5 tips to get highest returns in bank fixed deposits

5 tips to get highest returns in bank fixed deposits

How to get highest returns in bank fixed deposits

There are several investors who do not want to take risk and just want invest in bank fixed deposits and get interest. If you are such an investor and want to get highest returns out of the bank fixed deposits you are at right place.

5 tips to get highest returns in bank fixed deposits

1)   Term deposits or recurring deposits, which one to invest: There are different interest rates offered by banks for term deposits or recurring deposit. Generally the interest rates are higher in term deposits compared to recurring deposits.

a.   If you feel that banks are currently offering lower interest rates, then better go for term deposits (invest in single lots every month) rather than going for recurring deposits.

b.  Once you feel that interest rates are stabilized, you can open recurring deposit and invest every month.

2)   Variable recurring deposit: Some of the banks are offering variable recurring deposits. Variable recurring deposits offer a choice for us to deposit a minimum amount every month, however in case you have a surplus amount, you can deposit any amount any time without any restriction. Variable recurring deposits are good especially when the interest rates are very high and you expect that interest rates would fall in near future. I have invested in Indian Bank variable deposit plan a year back which offers 9.5% interest rate. During that time, all top banks were offering similar interest rate. However now after a year, all such top banks have lowered the interest rates to 8% to 8.75%. But whatever I deposit in such variable recurring deposit now, I still earn interest rate of 9.5% per annum.

3)   Choose reinvestment plan: Most bank fixed deposits offer “reinvestment plan”. Reinvestment plan is such that your interest on your fixed deposit would get re-invested (would not be withdrawn) every year and  interest would be earned on such interest amount. Due to this effective yield (return) at the end of the maturity period would be much higher comparing to normal deposit rate.

4) Deposit wisely in various banks/branches: If the Interest exceeds Rs 10,000 on your fixed deposits, it would attract TDS. In such case deposit in various banks or branches so that you can avoid TDS. This would be a good option for investors whose income has not exceeded the tax limit, but still banks deduct the TDS as it exceeds the threshold interest limit. However this may not work out for income tax payers, as during the tax declaration, they need to show the interest as "other income" and pay necessary tax.

5) Choose auto renewal option : If you are not good at maintaining your personal accounts, after the maturity, you may not renew the fixed deposit and loose the interest. In such case, choose auto renewal option in fixed deposit so that they get renewed after maturity period automatically.

Conclusion: Bank fixed deposits offers fixed income. Deposit them wisely to get highest  returns on your bank fixed deposits.

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  1. Hello Mr. Suresh, I have two questions regarding variable recurring deposit

    1) My fiancee works in an MNC and requires to work on a plan for a good amount of money required for her marriage (planned tentatively in Nov. – Dec. 2016). Before she marries, she will come back to Kolkata and prepare for a job there after marriage. According to her, she has 18 months at best before she needs to draw the money. She can ensure 20-25k (at max.) per month for VRD. What will be the return in interest in that case from a suitable VRD investment?

    2) Which banks are most suitable to get maximum benefits out of this VRD investment?

    1. Hi Rangan, Good to hear about your marriage plans as well as investment plans. Majority of banks are offering VRD / Flexi RD schemes offering max of 9% interest rates. If your financeee invests 25K per month for 18 months, she can get Rs 4.8 L. Since it is shorter period of 18 months, it is better to invest in VRD instead of taking risk in mutual funds or any other investment options

      1. Thanks Mr. Suresh, that saved me from intermingling o several options and I am in a confirmed position to advise her now.

  2. Variable Recurring Deposit interest rate –> 9%. Fixed Deposit rate –> 6% (for 60 days). If I have INR 5000, is it wise to invest in Variable Recurring Deposit or in a fresh Fixed Deposit for 60 days?

  3. Hi

    I am a recent college graduate and started working in a company. I am a newbie in investing. Where can i invest small amounts of money (<3000) to get a higher return by 2/3 years?


    1. Hi Sekar, Since you are young investor, start investing in recurring deposit for 2-3 years. You can analyse mutual funds and start SIP in 2-3 mutual fund schemes. But first understand before investing.

    1. Hi Subramanian, There are several best investmetn options for long term. You can invest in diverisifed mutual funds or large cap mutual funds, invest in bank RD and Secured Non-Convertible debentures. All have their postives and drawbacks. Please inform which area you are interested, I can guide further.

  4. hi, How secure are our investments in nationalised banks like Indian bank which has 37 % loss last quarter. Only 1 lakh is insured by the bank, what will happen to the rest of the amoun?

    1. Preity, Nationalised banks, they safe as they have majority stake from Govt. Now the second question is banks it is covered by insurance, yet the amount is max of Rs 1 lakh.

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