Best Investment Plans for Fixed Income in 2024

There are many investors who can't stand the volatility of market-linked plans.They are in a constant hunt for investment options that could assure them of safe and steady returns and at the same time help them save their taxes. For such conservative investors, investing in a fixed income plan might be a good idea. 

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Further, the recent tumbling of the economy has brought the attention of investors from equity-oriented plans to fixed income plans, especially of those who are on the verge of retirement. Simply put, fixed income plans yield regular returns in the form of fixed income.

Here's our top pick of the best investment plans for fixed income for the year 2023.

  1. Retirement Plans

    A retirement plan is an insurance cum investment plan. Here's how it works. The insured pays a regular premium to the insurance company over the policy tenure. The corpus so build is used to make regular payouts to the insured in the form of annuities. However, if the insured dies during the tenure, their beneficiary becomes entitled to get the sum assured. So a retirement plan is a very effective tool to provide an individual a regular source of money when there are no more paychecks for them.

  2. Bonds

    Ever wondered from where do big corporations and government bodies get funds for their colossal projects and setups? Well, they ask people like you and me to lend them the money. Once you do that, you become the creditor and in lieu of that, the corporation/government issue you bonds. As an investor holding a bond, the corporation/government becomes liable to pay you a sum of money (as per the profits made) at regular intervals. Plus, you also get the principal loan amount at maturity. The key to getting the most out of bonds is to hold the bonds till maturity.

  3. Monthly Income Plans (MIPs)

    Another valuable fixed income investment avenue is MIP. It is a debt-oriented hybrid mutual fund that provides the insured with periodic payouts every month. Being a market-linked product, the returns yielded by MIPs are not guaranteed. Rather, it depends upon the fund’s performance. MIPs are quite a hit among conservative investors as an ideal option to beat inflation while exposing the funds to minimal risk. The returns yielded are bigger (11-14%) than the conventional FDs. Top up that with the fact that there's no upper cap on the investment amount and there's no lock-in period.

  4. Public Provident Fund

    PPF has been an all-time favorite investment avenue of investors with a low-risk appetite. The returns are guaranteed and can reach up to the 8.5% - 9.0% mark. Under section 80C the investment made towards PPF is tax-exempted up to Rs. 1,50,000.  Another perk to PPF is that there is no upper limit on the amount you are looking to invest.

  5. Bank Fixed Deposits (FDs)

    Fixed deposits work more or less like a regular savings account, except that they offer a higher rate of return. There's a lock-in period before which the investor cannot make any withdrawal. Bank FDs offer guaranteed returns while keeping the principal amount intact. It seems like FDs are never going to lose their sheen, especially among risk-averse investors.

To End!

The Indian rupee is constantly losing its value to the American dollar. Resultantly, people are becoming increasingly wary of putting their money in high-risk investments. Even seasoned investors are averting the market and switching to safer avenues of investment. No wonder, fixed-income investments have gained quite a momentum in 2023 and are likely to stay like that in the future.

*All savings are provided by the insurer as per the IRDAI approved insurance plan. Standard T&C Apply
^Trad plans with a premium above 5 lakhs would be taxed as per applicable tax slabs post 31st march 2023
+Returns Since Inception of LIC Growth Fund
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