Liquid Funds Vs Fixed Deposits – Which one is better?

Liquid Funds Vs Fixed Deposits - Which is better investment optionLiquid Funds Vs Fixed Deposits – Which one is better?

If you want to invest for short term period, generally we invest in liquid funds or fixed deposits. Do you know that liquid mutual funds score high comparing to bank fixed deposits (we would not be comparing with company fixed deposits as they cannot be liquidated immediately) and would earn you higher returns if you can plan and invest wisely. I aimed to buy a property in the last 6 months. I wanted to park my money for 3 to 6 months duration for this special goal. I was not sure when I would need money. I parked money in liquid funds and recently when I redeemed, I got higher returns compared to fixed deposits. What are differences between Liquid Funds and Fixed Deposits? Liquid Funds Vs Fixed Deposits, which one is the best investment option for short term?

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What are liquid funds?

Liquid mutual funds primary objective is to invest in debt instruments like commercial papers, fixed deposits, treasury bills etc. These debt instruments have a lower maturity period, hence fund manager can easily liquidate and sell them immediately.

Features of Liquid Funds

  • Zero lock-in period.
  • Funds can be redeemed within 1 working day.
  • You can sell them before 2 pm and get the funds on the same day. If you sell them after 2 pm, you would get funds in your account by  next day morning.
  • They do not have an entry or exit loads.
  • Lowest interest rate risks as they invest in short term fixed income debt securities.
  • Highest return compared to fixed deposits. It would range between 4% to 8% per annum.
  • Liquid funds come with various plans like growth plan, dividend plans, daily dividend plans, weekly dividend plans, monthly dividend plans etc.
  • Investors can invest in direct plans as they contain a low expense ratio and provide high returns.
  • Funds can choose good liquid mutual funds based on Crisil Rank, Value Research Star Rating, high Assets under Management (AUM) and past year's performance.

Liquid Funds Vs Fixed Deposits – Which one is better?

  • Returns: Liquid funds invests in short term securities and offers returns ranging between 4% to 8% per annum. On the other hand bank fixed deposits offers 4% to 9% returns per annum depending on the tenure. Lower the tenure, interest rates are lower.
  • If you invest say for 3 months, the returns from bank fixed deposits would be approx 1.5%. On the other hand, liquid funds would offer more than 2% returns (approx).
  • If you invest say for 6 months, the returns from bank fixed deposits would be approx 3%. On the other hand, liquid funds would offer more than 4% returns (approx).
  • Hence liquid funds score high comparing to fixed deposits for short term period of less than 1 year. If you invest for more than 6 months, the returns would be almost same.
  • Tax Treatment: Dividends received from liquid mutual funds are tax free in the hands of investors. However, mutual fund houses pay 28.325% as dividend distribution tax on such dividends before distributing to investors. Regarding growth plans, if you sell them before 1 year, any returns need to be added to your income and you need to pay income tax based on your tax bracket. Hence, no change in tax treatment of liquid growth plans vs fixed deposits.
  • Closure / Redemption: You can sell liquid funds before 2 pm and you would get funds in your bank account on the same day. If you sell after 2 pm, you would get your funds on ext day morning. On the other hand, fixed deposits closure can be done immediately. Most of the banks are crediting the funds immediately within the day or same hour.

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  • Interest rate risks: Since liquid funds invest in short term securities, RBI rates would have an impact on such securities. On the other hand, bank fixed deposits would also have impact with interest rate risks. Most of the times, both would go hand in hand, sometimes, bank would not change any interest rates due to minor RBI rate changes.

Some of the top Liquid Mutual Funds to invest now

These liquid funds have provided returns of over 2% in 3 months, 4.3% returns in 6 months, 9% returns in 12 months period.

1) Can Robeco Liquid Plan

2) SBI Premier Liquid Plan

3) DSP BR Liquidy Plan

4) HSBC Cash Fund

5) Axis Liquid Fund

Conclusion: If you want to park your money for short term of 1 to 6 months, liquid funds would be the best bet for you. Consider above factors before investing in such funds.

Readers, what are your experiences in liquid funds? Do you believe that liquid mutual funds score high comparing to bank fixed deposits?

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Liquid Funds Vs Fixed Deposits – Which one is better



    Dear Sir/madam,

    As GOLD prices are increasing daily, Whetherthis is better short term investment compared with FD or LIQUID FUND?


    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am planning to invest app. 20 lacs in LIQUID FUNDS for 3-6 months.

    Kindly advise whether we can take loan against that investment as security?

  • vishal

    I would like to invest in daily div dist. option … how its calculated ? does nav will go down daily based on div payout ? does this div income will be tax free for me or it will be added to my income?

  • C.G.Venkatasubramanian

    Can some one top five liquid fund for 12 to 18 months investment plan.can I extend the same if there no requirement at the end of the period.should I go for dividend or growth option.There is no tax issues.

    • Venkatasubramanian, You can invest in top liquid funds like Escorts liquid fund or JP high liquidity fund etc., Invest in growth option as it would provide good returns

  • Kamal Shah

    with reference to above given information by you, In Liquid fund, who/which fund house gives us credit of our funds redeemed before 2 pm on same day ????

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