Mutual Funds: What is SIP? How to invest in it? 5 reasons why you should start it right now
Systematic Investment Plan or SIP is simple and systematic method to pour money periodically in a mutual fund (MF) for a particular period.
Systematic Investment Plan (SIP): A Systematic Investment Plan, also known as SIP, is simple and systematic method to pour money periodically in a mutual fund (MF) for a particular period. Mutual funds are managed by equity professionals of the industry, who allocate the fund's investments and attempt to generate equity gains for investors. However, Mutual fund investments require a good amount of money to start with and to allay the confusion deciding the amount of money to be invested, SIP is the best option. It is one of the most simple and sober methods to invest in Indian equities. A fixed amount is deducted on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis, from investors' account and invested into a selected mutual fund scheme.
"SIP investments help you decide how much you wish to invest. One can invest as low as Rs. 500 per month through SIP. Smaller investments mean there is no need to set aside a lump sum, making it easier and less burden on your wallet too," told Poonam Rungta, Certified Investment Planner to Zee Business Online.
SIP allows investors to invest in equities on a specific date each month so that one can plan and work on a saving plan for themselves. SIPs are similar to recurring deposits. However, unlike recurring deposits, the performance of Mutual Funds are subject to equity or debt market performance.
5 reasons, why you should start SIPs right now:-
1. Get a wide investment exposure:
Mutual fund investments through SIP allows you to get a wide exposure of markets. It allows you to put your money in a hybrid category of funds giving you exposure to both equity and debt instruments in your portfolio. It helps you remain balanced by not relying only on one instrument.
2. You don't need to know all those investment theories:
Jumping directly into equity markets can be a riskier game and it also requires a deep understanding of economy, industry and companies etc. However, in the case of SIPs, you don't need to worry about those niche theories as your funds are managed by the experts of the institution.
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''A new investor should always start investing with SIP as it does not require you to know everything about stocks. It balances your risk of volatility, assuring you good returns,'' mentioned Simi Bhaumik, Technical Equity Analyst.
3. You don't need to manage your equities:
Markets are risky, volatile and subject to time. It is difficult to time the market, one can miss the larger rally and may stay out while markets were doing well or may enter at wrong intervals. However, if you invest through SIPs, It removes the risk of timing and managing the units on your own.
4. You don't feel the pressure of investing huge money:
An investor need not feel the pressure as SIP allows one to invest in small, convenient and affordable amounts. As it makes easier for investors to get an exposure of Indian equity markets, starting with smaller amounts.
5. It encourages you to remain permanent:
A reguinvestmentents makes you become a disciplined investor. Investing through SIPs helps you make a commitment towards investment, increasing your chances to earn a handsome return over a period.