Per the latest AMFI data, the average investment value per SIP account rose to an all-time high of Rs 1.25 lakh in November, signalling wealth creation for retail investors systematically investing over the long term.
Analysis for a Layman:
Driven by the ongoing stock market rally and consistent monthly inflows even during volatility, mutual fund investors’ total money invested through SIPs has grown steadily. The total value touched Rs 9 lakh crore, with the typical SIP account holding over Rs 1.25 lakh currently – almost 40% higher than five years back.
This shows the power of regularly investing small sums and letting compounding work rather than timing the market. As investors got richer on paper, it can also boost spending on consumer discretionary goods and premium products.
The SIP trends validate the virtues of goal-based investing and financial planning pillars preached by advisors. Equity funds have generated 14-20% CAGR returns over five years. This performance shift away from traditional fixed deposits has also brought a structural shift in retail savings.
But with markets looking stretched and global instability persisting, investors should avoid complacency. Some profit-taking to balance equity allocations, maintaining 3-6 month emergency buffers in liquid funds rather than chasing extra returns merits consideration currently to buffer near-term volatility.
Impact on Retail Investors:
For investors, the Notional wealth creation serves as positive reinforcement, instilling trust in long-term equity investing. This can attract more first-timers provided advisors showcase balanced, customized portfolios factoring client risk appetite and liquidity needs rather than promote trending schemes alone.
Impact on Industries:
If retail investors’ positive wealth effect feeds India’s consumption engine, it bodes well for automobile, building materials, durables, and hospitality sectors. But valuations in interest-rate sensitives may witness fragility if investors partly cash out gains to spend.
- HDFC Life, SBI Life – Equity fund growth aids insurers
- Bajaj FinServ, HDFC Bank – Lending, credit card spends may rise
- Asian Paints, Pidilite – Housing, renovation demand upbeat
- HUL, ITC, Britannia – Investors may book profits in some defensive names
Robust average SIP account balances underline the strategy’s effectiveness for long-term wealth creation. However, investors should avoid hubris and maintain balanced allocations to ride out interim volatility.
Citation: Shyam, Ashutosh. “Faith in SIPs Pays Off, Value of Investments at Record High in Nov.” The Economic Times, 11 Dec