SIP

SIP

What is an SIP?

An SIP or a Systematic Investment Plan allows an investor to invest a fixed amount regularly in a mutual fund scheme, typically an equity mutual fund scheme.

Why should you SIP?

One, it imparts financial discipline to your life. Two, it helps you to invest regularly without wrestling with market mood, index level, etc. For example, if you are supposed to put a fixed amount every month in a mutual fund scheme, you need to find time to do it. When you have the time, you might be worried about market conditions and think of postponing your investments. Or you might be thinking of investing more if the mood is optimistic. SIP puts an end to all these predicaments. The money is automatically invested regularly in a scheme without any effort on your part.

What are the other benefits of SIPs?

SIPs help you to average your purchase cost and maximise returns. When you invest regularly over a period irrespective of the market conditions, you would get more units when the market is low and less units when the market is high. This averages out the purchase cost of your mutual fund units.

Another benefit, called the eighth wonder of the world by some, is the power of compounding. When you invest over a long period and earn returns on the returns earned by your investment, your money would start compounding. This helps you to build a large corpus that help you to achieve your long-term financial goals with regular small investments.

How much money do I need to start an SIP?

You can start investing in a mutual fund scheme via SIP with a minimum of Rs 500.

Can I customise my SIP?

Yes, you can. Though the most popular SIP is investing a fixed amount every month, investors can customise the way they put money via SIPs. Many fund houses allow investors to invest monthly, bi-monthly and fortnightly, according to their convenience.

Apart from this, Step-up SIPs allow investors to increase the SIP amount periodically. ‘Alert SIP’ is another form of the regular systematic investment plan which sends an alert to the investor to buy more when the markets are down.

In case of the ‘perpetual SIPs,’ investors don't have to choose the end date of the SIP. Once the goal is met, the investors can stop the SIP by sending a written communication to the fund house.