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    How to choose the best FD scheme

    Finding the best Fixed Deposit (FD) scheme is very important to get the best returns out of your investment. To choose the right FD scheme, you need to consider certain factors before applying for a term deposit. It is wise to consider factors like interest rate paid, credibility of the bank or financial institution offering the FD, total yield, interest compounding frequency, etc. In india, FDs are offered by both banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs). NBFCs or corporate company FDs usually pay a higher rate of interest on time deposits when compared to banks.

    It is necessary to do some research before you put your hard-earned money in a fixed deposit scheme. In this page, you can read about how you can choose the best FD scheme.

    How to choose the best fixed deposit?

    The following are the factors to consider before applying for an FD:

    • Rate of interest paid: One of the most important factors to take into account before choosing an FD scheme is the rate of interest that is paid. All investors must compare FD interest rates and choose a good deal.
    • Credibility of FD provider: Do not just blindly go for the FD with highest interest rate. There are other factors that also need to be considered like the credibility of the organisation that is offering the term deposit. Preferably, go for ‘A’ rated schemes and consider rating from organisations like ICRA and CRISIL.
    • Tenure: Another factor that determines the rate of return of your investment is the duration for which the investment is held.
    • Interest compounding frequency: Find out how the interest is calculated on your investment. If you choose to reinvest the interest that you earn, the total return on the investment will be much higher.
    • Interest payout option: See if the FD you are investing in gives you a wide range of interest payout options. Take a look at the frequency on interest payouts. In most cases payments are made monthly, quarterly, annually or half-yearly.
    • Penalty rates: The other thing to check before putting your money in an FD is whether there is any fee levied in case you want to prematurely break your deposit.
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    How to choose a good company FD scheme?

    • Check the promoters' history, company's repayment record and balance sheet among others. In some cases, a company with a low credit rating is more likely to offer higher rates to attract investors.
    • Investors should avoid companies which offer more than 15% interest rate, companies not paying regular dividends to the shareholder besides partnership firms since it is difficult to ascertain their performance.
    • Investors should stay away from unrated deposit schemes by small manufacturing companies. Only 'A' rated NBFCs are eligible to accept deposits as mandated by RBI. Investors should look for AA or AAA rated companies with enjoy good reputation.
    • Longer the duration of investment, higher is the rate of interest offered. But you should be cautious about investing for a longer duration. It is more advisable to go for shorter duration deposits of around 1 year to 3 years to monitor company's rating and servicing.
    • Experts suggest diversification and investing in several good schemes rather than in just one scheme.
    • Investors should analyze the servicing standards of the company and consult the investment advisor for all transactions.
    • Investors should not only review a company’s profile but also its ratings. Ratings are given by credit rating agencies such as ICRA, CRISIL and CARE
    • Investors should also examine the lock in period of the deposit. Most deposit schemes have an initial lock-in of three to six months.
    • Investors should be wary of default risk, i.e, at maturity, companies may not return the amount and default (owing to bad performance and recession among others).
    • While bank deposits are secured by RBI, company deposits have no such back-ups and are, therefore, unsecured.

    Top rated company deposit schemes in India

    • Bajaj Finance Ltd: Bajaj Finance Limited has good credit ratings from ICRA and CRISIL. They offer an interest rate of up to 8.10% for senior citizens, 7.85% for new customers and 7.95% for existing customers. These interest rates are applicable for deposits held for 3 years and above. The best part about this FD scheme is that customers get an additional 0.10% hike in interest rate for FD renewal. The minimum investment amount is Rs.25,000.
    • DHFL Aashray Deposit Scheme: This is a certified deposit scheme that offers an interest rate of 7.70% of all investments made for a tenure 1 year. There are both cumulative and non-cumulative deposits to choose from. The minimum deposit amount under this scheme is Rs.2000.
    • GRUH Finance Ltd: Rated by both CRISIL and ICRA, GRUH Finance limited pays interest at the rate of 7% to 7.5% on all deposits. They offer both cumulative and non-cumulative deposits. Read more for GRUH Finance Fixed deposit rate.
    • HDFC Premium Deposits: This is a good rated FD scheme that pays interest in the range of 7% to 7.5%. There are a wide range of options that an investor can choose from including investment amount and different interest payout options.

    The following table shows details of the top rated corporate fixed deposits:

    Company Rating Period Rate of Interest
    Bajaj Finance Ltd FAAA by CRISIL, MAAA by ICRA 3 years and above 7.85%
    DHFL Aashray Deposit Scheme AAA by CARE and FAAA by BWR 1 year 7.70%
    GRUH Finance Ltd FAAA by CRISIL, MAAA by ICRA 1 year 7.25%
    HDFC Premium Deposits FAAA by CRISIL 15 months 7.15%

    Bank fixed deposits

    Bank fixed deposits, one of the most sought-after savings schemes for millions of investors in India, offer higher rates of interest than savings bank accounts. The rates of interests for fixed deposits vary depending on the bank. Bank fixed deposits are regulated by RBI, which guarantees up to Rs.1 lakh against insolvency of the bank. Bank fixed deposits typically offer lower interest rates compared to corporate fixed deposits but provide assured returns.

    How to choose a good bank deposit scheme?

    • Unlike corporate fixed deposit schemes, bank fixed deposits schemes are not dependent on ratings.
    • Experts suggest sticking to PSU banks or select private sector banks for safe returns.
    • Investors should consider several parameters such as maturity amount, interest, interest after tax and inflation-adjusted returns among others.
    • You need to zero in on the amount to be held in a fixed deposit in addition to the deposit period.
    • Different banks offer varied interest rates and tenure. Investors need to make a comparative analysis prior to depositing money in a fixed deposit.
    • You have to study the premature withdrawal clauses which vary from bank to bank.
    • Different banks offer several fixed deposit schemes

    Top banks offering high interest rates on FDs

    The table below shows high interest rates offered by some banks on fixed deposits:

    Name of the bank Duration Rate of interest
    Bandhan Bank 1 year to less than 2 years 7.15%
    RBL Bank 1 year to less than 2 years 7.10%
    Repco Bank 1 year to less than 2 years 7.25%
    IDFC Bank 1 year and 1 day 7.5%
    Lakshmi Vilas Bank 725 days 7.25%

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    Customer Reviews

    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Very Assured Fixed deposit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I opened a Fixed deposit in Axis bank for one year of term period . They sent a physical copy for my fixed deposit which gives a good assurance about that bank . So that my nominee can be aware of my FD and can approach them very easily if something happens to me . I can check the status of my FD through on line itself .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent services"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      The best bank for a fixed deposit is HDFC Bank. The customer support is good and they are responsive as well. They offer an interest like other bank on my savings. The best is there is no lock in period so I close this account when ever I want too and I can do it with just a click away online. Where as other banks they would ask me to go to the home branch.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019
    • review Fixed Deposit
      "Good interest on savings"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit with Saraswat Cooperative Bank. The customer support is good and they are responsive. I been a customer for 20 years. The interest they provide on my savings is more than satisfactory and there are no charges taken for this account features.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Less interest rate"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Two months before I deposited my money nearly 1,50,000 in SBI . I am really happy with their customer service and response . But the interest rate is around 6.85 % which is lesser comparing to other bank . Since It is Government bank, I need not to worry in future if anything uncertain happens .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • Central Bank of India Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have done fixed deposit on CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA an year ago, i did not face any issue in creating account. They have given me limited tenure period, i use to pay my payment through my credit card of same bank, now i have withdrawn my deposit. I got good interest rate so far my experience was good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • Citibank Fixed Deposit
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit with Citibank. I could get the clear details online. Though I would not be able to open this account through the mobile application. I can do it through the desktop. It has been a good experience till date and beneficial too.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good in all"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit account with State Bank of India. The customer services are good. The process can be done online. The lock in period depends on the choice of the customer. The minimum tenure is six months. The interest rate provided is also equally good.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
    • Bank of Baroda Fixed Deposit
      "Overall no hassles"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It is a very simple process to open a fixed deposit account with Bank of Baroda. The lock in period is for five years. They provide a very good interest on my savings. The process at the bank is also good. There are no hassles in the overall experience.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Looking for More Investment"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Five years before , I opened a Fixed deposit in SBI , It automatically renewed on every year. I just monitors in online . I am looking for more investment in the future. At one stage I open this fixed deposit for my children's education or marriage .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , secunderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019
    • Federal Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good customer support"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In Federal bank , for Recurring deposit they provide very good interest rate of almost 7.5% .Even it is applicable for shorter period and longer term also . Very good customer support . After comparing with other banks , I decided to start my FD in Federal bank .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , kochi
      Reviewed on Apr 09, 2019
    • review Fixed Deposit
      "Overall good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I hold a fixed deposit account with City Union Bank. The rate of interest is of 7.25% on my savings. The customer support is good and they are responsive as well. It was easy to open this account and I can do it online. There are no hassles in the overall service.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 05, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Accesibility"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My fixed deposit with ICICI, I have opened the account through online just from the I mobile. I invested around Rs. 1 lakh its for long duration. The interest is good, I can withdraw the money through online banking without any charges. I am very fine with them.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , indore
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good interst for FD savings"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I opened fixed deposit account through online, the process was simple without any documentation. Currently the bank is providing the interest around 8% for the FD account. I done it before year it has tenure this year one year. I think this august my Fd amount gets matured.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • Standard Chartered Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Hold a fixed deposit Account with STANDARD CHRATED BANK . The best thing is their Customer Service .The response of banking service and banking staff is good here . The online banking is good and the services at the branch is also satisfactory.So far it has been good experience with STANDARD bank .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Its Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I went to the bank for the FD process, the service was good they helped to open the account on the same day. I took the fixed deposit for the period of three years and I deposited Rs. 1 lakh, I would get the amount of Rs. 1.35 lakh. I do have HDFC online access .
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Good Experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My fixed deposit got matured with Post office, the interest was nominal. The staff are good they gave me good service. There was no online option hence I need to visit for depositing the cash. I invested for five years for fixed deposit, my experience was good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good overall"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a fixed deposit account with HDFC Bank and the banking process is good. I could open this account online and the account has been beneficial too. I earn a good interest. I can also close this account without having to go in person to the bank. It can be done online too.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Investment with Indusind bank"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      One time investment I have done in Indusind bank as a fixed deposit, it has locking period around one year. They are providing the interest around 8% for one year. Online option is easy to activate the service and closing, there is no charges for the FD maintenance.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , indore
      Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Convenient"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I have a Fixed Deposit with Axis Bank because they have offered more interest than ICICI BANK and its been more than 1.5 years. Their customer service is always good. The interest rate is around 7.6% which am not sure. I can manage the account online. I opted for 18 months.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019
    • Bank of Baroda Fixed Deposit
      "Need improvement on customer support"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have done one time investment fixed investment in Bank of Baroda, it has five year of locking period. The interest is nominal for the FD, I believe BOB give the interest around 8% , however there was no proper information regarding the interest. My father have taken this FD on my name, every year I deposit the amount.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , noida
      Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019
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