Over the past twenty years or so, mutual fund Systematic Investment Plans. have gained tremendous popularity and have one of the most favored investment choices for retail investors in India. There are a number of advantages in the SIP mode of investing:-
- The biggest advantage SIP is enabling disciplined investing from your regular monthly savings. You do not have to wait to accumulate a large savings corpus to start investing in mutual funds. You can start with a SIP of just Rs 1,000. Investing small amounts systematically over long periods of time can create substantial wealth for investors through the power of compounding. We will discuss power of compounding in more details later in this post.
- The second major advantage of SIP is the convenience. Through a one-time bank ECS mandate, a fixed sum will get debited from your bank account every month (or any other period e.g. weekly, quarterly etc) and get invested in a mutual fund scheme(s) of your choice. You can select the date of auto-debit from the bank, frequency, amount (subject to minimum amount specified by the Asset Management Company) as per your convenience. You can stop your SIP and increase / decrease the SIP amount at any time.There are no penalties for missed SIP payments. By investing through SIP, you can put your financial planning on auto-pilot mode.
- The other big advantage of SIP is that, it makes market timing irrelevant. It is not possible to predict accurately how markets will behave. By investing at a regular frequency, investors can take advantage of volatility through Rupee Cost Averaging. Investing through SIPs during volatile market periods, market corrections and even bear markets, investors can get very high returns in the long term.
- Equity and equity oriented hybrid mutual fund schemes are among the most tax efficient investment options in India. Capital gains or profits of up to Rs 1 Lakh from mutual funds schemes held for more than 1 year are tax exempt. Profits in excess of Rs 1 Lakh are taxed at 10%.
Wealth creation through SIP – Compounding
We will now discuss how SIPs create wealth through the power of compounding. What is compounding? Compounding is essentially, interest earned on interest or profit earned on profit. If you invest Rs 1 Lakh at 10% interest, then after 1 year you will receive interest payment of Rs 10,000. However, if you let the money remain invested for 5 years, then your interest will not be Rs 50,000; your interest will be more than Rs 61,000. When you remain invested for a long time, it is not just your investment (principal) which earns interest or returns. Your accrued interest or your accumulated profits also earn interest or returns. This is how compounding works.
Time – the key factor in compounding
Time is the most important factor in compounding. The longer you remain, more profits you can accumulate, which is in turn help you earn even more profits. This is a virtuous cycle and creates enormous power of compounding. We often get queries from investors asking which funds will give the highest returns. But the more important question, investors should ask themselves is how they can remain invested for the longest period of time because time is more important than getting incrementally higher relative returns. For example, if you invest Rs1 Lakh in a scheme which gives 20% annual returns for 3 years, your investment will grow to Rs 1.7 Lakhs. On the other hand, if you can remain invested for 15 years, your money will grow to Rs 4.2 Lakhs, at just 10% annualized returns. You can see that, even though your annualized return was much lower in the second case, you were able to create much more wealth by simply remaining invested for a long period of time.
SIP leverages the power of compounding
With SIP, you start investing early with small amounts from your regular savings and therefore, can remain invested for very long periods of time. This enables mutual fund SIP to leverage the full power of compounding. The table below shows a scenario analysis of the corpus built over various periods of time at different investment return rates, with a monthly SIP amount of Rs 5000/-
You can see that over long investment tenures (20 to 30 years), you can create substantial wealth with relatively modest investments. In our view, SIP is the best investment option for your long term goals like children’s higher education, children’s marriage and your retirement planning.
We at MEGA help you how to build your wealth with your SIP investments. If you want start your investments or SIP you can Contact us. We would like to remind you that we are the only practicing financial planners in Rajkot.
Courtesy: AdvisoryKhoj Date: – 18 March 2019(Research Team of AdvisoryKhoj)