Details about SIP

What is a Systematic Investment Plan?

A Systematic Investment Plan or SIP is a smart and hassle free mode for investing money in mutual funds. SIP allows you to invest a certain pre-determined amount at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.). An SIP is a planned approach towards investments and helps you inculcate the habit of savings and building wealth for the future.

How does it work?

An SIP is a flexible and easy investment plan. Your money is auto-debited from your bank account and invested into a specific mutual fund scheme. You are allocated certain number of units based on the ongoing market rate (called NAV or Net Asset Value) for the day. Every time you invest money, additional units of the scheme are purchased at the market rate and added to your account. Hence, units are bought at different rates and investors benefit from Rupee-Cost Averaging and the Power of Compounding.

Rupee-Cost Averaging

With volatile markets, most investors remain sceptical about the best time to invest and try to 'time' their entry into the market. Rupee-cost averaging allows you to opt out of the guessing game. Since you are a regular investor, your money fetches more units when the price is low and lesser when the price is high. During volatile periods, it may allow you to achieve a lower average cost per unit.

Power of Compounding

Albert Einstein once said, "Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it... while he who doesn't, pays it." The rule for compounding is simple - the sooner you start investing, the more time your money has to grow.


If you started investing Rs. 10,000 a month on your 40th birthday, in 20 years time you would have put aside Rs. 24 lakhs. If that investment grew by an average of 7% a year, it would be worth Rs. 52.4 lakhs when you reach 60.

However, if you started investing 10 years earlier, your Rs. 10,000 each month would add up to Rs. 36 lakh over 30 years. Assuming the same average annual growth of 7%, you would have Rs. 1.22 Cr on your 60th birthday - more than double the amount you would have received if you had started 10 years later.

Other Benefits of Systematic Investment Plans:

  • Disciplined Saving :- Discipline is the key to successful investments. When you invest through SIP, you commit yourself to save regularly. Every investment is a step towards attaining your financial objectives.
  • Flexibility : - While it is advisable to continue SIP investments with a long-term perspective, there is no compulsion. Investors can discontinue the plan at any time. One can also increase/decrease the amount being invested.
  • Long-Term Gains: - Due to rupee-cost averaging and the power of compounding, SIPs have the potential to deliver attractive returns over a long investment horizon.
  • Convenience - SIP is a hassle-free mode of investment. You can issue a standing instruction to your bank to facilitate auto-debits from your bank account.
    SIPs have proved to be an ideal mode of investment for investors who do not have the resources to pursue active investments.
Delay in starting your SIP cost you a lot:
Suppose you start investing in a diversified equity mutual fund through an SIP at age of… 35 40
Suppose you start investing in a diversified equity mutual fund through an SIP at age of… 35 40
Your monthly investment… Rs. 5000 Rs. 5000
You stop investing at the age of… 60 60
Your total investments would be… Rs. 15 lakhs Rs. 12 lakhs
Assuming compounded annualized returns @ 15%, your savings could grow to… Rs.1,37,82,803.88 Rs. 66,35,367.20
A delay of just 5 years in starting your SIP can lead to a wealth difference of over Rs. 71 lakhs. Hence, one must start investing early in life.