Headquartered in London, Barclays Bank is a British international banking and financial services company. The bank has over 300 years of expertise in the banking sector. The bank has been present in India since 1990. In fact, Barclays Bank is one of the most popular foreign banks in India helping its Indian clients with its state of the art financial services. Barclays Bank offers a wide range of financial products like Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Loans. The major areas of its focus in India include Corporate Banking and Investment Banking. The bank also provides NRI banking in India. The bank has invested over $800 million in India to widen up its presence in the country, which is indeed the biggest commitment made by any foreign bank in India. The clients of Barclays Bank, India include individuals, public sector companies, multinational companies and the SMEs.
A Fixed Deposit account can help you save your hard-earned money. It is a financial product provided by banks to help you get higher rate of interest on your savings compared to a normal savings account. Normally, you cannot break your fixed deposit account before a specific maturity date. But, with prior notification, you can withdraw the amount held in your fixed deposit account. Barclays Bank offers attractive Fixed Deposit schemes for different tenures at different interest rates. As its banking customer, you can enjoy a relatively higher rate of interest on your Fixed Deposits with Barclays Bank.
Indian residents, NRIs and Senior citizens are eligible to open their FD accounts with Barclays Bank.
A minimum amount of rupees ₹ 10,00,000 is required to open a fixed deposit account with Barclays Bank. The bank accepts deposits in two categories i.e. up to ₹ 1 crore and ₹ 1 crore and above. However, to deposit an amount of ₹ 1 crore and above, the customers need to contact its branch.
One can open a Fixed Deposit account with Barclays Bank for a minimum period of 7 days, and a maximum period of 2555 days (7 years). This tenure is applicable for domestic Term Deposits and NRO term deposits.
The bank offers competitive interest rates on its Fixed Deposits. You can get your interest credited to your savings account on a quarterly basis, or get it re-invested into your Fixed Deposit account. Although fixed for the term of the deposit, the bank’s interest rates are subject to change without prior notification, based on the market conditions and its internal liquidity requirements. So on renewal the new interest rates will apply. Depositors have to maintain FD accounts with the bank for at least 7 days to be eligible to earn interest.
For domestic Term Deposits/ Fixed Deposits, the highest interest rate offered by Barclays Bank is 6.90% p.a. on a deposit of less than ₹ 1 crore. The lowest interest rate for the same is 2.00%. For the NRE Term Deposits also, the bank offers 6.90% as its highest interest rate and 6.75% as its lowest interest rate. These interest rates are applicable to deposits of less than ₹ 1 crore. However, no interest will be paid on the NRE term deposits if it is withdrawn prematurely before 12 months from the date of opening an account.
Senior citizens can also apply for Barclays Bank’s Fixed Deposits. But they don’t get any special interest rate. Interest is calculated on quarterly basis if the Fixed Deposits is for 181 days and above. There is no special interest rate for the staff members of the bank.
Barclays Bank provides loans to its customers against their Fixed Deposits accounts. However, the bank provides it for a short period. You can borrow money for up to one year against your FDs. Any individual aged between 21 to 60 years is eligible to get personal loans against their FDs with Barclays Bank.
The bank does not charge any premature withdrawal fee for its NRE term deposits. However, for the domestic Fixed Deposits, the bank charges an amount of 1 % as penalty fee.
The bank allows premature renewal of Fixed Deposits provided the depositor renews it for a longer period than the balance period of the original deposit. The bank will provide renewal at the rate applicable on the renewal date.
Barclays Bank is legally authorized to deduct tax at source if the total interest earned on all fixed deposits opened by you exceeds the amount specified under the Income Tax Act. The bank will provide a TDS Certificate for the amount of tax deducted. However, if you can provide your tax exemption certificate for you each of your deposits at the starting of the financial year, then the bank will not deduct tax at source.
Yes, the bank offers fixed/term deposits for non-resident Indians. Barclays Bank offers NRE, NRO and FCNR term deposits to NRIs through its NRI Banking services. You can open a Barclays Bank NRE account by investing a minimum of Rs. 10,00,000. The deposit can be opened for a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum period of 7 years. The bank offers attractive rates of interest for its NRE deposits and charges no penalty fee for premature withdrawal. The interest earned from NRE deposits is not taxable India. The NRO term deposits offered by Barclay Bank can be opened for a minimum period of 7 days and a maximum period of 7 years. Minimum amount required to open this term deposit is Rs. 10, 00,000. The FCNR term deposits offered by the bank can be maintained in three foreign currencies including GBP, EUR and USD. The deposit can be opened for a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum period of 5 years. You don’t have to pay tax for the interest earned from this deposit in India.