10 Best Short Term Investment Options available now

Best short term investment options-Bank FD RatesBest Short Term Investment Options available now

Every individual would have pressing need of money in short term. There are several other reasons why you may not be able to invest money for long term. If you are one among the investor who is looking for best short term investment options, this article is for you. There are various short term investment options available now which can provide your good returns. I have identified 10 short term investment options which can be invested from 3 months to 3 years period to get high returns.

10 Best Short Term Investments Options available now

1) Debt mutual funds: Debt mutual funds invest majority of the portion in fixed income debt securities.  Debt mutual funds are best suitable for those who want to take less risk and get higher returns compared to bank fixed deposits. Invest in debt mutual for a period of 1 to 3 years to get good returns. The returns in the last 3 years are 8% to 10% per annum. This is one of the best short term investment options to get high returns post tax. Some of the good debt mutual funds for short term are indicated here.

Best short term investment options-Debt funds

Also read: Best Long Term investments for 2013

2) Liquid Mutual fund: These mutual funds would invest in liquid investment options. As the name indicates such investments would have high liquidity. These are best suitable for investors who want high liquidity and want to park money for very short term.

3) Savings Bank account: Gone are the days where you need to park your short term money in bank FD. You can still keep your money in savings bank account and earn interest rates up to 7% per annum. Yes Bank offers 7% returns per annum for savings bank account above Rs 1 Lakh and 6% below Rs 1 lakh investments.

4) Bank fixed deposits:  There are several small banks which are offering high interest rates for short term to medium term up to 10% per annum. If you are looking to invest in such small banks, try to invest up to Rs 1 lakh so that your money would be safe. Below are the top banks which are offering high interest rates up to 3 years period.

Best short term investment options-Bank FD Rates

5) Ultra short term mutual funds: These mutual funds schemes invests majority of the investments in corporate fixed income securities and short term investments. Investor can invest in such ultra short term mutual funds for the period of 1 to 3 years period. The returns in the last 3 years are 8% to 9% per annum. These are one of the good short term investment options. Some of the best short term mutual funds are indicated below.

Best short term investment options-Best Ultra short term mutual funds

6) Fixed Maturity Plans (FMP): FMP mutual funds are close ended mutual funds which generally matures in 1 to 3 years period. FMP’s would provide indicative returns. The returns could vary and generally are in the range of 8% to 10% per annum. FMP’s are issued through NFO (New fund offer) almost every month.  FMP Mutual funds are tax efficient comparing to bank FD's.

7) Corporate Deposits and NCD: Corporate deposits and Non convertible debentures offer high interest rates comparing to bank FD’s. Though there are several corporate FD’s, choosing highly rated corporate deposit would be a safe investment option. Some of the highly rated company FD's are indicated below

Best short term investment options-Company FD schemes

8) Gilt mutual funds (Short term): Gilt short term mutual funds invest in government securities for short term. These provide more or less safe returns of 8% to 12% per annum. Some of the best Gilt mutual funds are indicated below.

Best short term investment options-gilt mutual funds

9) Post office term deposit: If you do not want to invest in stock market or stock market related instruments like mutual funds and are a low risk investor, you can invest in post office term deposits. The returns are between 8% to 8.5% per annum. This is one of the best short term investment options for those who do not want to take any risk.

Also read: How mutual fund returns are taxed?

10) Pre-launch properties: Thought I have not personally experimented this, but I could able to see several examples through my friends and colleagues. Whenever there is a pre-launch offer for residential property, my friend used to book a flat and within 1 to 2 years, he used to sell them at a premium of 20% to 30%. I felt this is a good strategy if one is looking for short term investment. Yes, I agree there is a risk that the real estate prices can fall. But this can be reviewed and considered by investors as one of the short term investment options.

Conclusion: All these 10 short term investments may not be suitable for everyone. They would depend upon the risk appetite and period of investment. Invest wisely and earn high returns on your short term investments.

Readers, what is your opinion about these best short term investment options? Do you think there are any other investment options which are good for short term?

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Best Short Term Investment Options

Suresh KP


  • garima

    Hello sir , this is garima.sir I really need ur advise on investment. actually I would like to invest 11 lakhs for 6 months or maximum 1 year .can u plz suggest me where should I invest my money so that I can make my money double in just 6 months…plz sir help me out …..
    Thnks and regard

  • Sachin

    Greetings Suresh,

    My name is Sachin & I kind of following your articles for last month or so. I was naive in terms of stock/trade & within a span of a month I'm pretty much aware about the terminology of the markets. I'm still far from what you could say a better/advance knowledge, but I'm sure after reading more of your articles, i'll get there.

    By God grace, I'm doing ok. However I just dont want to sit onto what I'm doing right away. From my past experiences, I have learned that you should have more than one source of income. Though it's easier said than done, I still believe, I can work towards it & can try out trading some day (though that still looks at least couple of years away. lol.. 🙂 

    Coming to the point here, I want to invest around 50K-75K monthly via various modes for 5 years. Ideally, I'd like to invest into some MF, coporate FD's or any other investment options which gives better returns than bank FD's. I already have couple of bank FD's under my name as well as my wife name. The obective here is double the money in span of 60-65 Months. 

    I'd really appreciate your kind advise on what should I do & what investments should keep under my investment portfolio to realize what I mentioned above. If it is not too much to ask, I'd appreciate a detailed answer with which MF's, Debt funds, Corporate FD's should I invest into?

    Thanks & Regards




    • Good to hear from you Sachin. I really appreciate your views about creating multiple sources of income. Yes, not simple, but not that hard. Try, try and invest in good options, one day you would see multiple sources of income. You can invest in these funds to the tune of 40% to 50% of your portfolio 1) Large cap – HDFC Top-200 / ICICI Pru focussed blue chip fund 2) Mid-cap – HDFC Mid-cap opps fund / Franklin India smaller co’s / SBI Midcap fund 3) Balanced – You can check HDFC Prudence / ICICI Balanced fund. You can invest 10% to 20% in corporate FD’s. See this article https://myinvestmentideas.com/2014/04/5-top-rated-company-fixed-deposit-schemes-for-superior-returns/ Balance you can invest in bank FD’s


    Dear sir,
    Very use full articles for me. Thank you very much sir.

  • suman

    Hi Suresh,
    i am 33 years old and want to invest mutual funds for 10 ye

    ars .pleas suggest me some god funds.i want 50 lakh after ten y

    • Invest in these funds. 1) Large cap – HDFC Top-200 / ICICI Pru focussed blue chip fund 2) Mid-cap – HDFC Mid-cap opps fund / Franklin India smaller co’s / SBI Midcap fund 3) Sector – Reliance banking / HDFC Infra / Reliance Pharma funds  4) Balanced – You can check HDFC Prudence / ICICI Balanced fund. 

  • suresh kumar

    hi suresh,

                           this is suresh, i am drawing 21k per month, i have a 3 months old girl child. i want to invest some money on savings for her future. which plans are better for savings. if i want to invest 1 lakh money right now. which are good to get good returns and make my money doubled in short period

    • Hi Suresh, Please see my article about 6 best child investment plans in India. This would give some idea about the investments to be made for your child. Then post relevant query.https://myinvestmentideas.com/2014/06/6-best-child-investment-plans-in-india/

    • Aashish

      Dear Mr. Suresh,

      I can suggest you a good investment option and saving scheme plan. Invest in Monthly Saving Scheme(MSS-002) 3 years plan in Futuregen Agro Farms (P)Ltd. Invest Rs.2000 for 36 months (Rs.72,000) on maturity get back Rs.93,600.i.e 30 %. The plans are available for 1 year, you get 12 % and 5 years, you get 60 %.

      For investing Rs.1.00 lakh I would suggest invest in Double Money Scheme.For 48 months you get a monthly payout of Rs.4167 ( Rs.4167×48) = Rs.200,016.00




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