Retirement Planning Guide (With My Doordarshan Videos)

Retirement Planning is one of the biggest components of Financial Planning – it’s the only common goal that everyone shares be it rich, poor, salaried or businessman. This article will work like Retirement Planning Guide to both young & retired people.

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From last one year I was writing for various newspapers in regular basis but getting a call from TV show was remarkable. There is a big difference between print & electronic media. Writing for Newspaper is like practicing shooting for Olympics & suddenly someone offers you that since you are a good shooter so why don’t you help our security forces on border.

Last Month I was invited to Mumbai for “Money Plant Show” a MCX- SX & Doordarshan nation-wide drive for Financial literacy & the episode was “Financial Planning: Retirement” . I was bit nervous as they shared the list of participants who participated in earlier episodes.

Dignitaries participated in earlier episodes included Mr. G. N. Bajpai, Former Chairman, SEBI; Mr. M. R. Mayya Former Executive Directors, BSE, Mr. A. P, Kurian, Chairman, AMFI, Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti, Chairman, BDO India, Mr. Vivek Kanwar, Managing Director, Aditya Birla Money etc.

My condition was same as above mentioned shooter, as here anchor was constantly firing questions. Adding to the nervousness I even had Eye Flu (conjunctivitis) on that day, it was really painful sitting there but everything went very well & episode was recorded without any cut or retake. This was telecast on 16th October 2010 on DD1 (Doordarshan National )

I have tried to make a little transcript around the videos (actually these are not answers but few points that are covered in answer) so that you can understand about retirement & financial Planning (I think they have covered all possible questions). So let’s begin.

Anchor is Mr Shailesh Pethe  – Panelist are Hemant Beniwal & Manikaran Singhal.

First Video – On Youtube

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1. Hemant – What factors have made retirement a challenge ?

  • Lack of financial planning (must listen to this – when we talk about finance it’s not only investments)
  • Low pension or no pension income
  • Shift from typical joint family structure
  • Rise in medical expenses

2. Why is financial planning necessary for retired citizens?

  • Rationale
  • Significance

3. What are the benefits of financial planning for old age people?

  • Availability of funds at right time
  • Financing immediate and special needs (including medical)
  • Financing future goals
  • Financial independence

4. Hemant – Who can plan for retirement and what are the benefits?

5. How can retired investors define their investment objective? what should they keep in mind while setting their goals?

  • Goals & investment objective
  • How to design

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Second Video – On Youtube

6. Why is safety important while investing for retired citizens?

  • Equity & real estate are volatile
  • Safety Vs inflation Hedge

7. Hemant – What are the various investment avenues available in the market which would suit the investor’s objective?

  • There are not many products available after retirement but for accumulation, we have a lot of products
  • Don’t Mix Insurance & Investment products – Insurance plans for investment purpose are very expensive & lack transparency

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8. What investment style should old age citizens adopt to achieve their investment objective?

  • Should be conservative to moderate.

9. What factors should be kept in mind while allocating funds?

  • Risk tolerance of investor
  • Depends on your status
  • Products like MIP

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10. Hemant – Whom can they approach in case of investment advice?

Oh! He asked me this – even I asked this question to myself when I started my Financial Planning Firm. So answer was already in my mind. People really liked my answer so I thought of writing an article on the same.

I wrote “How to choose your Financial Advisor” & this got published in leading Hindi Business daily “Business Bhaskar” on 13th Nov. 2010

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How one can find a proper Financial Advisor?

Let me share few points which will help you to find financial advisor. List can be long … but let me keep it simple & stick to top 3 points, which merit attention.

  • He should give Comprehensive Advice
  • His advice should be Independent – His ethics should guide him rather than his boss, company & commissions.
  • He should be Competent – Have you ever tried to find out that what is the education, knowledge & experience of the advisor who is guiding you?

Finding a good advisor is time consuming but this will decide your financial success.

You can read the complete article here.

11. How can retired investors reduce their tax payment on total and investment income? Do they get any special tax treatment?

  • Tax slab
  • Dividend Income is tax-free
  • Systematic Withdrawal

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Third Video – On Youtube

12. What other benefits are they entitled to as a senior citizen on India?

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13. Hemant – How can old age individuals achieve their goals?

  • Meeting medical expenditure
  • Financial marriage ceremony of children (don’t be emotional)
  • Financial Family vacation (conservative vacations)

14. Can retired citizens avail loans

  • Not Advisable
  • Reverse Mortgage

15. Hemant – What precautions should retired investors take while planning their finances?

  • Accept lifestyle changes
  • Don’t spend lavishly
  • Equity experience
  • Regular Income Vs Growth
  • Medical Emergency

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16. Hemant – It is heard often that many agents take undue advantage (Mis – selling) of old age citizens to earn high commission and in the process these investors end up losing out their hard earned savings. How can investor’s safe guard themselves to avoid financial losses?

I don’t know how I spoke or how were the expressions – I leave that for your comments but I really spoke my heart out.

If you have any questions, concerns regarding Retirement Planning please feel free to ask.


  1. Hi Hemant,
    I really like your articles (even share with my friends) & I must say you are bringing change in our life. It is really important for everyone to be financial literate rather than blaming others for their condition.
    I have one question, if you can help. I am 33 years old & working with multinational company. My current expenses are Rs 25000 per month & I would like to retire at the age of 60. I would like to know that what retirement corpus will be sufficient for me to maintain these expenses & how much should I invest per month to meet this goal. I am already investing some amount in PPF & mutual fund SIPs.

    • Hi Amit,
      I am really thankful for your kind words. We are just trying to write simple articles which can help common man. Your comments, view & feedback are our motivators – so keep sharing. 🙂

      Regarding your query it is a very well constructed question. Retirement planning is the most important goal for everyone, if someone starts planning for it from young age he can achieve with small investment. Let me share some assumptions that I have taken for calculations which are on basis of statistics available. I have assumed life expectancy of 75 years for you, inflation of 6% throughout the life, 12% return before retirement & 9.5% return after retirement. You need to build retirement corpus of Approximately Rs 1.8 crores & for this you need to invest Rs 7500 monthly.

  2. Hemant,

    Congrats, way to go.
    I did happen to watch a little bit of the interview while switching channels.
    You were very good.


  3. I have retired from the post of Manager from A Govt of India Undertaking, Kindly advise me the way to invest the retirement benefits like PF Gratuity leave encashement etc. for regular income and ours was not pensionable job.

    V K Aggarwal

    • Hi Mr Agarwal,

      Retirement Planning is a very big decision & can’t be answered with such limited information. My suggestion is go through all these video – try to write what exactly you are planning. Send these details on [email protected] – I will definitely try to add my views & suggestions on that.

  4. Dear Mr. Hemant,

    I was thinking to take LIC policy no:804, but after reading ur article I have changed my mind. Nowadays people are telling, the normal central govt’s MIS plan for Senior Citizens( Limit 15 lakhs) is less benefit plan than the other SBI’s FD ie for example FD for 1000 days. Is it true? Then which plan is best for SC’s!
    Thanks for ur good valuable suggestions.

    Jebaraj T D

    • Hi Mr Jebaraj,

      You are right in return aspect but we are comparing 2 different horizons – you are comparing a 3 year FD with senior citizen scheme with 8 year horizon.(5+3)

      What will happen if after 3 years interest rate will come down to 6% – this is called reinvestment risk.

      Take a calculated decision.

  5. I would like to know if we get tax saving on the return from ELSS schemes even though I have already completed the 100000 limit of Section 80C. So prime concern is that I have money to invest beyond 80C limit and I am looking for tax free (or minimum tax) return. Please guide.

    • Hi Yogesh,

      ELSS comes under limit of Rs 100000(sec 80 c).

      But now we have entered new financial year – why don’t you do tax saving for current financial year through ELSS.

      • Sec 80C limit gets finished with the PF and other regular investments so I was looking for some additional saving for Tax on returns. BTW, your articles have been very impressive and easy to understand. Very few people have got the capability to write complex thing in simple language. Thanks a lot for your response.

  6. One more question on NPS. kind the backing of government in that scheme. There is news that Return on NPS may not be taxed in future though I understand we should not invest based on unconfirmed news.

  7. Hi Hemant,
    Congratulations on your achievements and appreciate your in-dept and true advices.
    I’ve one question which seeks your help. I’m now 31 and have a monthly expense of around Rs. 30,000. Currently, I invest around Rs. 60,000 p.a. My question is if I retire at 60 and would like to build retirement corpus of approximately Rs 1.5 Crores, then how much I’ve to invest and most importantly where should I invest?

    • Hi Sandipan,

      We assume a return of 12% you need to save Rs 4800 per month to build this corpus. As you are young you can take higher exposure in equities through diversified mutual funds & you can also open PPF account.

      • Hi Hemant,
        Thnx for your reply. Currently I’m investing in PPF (5,000 to 10,00 p.a), HDFC pension plan (10,000 to 15,000 p.a) and in LIC (48,996 p.a). Do you think I’m headed towards the right way or I need to add something else to achieve the target as minimum?

        • Hi Sandipan,

          So many insurance policies for investment & zero investment in mutual funds – not good for your financial health.

          • Hi Hemant,
            The LIC scheme that I’ve opted for is the LIC Jeevan Saral. How do you rate this? Please suggest some mutual funds to invest in.
            Thanks in advance.

            • Hi Sandipan,

              If you are reading TFL articles – you should know that I don’t suggest any insurance policy for investment purpose.

              In Mutual Fund you can start investing through SIP in HDFC Top 200 & DSP BR Equity Fund.

  8. Hi Hemant,

    All your comments are really very helpful. I am 34 yrs and have started following investment with help of discussion from different people but dont have any financial advisor who can create confidence that current investment are on the right track:
    1- PPF – 24000 p.a. since Jan 2010
    2-SIP (5 nos. like HDFC, DSP, Fidelity, Franklin, Birla Sun Life funds) – 10000 per month since Feb 2010
    3-Pension Fund (ICICI) – 10000 annualy – this was started in six yrs back.
    4-SBI & Fidelity tax saving fund – 80000 in 2006.
    5- Appx 50000 for insurance premium annualy for 3 policies from LIC since last four yrs which I feel now is very expensive from various forums.

    Not sure how much corpus I may have after 15 to 20 yrs.
    I am not sure whether I should continue with Pension fund or not since people says its not going to be helpful in future?
    Not sure if withdraw SBI & Fidelity funds which was invested in 2006 or let it be invested?
    -Now thinking of taking term plan to increase life coverage and discontinue any LIC policy. Also thinking of investing in any Gold fund (pls suggest any option) through SIP of 1000 to 2000 p.m. since there is NFO from Sundram.

    I have so much dounbts and request if you can help me with all this. That will be a great help.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Shailendra,
      I don’t know how I missed replying to your comment.
      Other than Insurance everything looks fine.

  9. What is your opininon about the new pwnsion scheme NPS. Is it the best option available when compared with the other pension plans. Who are the best managers(amongICICI,UTI,SBI) in the NPS as of now.

  10. Dear Mr Hemant,
    I am going to retire by Jan 2012. Kindly advice after investing in MIS in SBI 15 Lakhs, how to invest the rest of the money, if I get around 30 to 40 lakhs.

    Jebaraj TD

    • Hi Jebaraj T D,
      As your retirement is in next two months I will suggest you to have a portfolio of 80 % in debt portion & remaining in equity i.e. not in direct equities but have exposure of equities through Mutual Funds.
      In debt portion you can invest amount in FD’s,senior citizen schemes.
      in equity portion you can invest through SIP’s.

  11. Hi Hemant,
    I just have started to read your article, it’s really very precious for the new investors, i believe.

    I’m 32 years old & current monthly expenses 20k, planning to retire at the age of 55, what will be my ideal retirement corpus ?

    • Hi Nirupam,
      Its a tough question & need some lengthy calculations to come at some figure. But I don’t think it is going to be less than 2 Crore.

  12. Dear Hemant
    I have recently read something on the subject financial freedom. I really want to be financially free means I don’t want to work further to earn money. I have Rs. 30 lacs cash in my SB a/c, I am of 52 and free from all debt with my own house. Now I need your advice how can I earn atleast Rs.500000 P.M regularly from Rs30 lacs safe investment

  13. dear Hemant
    I am thinking to take a term Plan . can u suggest me about a good plan? how much term have to taken and how much assured money ? My annual income is 4 lacs and my age is 27yrs.

  14. Hi Hemant,
    Iam reading your article for the past one month and i have decided to invest in mutual fund.
    I am 29 years old, could you please suggest me with the best mutual funds to invest for my retirement. I am planning to work till the age of 40. Current Expenses is Rs. 15000 and can save upto Rs. 10000 per month.

    I also want to invest in gold – is it a wise decision? Please advice

    • You can invest in 2 large/large & mid cap funds and 1 mid & small cap fund from below: –

      Stay away from Fidelity for now since it has been taken over by L&T and one should watch their performance before making any new investment.
      Keep monitoring the performance of your investments at least once a year.

      You can invest in gold to have diversification in your portfolio but it should not be more than 10% of the total portfolio value.

  15. Hello Hemant,

    Thank you for your motivating articles. The articles shared by you help me to be have more realistic approach towards my finacial planning.

    Could you please suggest me few good PENSION plans? I heard that PENSION plans is not a good option as we dont get good return out of it. Please provide your comment on this.

  16. Thank you so much for your article.
    Keep writing so we can get more ideas and plan well 🙂
    I suggested this site to many of friends and family :)..

  17. Hi Hemant,

    Your Idea’s are really good, start thing and need to plan for retirement,
    My age is 47 completed. my expenditure is 15 k per month, planing to retire at 60
    what are the best options, can you suggest me, how much i require at 60, how much i need to invest every month, where and all need to be invested. advise me
    Thanking you
    Athar S M Y

  18. sir i am in defence service and will retire at 54 . i am 46 of age wanted your advice on retirement plans since i do not have much investment except for officers’ pf.

  19. Dear Hemant
    I have recently read something on the subject financial freedom. I really want to be financially free means I don’t want to work further to earn money. I have Rs. 30 lacs cash in my SB a/c, I am of 52 and free from all debt with my own house. Now I need your advice how can I earn atleast Rs.500000 P.M regularly from Rs30 lacs safe investment
    I would like to have your early reply

  20. Dear Hemant
    I have recently read something on the subject financial freedom. I really want to be financially free means I don’t want to work further to earn money. I have Rs. 30 lacs cash in my SB a/c, I am of 52 and free from all debt with my own house. Now I need your advice how can I earn atleast Rs.50000 P.M regularly from Rs30 lacs safe investment
    I would like to have your early reply

  21. Dear Hemant,
    I have recently registered myself for the Financial Literates and I have started reading your articles. To be frank with you, i’m basically a layman in matters related to finance.
    I’m an NRI and after reading your article on Long Term Investment in MF, I had contacted SBI for their advise and they forwarded me SBI Equity Opportunities Fund – Series I, Close Ended Equity Fund. Can you guide me whether this would be the best option or should I research on some thing else before deciding?

  22. Hi Hemant,

    I got to know about you from one of your friends. He is a corporate trainer. I am looking for a fixed income of 50000 Rs per month starting from age 60.

    I am 30 years old and can invest upto 8000 rs per month till the age of 60. Can you tell me how should I plan my investment so that I get 50000 rs per month from retirement age.

    I am working in Multi National Company. And the above amount is after deducting all the expenses.

    Thanks Rahul

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