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How to go for a foreign vacation every 3 years?

26 Jun 2021 - Contact Sayan Sircar
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Walk-through: Get the SIP amount for recurring goals like a dream vacation every few years

Calculation of SIP amount

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Asset allocation and target return for a recurring goal

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This post will deal with a recurring goal like going for a foreign vacation every three years throughout your life (for the next 30 years).

Assume that the goal amount is 4 lakhs (as per today’s cost) every 3 years for the next 30 years starting 2 years from now. So this is a plan for 10 vacations using the same framework followed for multiple goals with constant inflation of say 5%. We should keep in mind that inflation for vacations can be unpredictable due to how fuel prices, demand at various tourism locations and other factors play out.

Assume 2 lakhs is available today which is allocated to the first year’s vacation.

These are essentially 10 single payment goals:

  • Goal 1: Vacation 1: 4 lakhs adjusted by 2 years of inflation in 2 years
  • Goal 2: Vacation 2: 4 lakhs adjusted by 5 years of inflation in 5 years
  • Goal 3: Vacation 3: 4 lakhs adjusted by 8 years of inflation in 8 years
  • ….
  • Goal 10: Vacation 10: 4 lakhs adjusted by 29 years of inflation in 29 years

Using the single goal model the following SIP amounts are determined and the totals are added up as shown:

Calculation of SIP amount for recurring goals

The 40 lakhs initial cost of the 10 trips are expected to be around 93 lakhs over the next 30 years. The initial lump sum amount is allocated to the first trip since that will happen first. A single set of SIPs are created: equity 5154 and debt 22107 along with one lump sum investment in debt of 2 lakhs as per asset allocation. Refer to these posts for investing in equity and debt funds.

These calculations are explained in this Google Sheets workbook.

After one year of running the SIP

The following needs to be done in this order:

  • find the new corpus (C) which is the sum of the current value equity and debt fund values
  • review the goal parameters (new horizon is 1 year less, review the current cost of the goals to adjust for actual market inflation etc.)
  • re-balance between the equity and debt fund values
  • Increase the SIP figure by 10% (or more, the model will tell you)

See this detailed post for the process for reviewing.

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