Monday, August 8, 2016

Which is the best SIP? - The one you start early and continue for long ...

Many times, one gets a question from investors, "Which is the best SIP?" Here is the answer

The English translation is as under:

“Which is the best SIP? Please recommend the best SIP. I want to start one.” After reading my article on SIP, one of the readers wrote to me. This was not the first time that I came across this question. Many investors have wondered about this and asked the experts.
The real question is not which is the best SIP, but it is what the investor expects from the “best” SIP. Whenever I have tried to get to the bottom of the question and understand the real concern, it has thrown some interesting insights.
Returning to this question the real concern for the investors is to find out a scheme where the SIP returns would turn out to be among the highest in future. This future timeline is also uncertain or undecided – it often is a time when the investor checks the performance of one’s investments in comparison to other avenues – similar or otherwise.
So the question is: how do you look at an SIP in a mutual fund scheme? Start with the purpose of an SIP. Why should one start an SIP in a mutual fund scheme?
For that, we need to go back to understanding what an SIP in a mutual fund is. SIP, or Systematic Investment Plan, is a facility offered by mutual funds to help an investor invest regularly in a mutual fund scheme. Signing up for an SIP requires an investor to fill up just one form for multiple transactions of a fixed amount and a fixed frequency. This instills discipline as the investments happen regularly without the investor’s intervention.
An investor can choose from among equity, debt, liquid, gold or hybrid funds based on one’s own unique requirements.
With the above points, an SIP should help an investor meet one’s requirements and not necessarily be the “best” – whatever that means. So often, investors seek an investment option or an investment strategy that can deliver the highest rate of return. However, as we all know, an investment is made in order to accumulate a sum of money for some future expense requirement. If the goal is to accumulate, the focus also should be on the amount accumulated and not on the rate of return.
Lower rate of return over longer term may help one accumulate much more than higher rate of return earned over short time horizon. Let us consider the following two options:
·       Investment of Rs. 1,00,000 per year invested at 8% p.a. for 10 years would help accumulate a sum of Rs. 14.50 lacs, approximately
·       Investment of Rs. 1,00,000 per year invested 1t 15% p.a. for 5 years would help accumulate a sum of Rs. 6.75 lacs, approximately
As can be seen from the above numbers, it is better to start as soon as possible and continue with the investment plan rather than chasing high returns.
By that logic, the best SIP is the one that you continue. So, start your SIP at the earliest and keep it on till your goals are reached.
Happy investing!
-        Amit Trivedi

The author runs Karmayog Knowledge Academy. Recently, Amit has authored a book titled “Riding the Roller Coaster – Lessons from Financial Market Cycles We Repeatedly Forget”. The views expressed are his personal opinions.

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