Retirement may bring relief from the 9 to 5 routine but not quite from financial obligations. As you progressively age, saving enough for retirement can become a challenge. This is especially true for working professionals who are responsible for not only their spouse and children but also elderly parents. If you are also paying debts such as home loan EMIs, it may make matters worse in terms of retirement planning.

While fixed income options such as Fixed Deposits may need a large initial investment amount, there are other alternatives which can help you save consistently over a long period of time. In fact, investing with a long term horizon helps you earn better returns and build financial discipline in the process.

Invest strategically in the following retirement options and secure your retirement years with ease.

Senior Citizens Saving Scheme

As the name suggests, Senior Citizens Saving Scheme (SCSS) is designed specifically for retirees over the age of 60. If you’ve retired prematurely, you can also avail this option. However, you need to do so within a month of getting your retirement funds. With an interest rate of 8.6% payable quarterly, SSCS currently offers the best returns among all fixed income retirement options. The tenure is 5 years which can be further extended by three years upon maturity.

Interest rates remain fixed once you invest, although they are periodically revised as per Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directives. In terms of liquidity, SCSS allows premature withdrawal. Also, tax benefits under Section 80C are applicable.

Post Office Monthly Income Scheme

If you’re risk averse, investing in Post Office Monthly Income may be a suitable option for you. Being government backed, you can be assured that your life’s savings are safe. In terms of returns, you can expect your money to grow at a rate of 7.8% p.a which is paid on a monthly basis. However, interest earned is fully taxable.

Bank Fixed Deposits

If you would like to get tax saving benefits, Tax Saver Fixed Deposits are a better alternative. However, they have a fixed ‘lock-in’ or investment duration of 5 years and are the most illiquid investment option. Earning interest at around 7.25% to 7.75%, you can invest in multiple FDs of various durations and stagger interest payments so as to allow a regular monthly income.

Mutual Funds

To counter the effects of inflation, you can opt for market linked instruments such as Mutual Funds. When to investing in a flexible manner, mutual funds have no comparison. System Investment Plans (SIP) let you start with as little as Rs. 500 a month and deliver higher inflation adjusted returns consistently.

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The information contained herein is generic in nature and is meant for educational purposes only. Nothing here is to be construed as an investment or financial or taxation advice nor to be considered as an invitation or solicitation or advertisement for any financial product. Readers are advised to exercise discretion and should seek independent professional advice prior to making any investment decision in relation to any financial product. Aditya Birla Capital Group is not liable for any decision arising out of the use of this information.

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