I invested Rs 1 lakh via monthly SIPs of Rs 4000 each in XYZ Mutual Fund (Equity: Large & Mid Cap) starting from Jan 2010 upto Jan 2012. (This was my first SIP investment at the age of 27 years. I’d started reading Subramoney.com some 3 months prior to that, which was how I got introduced to MFs.) At the time of starting the SIP, XYZ was rated 5 star by Value Research Online, for the past few years prior to 2010, which is one of the reasons I picked this fund. Then I stopped the SIP in Jan 2012 because the fund rating went consistently down (3 star) for a year. However, I didn’t redeem the existing units then. I was hoping for a turnaround. Oct 2012 onwards, the fund rating fell further down to 2 star. So, I decided to pull out of this fund and redeemed all units a couple of weeks ago, aka last week of April 2013. (The Rs 1 lakh had grown to Rs 100700.) Considering inflation and opportunity cost, its a definite loss here (as other funds have delivered much better returns).
Now my dilemma is, how do I go about reinvesting this amount in another mutual fund. My objective is long term investment for retirement planning aka 20 to 30 years.
1. Do I invest this amount in one go (lumpsum investment) in another ABC MF (Equity: Large & Mid Cap) that has been rated 5 start (for the last 5 years or so)? Or
2. Do I once again do a SIP and invest this amount over the next one year, in the above mentioned ABC MF?
3. Did I make a mistake by pulling my money out?
4. Any rookie / starter mistakes I made with my first ever MF SIP investment?
5. Typically how long should you wait before you pull your money out of a badly performing MF?
6. Have I missed anything obvious?
7. Any other points you may want to touch upon.
My apologies upfront for posting this rather long and detailed question – googling didn’t yield any results. Most sites say when to redeem (aka fund manager changes, too many bad calls, fund objective changes) and how to redeem (aka what form to fill, how many units), but not how to redeploy the money you have redeemed (which is what I want to know).
1. I’ve no hesitation in naming XYZ abd ABC, but was not sure if it would be advisable to do that in your blog.
2. Another thing to note is that I also have 2 other SIPs running for Rs 4000 each, in MFs (Equity: Large & Mid Cap and Equity: Large Cap) belonging to 2 different Fund Houses. As of today, the rating of these 2 MFs has consistently been in the 4 star and 5 star range over the last 3 years. The day to day value of my amount invested keeps fluctuating with the stock market, of course. (And ‘everybody and his uncle’ says the market has gone nowhere in the last 5 years.) The reason I haven’t thought of stopping these SIPs is that I’m happy to see the 5 star and 4 star rating of the correspoding MFs.
3. I’m also not sure if I’ve provided all other details that may be required to arrive at a conclusion. Please let me know if more info is required. Yeah, at the end of the day I’m also probably as clueless as the guy next door!
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