The markets are still struggling with the deep red. This is prompting several investors to save a part of their earnings to the most famous traditional scheme, Fixed Deposit or FD. banks have recently declared their interest rate increase. With some banks offering record-high interest rates.
Banks such as the Bank of Baroda (BOB) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) have declared their interest rate increase on their fixed deposit schemes. It is in practice with effect from the 26th of December 2022 and the 1st of January 2023 respectively. Money deposited from one year to 665 days will earn 6.75%.
In contrast, term deposits for 666 days will still offer the same interest rate, 7.25%, which is still higher than the interest rates previously offered. Any FD beyond three years, however, will only earn 6.5% annually. The Bank of Baroda offers 6.75% interest on one-year term deposits.
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For FD investments ranging from one week to ten years, some small finance banks, like Unity Small Finance Bank, offer senior citizens as high as 9%. For the same tenure, other retail investors can earn 8.50% interest following the new interest rate increase. In a similar manner, Suryoday Small Finance Bank offers fixed deposits with maturities ranging from a week to 10 years at interest rates ranging from 4.00% to 8.51% for the general public and 4.50% to 9.05% for senior citizens.
Ladder7 Wealth Planners’ MD and Principal Officer, Suresh Sadagopan stated,
The variations in the interest rates after the interest rate increase in banks and other financial institutions are mostly dependent on the tenure of investment. For instance, Bajaj Finance Limited currently offers 7.85% interest on a bare minimum investment of ₹15,000 for three years and eight months straight. In contrast, it is offering 7.70% interest if you are investing the same amount for two years and nine months.
Axis Bank offers 7.26% interest on deposits of a minimum of ₹5,000 for two years, but only 7.10% interest on deposits of one year and 25 days, and 7% on deposits of three and five years.
Pessimistic investors are concerned about the current trend in market movements. Multiple corrections have taken place in the markets in 2022. It wasn’t a good start to the new year either.
A SEBI-Registered Investment Advisor and Founder of Stable Investor, Dev Ashish stated regarding how much investment should be done and for how long after the interest rate increase,
He further added,
Investing in FDs is not a new or novel idea. Investors’ financial portfolios have always included these traditional deposits. When investing, investors should consider a variety of aspects before making a decision.
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