POSTED BY August 5, 2009 COMMENTS (414)ON
PPF i.e. Public provident fund is the most recommended long term investment tool offered by Central government of India for Indian resident employees.
In this article we will see why one should open a PPF account even if one does not need it or have no intention of putting his money in Debt.
It may look idiotic but we will see why it would make sense. We will also see an example which will help you understand things.
But may be you don’t know what is PPF account? you will say. Click here to Understand what is PPF account.
Imagine a situation, you need to invest your money in some debt product which gives you assured and good returns, but you don’t want it to get locked for long period, the maximum you want is 3-4 yrs of lock in. Is it possible right now is the question you need to ask? NO!! is the Answer
Well, definitely it can’t help us at this moment, But imagine future let’s say after 11 or 12 yrs you need to invest some money for short term; at that time, you can put money in your PPF account and it will get matured in next 3-4 yrs and whole maturity amount would be Tax-free and earn you interest of 8%.
It costs just Rs. 500 per year for PPF account to stay active. So if you need the PPF account right now, then open it NOW and if you don’t need it right now, still open one NOW so that your Loan-in-period goes down by 1 every year.
Also, once in a while whenever you feel that you need your money to go in Debt component, simply use the PPF.
So, here is what I suggest: Open PPF accounts in your name, your Spouse name and your Children name at interval of 2-3 years. So, after 12-13 years, each of the PPF accounts will mature in a gap of 2-3 years.
You can use this as an investment product that gives 8% assured tax free returns. 🙂
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