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    Company Fixed Deposits: Best Rates & Schemes

    When most people think about fixed deposits (FDs), the first thing that comes to the mind is approaching a bank to open one. However, that is not the only place where you can open fixed deposits. Many finance houses and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) also offer investors the facility to open fixed deposits that offer interest rates that can be higher than what most banks offer.

    What is a Company Fixed Deposit?

    A company FD or company term deposit is nothing but a type of FD that is issued by companies such as finance companies, housing finance firms or other types of NBFCs. Company fixed deposits are a great way to raise funds from the general public for many firms/companies. These time deposits are usually rated for their credibility by a number of rating agencies such as ICRA, CARE, CRISIL, etc.

    Top 9 best company FD schemes 2018

    Benefits of Company FDs

    • Higher interest rates: The best thing about a company FD is the interest rate. The rates paid are comparatively much higher than what is paid for an average bank FD. Some corporate FDs even pay more than 9.00% per annum. For example, HUDCO pays 9.15% p.a for a tenure of 1 year and 9.40% p.a. for senior seniors for the same investment period.
    • Periodic interest payment options: There are a number of interest payout options to choose from such as monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, and yearly.
    • Credit ratings: Almost all company FDs are rated by autonomous agencies such as ICRA, CRISIL and CARE. This offers customers a chance to go for a well rated FD.

    Disadvantages of Company FDs

    • Risky: Unlike bank FDs that come with a certain guarantee and deposit insurance, company FDs may be risky. This is what is referred to as ‘default risk’. Though this may be the last resort, it is better to be fully aware of the risk factor before making an investment in such an FD scheme. This risk may be mitigated to some extent by going for a well-rated company scheme and doing some background verification.
    • No tax benefit: The interest that is earned on these types of FDs will be fully subject to tax. The tax treatment will be the same and there will be no difference, even when it comes to TDS.

    Eligibility Criteria for Company FD

    Who can apply?
    • Individuals
    • NRIs
    • Senior citizens
    Documents required
    • PAN
    • Aadhaar
    • Passport
    Age?
    • Those who are above 18 years
    • Minors can open an account along with a guardian

    How to choose a company FD

    • Check credit rating: All fixed deposits offered by the various companies come with a credit rating issued by institutions like CRISIL. These ratings will help you determine if you should invest with them or not.
    • Check interest rates offered: For obvious reasons, this should be the first step you take because if you don’t then some day you might realise that a company you ignored offers you better interest rates than the current one.
    • Check the minimum and maximum amounts: Since most of the companies define what the minimum and maximum amount that can be put in an FD is, it is best to check it. In case you wish to  start an FD with Rs. 25,000 but the company you choose allow a minimum of Rs. 50,000 then you will be in a soup.

    Company fixed deposit interest rates

    The important things that you need to know about the fixed deposit interest rates offered by non-banking finance companies are:

    • The interest rates are determined by the duration of the term deposit.
    • Most companies offer cumulative and non-cumulative interest rates.
    • Some companies offer a slightly higher interest rate for senior citizens.
    • Some companies also offer higher interest rates for employees who open FDs with them.
    • Sometimes the facility of higher interest rates may even be extended to the family of an employee.

    Faqs on Company Fixed Deposit

    1. What is the difference between a bank FD and a company FD?

    In terms of differences, both are FD accounts and offer the same features. Bank FDs are generally regarded more safer and pay lesser interest rate.

    2. Are corporate FDs and company FDs the same? 

    Yes.

    3. Is there an option for premature withdrawal? 

    Yes. The deposit can be broken before the maturity period but some NBFCs mandate a longer minimum investment period that may go upto 6 months to a year.

    4. How to apply for a company FD? 

    You can apply for a company FD online or by contacting the firm where you want make an investment.

    5. Are FD receipts issued? 

    Receipts may be issued to those who have applied for an FD offline/by visiting the branch.

    6. Are senior citizens eligible to get a higher interest rate? 

    Yes, in most cases.

    7. Is TDS applicable even for such FDs? 

    Yes.

    8. How is interest paid to the deposit holder?

    Interest payments will be credited to the bank account of the customer electronically as per the chosen frequency of interest payment.

    9. Can you apply for a company FD online? 

    In most cases, yes.

    FD Calculator Reviews

    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good FD account"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have invested the fixed deposit with State bank of India. Since the branch is nearest by my home and they have given me a locker facility hence i have chosen the fixed deposit with SBI. Overall, I'm very much satisfied with the services with SBI.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
    • YES Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Fraud by Yes Bank"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      Yes Bank has not credited Interest for my Fixed Deposit. On enquiring they gave me a story that the interest amount has been adjusted towards TDS. They have not provided credit entry for the interest and the debit entry for the TDS respectively.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bhopal
      Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Smart Investment"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In ICICI fixed deposit interest rate is around 6.75% per annum, I opened the FD through online. I have invested Rs. 1 lakh they wont take any charges for the pre matured fixed interest. I believe the interest rate is good compared to the government bank.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , yamuna nagar
      Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
    • Kotak Fixed Deposit
      "Average service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I am having a Fixed Deposit account with Kotak Mahindra bank, they provide good services when compared to other banks. I get good interest rate in returns after the maturity period which is after 3 years. Customer support is average with Kotak Mahindra bank.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Hassle free"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit account with HDFC Bank. The process to open this account is easy. I can do it online. They also offer a good rate of interest on the account. The bank has always been up to the mark to ban with. It is very convenient and easy.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , noida
      Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
    • IOB Fixed Deposit
      "Better Banking Experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have invested a fixed deposit with Indian Overseas Bank. My wife has recommended me about this bank since she is working over there. I invested the money of Rs. 50000. I don't remember about the tenure period. Before 1 years, i have invested the money with them.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , tiruchirapalli
      Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Deposit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have invested a fixed deposit with ICICI. There is no reason for selected this bank. They have offered me a interest rate of 6.5% and there is no processing fee. I have invested the money 8 months before. This is a one year plan. I'm happy about the services provided by the ICICI for this account
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , thane
      Reviewed on Jan 04, 2019
    • Corporation Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Average"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had account with Corporation Bank and its very old one. I put fixed deposit before 3 to 4 years. The interest rate was around 7% which was minimum compared to others but am satisfied. I have deposited for 5 years. Actually have not taken any benefits, just have invested. The customer service was okay.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jan 04, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I do have a fixed deposit account with HDFC Bank. They are giving good interest. I can manage this account on line. I have chosen HDFC because of bank financial is good. I have just started long time, The process was very quick and it was done through on line.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , thane
      Reviewed on Jan 02, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Best Investment plan"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken fixed deposit account in State Bank Of India . They are not charging any charges for the account . I used to get income tax benefits . Am satisfied with the customer service and response.They are giving good rate of interest . Overall am happy with my account .
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Dec 29, 2018
    • review Fixed Deposit
      "Good online features on FD"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In Saraswat bank they are providing the interest around 7% per annum, the minimum amount Rs. 5000 to max, still my FD is running with this bank. The online options are excellent without visiting I can track the interest and deposit amount through online.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , pune
      Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Convenient FD with HDFC"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In HDFC I can deposit for minimum of Rs. 5000 to max amount. I done the investment of one time payment around Rs.6 lakhs. I can chose the tenure period based on the convenient, it gives the interest of 7% its maximum. I can open and close the account through online.
      Was this review helpful? 6
      , pune
      Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Very Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had made this investment pretty long time back and the services which they had provided so far has been good. The interest rate with them has been good and the growth with the investment has also been good. Their customer support has been helpful in guiding with everything.
      Was this review helpful? 9
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
    • YES Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It has been a good service which they had been providing so far and i had started this investment a log time back. Their customer support has been helpful in guiding me in the investment plans and explaining with the growth of the investment. The interest rate with them has also been good.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
    • Citibank Fixed Deposit
      "Not satisfied with the service"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I had started this investment a pretty long time back and they had been providing a good service. Their customer support has not been responsive and i do not suggest any one to make an investment through them. There has not been a good growth with the investment.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good Investment Plan"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have taken fixed deposit account in STATE BANK OF INDIA . They are not charging any charges for the account . I used to get income tax benefits . Am satisfied with the customer service and response.They are giving good rate of interest . Overall am happy with my account .
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Good investment plan"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have started investing in the fixed deposit almost more than 5 years. I have invested a variable amount in different times. They have offered me a interest rate of 7.5%. The response was good. I have chosen the post office because of the safe and security.
      Was this review helpful? 14
      , guwahati
      Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018
    • YES Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have the fixed deposit account with the Yes bank and the interest rate they have given me is good, also the customer service is good too they have co-ordinated with me well they time to time update me about there date of pay my next fixed deposit date.On line banking services are fine one too and am really happy with them.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Average bank to avail fixed deposit"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I have chosen the Axis bank for my fixed deposit. I have deposited around of Rs. 50000. Since they are providing very good services in their branch. They have offered me a interest rate of 6.5%. I put the money in 2015. I have visited their branch many times and the service is very much prompt. I had no issues with them.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My fixed deposit is with ICICI Bank. I had to go to the bank and meet the executive and open the account. I can close the account online. There is a lock in period for 12 to 13 months. The interest I earn is satisfactory. I have a deposit of 70K. Overall good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Dec 07, 2018
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