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Old 30th March 2020, 20:10   #16
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If liquidity is not a requirement, then isnít a PPF better option than Government bonds?
PPF is indeed a better option if liquidity is not a requirement. However the amount you can invest is limited to ₹1.5 lakh per year.
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PPF is indeed a better option if liquidity is not a requirement. However the amount you can invest is limited to ₹1.5 lakh per year.
A couple of thoughts:
1) Have another PPF account opened in the name of the spouse, if income permits and if one wishes to pump in more money safely into such an investment
2) Keep extending the PPF's term beyond 15 years by continuing to invest, in 5 year blocks. You can choose to also not withdraw the accrued amount beyond 15 years; it will continue to earn interest...The real power of compounding only kicks in later in the investment period.
3) A smaller thought - make sure you pump in the maximum money right at the start of each financial year preferably. And - it's no use depositing money for a particular month if it is done so after the 5th of the month. Interest is earned for a month only if deposited on or before the 5th of the month.
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You can contribute up to 100% of your basic salary to Voluntary PF (VPF) . Its a fantastic option to save for retirement.

I am surprised no one has mentioned about investing in arbitrage funds. They have been giving a consistent return of 6 - 6.5% over many years and are taxed just like equity. I usually put the rest of my monthly savings after PF, VPF and NPS contributions, into a couple of these funds.
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PPF is indeed a better option if liquidity is not a requirement. However the amount you can invest is limited to ₹1.5 lakh per year.
Is there any limit on the no.of transactions one can do in a ppf account in a year ? Earlier there used to be max limit of 12 transactions per financial year but I think that was revised last year to as many transactions as one wants, however the amount that can be invested remains the same.
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Is there a way to figure out the return rates for instruments being auctioned? This is a screenshot from Gobid platform, and as an example, it does not show the ROI for NWGS2022 - GS. Either on this page or the entire portal. Quick google search did not help either.

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Guys,

On the subject, is it possible to invest in these bonds in offline mode? Reason is I would like to invest money that my little 10 months old daughter has received & she quite obviously does not have a demat account. My status is that of NRI, so that doesn't work either. I'm looking to invest this money for her future education etc, so tenure is upwards of 5-7years.

Thank you!
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On the subject, is it possible to invest in these bonds in offline mode? Reason is I would like to invest money that my little 10 months old daughter has received & she quite obviously does not have a demat account. My status is that of NRI, so that doesn't work either. I'm looking to invest this money for her future education etc, so tenure is upwards of 5-7years.
Those who want to invest offline can opt for RBI floating rate bonds - applications are available at bank branches
https://sbi.co.in/web/personal-banki...emes/rbi-bonds

But then, it says "NRIs are not eligible to make investments"
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But then, it says "NRIs are not eligible to make investments"

Thanks for that! Right, but the baby has money in her account accumulated as gifts from various folks & the mother (my wife) was a resident Indian for FY19-20 & will be so for 20-21 as well. So, in that case it should be possible to apply as a minor with wife being the guardian, right?

Thanks for your help!
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