I am reminded of a Tamil saying, “Experience what it is to build a house, and get a child married”, probably that is the reason why wise parents invest to meet the long term financial obligations like education and marriage cost of their children. In addition the rising inflation rate also calls for starting savings early in a child’s life. However, it would be advisable to know, evaluate and compare various means of savings. This could also enlighten you about how “child plans” need not be the only method.
Disadvantages of a Readymade “Child Plan”
“Child plans” with insurance resemble unit-linked insurance plans, starting early in a child’s life and ending only when the child attains maturity. The amount of money invested in these plans is insignificant considering an
Most of the “Child plans” in the industry comes with a catchy name to capitalize on the “Child sentiment” in us.
We need a different medicine for a kid and adult. But do we necessarily need a different type of investment options for securing a kid’s future? Think.
Alternatives for Child Plan
It is to be noted that other investment products like Public Provident Fund, National Savings Certificate, National Savings Scheme, RBI bonds, post office deposits and mutual funds that serve the purpose of savings and increasing the capital value, apply equally well to investment for a child’s future.
Mutual Fund as a Child plan
Mutual funds are available in a wide range to satisfy all appetites for risks. In addition there are mutual funds that are designed for meeting long term financial obligations of children. One could also invest in funds with the right balance between debt and equity that promise better capital growth than child plans. It is also possible to go in for a systematic investment plan that offers the opportunities of taking advantages of price differences and gaining in the long run.
It is true that systematic investment plans or SIP in mutual funds help save entry cost and build a habit of regular savings for capital growth to meet children’s financial obligations. It is also possible to avail of tax benefits as such funds are taxed only on maturity and a major child’s income would be taxed separately. I am sure you would agree that this would help you to save unnecessary expenses and cuts in investing in child plans.
PPF and Child Plan
PPF or Public Provident Fund is also good as mutual funds, with opening a PPF account for a 20-year period in a child’s name helping to meet long-time financial obligations of children.
It has been stipulated that an annual investment of just Rs.100000 in PPF would leave you with almost Rs.46lac as a result of the compounding effect. It is difficult for a “child plan” with insurance component and upfront charges to offer you such a great return without taking much of risk.
An Ideal Mix
Instead of going for a “Readymade Child Plan”, one can customize their Investment Plan for their child with a combination of Term Insurance, PPF and equity diversified.
If tax saving is your motive one can consider ELSS funds instead of a regular equity fund.
It gives you similar tax benefit like a child plan. You get 80 C benefits for your investments. Also, the returns are also tax-free.
At the same time, the charges are very minimum and negligible when compared to “readymade child plans”.
You can increase or decrease your contribution every year depending upon your financial situation.
How much to save for your Child’s education?
In order to calculate how much to save for your child, you need to decide, how much you need for your kid’s higher education in today’s cost and a few other variables.
With those details you can easily calculate how much you need to save and how much can you get in the future for your child’s education.
To make this process much easier, we have given you an automated calculator below:
So whenever, you think of child plan think of a customized investment plan for your kid’s future with a mix of 2 or 3 investment options instead of a readymade product with a tag “Child Plan”. I am sure you would agree that readymade child plans prove to be not ideal instruments to save. The wisest line of thought would be a mix of diversified investments that gives good return with low charges.
Do you agree that readymade child plan is not a better investment idea for your child? Kindly share your views in the comment section.
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