Opinion: How to invest safely and ensure high returns

Written By: Prashant Agarwal
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Feb 12, 2018, 11:56 AM(IST)

The Sensex opened at 35,868.19, and then went on to hit an all-time high of 36,024.07.  Photograph:( PTI )

I was talking to my friend and he worried about the steep valuations with the Sensex touching 35798 and he was confused pertaining to the avenues where he can invest his money. I am sure there would be many who would in the same boat as my friend.

Most of us, the middle class, want to have the safety in terms of our principal while enjoying the high returns of the equity market. 

Is this possible, if yes, then how?

The strategy involves investing in a less risky product and using its returns to invest in a SIP (Systematic investment plan) of an equity mutual fund. This is most suited for people who are worried about the high valuation and would like to have some safety as well.

In this structure, investors put money into a non-convertible debenture(NCD) or an equity savings or arbitrage mutual fund. 

Interest or dividend or capital appreciation from them are then invested every month into an equity mutual fund SIP. Using this strategy, the capital is protected, and the investor earns a higher post-tax return at the end of the tenure. Simply using the interest earned, there is a possibility of generating higher post-tax returns with lower risk.

For example, investors could put money into the NCD’s of SREI Equipment finance, which are available for subscription from July 17. Investors can opt for the monthly income option to earn 9.5% for a tenure of 10 years. So, if an investor puts in 1.25 lakhs into this NCD, he earns a monthly interest of approximately 1000/-. This interest earned could be invested in the equity mutual fund SIP for 10 years and if it grows at 12%, the corpus could be worth Rs 2.3 lakhs. Adding the original principal and the growth in equity due to SIP, an investor could potentially get back Rs 3.55 lakh, which translates into a CAGR return of 11% per annum.


(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)  


Prashant Agarwal

Prashant Agarwal is a business analyst. He writes on Finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Education and health-related Initiatives.
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