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Should NRI invest in India – Why, Where & How

NRIs have access to the whole world & that’s the reason question is why should NRI invest in India? If Yes. Where & How to invest is another major challenge.

  • The GDP growth rate for India for the quarter ended November 2018 was 7.1%.
  • Swedish furniture giant IKEA, which recently opened a store in India plans to open 25 stores over the next few years.
  • Reliance Industries is planning to make a big entry into the online retail business in India.

These facts suggest that India continues to be an attractive destination for investment. As an NRI, you should take advantage of the growth in India.

It may not be feasible for you to start a business in India or move back to India right now, but you can always participate by investing in the Indian market. Must Read – NRI Investment Options in India

Should NRI invest in India

Should NRI Invest in India

If you are skeptical, read on to find out why it makes sense to invest in India –

Growth Story Intact

A report by the Boston Consulting Group says that consumption in India will be triple of that in 2018 by 2025.

India is set to overtake UK and become the fifth largest economy in the world.

Here is the GDP growth rate over the last few quarters –

Quarter GDP Growth Rate
May, 20176.10%
Nov, 20176.30%
May, 20187.70%
Nov, 20187.10%

As you can see, the Indian economy is expanding. This means companies, banks and the markets have the potential to do well. Therefore it makes sense to invest in Indian markets.

Demographics

More than 65% of the population in India is below the age of 35. This segment has consumerist aspirations and higher propensity to spend. They have a higher disposable income which they will use to improve their lifestyle. This will lead to increased revenues for companies.

Moreover, they are aware of investing and therefore there is a high inflow of retail investments in financial products especially mutual funds.

This means our markets have the potential to do well. There will be more steps to streamline markets and financial products.

why should NRI invest in India

Big spending by corporates

Big brands like IKEA and H&M have started operations in India. Netflix is spending massive amounts on marketing in India. They must have done some research and analysis and seen some potential in India before committing huge funds in the country.

NRIs can follow their suit to create wealth for themselves.

Underdeveloped markets

The consumer base in India is growing by leaps and bounds. India is expected to be the third largest consumer market by 2025.

Per capita income is on a rising trend which means expenditure on health, education, communication, transport, food, and entertainment will increase for the next few years. The consumption for goods in rural India is also rising. The Indian middle class which is increasing in numbers loves to buy which means companies can target these different segments aggressively.

NRIs should not miss this growth story and invest in India such that they reap benefits too.

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Performance of Key Indicators

All the economic indicators have been showing the right signals. Inflation has come down. The interest rates on FDs have gone up. The equity markets and mutual funds in India have performed better than of most countries in the last few years.

Although past performance cannot guarantee future performance, there are no events that have altered the fundamentals in India, so one can reasonably expect for things to go on as they have been going on.

So India is a good destination for investment and NRIs should take advantage of the same.

Should NRI Invest in India – NOW

On the other side, net FII inflows have been negative. The Indian currency has taken a beating over the last year and there is an increase in the unemployment rate.

But given the steps taken by the government to make India business friendly and the rapidly growing consumer base, we can conclude that the India growth story is still intact provided there are no untoward events or incidents that shake up the Indian economy or the global economy.

Therefore, NRIs should make an investment plan to allocate some of their funds to the India growth story.

Where Should NRI Invest in India

NRI want to invest in India but where… There are many avenues of investment for NRIs –

  1. Equity Investments – NRIs can invest in direct equity by linking a demat account to their NRE/ NRO account. They have to research and analyse the stocks thoroughly before investing as there is an element of risk involved. Alternatively, mutual funds are the best way to invest money in India for NRI & participate in Indian growth story.
  2. Mutual Funds – There are a range of mutual funds that cater to investors with different investment styles, risk profiles and financial status. They can seek guidance from a financial planner. Best Mutual Funds in India for NRI
  3. Real Estate – NRIs can invest in residential and commercial real estate. It is important to understand all aspects of the project one is investing in. Be sure to invest in properties of reputed builders or brands. You can take a bank loan to invest so that there is additional levels of vetting. It is important that either you or someone you trust is present physically to close the deal and also take care of the property.
  4. Government Securities/Bonds and Certificate of Deposits – There are many debt options for NRIs to invest in. These offer low risk but optimum returns.

How Should NRI Invest in India

How do NRIs invest in India? Normally it’s through their banks. But be frank it’s the worst way as most bankers abuse the trust of NRIs.

You should hire a good financial planner who understands the needs of NRIs  & can guide you towards your goals.

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Hope this post removed your confusion regarding – Should NRI Invest in India? If you still have any questions regarding NRI investment – feel free to add that in the comment section.

About the Author

Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice in 2009 & is among the first generation of financial planners in India. He also authored Bestseller book "Financial Life Planning".

  • Munesh says:

    Is a NRE FD a better investments instrument than Mutual Funds (Equity/Debt combination (50:50)) for a investment time horizon of 7 years?

    • Hi Munesh,
      Mutual Funds (Equity/Debt combination (50:50) – will be a better option for long term horizon. If one can rebalance this at least yearly – that will be even better,

    • Seetharama says:

      – Consider equity fund (choose between Aggressive hybrid (least risk) large cap, or multi-cap depending on your risk level)
      – from year 6 start systematically transferring funds to your bank FD or short-term MF (part of corpus; for emergency fund and for initial settlement in India, etc.) and to equity-saving fund (or other less risky fund, depending on what the initial investment was)
      – always keep tax liability in mind; if alredy paying tax in India, must invest every year in tax-saving MF (ELSS)

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