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Mutual funds: How do SIP investments help to navigate market volatility?

Making investment decisions driven by short-term market fluctuations is seldom advisable. Investing through SIPs enables investors to remain steady without succumbing to the fear of being swayed by a market bubble.

Choosing to invest through SIPs.Premium
Choosing to invest through SIPs.

The instability in the market can be disconcerting, leading investors to reevaluate their strategies. It’s a common dilemma to decide whether to remain invested or wait for the correction to subside. In the current scenario of the market experiencing significant losses, many investors are pondering whether to persist with their regular systematic investment plans (SIPs) or withdraw their funds from the market.

Nevertheless, SIP investors need not waver on the decision to invest in either upward or downward markets. SIP represents a disciplined approach to investing in equities across various market levels. There are numerous advantages to continuing SIP investments.

Rupee cost averaging: Investing through SIPs guarantees the acquisition of more units during market downturns. This reduces the average cost per unit over time, potentially enhancing returns when the market undergoes a recovery.

Potential for compound growth: Prolonged investment duration enables the advantageous effects of compounding. Even modest and regular investments during market downturns have the potential to grow substantially over time.

Missing the market recovery: Withdrawing implies the potential of not benefiting from the market rebound. Achieving perfect timing in the market is exceedingly challenging.

Numerous investors proudly maintain their SIP investments even during market downturns. While the fear of a decline in investment value may intimidate some, the recognition that the market follows its regular cycles and will eventually recover instills the necessary confidence to persist in contributing regular installments. Some investors even venture to allocate additional funds to stocks and mutual funds, aiming to capitalize on the opportunity to acquire more fund units or stocks at lower prices. Despite expert warnings against trying to "catch a falling knife," the allure of potential long-term gains, perhaps over a decade or so, motivates investors to adhere to their plans of sustaining their SIP investments.

However, there arises the quandary of persisting with SIP investments even when the market is on an upward trajectory. This is particularly applicable to a flourishing economy characterized by optimism and companies realizing their full growth potential. Additionally, the market often surges with a plethora of both new-age and established businesses launching IPOs, further contributing to the confidence and enthusiasm of those seeking gains from the market.

Regardless of market fluctuations, SIP investors should remain steadfast in their commitment to regular investments. However, the optimal strategy may vary depending on one's intended duration of investment in the market. For those with a short-term investment horizon and in the face of a substantial upward market trend, a more tactical approach, such as lump sum investments or adjusting asset allocation according to risk tolerance, may be advisable.

As modern investors dip their toes into the financial waters, they enter with small, incremental investments. Those engaging in SIP investments should understand the cyclical nature of markets, where phases of growth are inevitably succeeded by corrections. Consistent participation in SIPs serves to streamline the overall investment journey, mitigating the impact of market volatility.

Maintaining a focus on the long-term perspective is paramount. Avoid being swayed by the fear of a bearish market or the excitement of a surging market, and refrain from making impulsive decisions that stray from your carefully crafted investment plan.

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Published: 01 Mar 2024, 10:17 AM IST
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