“Rupee Cost Averaging” Power of Systematic Investment Plan
A Systematic Investment Plan called as SIP enforces a disciplined approach towards investing and inculcates regular saving habits, which we probably learnt in childhood when we had a piggy bank. Yes, those were the good old days when our parents gave us pocket money and we deposited savings in our piggy banks after expenditure. At the end of particular tenure, we saw that every rupee saved added up to a larger amount.
In developing economies like India, where stock markets can be highly volatile and it is rarely possible to time the market & predict the future; we can seldom accurately predict when a particular stock will move up or where the interest rates are headed.
When you invest the same amount in a fund at regular intervals over time, you buy more units when the price is lower and buy less when the price is higher. Thus, you would reduce your average cost per unit over time. This strategy is termed as ‘Rupee cost averaging’. This is especially true for investments in equity. With a sensible and long term investment approach, this strategy can smooth out the market’s ups and downs and reduce the risks of investing in volatile markets.
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SIP makes the volatility work in our favor. As a constant amount invested every month ends up buying more units at low prices & fewer units when the price is up. Thereby the average unit cost will always be less than the average sales price per unit, irrespective of the market rising, falling, or fluctuating.
For better understanding refer the table below as an example
|MONTH||AMOUNT INVESTED||RISING MARKET||FALLING MARKET||VOLATILE MARKET|
|NAV||Units Allotted||NAV||Units Allotted||NAV||Unit Allotted|
|Average Purchase Price||130||70||100|
|Average Cost Per Unit||126.10||62.33||97.96|
In the above table, we can see both average purchase price and the average cost per unit are different.
(Average cost per unit = Actual average acquisition cost under SIP) < Average purchase price
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