How to Invest in Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)

A Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is a way of investing in Mutual Fund schemes. Through this plan, you can invest small sums of money at a pre-determined time, at regular frequencies. It gives you the flexibility to choose how much money you want to invest and set a timeline as per your comfort. The frequency can be monthly, quarterly, or yearly. SIP is a great discipline way to start your investment planning and helps mitigate risk. With well-designed protocols, SIP helps you invest properly and guards your finances against the everchanging market trends.

How does SIP work?

When you invest in a Mutual Funds scheme using a SIP, you only buy the fund units corresponding to your investment amount. The SIP works on the power of compounding. Hence the probability of attractive returns is more from your SIP investment.

Let us understand how SIP works with an example.

Say, you invest INR 6000 in a particular Mutual Fund scheme using SIP. The investment frequency you choose is 1 month. This means every month INR 6000 will be debited from your account towards your preferred Mutual Fund scheme. The Systematic Investment Plan, through the power of compounding, will accumulate a considerable amount of money as the returns on your investment.

How to start SIP investment?

Investing using a SIP can seem daunting at first. However, here are some things to take care of before you start your SIP:

  • Set investment goals – The most important step is to know your risk tolerance. You have to set your goals and gauge how much risk you can take. Any investment comes with a certain degree of risk. Determine the objective of your investment and get an ideal portfolio.

  • Choose a Mutual Fund scheme – There are various schemes available in the market. The funds you select should consider your goals and risk tolerance. Evaluate the recent performance of the Mutual Fund you prefer.

  • Apply – Once you have chosen your preferred scheme, you can now apply for the SIP of your choice. The application process is simple too, here is what to do:

    • Fill the proper application form and link your Demat Account.
    • Submit a cheque of the SIP amount you want to invest.
    • Fill out the KYC form.
  • Select the date of the SIP – The SIP protocol debits the pre-set amount from your account automatically. You have to select a particular date that is convenient to you. You also have the option of selecting multiple dates for SIP payment.

  • ​​​​​​​Deciding the duration of your investment – You should set the duration of the investment that meets your investment and financial goals. You can use a SIP calculator to see what returns you will get for a given period.

  • ​​​​​​​Decide if you want to invest online or offline – The SIP allows you to invest online and offline. Choose the option that is the most convenient to you.

    If you follow the given steps, you will know how to invest in SIP easily.​​​​​​​

    What are the benefits of investing with SIP?

    Some of the benefits of SIP investing are:

  • SIP investment is convenient and hassle-free. You do not have to put in time and effort for SIPs. You can even start your investment with as low as 100 rupees a month.
  • You do not have to time the market in SIP investment. You buy fewer units when the market is bullish, and you buy more units when the market is bearish.
  • With the power of compounding interest, you will accumulate substantial returns over a long period.

    To learn more about SIP or to apply for a Demat Account at HDFC Bank, click here.

    Want to know more about how you SIP a lump sum amount? Click here to read more!

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