Ask Mint | On Investments

Ask Mint | On Investments
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First Published: Sun, Jan 25 2009. 11 30 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Jan 25 2009. 11 30 PM IST
I am a pensioner and want to invest around Rs3 lakh for a duration of five years in such a way that I get monthly or quarterly returns to supplement my pension.
Please suggest the options available for non-senior citizens.
A reader
You have not mentioned your average quarterly requirement which you wish to earn through your investments. Given the current market scenario, it is very difficult to work out a plan which could earn you an amount equivalent to your pension with a small investment. In the present situation, you should at best aim for a 14-15% annual return, which would translate into anything between Rs3,500 and Rs4,000 per month. For this target amount I would suggest 50% investment in debt schemes, 30% in equity-based schemes and 20% in fixed deposits. However, if you have a higher risk-taking capacity and you do not solely depend on these investments, then you may increase your exposure to equity-based schemes. Since the stock markets are witnessing high volatility and downward bias, higher returns are subject to significantly higher risks.
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