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Don't Lose Your Peace Of Mind Because You Have Invested In Falling Market Jungle
Aug 13, 2019

The word 'jungle' is a synonym for wilderness, where the landscape is unknown and unpredictable as you may encounter wild animals or plant species or come across marshy swamps, steep valleys, caves, uninhabitable land, gloomy weather, etc. So, when you decide to foray into one, you have to be mentally prepared to face any kind of unpredictability.

Why not apply the same principle when you invest in markets? Markets are analogous to jungles, owing to their unpredictability nature. You never know in which direction it might move on account of the news of new regulatory reform, any trade war, political decision, and corporate notification to name a few.

As soon as you enter and see signs of distress, you immediately act out of fear, without considering the long-term effects on your investments.

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Even now, you are losing your peace of mind and giving in to your anxieties. The reason is the downward fall in the market.

Graph: Upswings and downswings of the indices

From, the graph above, you observe the successive upswings and downfalls in the markets due to a slew of events.

IL&FS episode, credit crisis, trade war, geopolitical tensions, interim budget, election outcome, full budget, regulatory reforms, slow growth in GDP, etc...

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One can say that in the past two years the markets have witnessed more turbulence, and the investment portfolio is dipping more than the original investment.

But, if you will ask me, on the contrary these are opportunities to invest astutely and not lose your peace of mind.

Many invested heavily in small-cap funds and mid-cap funds because they saw outperformance as compared to the benchmark return. But they failed to take note of the time period of returns generated. And greedily, they invested to earn higher returns on their investment portfolio.

But the harsh reality is that the portfolio returns are low as capital is reducing as well.

Now, investors are stopping SIPs, redeeming existing investment and vowing never to invest in these instruments again.

They didn't realise what they had gotten into initially; now, instead of trying to be patient, they are giving in to their emotions of anxiety, fear, stress, losing their minds.

That is exactly how you fall prey to the 'investment jungle' and want to run for your life.

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Falling prey to our emotions is one of the biggest mistakes of investment mistake (trap) we commit.

[Read: 10 Mistakes To Avoid While Investing In Mutual Funds]

Instead, stand up to the challenge to tackle it astutely like most of the investment gurus. They look for opportunities to add more units to their portfolio for long term benefit.

Current market corrections, especially in the mid and small cap segment, has presented an opportunity to gradually add up equity exposure, due to the deep discounts available, if you are willing to bear the short-term aberrations.

Note that Large caps are still trading at higher levels though. In terms of valuations, the P/E of the S&P BSE Sensex is hovering at around 27.98x mark, while that of S&P BSE Midcaps index and S&P BSE SmallCap index is now at 29.88x and 28.03x respectively.

Do note equity funds tend to reward you if you stay invested for a longer time period, so you should focus on the long term and not on the short term.

Besides, do not forget these points

  • Ensure that your portfolio is highly diversified across various assets - equity funds, debt funds, cash, and gold funds.
  • Create the portfolio in line with your financial goals, investment time horizon and as per your risk profile.
  • Choose the right fund based on qualitative and quantitative parameters with an asset allocation investment strategy. (Consider large-cap fund, multi-cap fund and value style fund as a core part of your portfolio that can help you deal well with the risk. A smaller portion -- should include a mid-cap fund, large & mid-cap fund and an aggressive hybrid fund.)
  • Consider investing via SIP instalments on a regular basis diligently. As most importantly, the SIP of mutual funds handles market volatility. SIPs help to average out the cost of your investment. When the market goes up, you buy lower mutual fund units. If the market dips, you can pick up a higher number of units.
  • Do not invest in an ad-hoc manner based on recommendations from family members or friends, or random free advice. Do your own research and take guidance from a competent and experienced person.
  • Have patience, do not give in to your emotions or get swayed by noise during tough times, if you want to come out alive from the jungle.
  • Do keep a track of your investments and periodic review for any discrepancy.

Stay calm, as a calm mind sees more opportunities and a disturbed mind sees losses.

In short, your behaviour will determine how the market jungle will reward you.

So don't lose your peace of mind, seek opportunities instead.

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Author: Aditi Murkute

This article first appeared on PersonalFN here.

PersonalFN is a Mumbai based personal finance firm offering Financial Planning and Mutual Fund Research services.

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