I am investing in the SIPs of HDFC Tax Saver since May 2010 to save tax and profit. As there will be no tax benefit on this SIP once DTC comes into force, should I stop the SIP after March 2012 or start investing in HDFC Equity or HDFC Top 200? I also have Rs 1,000 investment each in HDFC Mid-cap Opportunity and Sundaram Select Midcap which I plan to continue for 15 years towards my retirement target of Rs 50 lakh. Should I continue investing in these funds or switch to other schemes?- N Tirkey
You are right in observing that tax planning funds will no more qualify for deductions when DTC comes into effect from April 1, 2012. However, this category of fund will remain and will be like any other diversified equity fund. If you wish to divert your funds from HDFC Taxsaver once DTC comes into play to HDFC Equity or HDFC Top 200, you can do so as both are highly rated funds with a consistent performance history.
To achieve your retirement goal of accumulating Rs 50 lakh in 15 years, you need to invest Rs 2,380 in a portfolio earning at annualised 12 per cent or Rs 2,220 if the same portfolio earns 15 per cent. This should be possible with the funds that you have selected—HDFC Mid-cap Opportunity and Sundaram Select Midcap Regular. However, remember that both these funds are mid- and small-cap funds which are risky in comparison to large- or large- and mid-cap funds. Moreover, you will need to monitor the performance of these funds once a year to note its progress towards your retirement goal.