4 Best Investment Options for Child’s future

Everyone has dream about their children education and future. Most of the parents dream to provide quality education to their children. Due to high inflation, the cost of education is increasing year on year and this should not end up as a dream. But picking up a right investment for child planning would be difficult as there are too many varieties of products available and it is becoming difficult to select the right product.

4 Best investments for the child future and education
1) Insurance Plans:
There are various children insurance plans available which covers risk coverage for the parents. The insurance plans should be taken on earning parents. The plans selected should provide long term advantage to the children. There are number of Insurance plans offered by LIC, HDFC and other insurance players.

2) ULIP’s : Unit linked insurance plans provide better returns than a fixed deposit or comparing to a normal insurance plans. The insurance provider allocate units (similar to mutual fund units) at a specific price and the they invest such money in high yielding stocks/mutual funds. Higher returns expected in such ULIP’s. There are various insurance companies which are offering ULIP’s. Based on the time period and the insurance value, one can choose the best plan suitable for them.

3) Mutual Funds : Another alternative is to invest the amount in high performing mutual funds. You can refer my post on “picking up right mutual fund” on how to choose a good fund. Average returns received in the last 10 years are 18%+ per annum which are almost twice the returns compared to bank fixed deposit. If a parent invests Rs.3,000 per month in Mutual fund SIP (Systematic investment plan), the amount received after 22 years is Rs.one Crore. Unbelievable right ? This is one of the best bet on creating a wealth for the children

4) Public Provident Fund (PPF): Investing in PPF is another alternative investment available. Currently, PPF account is offered by Post office and State Bank of India. This account has a lock-in period for 15 years. The minimum investment would be Rs.500 and max of Rs.1,00,000. The rate of interest is decided by Government of India on yearly basis and currently (effective from 1-Apr-12) it is 8.8% per annum. PPF account has received 9% interest rate earlier when banks were offering 7 to 7.5%, hence on long term we would be getting higher returns on PPF compared to bank fixed deposits. The investment is 100% safe as the investments are done with Government of India.

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  • Anjum

    Hi Suresh,
    I am mother of a 8 months baby and want to make some wise investments for his future.Pls suggest :
    1)Which HDFC child plan is good to invest as this company is offering so many child plans and I am confused coz of lack of knowledge of insurance.
    2) Can we make single time investment in PPF or have to invest every year?

    • Anjum, Don't go for child plans. Instead invest in mutual funds. Pls see this child plans article http://myinvestmentideas.com/2014/06/6-best-child-investment-plans-in-india/ 2) You can invest in single amount in a year or multiple times in a year. You can deposit up to Rs 1.5 Lakhs per annum. 

      • Anjum

        Hi Suresh,
        Thanx a lot for the valuable suggestion.I am interested to take a term plan ( kindly suggest the best one except LIC ) and secondly guide me for the best Mutual Fund Plan to invest.

        • Anjum, Apart from LIC, you can take HDFC Click2protect or ICICI Term insurance plan or SBI term insurance plan. All these are good ones Rgd MF’s, Invest in largecap or diversified funds like ICICI Pru focussed blue chip fund,HDFC Top-200, Birla SL Frontline fund, BNPP Equity fund, UTI Opps fund and Quantum long term equity fund. You can pick any of these funds.

  • amar

    can i open ppf account for my minor child as i(myself) have my ppf acct and if yes then can this amount is clubbed in my income

    • Amar, I don’t think you can open PPF account on your minor child. Recently RBI indicated that we can open SB account for 10 year completed child, you can try that.

      • amar

        You mean that one can open PPF account for a a 10 year completed child ( tell meYes or no) and and i heard that one cannot open two PPF account in his name. and if one open for 10 year completed child whose income it is considered  

    • Amit Trivedi

      Amar, yes you can open PPF account for your minor child (guardian as yourself).I have opened the same for both of my childrens. The limitation is you can only invest 1L (total of both the accounts. Your child + Your (ift it is)).

  • Dhananjay Pole


    This was a really good information for the fathers who wanted to give their Daughter/Son more than love.


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