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    Short Term Fixed Deposit

    A fixed deposit is an investment option provided by banks or non-banking financial companies to deposit money and earn a certain rate of interest. The advantage of depositing money in a fixed deposit account is that it will give you a higher rate of return than a normal savings account. The maturity term for an FD account ranges from 7 days to 10 years. A short term fixed deposit has a maturity term from 7 days to a maximum of 12 months. Fixed deposit interest rates vary from bank to bank and this will fluctuate and may be also revised.

    Given below are the interest rates offered on short-term deposits by top banks:

    Bank Regular FD Rate (per annum) Senior Citizen FD Rate (per annum)
    SBI 5.75% to 6.40% 6.25% to 6.90%
    Axis Bank 3.50% to 6.50% 5.50% to 6.90%
    ICICI 4.00% to 6.50% 4.50% to 7.00%
    Citibank 3.00% to 5.00% 3.50% to 5.50%

    *The tenure taken is less than 365 days and the deposit value is less than Rs.1 crore

    Features of short term fixed deposit  

    • The maturity term of a short term fixed deposit ranges from 7 days to less than 12 months.
    • You can deposit money in such a term deposit only once.
    • You can opt to renew the short term fixed deposit account when it matures.
    • The tax on the funds in the account are deducted as per the Income Tax Act, 1961.
    • The rate of return on a time deposit account is usually high.
    • Money can be withdrawn from an FD account before maturity but only after paying a fine. However, there are some banks which offer no penalty on withdrawing money before maturity.
    • The minimum amount that you can invest in a short term deposit account varies from bank to bank. It is generally around Rs.10000. For minors, the starting amount is brought down by the banks.

    Advantages of short term deposits

    • It is the ideal option if you want to have transitory savings.
    • It provides greater liquidity with high rate of return.
    • A major advantage of such a fixed deposit is that it allows you to take a loan amount equivalent to 95% of the funds in your account without requiring a guarantor or any paperwork.
    • There is a provision for nomination when you open a term deposit account.
    • If you withdraw money before your term on the account ends, you will be charged an interest rate that is 1% less than the applicable rate.
    • The government considers funds in the short term fixed deposit account as security.
    • The fund in short term deposits can also be used as margin money for non-fund based services.

    Requirements for opening a short term fixed deposit account

    To open this type fixed deposit account, the requirements vary bank to bank. Most banks ask you to open a savings account along with the short term fixed deposit account. This removes the hassle of collecting the interest amount in person and it can be directly transferred to your savings account. Also the account holder should be a resident Indian although some banks offer Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) the option to open a short term fixed deposit account as well. To open fixed deposit account you would need an identity proof, passport size photos and proof of address.

    Some Options for Short-Term Investments 

    Investing and saving money is something everyone wants and needs. Even though, most of the time, saving money and investments are on a long-term basis. Mutual funds, fixed deposits are beneficial on a long-term basis and helps in accumulation of a large amount of money with the help of good interest rates.

    However, it is also highly beneficial to invest money on a short-term basis. While long-term investments can range from 1 year to 3 years or 5 years or 10 years, short-term investments range between 1 week to up to a year.

    Recurring deposits:

    One of the most common modes of short-term or long-term investments are recurring deposits.

    The duration of recurring deposit ranges from a minimum of 3 months and can go up to 10 years as well. There are no premature withdrawals allowed. The only way you can withdraw the money is during maturity or due to premature closing.

    The rate of interest for a recurring deposit is currently ranging between 4.5% per annum to 7.9% per annum.

    Short Term Bank Fixed Deposit:

    A short-term bank fixed deposit is another method of investing money for a shorter period of time. The tenure for this type of fixed deposit can range between 7 days and up to 1 year.

    The interest rate ranges between 3.5% per annum to 6.75% per annum which is taxable. There is no maximum limit for the fixed deposit, however the minimum amount is Rs.100.

    Post Office Time Deposit:

    Under this type of short-term investment, the tenure ranges between 1 to 5 years. This type of deposit is under the tax exemption scheme under Section 80C.

    The rate of interest is high and ranges between 6.9% per annum to 7.8% per annum. The minimum amount required to open the account is Rs.200.

    Sweep-in Fixed Deposit:

    This is an alternative for a savings account where any kind of excess amount which is more than the stipulated limit can be shifted to a sweep-in fixed deposit account. This account is known by different names depending on the bank.

    The rate of interest is the same as fixed deposits of the bank which is around 6.5% per annum and the tenure is mostly 12 months. The interest earned annually will be taxed if it is above Rs.10,000.

    There are other methods or options for short-term investments such as debt funds or debt mutual funds. The tenure is less than 12 months and the rate of interest is around 7% per annum.

    Short Term FD 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? 4
      , 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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