• How to Invest in FD

    Fixed deposits are among the most popular deposit schemes for Indian consumers. The high rates of interest for flexible tenures ranging from 7 days to 10 years make it the ideal solution for both short and long term investments. The popularity of FDs has only grown over the years as more and more consumers realize the potential for higher returns through this financial product.

    Fixed deposits are offered by almost every bank operating in the country, be it a private sector one or a public sector undertaking (PSU). There are also lots of other private non-banking financial companies (NBFC) that offer fixed deposit schemes to customers. NBFCs typically give better interest rates to customers, but may lack in credibility in terms of long term assured returns that is associated with government-backed organizations.

    Should I be happy with my FD scheme?

    Technically, the interest rate offered to you by a bank or an NBFC is the actual return you will get from the account. You will probably make various permutations and combinations to find the ideal deposit amount and tenure for your needs, apart from technicalities such as frequency of payouts that help in maximizing returns. You would ideally decide the product of your choice only after exhaustive research. It doesn’t look like there’s more room for improvement here, right?

    But even within fixed deposits, the interest rate should not be taken as the absolute law for returns. You can perform your own tweaks to earn higher returns while ensuring liquidity at all times - a concern with FDs seeing that premature withdrawal of accounts results in reduction of returns. Timing your fixed deposit is an important element of maximizing your returns. And the timing factor isn’t limited to finding the right tenure only – with detailed planning you can save assured returns from multiple accounts, each with different maturity periods. This is where laddering deposits come into play.

    Laddering fixed deposits – enhancing your returns

    How to Invest in FD

    Any way you look, the point of FDs is to get higher returns in a relatively risk-averse manner when compared with stock markets or mutual funds. The best returns are from long-term deposits, but these hamstring you in terms of liquidity. Fixed deposits are meant to stay invested till maturity and banks employ different charges to ensure that it stays that way.

    Laddering deposits is a way of staggering out your investment into multiple fixed deposit accounts to earn high returns, while being welcomed with liquidity at regular intervals. As the name suggests, laddering deposits is basically staggering your deposits into individual ‘ladders’, and you climb the ladder one rung at a time. Okay, this may sound complicated but it’s actually not. Here’s how:

    Let’s assume you have a lump sum of Rs.5 lakhs that you want to invest in a less risky fixed deposit offering interest at around 9% p.a. rather than a high-performing but volatile mutual fund. So, you start by timing your deposits so that you have liquidity at regular intervals. You invest Rs.1 lakh in a 1-year fixed deposit, another Rs.1 lakh in a 2-year FD and so on till a 5th fixed deposit of Rs.1 lakh and 5 year maturity. This means you have invested all the cash in 5 different fixed deposits, each maturing one-year apart.

    Next, as the 1-year deposit matures, you get a return of Rs.1.09 lakhs. So far, so good. This amount is then invested in a 5-year deposit, which effectively creates the 6th step or rung of the ladder. If you are lucky, the rates at this point of time may be something like say 10%. You do the same for the 2-year deposit, creating a 7th step and so on. By doing this, you have ensured that you will always have sufficient liquidity for emergencies without compromising your long-term deposits. Another major advantage is that you can stay on top of rate changes, by investing at the right time and ensuring maximum returns.

    Benefits of laddering deposits

    Laddering deposits offer a host of benefits not limited to easy liquidity. At the core, this method will help you stay in control of your investment at all times.

    Premature withdrawal losses reduced

    Laddering deposits will help you in reducing losses from premature withdrawal. Generally, banks will charge some extra amount when you opt for premature withdrawal. With laddering deposits you can also wait for better rates in the market to invest in. As each of the ‘steps’ matures, you can invest in some other financial instrument offering higher returns as per your risk appetite.

    Liquidity

    In the last point, you could leverage better interest rates by investing in laddered deposits. You are also empowered by liquidity at regular intervals. As shown in the example, you could ensure liquidity every one year, or even every 6 months or 4 months by laddering your deposits accordingly.

    Consistent returns

    Laddering might not help much in getting higher returns in a go, but it will surely ensure that your returns are steady. Laddering is ideal for senior citizens who have lump sum retirement funds to invest, as they will be ensured steady returns on a monthly, quarterly, or any other periodical frequency.

    A point to note here is that laddering is not a perfect science. If rates are lower one year down the line than what you are depositing for now, then you might stand to earn lower returns. However, in the long run, laddering is more likely to offer better returns, than say a 10 year-fixed deposit that comes with a clause of premature withdrawal for extra charge.

    Ideal customers

    The ideal situation where people can go for laddering deposits would be:

    • Retirees who rely on income from interests for their daily expenses.
    • People who are not too sure about long-term FD investments and want to have flexibility in reinvesting their money can opt for laddering FDs.
    • People with short-term goals like vacations or big purchases can also benefit from laddering.
    • In terms of long-term deposits, laddering will help you in preventing your investment from maturing at lowest rate cycle interests.

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    How To Invest In FDs Reviews

    • 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? 0
      , nasik
      Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
    • SBI
      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? 0
      , 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? 6
      , 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? 2
      , 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? 5
      , 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? 15
      , 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? 7
      , 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? 7
      , 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? 4
      , visakhapatnam
      Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I do have a Fixed deposit account with SBI and it was carried out by Mom and even I have account for my daughter. Its still running and they have Google application separately to access online. The returns are good. I am doing monthly investment and it was opened quite a long may be 4 years.
      Was this review helpful? 9
      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I just opened a Fixed Deposit with ICICI BANK and have not done any survey on this. I am account holder with them so it was easy to do FD account even they are providing 7% interest rate. The process is very user friendly and never faced any hassle. I could access this account via online.
      Was this review helpful? 6
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Good for future"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      In post office rate of interest is higher for the fixed deposit when compared to the bank, I invested Rs. 5000 on monthly basis its comes in a year Rs. 60,000 after 5 years I got Rs. 3.75,000 I got Rs. 75,000 extra. The service is not comfortable if we have any relative who working there it would supportive or else difficult.
      Was this review helpful? 16
      , burdwan
      Reviewed on Aug 09, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good for future saving"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have FD with SBI, I have opt for one year term there is no such limitation for depositing the money. The interest rate is good for the FD, the online banking is convenient to take liquidity. They resolve the queries on time. Its most safe and secured.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , visakhapatnam
      Reviewed on Aug 08, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Average"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have selected state bnak of indis fixed deposit amount 1 lakhs , Tenure 5 years and Rate of interest 8 percentage after renewal fixed deposit 6 percentage is very less .while document directly bank . Customer service is not good and responsive.
      Was this review helpful? 8
      , kochi
      Reviewed on Aug 05, 2019
    • Kotak Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent Banking"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I activated FD account with Kotak, I have been maintaining this account since when I opened saving account, I converted Rs. 5000 for one year. They are providing interest around 7.6% per annum, the online netbanking and mobile app is very convenient for deposit to FD.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Aug 03, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have invested my FD with ICICI BANK and also have a 3in1 account with them. The interest rate is pretty good. Recently started before 6months, I can do premature withdrawal and also have selected a locking period of 3 years. The customer service is good and overall am satisfied with this bank.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Aug 01, 2019
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Safe and Secured"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My Post office branch is located in own campus hence there is no queue. I opened the fixed deposit, I made one time investment for five years its has tax exemption. They are providing 7% of interest for per annum. I believe it has online access as well.
      Was this review helpful? 13
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Aug 01, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Too much good scheme"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Chosen my fixed deposit from State bank of India. I have invested the money of Rs. 57000 and SBI is a most popular bank all over the India and offering all the facilities compared to bank. Since i have a salary account with them, its easy to transfer the money. They are providing the interest rate of 6.5%.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019
    • Union Bank of India Fixed Deposit
      "Good Investment"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Union of India fixed deposit is same as other investment. Being an existing customer I have opt for one year of fd, the online banking feature is good to open and closing the account, they was no charges for the liquidity of fund before the maturity.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good investment plan"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Chosen my fixed deposit from state bank of India because the given rate of interest is high. They are not deducting any service charges. I have invested the money of Rs. 1 lakhs and there is no lockin period and i have chosen the plan for 1 year and they are giving a interest rate of 6.75%.
      Was this review helpful? 10
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019
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