| February 22
What is ELSS and how it is different from SIP ?
Equity Linked Saving Scheme - A tax saver fund
you want to save your taxes under Section 80C?
you want your funds not to be locked in for running years?
do you want to enjoy the inflation-beating returns of the stock market without
getting much involved?
I have a tailor-made product for your investment needs and goals. It is called
as Equity Linked Saving Scheme or ELSS.
is a unique mutual fund product that offers you a higher
return along with the facility of saving taxes under Section 80C up to Rs. 1.5
lakhs. The majority of the fund (80-90%)
is invested in the equity-linked securities which provide a relatively higher
return (along with a higher risk) as compared to the other traditional
are open-ended funds that can be your first-ever exposure to the glistering and
rewarding world of the stock market.
with other saving schemes.
Section 80C there are a plethora of schemes that will help you in planning your
taxes. Some of these schemes are Public Provident Fund, Tax-saving Fixed
deposit, and National Saving Certificate to name a few.
compare these funds with ELSS mutual funds on the parameters of their returns
and lock-in period:
- Talking about the returns,
most of these traditional instruments provide a fixed return of bare
7-10%, whereas ELSS’s returns are subject to market risk but range
anywhere between 15-18%.
- Also, the capital gains in these schemes are subject to taxation,
whereas ELSS’s returns are partially taxable at a concessional rate of 10%
if the gains are over and above Rs. 1 lakh.
- The lock-in period of PPF is 15 years, tax-FD is 5 years and
National Saving Certificate is also 5 years. An ELSS have the shortest
mandatory lock-in period of three years.
Pro tip: Though
the lock-in period is short, you shouldn’t see this as a short-term investment
product. Getting invested in such a product with a long-term horizon can
provide you with enormous yield
Then, how is it different from SIP?
not uncommon for a naive investor to be baffled by the number of financial
jargons used in the investment space. You might have also interlinked the two
words- ELSS and SIP but these two are entirely different concepts.
read above, ELSS is a tax saving mutual fund product whereas SIP or Systematic
Investment Plan is the method by which you can make these investments. It is a
mere tool to invest in a variety of mutual fund schemes including ELSS.
SIP, you can contribute a fixed amount consistently over a period of time. The
main benefit of SIP lies in the fact that it averages out the purchase cost of
your mutual fund units. A study says that investing via SIP for more than 4
years makes your investment almost risk-free.
SIP in ELSS
always advisable to invest in funds like ELSS via SIP mode rather than lump sum
amount. There are a number of benefits to count to prove this ideology.
First, SIP helps you in making
yourself disciplined towards investment. Second, ELSS being market-linked
products makes you worry about the highs and lows of the index-level, stocks
etc. SIP encourages you to invest no matter what are the market sentiments.
This way you don’t sell when everyone is selling and buys when everyone is
buying. Third, being a naive investor you don’t have a lot of time to
study about the market levels also and going through this method proves
beneficial for you.
thing to note, each
and every installment of SIP is subject to three years lock-in period. For
example- if you have started a monthly SIP of Rs. 500 from 1st April 2019, this
will be locked-in for 3 years until 1st April 2022. However, the next SIP of
Rs. 500 on 1st May 2019 will be locked-in till 1st May 2022.
Pro Tip: Always go for a
growth plan rather than a dividend plan while investing in Tax-Saving ELSS
Funds. This way you can build a large corpus with the help of the eighth wonder
of the world called compounding.