• CRISIL Rating and their Effect on FDs

    What kinds of instruments does CRISIL rate?

    CRISIL is a full service rating agency and is the largest of its kind in India. CRISIL has singlehandedly pioneered the concept of credit rating in the nation. It has been trusted to rate a wide array of debt instruments including, certificate of deposit, bank loans, commercial paper, non-convertible debentures, bank hybrid capital instruments, asset backed securities, mortgage backed securities, perpetual bonds, partial guarantees, etc.

    Who does CRISIL cater to?

    Established in 1987, CRISIL’s ratings caters to investors, lenders, issuers, market intermediaries and regulators. CRISIL provides information that are required by these categories and issues credible benchmarks for evaluating the feasibility of credit repayment.

    What sectors do CRISIL ratings cover?
    CRISIL Rating and their Effect on FDs

    CRISIL ratings actively cover manufacturing companies, banks, non-banking finance companies, public sector undertakings, financial institutions, state governments, urban local bodies, mutual funds, industrial companies, non-banking financial institutions (NBFCs), Infrastructure entities, microfinance institutions, urban local bodies, etc. with a wide net encompassing 190 industry sectors.

    What is the role of CRISIL?

    CRISIL ratings play an invaluable role in providing assistance to issuers and borrowers. It bridges the gap between borrowers and funds, while also providing alternatives for the purpose of funding. Additionally, CRISIL ratings enhance the cost of funds by optimising them.

    How do CRISIL ratings affect Depositors?

    CRISIL ratings are heavily relied on by investors and lenders to supplement the internal evaluation process before submitting to making an investment. Whereas, with the view of the markets as a whole, CRISIL ratings are considered an important benchmark for pricing as well as trading of debt instruments.

    Furthermore, CRISIL ratings aid regulators in measuring and managing the credit risk involved with the activity of lending. These ratings are also useful in computing an entity’s adequacy in the sector of banking. Determination of eligible investment pool for insurance companies, pension funds and provident funds are also enabled with CRISIL ratings.

    How to decipher CRISIL’s rating system?

    CRISIL follows the following rating system while rating fixed deposits-

    NMNot Meaningful
    FDDefault
    FCHigh risk
    FBInadequate safety
    FAAdequate safety
    FAAHigh safety
    FAAAHighest safety

    CRISIL may add a (+) or (-) for ratings FAAA to FC to indicate the position of the company within the rating category.

    What does a good CRISIL score indicate?

    CRISIL ratings are one of the most important factors to gauge when looking for a company fixed deposit. A company’s or bank’s credibility is greatly determined using CRISIL ratings. Company fixed deposit schemes are generally graded by CRISIL and is the first thing that investors look into before making an investment in an account. These ratings behaves as an assurance that indicates the highest degree of safety for a fund. It also shows the timely servicing of the entity’s financial obligations, in turn aiding to the credibility. CRISIL ratings enable depositors to differentiate between high credit risk organisations from low credit risk organisations. For example, HDFC Bank is rated FAAA by CRISIL, thus indicating high credit quality and low credit risk in their fixed deposit scheme. The first and foremost thing to watch out for would be to invest into well rated schemes. A usual indicator for a well rated scheme is AA and above ratings.

    Higher rate of interest vs higher CRISIL rating?

    Institutions that offer higher rates of interest due to low credit ratings are usually high risk investments. Financial institutions that have received a bad rating from CRISIL tend to offer lucrative interest rates in order to lure depositors into investing.

    CRISIL provides an unbiased and objective assessment of an entity’s timely repayment capacity and history. This allows investors to make independent decisions when it comes to making a deposit in a company fixed deposit scheme.

    Why do investors rely on CRISIL ratings?

    CRISIL ratings greatly aid in understanding the financial health of the company offering the fixed deposit scheme. It allows the depositor with the assurance of making a comparative analysis amongst the various players in the market. It also enables the act of investing by securing the channels leading to investment decisions. With an easy to understand and simple rate card, depositors now have a benchmark to compare various offerings of the product. This allows the investor to wisely make a decision regarding the investment of hard earned money. Furthermore, CRISIL makes it possible to sieve through the numerous offers that are available across various companies.

    Does CRISIL rating affect a company’s Fixed Deposit rates?

    CRISIL does not directly affect Company FDs in any way, but is a sure shot way for investors and depositors to check the credibility of a particular entity before making a long term commitment. With the ever changing market trends, CRISIL makes it easier for the layman to keep up with the ever changing dynamics of the industry.

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    Customer Reviews

    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "FD is not good with HDFC"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have invested some money as a Fixed deposit in HDFC Bank and the interest rate is not that much great because they are giving interest as compared to others. I have invested the money of Rs. 3L and there is a locking period of 5 years. Its 7% interest rate. If they are increasing the interest rate, it would be fine. Since I do all my transactions with this bank, I have selected same for my FD as well.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020
    • SBI
      SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good support"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have chosen my fixed deposit scheme from State bank of India because I'm maintaining my salary account with them and they provided rate of interest is fine for me. I have invested the money of Rs. 2.75 lakhs. There is a locking period of 45 days. They are giving interest rate of 4.5%. Overall, I'm satisfied with their services.
      Was this review helpful? 9
      , namakkal
      Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020
    • Kotak Fixed Deposit
      "Good App"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have been investing the money of Rs. 3 lakhs for the fixed deposit. I have selected Kotak mahindra bank for the FD because their net banking facility is very different when i compared to other. I can access everything regarding the account hence its easy to handle the transactions. I'm not sure about the interest rates. 7 months before, i have invested the money.
      Was this review helpful? 8
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jan 08, 2020
    • Kotak Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent Services"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Its because of the competitive interest rates, i have selected the Fixed deposit in Kotak Mahindra bank. I have invested the fixed deposit 1.5 years ago and there is a lockin period of 5 years. They have invested the amount of Rs. 7.5 % and the employees are helpful in the branch.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jan 08, 2020
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Savings scheme"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a Fixed deposit in Axis bank. I have invested the money of Rs. 10000 for two FDs. There is a lockin duration of 1 year. They are giving a interest rate of 7%. Through net banking, i have activated this Fixed deposit. There is no tax benefits available. Axis bank service has been good. Overall, I'm happy about their services.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019
    • Oriental Bank of Commerce Fixed Deposit
      "Good Scheme"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Since last 15 years, i have a account with Oriental bank of commerce thats the reason i have invested the money in fixed deposit with the same bank. I have invested the amount of Rs. 11 lakhs. They are giving the interest rate of 6.5%. There is no locking period but i have chosen the duration of 1.5 years. There is no additional charges deducted for this fixed deposit.
      Was this review helpful? 14
      , bulandshahr
      Reviewed on Dec 03, 2019
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Interest rate is very low in Indian post office Fixed deposit scheme because they are providing only 8.5%. I have chosen this office because of the child benefits. I have invested the money of Rs. 1.5 years. Its 3 years lock in period. Overall, I'm satisfied with the service provided by post office employees.
      Was this review helpful? 44
      , parvathipuram
      Reviewed on Dec 03, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good bank for Fixed Deposit"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have invested the money in SBI for a fixed deposit and based on my wife recommendation i have chosen it. They are providing the interest rate of 7.25%. They have option to select the lock in period in that i have chosen 5 years. We had visited their branch and the response was good.
      Was this review helpful? 25
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good one"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Its easy accessible and to redeem so that i have invested the money in Fixed Deposit with HDFC BANK. I have invested the money of Rs. 2.5 lakhs and they have provided me a interest rate of 7.5%. There is no locking period. I didn't got any additional charges till now.
      Was this review helpful? 15
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Safety deposit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have paid the money of Rs. 4.5 lakhs as a fixed deposit in the Indian post office. For the safety purpose, i have chosen the post office account. They are offering me a interest rate of 7.9%. There is a lockin period of 5 years. If i withdraw the money in 1 year, they will reduce the interest rate of 2% and after 3 years, its 1%.
      Was this review helpful? 80
      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Nov 08, 2019
    • Central Bank of India Fixed Deposit
      "Good Bank"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Interest rates are less in Central Bank of India so I had taken a fixed deposit. I have invested the money of Rs. 1 lakh in my wife's name. Branch is near from my place so I have chosen this bank. Yearly once, I get the money of Rs. 6,765 for the interest. There is a locking period of 1 year.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , tirupur
      Reviewed on Nov 06, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Customer centrice & User friendly app"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am doing Fixed Deposit with ICICI BANK and its been around 5years. They haven't been paying good interest and its more or less same like other banks as I used to hold my salary account with ICICI, I have decided to be with one bank. There is no locking period and its flexible. They do give good support and the app is user friendly. Even deposit account can be opened through i-mobile or net banking itself.
      Was this review helpful? 11
      , nasik
      Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I had a Fixed Deposit in State Bank of India, I have completed the tenure before 3months ago. I have no issues with the customer service. They are given me 7% interest rate for 2years. There is no profit and processing fee. I got an online access, where I can check the interest rate anytime on the YONO app or else SBI online.
      Was this review helpful? 19
      , tirupati
      Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Interest charges are good. "
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have invested some money through FD. My salary account is in SBI so i have a zero ATM charges and the limit is not actually set by SBI. They do have short term FDs which is pretty good. I have invested the money of Rs. 60000 and the interest rate is 10.01% for the tenure period of 16 months. There is no lockin period. There is no hassle to getting the money back.
      Was this review helpful? 32
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019
    • Dena Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good plan for senior citizen"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      I have invested the money in Dena bank through Fixed deposit and the growth is not that much good. They are not taking any hidden charges. Only because of the Government undertaken bank, i have selected them. They are providing a interest rate of 6% per annum. I have invested the money of Rs. 2 lakhs. There is a lockin period of 1 year.
      Was this review helpful? 9
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Interest should be increased for FD"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have opt for fixed deposit for the tax saving purpose because I have chosen five years tenure with AXIS Bank, still its going on. Only once I Invested my money it has the locking period of five years. I have option to check my transactions through mobile app. But I have concern about the interest rate is very lesser for this FD.
      Was this review helpful? 13
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "FD process should be simpler"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I had fixed deposit with SBI then I withdrawn the amount, I done Rs. 3 lakhs of investment on my daughter name then I taken the liquidity to purchase the land, at the time I struggled a lot to take that money because the process was difficult to withdrawn the money after seven months of tenure.
      Was this review helpful? 30
      , madurai
      Reviewed on Sep 03, 2019
    • Union Bank of India Fixed Deposit
      "Not good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I had a Fixed Deposit with Union Bank of India and its closed 18 to 19 months due to personal reasons. I am doing investment but my experience is not good with FD account. In my home town, there is no other banks so just decided to go with this bank. The returns are good.
      Was this review helpful? 11
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good to go with HDFC"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have one FD with HDFC, I deposited Rs. 1 lakh, I was opt for 45 days of tenure. Finally I got 6.25% of interest for 45 days. It won't cover the tax, if we need tax benefits we should go for five years term. I can track the details through netbanking, on the maturity date the amount credits automatically in the account. Even the notification can customized.
      Was this review helpful? 25
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019
    • HSBC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "wrong calculation of interest rates"
      0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
      HSBC staff wrongly pre closed my fixed deposit .. and calculated the interest rates wrongly and when asked them for clarification never got back .. even after following up with them repeatedly for more than 3 months.. would highly recommend not using their services.
      Was this review helpful? 11
      , visakhapatnam
      Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019
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