10 Best ways to Invest 1 Lakh for good returns

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Most common question I received now a day is “I have 1 Lakh rupee for the investment. I want quicker and profitable returns. Where I should invest it?” Well, an answer to this question depends upon your risk appetite and multiple other factors. However, I believe that you are the smart investor and you want to get a maximum possible return in the realm of safety with some risk.  So, here is 10 Best ways to Invest 1 Lakh for good returns.

10 Best ways to Invest 1 Lakh for good returns

1 Mid-cap, Multi-cap Mutual Fund

The first best way to invest 1 Lakh for the good returns is Midcap or Multi-cap Mutual Funds. Investment in these type of mutual funds is a risky affair and may not be suitable for everyone. If your risk appetite permits you, you can plan to invest in these funds via SIP route.

You can expect 12-18% return from these type of Mutual Funds.

Also Read – Top 20 Best Mutual Funds SIP to invest in India for 2018


If you have not exhausted your 80 C limit, the best way to invest 1 Lakh rupees for you is ELSS. ELSS is one of the most popular tax-saving investment options.  ELSS gives dual benefits you can enjoy capital appreciation along with tax saving. However, ELSS comes with 3 years lock in period. You will not able to redeem ELSS fund till 3 years.

 ELSS can give returns in the range of 10-12%.

3 Balance Fund

Balance Fund is next investment option where you can plan to invest 1 Lakh rupee. Balance mutual fund is the best investment option for the investor who is looking for safety and moderate returns. Balance fund follows the principal of balancing they divide the funds and invest in equity and debt both. So, you can enjoy best of both worlds by investing in balance mutual funds.

Balance Mutual Funds can generate a return in the range of 10-13%.

4 FMP or Debt Fund

If you are looking for the safety of capital and if you have exhausted your 80 C limit FMP (Fixed maturity plan) and Debt fund is ideal for you. FMP is kind of fixed deposit in terms of tenure but varies in terms of assured returns. FMP are closed ended schemes. On the other hand, debt mutual funds are funds which mainly invest in fixed income instrument and government securities.

You can expect 9-10% returns from FMP or debt fund.

5 Equity

Equity investment is one of the best ways to invest 1 lakh rupees. Investment in equity can bring ultra-high returns. However, investment in equity is very risky and you may end up losing money also. So it is high risk, high return game.

This investment option is best suited for the aggressive investor. Stock selection and timing are most important creation for investment. Stock market investment requires extreme care and enough knowledge.

Also Read – Best Stocks to buy in India for Long term Investment

6 Public Provident Funds

Public Provident Fund (PPF) is one of the best tax saving investment options for the long-term perspective. PPF provide slow steady and secure return. You can open PPF account at any bank. Tenure of PPF account is 15 years and that can be extended for 5 years more. The current Interest rate applicable to PPF account is 8.1% (From 1st April 2016 to 30th June 2016).

7 Sukanaya Samriddhi Scheme

Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme is saving scheme for the girl child by the government. You can open Sukanya Samriddhi Account at any bank or post office. Tenure of SSA account is 21 years from the date of opening. You need to deposit money in this account for 14 years. This account can be open on girl child name. Age of girl child should be less than 10 years. The current Interest rate applicable on SSA account is 8.6% (From 1st April 2016 to 30th June 2016).

8 Bank Fixed Deposit & Tax Saver Deposit

If you are a conservative investor with low-risk appetite and happy with small returns you can plan to invest 1 lakh rupee in bank fixed deposit. Bank fixed deposit gives fix returns to the investor. The tenure of FD can vary from 7, 15, 30, 45 days to 3, 6 months, 1 year, 1.5 years and 5 years. The interest rate depends upon time period and varies from bank to bank. One important point to remember here is income earned from interest is taxable. If you have not exhausted your 80 C limit, you can plan to invest in Tax Saver Deposit. However, this deposit has lockin period of 5 years.

Also Read – Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme Calculator 

9 Tax-Free Bonds

The next option to invest your 1 lac rupee is the tax-free bonds. Tax-free bond is a secure way of getting returns on your investment but not as good as fixed deposits. Tax-free bonds are bonds are issued by entities such as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) as they are important to the government in terms of building the country’s infrastructure.

Money invested in tax-free bonds will be locked for 15 years. As per me if you surplus money you can think of this investment option. This option can give an absolute return of 8.2%-8.3% every year for 15 years.

10 Gold

The last option to invest your 1 lac rupee is Gold. Gold is considered as a safe haven against all national, political and cultural crises. Gold has produced a magnificent return in past and we expect gold to continue in appreciation. I would like to specify here that gold Investment should not exceed 20% of your portfolio. You can invest in gold in two forms

(1) Physical Gold – Jewelry, Coin or Bar (2) NonPhysical Gold – Gold ETF.

Note- Please do not put all the eggs in one basket. It is smart idea to divide this money into several parts and invest in few best suitable investment options based on your financial goal. However, if you are looking for a logical answer to arrive at a conclusion where to invest 1 Lakh here is simple flow chart showing “Best Ways to Invest 1 Lakh”.

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Over to You –

Ask yourself these questions before investing?

  1. What is a goal behind Investment?
  2. What is the amount you afford to invest every month/year for this goal?
  3. What Investment options available & which is best suited for me?
  4. What is my understanding of these investment options?

Hope you have got an answer to your question where to Invest 1 Lakh for good returns?

Do share your opinion in comment section given below.

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Article by Raviraj

Raviraj is the man behind moneyexcel.com. He is graduate in finance, engaged in blogging since 7 years. Moneyexcel blog is ranked as one of the Top 10 Personal Finance Blog in India. He is not affiliated with any financial product, service provider, agent or broker. The purpose of this blog is to spread financial awareness and help people in achieving excellence for money. Please note that the views expressed on this Blog/Comments are clarifications meant for reference and guidance of the readers to explore further on the topics. These should not be construed as investment advice or legal opinion.

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  1. Rajdeep chettri says:

    Hello sir, bank fd,rd मै deposit करने से deposit money secure रहता है क्या उसि तराह sip या mutul fund secure रहता है,
    SBI SIP मै काहा Invest करने से अच्छा रहेगा और कितने दिनो के लिये करू, starting कितने से
    सुरू करना चाहिये,

    • Mutual Fund SIP is not as secure as Bank FD.Bank FD will give you assured return.Mutual fund returns varies based on market condition.You should start with 1000 Rs monthly investment. Select best suitable MF as per your requirement.

  2. vishal patel says:

    Sir I am vishal
    I have property in form of land which business I can do on it.

    • Dear Vishal,

      You can use the land for doing following business.
      (1) Party Plot
      (2) Open Garden Restaurant
      (3) Children Play Area
      (4) Water Fun Park

      Hope mention ideas will help you.

      • vishal patel says:

        Sir what about poultry farm.
        Can you give me some detail in this business. Because all my land are in backward places so that’s why I was thinking about poultry farm.

        • In India Poultry farm is very good business.However, risk in this business is very high. You need to be careful in making estimate of capital and revenue require for this business. Profit in this business depends on many factors.

  3. Vicky says:

    I m 26 year old.I do not have a proper business not a proper job I want to secure my future by investing in something which can give me proper monthly income but I m not able to judge which investment plan to choose.

  4. Anu says:

    Hi I want to invest around 7 lakhs for short term say around 10 to 30 days. Want to do that frequently in a year. But don’t want to invest in bank fixed deposits. What’s the best way to invest.

    Pls advice.


  5. Ketan says:

    I am 42. I am the main bread earner in my family. My wife has a small catering business. No loans – just a club membership EMI for another year or so. I almost never use a credit card – only debit card or cash. I want to build my capital. Do not own a house. I make it a point to exhaust my 80C limit every year to minimize tax. My PPF is ending in a few months. I want to build my capital. Most avenues just about beat the inflation rate. Do not offer much more. Have already invested in 80 gms for son’s wedding [still 20 years away:)]. What do you suggest? I do not have extra money now, but need to know where I should park my PPF maturity amount.

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