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How Women Should Go About Planning Their Investment & Insurance Needs..!

How Women Should Go About Planning Their Investment & Insurance Needs..!
From  PersonalFN
Women are stepping out of the stereotypical roles that traditional society had yoked them with. In the corporate world, women still earn less than men; not because they are less competent, but because a patriarchal system runs it.
For women, this automatically transpires into less money in the bank and in government or company sponsored retirement funds.
        Women live longer than men. Living longer means that women need to save more for a longer retirement and consider the impact of long-term health care costs.
        Women are expected to take a break from their careers to start a family, care for the young and the elderly. This can translate to lower total career earnings and decreased contributions to  retirement plans.
       Women are prone to health related conditions than men. Diseases like Ovarian Cancer, Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Ectopic Pregnancy and Endometriosis etc. are health related issues faced by women. With rising health care costs, it would be wise to purchase a health insurance cover at an early stage in life.

Now that we have looked at the reasons, let’s see how we can go about planning.

For starters, invest at least 20% to 30% of your income every month. This would be a good starting point to achieve your financial goals.

A prudent practice to live within your means and become a wise investor is to trim your expenses, based on the amount you are left with after investing a portion of your income towards investments. Avoid getting into debt wherever possible and stay out of  credit card debt  always!

Follow the  guru-mantra:

“Don’t save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after savings”
—Warren Buffett

Income – Investments = Expenses

The amount so saved can be invested based on the following matrix for your long term financial goals (7 to 8 years horizon)
 
Asset Allocation Strategy
Risk Profile
Aggressive
Moderate
Conservative
Age
Equity
Debt
Gold
Equity
Debt
Gold
Equity
Debt
Gold
20 to 30
75
15
10
65
25
10
40
55
5
31 to 40
75
15
10
60
30
10
40
55
5
41 to 50
60
35
5
50
45
5
35
60
5
51 to 60
40
55
5
30
65
5
25
70
5
Note: The above table is for illustration purpose only
(Src: PersonalFN Research)"



This is a simple matrix for you to optimize your returns and acts as a good yardstick to evaluate your current portfolio.

If your investments are more inclined towards debt or you haven’t considered  gold  as part of your portfolio, it’s time to call your financial planner to check if your current asset allocation strategy is in sync with your financial goals.

As you pay attention to your investment needs, make sure you don’t ignore your insurance needs either.   you will be able to calculate the amount of life insurance you need based on your requirements. Term insurance policies offered by HDFC Life (Click 2 Protect) or / ICICI Prudential Life Insurance (iProtect Smart Term Plan) are some of the good options under the term insurance domain.

Similarly, opt for a  mediclaim policy  now, if you haven’t got one already. Apart from a Family Floater policy, consider purchasing maternity health insurance coverage offered by Bajaj Allianz, Religare Health Insurance, and Star Health Insurance, etc.

Always bear in mind to keep your investment and insurance needs separate. Insurance is a tool to cover life’s uncertainties. Most people fall for the sweet talk of a Relationship Manager trying to sell a traditional insurance policy. A traditional insurance policy offers low returns vis-à-vis other investment products and poor insurance coverage vis-à-vis term insurance policies too. Stay away from them.
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