Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is an investment avenue where the investor builds a portfolio through specific sums invested at regular intervals that may be monthly, quarterly or annually. By the very nature of being a systematic mode of investment distributed over an extended period of time, SIPs have an innate advantage of remaining immune to market-induced fluctuations.
In general, SIP requires a fixed amount to be invested periodically. Clearly, this is a convenience to investors who are beginners and those who prefer to invest in small pockets.
For investors who prefer to ‘step up’ their installment amount at defined intervals, there exists the option of Step-up SIPs, hosted by several CAMS serviced funds.
In the wake of many such advantages, it comes as no big surprise that nearly 27% of mutual investors prefer to invest through SIPs (Source: SEBI). According to recent data that was shared in the Parliament of India, SIPs in mutual funds have witnessed a growth of 124% in the last two and a half years.
Accordingly, between March 31, 2014, and October 31, 2016, SIPs rose from 60 lakh to a whopping 134.5 lakh. The object of real interest rests with the fact that more than 46% of the SIPs as measured on end of October 2016 are those from B15 towns.
According to MFDEx CAMS data bureau services, which tracks about 92 per cent of the MF industry, there were 1.02 crore live SIP accounts for the funds that it services, at the end of July 2016. This corresponds to a growth of 16.5 per cent from 87.51 lakh SIP accounts at the end of December 2015. CAMS data also showed that it counted 53.71 lakh accounts in June-2014, suggesting that the number of SIP accounts has nearly doubled in two years.
Mr. N. K. Prasad, President and CEO, CAMS attributes the SIP growth to AMC initiatives on investor education and awareness bearing fruit. ‘Investors are increasingly adopting systematic investments to optimize investment returns from the volatile equity asset class,’ he expressed.
As mentioned above, it is heartening to see that smaller cities have taken a great interest to SIPs too. ‘Investors in B15 cities too are adopting systematic investment habits and account for over 40% of new systematic registrations. We look forward to MF industry helping retail investors create wealth over long term via regular and systematic investments in Mutual Funds,’ stated Mr. Prasad.
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