The first grain said: “I want to grow up! I want to put down roots deep into the ground and sprout from the ground. I dream to blossom in delicate buds and proclaim the coming of spring. I want to feel the warm rays of sun and the dew drops on my petals!”.
This grain grew up and became a beautiful flower.
The second grain said: “I’m afraid. If I put down my roots into the ground, I don’t know what they will face there. If I grow tender stems, they can be damaged by wind. If I grow flowers, they may be disrupted. So I’d rather wait for the safer time.
Thus the second grain was waiting, until the chicken that passed by did not peck it.
I found similar is the situation of Indian investor they are always fearful about their investments in equity. What would happen if market will go down, what if GDP growth would not be as expected, what if inflation rises, what if I would loose my hard earned money, why should I pay fees to advisor, why should invest in Mutual funds.
Now we are having almost 22 years of history of mutual fund investment, not a single fund has not given return lesser then market, inspite of seeing all the worst a economy can face in this 22 years. We have seen a government for 13 days, a communist supported 3rd front government, Asian Financial crisis,Kargil war, Sanctions imposed on us due to nuclear test, Tech Bubble,9/11 attack, Ketan Parekh scam, terrorist attacks of parliament and of Mumbai, Corruption/scams, Sub prime crisis and lot more.
Inspite, of that there are funds which has given annualised returns to the tune of 24%, which even god of investment Warren Buffet have not been able to generate consistently for such a long period.
Which means if someone would have invested Rs.100000 in the fund 20 years back that would have been worth 80.00 Lakhs, i.e multiplied his money 80 times or have made an SIP of Rs.5000 (Total Investment Rs.11.80 Lakhs) per month would have transformed into Rs.2.51 Crores.
So let us try to reap the benefit of equity investments and not become like other seed waiting for inflation and taxes in the form of chicken to peck it.