Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) – Best way to invest

Invest in mutual funds through SIP or learn about advantages of investing through SIP

Top SIP Mutual Funds in India for 2018

Select from the expert picked top funds to invest in.
Top Equity Funds
FUND
RET 3Y
RET 5Y
L&T India Value Fund

MultiCap Funds

15.34%
28.47%
Mirae Asset India Equity Fund

LargeCap Funds

16.48%
24.95%
SBI Magnum Multicap Fund

MultiCap Funds

15.40%
24.93%
Birla SL Frontline Equity Fund

LargeCap Funds

13.19%
20.40%
ICICI Pru Bluechip Fund

LargeCap Funds

14.69%
20.00%
SBI BlueChip Fund

LargeCap Funds

12.71%
21.93%
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Top Debt Funds
FUND
RET 3Y
RET 5Y
Aditya Birla SL Medium Term Plan

Credit Opportunities Fund

8.45%
9.00%
Reliance Low Duration Fund

Ultra Short Term Fund

7.48%
8.14%
UTI ST Income Fund

Short Term Income Fund

7.69%
8.12%
DSPBR Credit Risk Fund

Short Term Income Fund

7.98%
8.52%
Aditya Birla SL Savings Fund

Ultra Short Term Fund

8.03%
8.64%
UTI Treasury Advantage Fund

Ultra Short Term Fund

7.80%
8.43%
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What is SIP?

Systematic Investment Plan, commonly referred to as an SIP, allows you to invest regularly a fixed sum in your favorite mutual fund scheme/s. In SIP, a fixed amount is deducted from your savings account every month and directed towards the mutual fund you choose to invest in.

Benefits of investing in SIP

With SIP, you can start investing in small amount and reap big returns. It’s a simple and convenient way to track your investments. It also brings financial discipline.
Lowest Lockin period
Compared to other tax-saving options, ELSS has the lowest lock-in period of 3 years. Being an equity fund, it will be advisable to stay invested for a longer duration.
Best Tax saving investment under Sec 80C
It helps you to avail tax deduction under Section 80C in the EEE format i.e. tax exemption, wealth accumulation and zero exit load.
Power of Compounding
Compound interest ensures better long-term benefits compared to one time investment
2x Higher returns than RD
As compared to the conventional FDs, ELSS gives higher returns to beat inflation in an efficient manner.

Why invest through SIP

The concept of SIP focuses around the philosophy of “Save First, Spend Next”.
With SIP, you can invest small amounts at fixed intervals ( weekly, monthly or quarterly) instead of doing a one-time investment.
Power of Compounding
The basic principle of Compound interest implies that small amounts invested over a long period of time would result in a larger return compared to a one-time investment.
Start with just Rs 500
You can start investing in mutual funds through an SIP with amount as low as Rs 500 and still not feel a burden on your budget planning. Generally, over a period of time you can increase your monthly installments by a factor of 15%.
Rupee Cost Averaging
The equity market is volatile in nature and when you do an SIP investment, you would be buying more number of units during a slump and less number of units in a blooming market and as a result you would decrease the cost per unit.
Become a disciplined investor
An SIP investment would make you more disciplined in matters of managing your finances. With the option of automated payments, it means you don’t have to remember every month.
Acts as an Emergency Fund
With One-click withdrawal SIP can act as an emergency fund for possible contingencies (like medical crisis or job loss) puts your mind at ease.

SIP or One-time : How should I Invest?

Often first time investors get confused choosing between an SIP investment or one-time investment.
One-time investment
In this mode, you make a one time payment of a considerable sum of money.
Monthly SIP
On the other hand, in an SIP, a fixed amount of sum is deposited at regular intervals of time in a mutual fund scheme. In short, one-time investment mode can be chosen if you have money in hand right now that can be invested and an SIP can be chosen if you are expecting a regular inflow of money in future.
SIP Investment One-time Investment
Periodic investments in a tenure One-time investment in a tenure (lump sum)
Earns better during market lows Earns better during market highs
SIPs can protect investments from potential market crash One-time investments can lead to major loss during market crash, which happens often enough

How to Choose a SIP

The internet will provide you with the A-Z of the mutual funds you shortlisted including their past returns.
However, please make sure that the fund you pick meet the below criteria.
₹500 Crore Asset Under Management
A 500 Crore asset size can be a reasonable benchmark when selecting a fund. This doesn’t mean that funds below this Corpus are bad, but it is not advisable.
Duration of SIP
The duration of SIP mutual fund is an important factor from a risk, return and tax point of view. Keep 5 years reference point and check how the fund performed across markets.
Fund House
Reputation of the SIP fund house is an important factor while choosing a plan as it tells how well they were able to handle market highs and lows without letting their investors feel the impact.

How To Invest in SIP

Set Investment Goals
Every mutual fund has a specific goal and purpose. You need to choose one that suits your requirements. Let us know your financial goals and income details and we will handpick the plans for you.
Choose
Make an informed decision based on your individual needs and choose an Systematic Investment Plan mutual fund you want to invest in. You can also delegate this task to the ClearTax team.
KYC
All our mutual fund investments mandate KYC documentation and a netbanking account. We offer e-KYC option to upload all the documents online from the comfort off your home or office. There is usually no need to sign cheques and fill out forms.
Invest in Handpicked Mutual Funds
Start an SIP with ClearTax & invest in best performing mutual funds to get better return on investment than Bank RDs/ PPF

FAQs (Frequently asked Questions)

As a tax-paying citizen, the Section-80c of the Indian Tax Act allows you some breather –
a deduction of up to 150,000 from your total annual income.
Why Choose Systematic Investment Plan?
If you are short on cash to make a lump sum investment or if you want to reduce your risks you can choose an SIP. Also, an SIP would bring in discipline, which helps you to make logical decisions instead of succumbing to greedy impulses.
When is the best time to invest in SIP?
There is nothing like a good timing when it comes to investments.It’s more about what you need from that investment. In an SIP, you can automate your transfers, and be hassle-free about the date in a particular month.
Should I Choose SIP for Long term wealth?
Any investment period can be chosen by a customer. But, it has been proven that a long term investment has been rewarded with greater returns as compared to short term investment.
How much should I invest in a mutual fund through SIP?
In an SIP investment you can start with as low as Rs.500 as your investment and you can go up to whatever limit you want to.
Can I miss an SIP payment?
Yes, you can miss your payment and still your account wouldn’t be deactivated. There are options to pause your payments in various mutual funds.
Are all investments through SIP have tax benefits?
Only investments in ELSS through SIP have tax exemption up to Rs. 1.5 lakh PA under Section 80C.
Is SIP safe?
An SIP is just a mode of investment. The safe/risky component is related to the investment which you choose.
How do I start my SIP investment?
Just choose the investment in which you want to invest and you are ready to start. One primary thing is that you have to fill your KYC documents before investing.
How to shorten SIP duration?
You can send a written application or ask for an request online to the fund management company before the next SIP is scheduled. However, you should have completed the minimum investment period, which is generally 6 months.
How can I extend my SIP duration?
At the end of the SIP term, you will get an option for renewal of your investment. You can fill out that form and then choose the desired duration of investment.