? or will they?

I found some Name of retirement funds. They are Franklin India Pension Fund (FIPF), UTI Retirement Benefit Pension Fund (UTI RBPF), Reliance Retirement Fund (RRF), HDFC Retirement Savings Fund (HDFC RSF). As mentioned earlier there are EPFO which is govt organization for management of pension of Govt employee. Then there is National Pension Scheme. Only UTI Retirement Benefit Pension fund is holding sufficient large AUM. When checked Portfolio, More than 30% is invested in debt. Most of them are NCDs of well known Companies. in the name of Equity its only companies which are broad index like ICICI bank. around 10% is cash.12% in last 5 Years. Not bad but many others having bad restriction like have five or more years lock in period. and some make exit load if you withdraw before 58 or 60 years. NPS restricts your equity exposure to 50%, with mutual fund products such as the HDFC RSF, you can take a 100% equity exposure.  Though you can invest 100% equity, personally I believe that keeping 100% equity on such type of investments is not right. As being Mutual Funds and having near,y 10% cash, Mutual funds’ pension products also offer greater liquidity, compared with the NPS or products from insurance companies. But when you know that X% of your investors are in age which permits you to take more risk why not invest in fraction part in illiquid asset. Retirement funds are more or less like ELSS funds. Having lock in for three years only. while searching on this, I found one very important statement from Manoj Nagpal, CEO of Outlook Asia Capital.

Since ELSS, with a lower lock-in period of three years, is available, why go for a scheme with a higher lock-in period and also a 1% exit load, if redeemed before the age of 60.

I agree with Manoj Nagpal. pension products are not products where you keep exit load. In fact I believe that why Retirement  Funds? and Why not Balanced funds or ULIP aka Unit Linked Insurance Plan.


Why?Balanced funds are taking care for the asset allocation. Like in retirement plan. What is important in retirement plan is to make sufficient wealth and to protect it. Though balanced funds may be lag behind in making wealth, protecting wealth is what hey know best about. Making SIP aka Dollar Cost Averaging in some well performing Balanced funds is right option.

Why ULIP? Because hey are hybrid of Insurance and Mutual Fund. Best thing is You can Shift from debt and equity fund whenever you want. Plus There are insurance plans in it. In fact we know them as cheapest insurance plans.

But Finaly i am agreed on One thing and hat is


But still Mutual Funds are good for keeping some funds for retirement in your personal finance and you cant ignore them.

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About Ashutosh Tilak

Tracking Indian Capital Market since 2010. Finance Student, On this blog I am writing about finance and Investing. You can contact me or @androidashu & @InsideFinanc on twitter