Disciplined Investing is the Way to Go
Patience and discipline is required when investing in unit trusts. You can practise this by adopting the Ringgit Cost Averaging (RCA) strategy via Direct Debit Authorisation (DDA).
Public Mutual’s investment philosophy of investing primarily in stocks with strong
fundamentals and resilient earnings, has enabled our funds to ride through challenging
periods of market volatility, to deliver commendable performance over the long-term.
That said, as an investor, it is important to note that unit trust investment is a form of
savings for the long-term. It requires patience, discipline and not being effected by
One such way to adopt this technique is through Direct Debit Authorisation (DDA),
which is an instruction to the bank of your selection to deduct an amount determined
by you to be transferred into the unit trust fund of your choice. For example, you can
choose to transfer RM500 on a monthly basis or RM1,500 every quarter − the amount
and frequency of your investments depend on your financial means and future goals.
Benefits of DDA:
Ringgit Cost Averaging (RCA)
With DDA, you will be able to make the most of unit trust investments through an
investment technique called RCA. RCA works to reduce exposure to risk that is
associated with making a single large purchase.
It is done by investing a fixed amount into a unit trust fund at regular intervals (either monthly or quarterly) regardless of the unit price. Over time, this method lowers the average price per unit of purchase i.e. you will be buying
more units when the price is low and fewer units when the price is high.
Let us assume that Investor A set up a DDA for a monthly investment of RM400.
Principal investment (RM400 x12) = RM4,800 Units accumulated = 8,026.47 units
Average cost per unit = RM0.5980Average net asset value (NAV) per unit = RM0.6008
Principal investment (RM400 x12) = RM4,800 Units accumulated = 9,270.36 units
Average cost per unit = RM0.5178Average net asset value (NAV) per unit = RM0.5183
In the first 12 months during upmarket trend, Investor A managed to accumulate a total of 8,026.47 units at an average cost of RM0.5980 per unit, which is lower than the average NAV per unit of RM0.6008. During the next 12 months when the market as on a downtrend, Investor A managed to accumulate a total of 9,270.36 units at an average cost of RM0.5178 per unit, which is once again lower than the average NAV per unit over the period at RM0.5183.The illustration shows that through disciplined investments over an extended period of time, the average price per unit of purchase will be lowered. It must be noted that the above scenario is just an example to provide an understanding of RCA. In actual practice, the significant lowering of cost per unit will be more evident over the medium- to long-term period.Building wealth by investing in unit trusts is a matter of patience and persistence. Save and invest with DDA to make the most of your investments.
This article is prepared solely for educational and awareness purposes and should not be construed as an offer or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe to products offered by Public Mutual. No representation or warranty is made by Public Mutual, nor is there acceptance of any responsibility or liability as to the accuracy, completeness or correctness of the information contained herein.
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