5 Common investing mistakes to avoid

07 Jun 2022

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1. Acting on tips

Investing on tips is a reliable way to lose money. Most tips even from ‘informed sources’ are usually hearsay and lack any investing merit for long-term investors.

Solution: Go with a competent and accredited financial planner who offers an investment solution backed by research and expertise.

2. Riding the bandwagon

In many cases investors don’t understand fundamental attributes of an investment and invest in it only because it’s in vogue with the base assumption that since everyone is investing in them it must be a good investment. Most times, retail investors enter at near peaks & exit at the bottom.

Solution: Go for investments that are simple to understand so you know independently whether to invest, rather than have the crowd make that decision for you.

3. Investing all at once

Investing all at once can especially backfire if the investment is made at higher prices, which goes against the basics of investing i.e. buy low, sell high.

Solution: Invest frequent moderate amount over a period, to de-risk market timing and benefit from rupee cost averaging.

4. Putting all your eggs in one basket

Usually, two assets that account for disproportionate investor interest are equities and real estate. Going overboard in any asset class can prove detrimental during say a prolonged downturn in equities or illiquidity in real estate.

Solution: Build a well-diversified investment portfolio across equities, fixed income, real estate, gold, among other assets.

5. Overestimating risk-taking ability

Investors can have a high opinion of themselves when it comes to handling risk. Especially in times of euphoria investors believe they can handle any risk (read downturn) in these investments.

Solution: Every investment has certain degree of risk associated with them. Each and every investor should invest in financial products/instruments basis their risk profile.

One way to remedy many of these mistakes is by investing in a diversified equity fund via SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans).

SIP Amount   5 Years*   10 Years*   15 years*   20 years*  
5000 3,90,412 10,32,760 20,89,621 38,28,485
10000 7,80,824 20,65,520 41,79,243 76,56,969
15000 11,71,236 30,98,280 62,68,864 1,14,85,454

*Value of Investment ` (in Lakhs)

Rate of return assumed at 12% CAGR (compounded annualized growth rate) for illustration only

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