SIP stands for systematic investment plan in its entire form (SIP). The most convenient way to invest in mutual funds is through a systematic monthly investment plan (SIP), which has the potential to create long-term wealth. The investor gains from rupee-cost averaging and forms the habit of disciplined investment. Yet, because of the state of the market and the inherent risks, are vulnerable to losses. How ought an investor to proceed? Should an investor stop a losing SIP or keep it going?
While redeeming SIP investments, the following things need to be taken into account.
This is crucial to understanding the purpose of SIP investments. Equity-linked mutual fund returns are correlated with stock market performance. So, your fund is likely to follow the trend and offer minimal returns if the market is underperforming. Also, it is not a smart idea to invest in small, midsize, or large-cap equity funds just because previous year returns were excellent. Distribute your resources in a diversified way. Most of the time, a blend of long-, medium-, and short-term funds should be used. Everyone allocates their assets differently. It’s not a good idea to invest in only one sort of fund.
What time to withdraw?
Every investor is presented with a similar situation. The performance of your fund holds the key. Keep track of how the fund you invested in is doing. If a fund isn’t performing well for less than a year, market fluctuations may be to blame; however, if performance is poor for an extended length of time, you may want to seek for a different fund.
See the portfolio of businesses the fund has invested in, as well as their future performance, in addition to the performance metric. Comparing the performance of your mutual fund to that of similar mutual funds is another smart move. So, use caution when choosing alternative funds and withdrawing your SIP money.
The potential for long-term risk-adjusted gains increases with the length of the SIP investment in a mutual fund. In general, think about making SIP investments for about five years. It has been noted that it often takes at least five years for losses, market risks, and the power of compounding to average out. One should not redeem those funds just because the market is in a correction phase. Instead, consider it a chance to get more money for less money.
To sum up, while losses are possible while investing in mutual funds, there is no need to become anxious or make a snap choice. Several factors, including elections, geopolitical unrest, economic downturns, pandemics, etc., could be to blame. Since the economy has experienced it all and is still thriving, investing should be viewed as a long-term endeavor.
Finally, in order to address the fundamental topic of when to redeem SIP investments, it is advisable to consider doing so only after reaching one’s financial objectives. A satellite portfolio could be used to switch to other funds based on the market’s behavior if an investor wants to benefit from shifting market dynamics.
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