A Systematic Investment Plan is commonly known as SIP. In this plan, you can regularly invest a fixed amount in your preferred Mutual Fund scheme. Here, a fixed amount is deducted each month from your savings account. This amount is then invested in the Mutual Fund of your choice.
Here is a look at the manifold advantages of investing in SIP.
With SIP, you can start investing small amounts, and watch it grow big. You can start investing with a minimum amount of Rs 500 each month. A SIP is not only simple and convenient to track, but also inculcates a sense of financial discipline, where you save more.
The unique feature of SIP is the Rupee Cost averaging, where you end up buying more units when the market is low. Conversely, you will buy less when the market is on the upswing. This is because of the inherent feature of SIP, where at every market correction, you will buy more. Not only does this reduce your cost of investment, but also results in significant gains
SIP provides you with tremendous flexibility. If you are afraid of long-term commitment by investing in instruments like Public Provident Fund (PPF) or Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs), then SIP is just the right answer. These are open ended funds, and could be withdrawn as per your choice. In other words, SIPs do not have a fixed tenor. You can either withdraw the full or a partial amount from your investment, without incurring any losses. What’s more the amount of investment is also flexible: it can be either increased or decreased. You must, however, remember to have a long investment horizon for wealth creation.
As compared to traditional fixed deposits or recurring deposits, SIP provides double the returns. This can help you beat the rising costs because of inflation.
SIP operates on the principle of compounding or receiving compound interest on your investments. In other words, a small amount invested for a long time period would fetch better returns than a one-time investment.
Being an open-ended fund without any tenor, you can withdraw your SIP investment to meet any emergency situations like sudden hospitalisation or loss of job.
If you are confused between one-time investment or SIP, refer to the comparison chart below:
|SIP investment||One-time investment|
|Tenor||Can be withdrawn anytime without any monetary loss.||Sudden withdrawal might attract charges, penalties, or might just not be allowed.|
|Earnings||Earns better during market lows. Investment yields higher returns because of the power of compounding.||Earns better during market highs. The investment yields fixed income, which is lower than SIP.|
|Protection from market volatility||SIP can protect your investment from any potential market crash.||One-time investment is not cushioned against market volatility. As such, this investment could be a major loss, if the market crashes.|
|Knowledge of market||This is a simple plan, and you do not require to have a thorough knowledge of the market.||In many cases, one-time investments may either require expert counsel, or a thorough knowledge of the market.|
Thus, SIP stands for minimum investments and maximum returns. Invest in an SIP now and reap the returns later!