For mutual funds having a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) option, the SIP amount came down to as low as Rs. 500 per month but there were a lot of people out there for whom it was still unaffordable; people who are engaged in daily wage jobs, small businesses etc. and wanted to benefit from the higher returns of equity market.
From April 2007, few fund houses have allowed people to invest in SIPs with money as low as Rs. 50 per month. This could benefit about 330 million paid workers of India who didn’t have access to such investment schemes earlier.
But there are certain things that could affect the popularity of micro SIPs. PAN card being made mandatory for mutual fund investments by SEBI, distributors not pushing micro SIP due to lower commissions involved, longer SIP terms of around 60 months are few of them. But looking at the revenues that micro SIPs could rake in for Asset Management Companies due to its scale, let’s hope that this shall become a success, increasing the savings power of the average Indian and also making our equities market much bigger and stronger than they are now.