01 Nov 2021 | Edukatips

3 Investment Periods. Which One Suits You?

*Update : 1 Mar 2024

Everyone has their own financial objectives. To achieve these objectives, you need a strategy to divide your financial objectives into 3 (three) parts based on the investment period, namely short-, medium-, and long-term. Each period has a different strategy. 

  • Short-term objective

Objectives can usually be achieved in less than 1 (one) year. A short-term strategy is to use funds you can access anytime you need, such as Money Market Mutual Funds or RDPU and short-term instruments (< 1 year deposit and obligation). RDPU offers an optimal return with relatively low risk, liquid, and is more protected from the volatility of mutual fund's price change.

  • Medium-term objectives

Objectives can usually be achieved in 1-5 years. You can use Fixed Income Mutual Funds (RDPT) or Mixed Mutual Funds (RDC) that offer higher returns compared to RDPU. RDPT invests in debt securities instruments for both the government and companies, while RDC invests up to 79% in money market instruments, debt securities, and/or share/equity securities.

  • Long-term objectives

Objectives can usually be achieved in more than 5 (five) years. It is suggested to monitor your expenses and consistently set aside your income, and you should choose investment products that can accelerate your long-term financial objectives, but are still adjusted to your risk profile. An equity fund (RDS) is an investment of choice for investors with an aggressive risk profile who can accept the high risk and long-term investment period.

Historical data has showed different results from different instruments:

  1. A 12 month deposit (after tax) results in 72% profit
  2. Bindo, the government bonds index using Rupiah, also known as the Fixed Rate series, results in 188% profit
  3. IHSG, the stock index in Indonesia, results in a total return of 129%

Tips on achieving your financial objectives:

  1. Start by planning and realizing the easier ones. Once you have achieved your target, increase your financial objectives gradually.
  2. Set a target and evaluate your target periodically. For medium-term objectives, evaluate them once a year. A target will help you monitor the process and motivate you to achieve your financial objectives.
  3. Be disciplined in fulfilling your financial objectives to manage your finance and monitor the development

Choose investment instruments and strategies ideal for you, so you will not be burdened by them. Now, which one suits you?

To help with investment strategies in mutual funds and bonds, use Welma feature in myBCA which can be downloaded on the Appstore and Playstore.

Writer: Theodorus Nico, Investment Specialist Bahana TCW


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