Asset Allocation in investment
The most important determinant of an investor’s long-term investment results is a composition of assets or asset mix in the investor’s portfolio. While factors such as security and manager selection do matter, statistically speaking, their impact keeps falling as the investment horizon gets longer leaving asset allocation as the dominant factor driving investment results.
Thus in any financial planning process, arriving at an appropriate asset allocation is the most important decision variable. In the asset mix, there are likely to be assets which have higher rewards and higher risks such as equities, and assets which have lower rewards and lower risks such as government bonds. In other words, over the long term, policy holders cannot expect equity type of returns by participating in pure debt funds (low risk –low reward) and vice versa.
An investor should balance risk tolerance with the goal of maximizing future value over the investment horizon.Risk tolerance is the ability to tolerate either a more likely temporary, or a less likely permanent fall, in the value of the investment. Investors who do not have the ability to tolerate a fall in the value of investment from time to time i.e., volatility in returns should restrict their exposure to the riskier asset class of equities. Likewise, investors who have substantial working life ahead and who have limited financial liabilities in the medium-term should take exposure to high level of equities in their overall asset allocation.
We sincerely advise our existing and prospective policy holders to reflect on their risk- bearing ability and choose as appropriate asset allocation and thereafter contribute regularly, either on a monthly/quarterly or yearly basis, to achieve their long term financial goals.
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company offers a wide suite of funds which range from equity funds to pure debt funds and also balanced funds (a blend of both debt and equity) available for policy holders with varied risk appetites and investment horizons.
(Please refer to the individual policy related document for the availability of the funds as per your choice)
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*Risk tolerance is a measure of the level of risk you can take on your investment.
^Please refer to the individual policy-related documents for the availability of the funds as per your choice.