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Child Career Plan

First of all do you know what is standard cost of raising a child in INDIA ?

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Introduction:
This plan is specially designed to meet the increasing educational and other needs of growing children. It provides the risk cover on the life of child not only during the policy term but also during the extended term (i.e. 7 years after the expiry of policy term). A number of Survival benefits are payable on surviving by the life assured to the end of the specified durations.

You will be guided by LIC's certified wealth manager so that along with several years of trust that you have on LIC you can have confidence that you are planning to secure your child future financial need with one the best financial advisors present in the market.

As Greater Noida is seen as education and industrial hub of near and far future, so being a responsible INDIAN MNC - LIC has trained few handpicked qualified performing agents to be trained as wealth managers. Click here to visit LIC certified wealth manager office in Greater Noida.

 

Child education and settlement are both continous events and needed to be carefull presumed and pre-planned.

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Remember Farhan Qureshi in the 3 Idiots? His father planned out his education and career the day he was born. The senior Qureshi's career choice may have been out of sync with his son's passion for wildlife photography but the underlying objective — to secure the financial future of his child—was bang on target.

 

An increasing number of Indian parents is doing that today. In an online survey conducted by economictimes.com for ET Wealth last week, 63% of the 1,908 respondents said they started saving for their children's education when they were born. Another 9.2% had started even before the kid was born (see graphic).

That's good news, because the earlier you start, the more the time available for your investments to grow, and the bigger the corpus.

But are Indians choosing the right options when investing for their children?

Here's the bad news. An overwhelming majority is opting for low-yield instruments. Almost 45% of the respondents in our survey said they invest in the Public Provident Fund (PPF) and fixed deposits for their children.

Another 38% have invested in traditional insurance policies. "Despite the numerous options available, Indian parents continue to rely on bank fixed deposits due to lack of awareness," says Ashu Suyash, country head, Fidelity International.

The encouraging part is that 43% also invest in equity mutual funds and stocks for their children, while 26% have opted for child insurance plans that provide for the education of the child if the parent is no more.

The calculation assumes that the child will take up a professional course costing Rs 10 lakh. This is the cost at today's prices and the amount has to be adjusted for inflation. Now comes the scariest part. Education costs, which constitute nearly 46% of the total expense on a child, are growing at a worrying pace of 20-25% per year.

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Fortunately for parents, there are enough investment products to help them fulfill the dreams for their children. Chosen appropriately, these options can help you save enough to send your daughter to the best medical college in the country, or book a ritzy 5-star hotel for your son's wedding.

How does one choose the right product? The first thing to understand is that there is nothing to differentiate the investments made for children from the rest of your portfolio.

They are exposed to the same risks, offer the same returns and are taxed at the same rate. No mutual fund will give units at a discount or offer guaranteed returns just because a parent is saving for his child. No bank will offer you a higher interest rate.



Your choice should depend on four basic factors:

1) the tenure of the investment,

2) the risk you are willing to take,

3) the returns offered by the option and

4) the taxability of the income.

Here's how these four factors can affect your investments.

Tenure of investment

Are you saving for your daughter's education? Or for your son's marriage? Financial planners say it is best to define your goals and segregate the investment for each goal.

"Since each goal has a different time frame, separating them will allow the parent to choose the most appropriate investment to reach that goal," says Pune-based financial planner Gaurang Gandhi.

"Don't invest in a long-term fixed deposit for your daughter's education when she is just a toddler. The money that is not going to be touched for a long period should ideally be in equities," says P.V. Subramanyam, a financial trainer at Iris.

For many parents, defining a goal that is 15-20 years away is not easy.

Risks and returns

Every individual has a different risk appetite. Equities are certainly a great option for creating wealth over the long term, but what good is this money if it leaves you tossing and turning in bed, agonising over how your investments are faring.

So choose an option that suits your risk tolerance. For this, first get your risk profile assessed by a financial planner.

In many cases, one does not even know how much risk he can take. "Most parents adopt a very conservative approach when it comes to investing for their children. This attitude is rooted in the choices their parents had made and is difficult to shed," says Bangalore-based financial planner Anil Rego.

As the table shows, the higher the risk you are willing to take, the higher your returns could be.

Then again, your ability to take risks depends on the time available. As we mentioned earlier, stocks and equity funds work best for long-term goals. However, if you are saving for your son's marriage in 2013, steer clear of volatile stocks and put the money in a debt fund, or even a fixed deposit.

Taxability of income

Keep in mind the income tax rules that apply to your investments. Your child's income is actually your own. This is also the reason why PPF and insurance policies are so popular with investors.

The income from these options is tax-free, but there are other tax-efficient options as well. For instance, the income from equity and equity-oriented mutual funds is tax-free after a year. Investments in other funds can help you defer tax for years, even decades.

When you take into account these factors, the investment portfolio for your child becomes a mix of short-, medium- and long-term products. Each option has something to offer, some financial goal to achieve (see graphic). Fixed deposits offer safety and assured returns but won't be able to beat inflation.

Mutual funds offer high growth but carry a risk and don't offer any insurance cover. Child insurance plans offer an insurance cover and help the wealth to grow but levy high charges. Gold helps fight inflation but doesn't offer diversification.Email your requirements to LIC wealth manager and discuss in detail