Compounding: The 8th Wonder of the World

Posted On Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014


"Stock market hits new peak"

"Hope rally continues, BSE Sensex at new high"

"Acche Din for Economy - Sensex Extends Record Run"

Judging by these headlines; it seems that stock markets are reaching new highs every second day. Almost too good to be true isn’t it! While economists are still theorizing as to why the Indian stock market has been trading at a record highs, the fact remains that our share bazaar has taken the “be positive” thought way too seriously. But does this mean, as investors, we should start getting over positive and trigger happy with our investments?

Remember – Successful mutual fund investors have one thing in common: their ability to be disciplined by holding their portfolio during the market swings, and earn further gains on the initial gains and so on - over a longer period of time.

As they do this, they have a simple formula on their side called the Power of Compounding. As referred by one of the world’s most famous physicist as the 8th wonder of the world, compounding is the ability of an asset to generate earnings, which are then reinvested in order to generate their own earnings. In simpler words, the interest you will earn from your invested amount will be re-invested, and thus increase your principle amount.

Let us assume that instead of the shot of espresso at the nearest café costs Rs. 30. You decide to forego the coffee and invest the amount instead, here’s what it could add up to after 25 years...

What you save every dayHow much it could earn every year...and after...You will have*
Rs. 3010%25 yearsRs. 1,168,363
Rs. 3012%25 yearRs. 1,612,806
Rs. 3015%25 yearsRs. 2,642,889

*(Compounded Annually)
Clearly, the table shows that the longer you leave your money invested and the higher the rate of return, the faster your wealth will grow.

“Sounds great!” you say. “How can I make this amount of money? How can I make the power of compounding work for me?”

You can make the power of compounding work for you by investing for the long term in mutual funds. Regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), a mutual fund is a professionally managed pool of money from many investors and that is invested in stocks, bonds, short-term money market instruments and other securities in accordance with objectives as disclosed in scheme information document of a Mutual Fund Scheme. Mutual funds are managed by investment experts also called fund managers, who invest the money on behalf of the investors.

You may harness the power of compounding through what is known as a Systematic Investment Plan or an SIP. An SIP is a vehicle offered by mutual funds to help investors save money wisely and regularly in order to meet their financial goals effectively. It is an investment strategy which allows an investor to invest the same amount in a particular mutual fund at a specified time period. It may be daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly depending on the will of the investor. Your SIP investments will help you invest regularly with either more units when the markets are low and less units when the markets are high.

With all these reasons to invest in mutual fund and profit from the compounding of your money, all you need to do is make a wise decision of choosing a fund whose objective matches to your investment objective and monitor it from time-to-time. However, you should also consult a financial advisor before selecting any tool for investments.

Disclaimer, Statutory Details & Risk Factors:
The views expressed here in this article are for general information and reading purpose only and do not constitute any guidelines and recommendations on any course of action to be followed by the reader. The views are not meant to serve as a professional guide / investment advice / intended to be an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial product or instrument or mutual fund units for the reader. The article has been prepared on the basis of publicly available information, internally developed data and other sources believed to be reliable. Whilst no action has been solicited based upon the information provided herein, due care has been taken to ensure that the facts are accurate and views given are fair and reasonable as on date. Readers of this article should rely on information/data arising out of their own investigations and advised to seek independent professional advice and arrive at an informed decision before making any investments. Please visit – to read scheme specific risk factors.

Above article is authored by Quantum.

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