5 Tips To Customise The Perfect SIP Plan For You-

There are so many different options and ways in which you can catapult your journey towards financial freedom if you make the decision to wisely invest your money. We often find that taking the first step towards our goals is the most bewildering as there are so many financial products available in the market. If you are a beginner, then a SIP is perfect for you! A Systematic Investment Plan allows you to save and invest your money regularly, it does not have to be a huge amount, which is why it allows beginners to start their journey towards financial freedom. You can choose to start a SIP on a monthly, weekly, or yearly basis depending on your needs.  Here’s what you can do to make the most out of your SIP investment! 

  1. Make sure that the mutual fund or the SIP plan that you choose, has been around the market for at least 5 years. Do not jump to invest in the trendiest plans or the most touted funds- instead, research and collate your needs and capacity to your investment. A great way to do this is to analyse the returns of a fund over a considerable amount of time and then make the calculated decision of whether you need to invest in this or not. Make sure that the fund house that you choose to invest in is recognizable and is registered by SEBI. 
  1. A high volatile fund might attract you to invest a chunk of your money in it, but make sure that you first analyze the current financial market before you hop on to trends. A great way to do that is to track the stock market and analyze the volatility of the market before you invest in high volatile stock / fund. See their past trends and returns, if they have a consistent track record, investing might be a good option. Stay away from risks like low liquidity by actually doing the homework and not falling prey to trends as they can become quite costly. 
  1. The total corpus should be expansive. If you are new to investing, look for funds with a corpus size of 500 – 1000 crores. 
  1. Try investing in tax-saving schemes like an Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS). These schemes are not only a lucrative way to get back high returns on an investment but also help tax deduction up to Rs 1.5 Lakh a year. ELSS can also be used as a Growth Fund which can be used as a long-term wealth creation platform, where you can realize the full value of the investment when you choose to redeem it. ELSS linked schemes are great for young and old investors alike who are starting out their investment journey, and looking for a higher rate of tax deductions. 
  1. Diversify your portfolio. We always like to stick to our comfort zone and invest in stocks that are only doing well for the current time period, ignoring the other stable stocks, which go a long way to protect us from the volatility of the market. The returns of the major asset categories like stocks, bonds, and cash move differently at all times, as the forces of the market can help one category do better and hinder the growth of another. By diversifying your portfolio you can reduce the risk of losing money and make sure that the overall investment stays stable. 

Don’t be afraid of venturing out and taking a step towards securing your financial future. The plethora of financial advice and investment plans can confuse any first-time investor, which is why we recommend that you choose a financial roadmap that is unique to your own needs and goals and make sure that you are consistent and stick to it! Deciding to take the first step is half the job done! 

5 Tips To Optimize Your First Salary

When we first earn our hard-earned salary, our emotions often get the best of us, and we end up spending so much that we’re left with almost nothing, too soon. What’s worse, it might end up as a bad habit and will hurt us in the long run. Relying on well-known baristas every day for coffee, ordering food online might satisfy your urges, but only for a few hours. We know what it’s like to be swayed by our wants so easily, which is why we are sharing these 5 financial tips: 

1. Start Saving Up For Your Retirement- Although you might think that your retirement has ages to come, consider saving up for it NOW. If your company adds a percentage to your retirement savings, then you are lucky, but if they don’t create your own which automatically deducts the amount as soon as your salary comes in. Treat it like you are paying a bill, but the most fun part is- that you are only paying YOURSELF! 

2. Hire a Professional- Creating our own financial goals might be easy, but getting there is difficult, as we need to map very complex financial routes that might be beyond our own bandwidth. That’s where professionals like CAGRfunds come in.  They assess the health of your finances and assign plans or investments that help you get to your goals. Start small with an annual financial check and then build up a relationship! 

3. Accelerate Debt Repayments- Try to pay off your debts as soon as possible. They may be your student loans, credit cards, or any type of personal loan you might have taken. It’s simple- start off with the loans which accrue a high interest, in most cases, they are credit card loans or student loans. Like the retirement option, try automated payments towards these loans so it feels like a monthly bill, so you don’t have to depend on the last moment to scramble over your finances.

4. Invest in a PPF or an ELSS- Under section 80C of the Income Tax Act of 1961, Equity Linked Savings Scheme or ELSS is a tax saving investment wherein by investing in it, you can claim a rebate of up to 1,50,000 and save almost 50,000 a year in taxes! It is the only kind of mutual fund that is eligible for tax benefits under section 80c.   A PPF or a Public Provident Fund is a government-supported retirement saving scheme to help generate small-scale savings towards retirement. It is also a tax-saving investment that helps you build your retirement fund while saving you some money from getting taxed. 

5. Create an Emergency Fund- The pandemic has taught everyone about the dangers of uncertainty and the chaos that it may bring. Any unforeseen circumstance might befall you causing you to incur heavy expenditure. Again, automating your payments towards your emergency funds, and treating it like a bill, helps you to make creating funds easier. 

We hope these 5 easy tips help you forge a path towards your financial goals! Happy saving and investing!