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What is the danger of starting investments late?

You pay a heavy price by waiting to start investments: this post shows the effects of every year of delay

What is the danger of starting investments late?


27 Jun 2021 - Contact Sayan Sircar
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You pay a heavy price by waiting to start investments: this post shows the effects of every year of delay

Calculation of SIP amount

We have already covered

We will extend the concept developed while calculating for a traditional retirement goal and show what happens when investments are delayed. There may be many reasons for starting investments late like

  • not calculating the cost of retirement goal (read this post)
  • not having an understanding of how to start goal-based investments (start here)
  • always waiting for the right time to enter markets
  • thinking planning for goals is complex (it’s not - use this plan)

Table of Contents

Impact on retirement goal of delaying

We will use the example from this post where a SIP value of ₹ 29,777 is found for retirement 20 years away and ₹ 30 lakhs of starting lump sum amount.

Calculation of SIP amount for multiple goals

We will see what happens for each year of delaying investments for the next ten years. We assume that every year the starting expense of ₹ 6 lakhs increases at the same 7% inflation as in the example.

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Cost of delaying investments

If there is one year of delay, the SIP requirement jumps by 15% to ₹ 34,218 and then to ₹ 39,300 (32% increase) if the delay is just 2 years. If the delay is 10 years, then the SIP amount jumps more than 4 times to ₹ 1.20 lakhs. This is the cost of starting late.

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Goal-based-investing plan

Complete impact of delaying investments

Cost of delaying investments - full sensitivities

This table shows the different SIP amounts for every year of delay or increase in the amount required in the first year of investment (increasing at 7% a year). For example, if the starting investment is ₹ 9 lakhs and 14 years is left to retirement then the SIP amount will be more than ₹ 68,000.

This should convince every reader that there is a lot of benefit in starting investments as early as possible. It is easy to do as shown here:

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Next steps:

1. Email me with any questions.

2. Use our goal-based investing template to prepare a financial plan for yourself
OR
use this quick and fast online calculator to find out the SIP amount and asset allocation for your goals.

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