Mutual fund is an investment programme funded by shareholders that trades in diversified holdings and is professionally managed.Your Fixed Deposit may be offering decent returns with little option for liquidity, while the stock market may give you decent returns with easy liquidity and slightly higher probability of losses. A Mutual Fund is a fine balance between the two offering you good returns while providing you with decent liquidity.
Tax saving mutual fund schemes or ELSS (Equity Linked Savings Schemes) are one of the best tax-saving option available under Section 80C, qualifying for up to Rs.1.5 Lakh of income tax deductions. Similar to other tax saving options, ELSS also comes in with a mandatory 3 year lock-in period.Always consider the taxation policy before investing.
Funds are invested in the equity markets in such a way that even if one investment incurs losses, the other investment manages to mitigate the loss. Despite this, investment in stocks may inherently be volatile and should be done only after assessing your risk appetite. Also, even though ELSS has a mandatory 3 year lock-in period, investment should be done if you are open to 5-7 years of investment horizon as they can offer superior returns over a long period.
Some tax-saving schemes are as follows:
- Tata India Tax Savings Fund – Direct (G)
- L&T Tax Advantage -Direct (G)
- Aditya Birla SL Tax Plan Direct-G
With professionally managed Mutual Funds, you can be assured that your investments are managed by people with many years of experience with market analysis. They will have enough knowledge to take calls on buying and selling those stocks and other investments. This is particularly helpful if you do not have the knowledge or time to handle individual stock or fixed-income investments.
If you are new to the entire investment scenario, it is advised to seek professional help. Professionals can advise on the available range of viable investmentsand will help you chalk out your entire investment plan. We canalso assist you with our tax advisory services at AJSH & Co LLP.
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