Recently I was watching a program on television channel ETNow ….it was programming related to Systematic Investment Plans. I am generally not very interested in watching content based on SIPs. It’s a well understood concept to me about how time and price averaging over long periods gives amazing results because of the discipline of continuous investing with small sums and the magic of compounding.
What however got me interested was the concept the speakers were talking about “Sahi SIP”. “Sahi” is a word in Hindi which means the right thing. So what got me interested was the idea that not all SIPs are the same. You could search for this episode on the Youtube channel of ETNow.
SIPs have to be decided based on your goals.So not every SIP can be applicable to everyone
While the basic concept of SIP is that you automate your investments and pay yourself before you pay others.
If regular investments are left to decisions of human beings then they will every month find some reason why they are not able to invest.
However with SiPs because the money goes outfrom your bank account before you even know, you learn to adjust your expenses according to what is left. The first few months are a little tough but eventually you figure out ways to get your expenses into control. i am a ready example of that.
Now coming to the”sahi or right” SIP….. what the speaker mentioned was that based on your goals you need to decide on the investment vehicle or mutual fund scheme and the amount that you will be willing to invest.
One other aspect was how inflation eats into your goals. However because of inflation you also get salary increases. If you can increase the amount of SIPs based on a certain percentage of increase in your salary, then you can control the inflation monster from hurting your goals.
So there is no one size fits all. You need to identify the goals at different stages of your life and accordingly decide on the type of schemes you want to invest.
However the one thing which I have been mentioning for a long time in all my posts still stands….. you need to start early in life. The longer your runway the bigger is the magic of compounding.
Till next time….