The year 2020 has been a year of great loss and tragedies. Something we never imagined even in our worst nightmares. We saw people losing their lives, their jobs, their mental health, new normal and what not. Specially as a parent, my heart went out for the people who had to compromise on the basic needs of their children because of the financial tragedies. I heard so many people who had their children dropped out of schools because they couldn’t afford the fee or some who couldn’t afford an electronic medium for their online classes.
Well, this all has made us realize about the sheer uncertainty of the future and our children certainly shall not be the one to bear on the consequences. That is why i found it quite necessary to talk about the financial security for our children’s future, specially now.
To start with, let me ask two basic questions from you.
- Do you have a dedicated fund plan for your child’s future education?
- If yes, what are the saving methods you are using?
If your answer to my first question is No, I suggest you to start now. It’s never too late, irrespective of what age is your child is. Even here is an interactive child education calculator which gives you an idea of what your monthly saving should be based on the age and interests of your child.
Coming to the second question, I would really like to know what are the methods that you are using and why ? For me, I look for these three attributes in a good saving method –
- Good return – with so many options available in market offering great percentage of returns. I definitely would like to choose the one with highest return value.
- Low risk – While the returns are important, i wouldn’t want to keep my hard earned money at high risk.
- Ease of handle – Not many of us are well equipped with financial terms and processes. So my preference will always to have a saving method which doesn’t take much of my time and involves less hassle.
Considering the above, I have listed down a few good options that are available in market and can be a great choice for your child’s savings-
- Fixed Deposits – These are no risk, low return saving schemes.
- Public Provident Funds (PPF) – These are no risk, average return saving schemes.
- Mutual Funds – These are minimal risk, high returns saving schemes.
I have been investing in all of the above schemes and in my experience Mutual funds turned out to be the best of all. Here are a few reasons to share with you:-
- Specific to your needs – you can set a goal; a long term or a short term and can have a scheme on that basis.
- Choose the risk you can bear – While Mutual funds are a market based investments, you can always choose the portfolio as per the risk you can bear. A great combination of Equity and debt funds can lower your risk and promise a good return.
- SIP (systematic investment plan) – One of the great benefits of mutual funds is it’s flexibility of investment amounts. You can either invest a lumpsum amount or can arrange a monthly investment plan based on your goal, which is called SIP. It can start with as low as 500/- monthly which won’t eat out on your pocket and can endeavor to provide good returns. Here is a SIP calculator where you can get the amount you need to invest monthly to achieve your goal amount in given year of times.
- Professional management – There are several mutual fund investment companies who offer personalized professional assistance round the clock. All you need to tell them your needs and they will take care of everything without giving you a headache.
I hope by now you might have decided on a saving method which suits you best.
And if you have zeroed down on mutual funds here is a link to L&T mutual funds introduction page, where you can go through all the available fund schemes they are offering. Also the page has immediate chat and call through options that you can choose if required.
Always have the habit of reading the scheme related documents before investing to
understand the scheme type, investment patterns and the risk factors associated with particular investments and consult your financial advisor to understand the implication of any investment
We don’t know the future but at least we can try to secure it for them.
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