SIP


Systematic Investment Plan :

Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is a smart financial planning tool that helps you to create wealth, by investing small sums of money every month, over a period of time. Investing at an early stage of life lets you enjoy the benefits of two powerful strategies, rupee cost averaging and the power of compounding.

SIP is a method of investing a fixed sum, regularly, in a mutual fund scheme. SIP allows one to buy units on a given date each month, so that one can implement a saving plan for themselves.

Advantage of SIP

Rupee Cost Averaging

The biggest advantage of SIP is that one need not time the market. In timing the market, one can miss the larger rally and may stay out while markets were doing well or may enter at a wrong time when either valuation have peaked or markets are on the verge of declining. Rather than timing the market, investing every month will ensure that one is invested at the high and the low, and make the best out of an opportunity that could be tough to predict in advance. SIPs thus make the volatility in the market work in favour of an investor and help in averaging out the cost called “Rupee Cost Averaging”. The longer the time-frame, the larger are the benefits of averaging.

Power Of Compounding

SIPs also help in availing benefits of compounding. This means the earlier one starts an SIP and longer the investment horizon, the larger the benefits. The reason being, each rupee one invests earns a return, which ends up as more rupees to earn a return, allowing investment to grow at a fast pace. Higher rates of return or longer investment time periods increase the principal amount in geometric proportions. This is the single most important reason for investors to start investing early and keep on investing on a regular basis to achieve the long-term financial goals.

Inflation :

Inflation is simply a rise in prices. Over a period of time, as the cost of goods and services increase, the value of a Rupee  is going to go down because you won't be able to purchase as much with that Rupee  as you could have last month or last year.

The rate of inflation is important as it represents the rate at which the real value of an investment is eroded and the loss in spending power over time. Inflation also tells investors exactly how much of a return (%) their investments need to make for them to maintain their standard of living.

With this idea in mind, investors should try to buy investment products with returns that are equal to or greater than inflation.