PPF is a long- term savings investment options established by the Govt. of India in 1968. It offers tax
benefits on withdrawal as well as on contributions.
Mutual Funds-ELSS (Equity Linked Saving Scheme is similar to PPF in terms of tax implications(both
enjoys the benefit of 80C). However, the average returns in ELSS in much higher (3 years returns-14-
16%) when compared with PPF.
Safe Investors can also invest in Debt / Liquid / Short Term Mutual Funds.Debt funds allow indexation
benefits (tax is lowered taking inflation into consideration) if you hold them for a period of 3 years.