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Why you should opt for Systematic Withdrawl Plan (SWP)

Equity Markets are dynamic in nature. Nobody knows the top of the market. If someone says so, he is just befooling you with his own analysis. I think nobody would have predicted that the market will form a top at 21000 levels of Sensex made on 05, Nov, 2011 & would correct thereafter.

When the markets had touched 21000 levels, the PE Ratio of index was at 21 & the market was looking over valued at those levels. Normally Indian markets trades between a PE Multiple of 15-18 its earnings estimates. Now that was the time when an investor must think differently & look to opt for Systematic Withdrawal Plan once the market crossed 18 PE levels.

What is Systematic Withdrawal Plan (SWP)

Just like Systematic Investment Plan, mutual fund houses also offer Systematic Withdrawal Plan. By opting SWP, one can redeem the mutual fund units systematically in parts on a monthly basis or on weekly basis unlike the onetime withdrawal where you have do the most difficult think i.e. timing the stock market which is impossible for any retail investor.


Let’s say you have 100 units of Reliance Growth Fund. You have opted for a SWP option to withdraw Rs. 1,000 every month. On 1 January, the NAV of the scheme is Rs. 50.

Equivalent number of units = Rs. 1,000 / Rs. 50 = 20 units

Thus, you are able to withdraw 20 units & you have got Rs 1000 back to your account

Your remaining units = 100 – 20 = 80 units

Now, on 1 February, the NAV is Rs. 55. Thus,

Equivalent number of units = Rs. 1000 / 55 = 18.18 units

Your remaining units = 80- 18.18 = 61.82 units

Comparison between two options

Now if you have withdrawn Rs 2000 on 1 Jan, you would have redeemed 40 units & the remaining units with you would have been just 60 whereas in SWP option, you would have got 61.82 units still invested.

It helps a retail investor to make an average of his selling price of mutual funds

Advantages of Systematic Withdrawal Plan

Provides Steady Income

Systematic withdrawal Plan is mainly opted by retired people who want a regular income after they have invested till retirement.  It makes sure that you are getting a fixed income per month as a kind of salary for a retired professional

Avoids Timing the Market

SWP helps any investor to withdraw in parts which helps them to get rid of the most important work in stock market i.e. timing the market. It also helps in partly booking the profits.


Tax Implications

Once you opt for SWP, short term or long term capital gain would be applicable as it normally does in lump sum withdrawals.

We have provided my insights to Systematic Withdrawal Plan. If you want to add up your own views, you are open to post comments.

– This article is written by Mr. Mayank Gupta, MBA Finance, who is running a wealth management company

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  1. Can you provide more information on the tax implications on SWP.
    If we withdraw the whole amount at one go then long term capital gains are exempt from tax I guess (assuming every single SIPs have covered 1 year).

  2. What should b the return after having SIP for more than 10 yrs?

  3. Look dear Soni,
    HDFC Equity Fund has delivered 34.62% SIP returns from a period of 1 Jan 2001 to 31 dec 2010. But I would like my investors to expect 17-18% in equity mutual funds diversified schemes

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