Sensex is trading in the region of 40,000 points. A big correction was expected since the start of this year. However, Sensex is climbing higher and higher even after slowdown in GDP and much other negative news. It seems some players do not wants Sensex to go down and they are pumping money even on small positive news and ignoring negative news such as trade war altogether.
Most of large cap stocks are already overvalued and market PE ratio is at its high, which is the very important indicator of over valuation. In such scenario, small retail investors and new investors must not buy new stocks to avoid huge losses. Because stock market can crash anytime and wipe away all your hard earned money in a day or a week.
Wait for correction in stock market for few months before investing. Invest your money in less risky alternatives or keep it in your saving bank account for few months and just wait. If you are very keen to invest, invest through mutual funds which are less risky. To read my post about mutual funds, click here.
Some of us do regular investment in mutual funds, PPF accounts, FD and in some other such instruments to earn passive income. However, there is another type of investment which can give us better returns than any other investment.
This best investment is one where you invest in your own skill development. Here, you can generate several times more return than ordinary investment. Unfortunately, most of us never think about this investment and they have to settle for 10-15% profits.
World is changing very fast. Everyday new technologies are replacing old one. Investing in you is not only rewarding but also necessary. Learn new methods used in your industry, attend seminars, read good books daily, watch YouTube video’s and utilise your free time in creative habits like exercise, playing outdoor games, networking, meeting people etc.
Your health and your knowledge are your best investment. Keep investing to gain best results.
Indian stock market is as sentimental as Indians themselves are. Even a small negative news can cause huge panic in market. Big players and well-informed investors exit at high price immediately and buy shares at low price later. Whereas, small investors who want to make one time investment and become rich in short span of time mostly suffer losses. One very important fact about share market is that, it is a zero sum game. Your loss is someone else’s profit. Those who buy shares based on speculations mostly lose money.
Presently, any passive investment does not yield more than 10% profit in India. Property rates are going down, rental income is between 5 to 8% maximum and interest rate on FD are between to 7 to 8%. However, share market is booming from last 10 years. Share market can give you higher profit or loss.
To minimize risk and to gain more than 10% return, Mutual funds are good investment in long term. They restrict your losses within a narrow band. For low risk and low return of 8% to 12%, you can invest in mix funds known as balanced funds (debt +equity). If you are willing to take moderate risk, and want better returns (if market does not crash abruptly), opt for large and midcap or Multi-cap equity funds. Small cap equity funds are associated with high risk and high return. It is better to avoid pure small cap fund.
If you want to avoid high expense ratio, always buy direct mutual funds. Regular funds always have around 1% higher expense ratio, which can cost you huge amount of money in long term. In addition, direct Index funds are even better having expense ratio around 0.5% or even lesser.
Important terms used in Mutual fund market.
- NAV: NAV stands for net asset value. It is the value of one unit of Mutual fund. Higher NAV does not mean over price of units like in stock market. It means Mutual fund performance is good and it is more famous with investors so they are investing more money.
- AUM: asset under management. It is the total amount of money managed under particular scheme.
- Expense Ratio: It is nothing but fund management charges. Lesser is better.
- S.I.P.: Systematic investment plan. It refers to monthly investment of small amount of money in any Mutual fund. You can invest even Rs500 per month in some funds. In this case, your SIP will be Rs500.
- Lump sum: One time investment.
If you do not have big amount of money to invest, then SIP is the best way to start investing in mutual fund as it average out your risk and profit. Do not save money to invest one time. Start SIP as early in your life as possible. Read my previous blog to understand benefit of starting early by clicking here.
As we start earning, most of us do not have long term financial goals due to which we spent almost whole monthly income on trivial things such as shopping, outing, movies, expensive accessories and parting with friends and family. Since we have no financial liabilities at that age, we are not interested in saving and investing. Even our elders do not motivate us for investing; only few fortunate people may differ! Some of us start saving though for short term goals like marriage, honeymoon, car or bike etc. But no one think about investing at the age of 21 to 25 when we start earning.
Unfortunately, most of us do not understand power of compounding. If you will understand power of compounding you will definitely start investing early. Amount of investment is secondary; time is primary for magic of compounding to take place. If you invest today instead of starting investing after 15 years, your return will be much higher after 25 years . Below table shows an example to prove above statement. There are two persons- Tom and Jack. Tom starts investing at the age of 22 and invested Rs1000 for 25 years till he reached age of 47 years. Jack started investing Rs2500 monthly at the age of 37 and he also invested till the age of 47. Both invested Rs.300,000 but for different duration. Now let us see returns of both persons at the age of 47.
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|Years||Tom age 22||Jack age 37|
Even though both invested same total amount, Tom return is almost double of Jack return, even though Jack monthly investment was 2.5 times lesser thne that of Tom monthly investment.
This means, by increasing duration of investment, even with smaller monthly investment you can earn better returns. This is the power of compounding.
Start systematic monthly investment plan (SIP) as early as you earn. How much amount you invest is not important. There are mutual funds and PPF account where you can invest even Rs500 per month, which means Rs.17 per day. Every person who is earning can save and invest this small amount of money and increase it with time. This will help him/her to achieve financial stability and freedom before reaching age of 50 years. After that you will no longer need to work for you necessities. You will have a secondary income to take care of your necessities; you will work for your own joy and passion. By investing Rs5000 per month, you can save Rs68,00,000 in 30 years if we consider mere 8% profit compounded annually.
There are many equity mutual funds which can give you around 15% profit too. This will increase your wealth faster. However, Equity mutual funds are subject to share market risk. For safer option, you can opt for debt mutual funds, FD’s, PPF account, liquid funds etc.