Oct 02, 2017 06:55 PM IST | Source:

Investing strategies: Why SIP is an all-season investment

SIP work irrespective of market sentiment. Marry the SIP with your financial goal and you are home.

Shweta Jain

Markets are bullish- Time to stop SIPs? Markets are bearish- Time to stop SIPs? Markets are not going anywhere- Time to stop SIPs?

I get these questions depending on what kind of phase we are in at the time. So, let’s see if SIPs do make sense and in what kind of market conditions.

And this behaviour is seen in the inflow data from mutual funds (DIIs) where the maximum money comes in when the equity market is expensive (greed) and outflows happen when the market goes through a correction or turns cheap (fear).

And how do we deal with this behavioural shortcoming? The tried and tested systematic investment plan (SIP) route which encourages disciplined investing. But here again, we forget two things:

1. It takes time for compounding to kick in and work

2. Markets may not always react in the same way we expect it to in a defined time period

Let’s take a look at how an SIP in a large cap fund would have performed. Covering two time periods, from Jan 2011 - Jan 2013 and also Jan 2015 – Jan 2017 (which included demonetisation); even though the point-to-point (P2P) returns from the Sensex were similar during these periods, the SIP returns from a fund varied significantly.
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sip for all seasonsip for all season 1What you should be doing is link your SIPs to goals- so you know exactly what you’re investing for and very importantly, stay invested. It is the time in the market and not the timing that matters.

(The writer is International Money Matters)
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