If you start early, it’s more likely you will achieve your goal by the time you are in your early 30’s. Whether it’s about buying your own house, investing in a startup, going on a world tour or to Las Vegas to blow it all.

Compounding earnings can skyrocket small investments if held for at least 10 years. How does compounding work? It’s the same as compounding interest we studied in school. Any earnings from your investment is reinvested and generate more returns that too are reinvested, so on and so forth. So, for instance, if you invest ₹1 lakh which is compounding at 10% per annum for 15 years, you will have a base of ₹4,17,725.

If you start an SIP for the duration of 10 years, you will be investing at different market levels. Sometimes, when markets are low and sometimes when markets are high. 10 year period will average out the cost and you don’t have to worry about market timing at all.

An SIP of at least 10 years can reduce the risk if invested in diversified fund that is invested in quality stocks.

Liquid funds that are held for more than 3 years are taxed at 20%. But with indexation benefits, the effective tax rate can come down to 5% to 8%, which is a huge difference.

One of the importance aspect of long term investments is that it allows you to correct your mistakes. In a year or two, you will understand how markets work and you will start investing like a pro. More knowledge means better returns.

So, the best way to build wealth is not just start early, but to invest for a long time. After 10 years you can decide to either grow your wealth further or blow it all.

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*Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.

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