Here at EveryFin, we have written about most investment instruments – Equity, real estate, gold, mutual funds, you name it. But the most read article on our website, is this one called Best Fixed Deposits and Risk-Free Investments (Sep 2020). We are not sure if it is because we have done a cracking job covering the subject or because our readers love these investments for what they are. Nevertheless, to stay up to date, we are doing an updated coverage on this subject. Our excellent intern, Ramya Bharati, has got most of the updates covered below.
Oh, and have you read our post on how to invest your hard earned money?
Highest interest rates on SB accounts
Last time around, we told you that IDFC and RBL bank offer high-interest rates on SB accounts. We have expanded this coverage to more banks that are offering generous terms for everyday savings accounts. We said to you last time around, we are saying it this time around too – This high-interest rate party on SB accounts may not last very long. But till the time it is around, let’s jingle and mingle. Here is the list.
|AU Finance||Rs.10 lacs to Rs 5 Crores||7.00%|
|Bandhan Bank||Rs.1 Lakh to Rs.50 Crores||6.00%|
|IDFC Bank||Upto Rs 1 crore||7.00%|
|Jana Small Finance Bank||Rs 5 crores to Rs 50 crores||7.00%|
|Utkarsh Small Finance Bank||Incremental balance above Rs 25 lakhs||7.25%|
Highest interest rates on FDs
Small finance banks continue to offer the highest interest rates on fixed deposits/term deposits. Remember about DICGC insurance? If not read our post here.
DICGC guarantees your deposits up to a maximum of Rs.5 Lakhs. But given that the RBI has been safeguarding depositor interests (case in point: LVB), some are arguing there is no upper limit to the maximum deposit guarantee. Nevertheless, here are the updated rates of interests, the amount they apply to, and the duration of the term.
|Bank||FD Type||Amount||Duration||Rate of Interest (per annum)|
|JANA small finance bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||3 to 5 years||7.25%|
|JANA small finance bank||FD Plus||More than Rs. 15 lakhs||2 to 3 years||7.50%|
|Equitas Small Finance Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||2 to 3 years||7.00%|
|Utkarsh Small Finance Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||700 days||7.00%|
|Suryoday Small Finance Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||5 years||7.50%|
|North east small finance bank||Regular||Upto Rs 1 crore||730 days to less than 1095 days||7.50%|
|AU Small Finance Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||60 months 1 day to 120 months||6.75%|
|RBL Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||3 years||6.75%|
|Ujjivan small finance bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||1 to 2 years||6.50%|
|IndusInd Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||3 years to below 61 months||6.50%|
|IndusInd Bank||Indus Tax Saver Scheme||Less than Rs 2 crores||5 years||6.50%|
|ESAF Small Finance Bank||Regular||Less than Rs 2 crores||1 to 2 years||6.50%|
Post Office Savings Schemes
We love post office savings schemes. We love them so much that we dedicated an entire newsletter to describe the schemes and tell our readers Rabindranath Tagore’s story about The Post Office. You can read it here. Here are the updated interest rates on some of the risk-free safe savings options offered by the post office.
|Savings Scheme Name||Term||Rate of Interest(p.a)|
|Time Deposit||5 years||6.70%|
|Senior Citizens Savings Scheme||5 years||7.40%|
|Monthly Income account||5 years||6.60%|
|National Savings Certificate||5 years||6.80%|
|Kisan Vikas Patra||Matures in 124 months||6.90%|
|Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana||Depends on the age of the girl child||7.60%|
If you are a senior citizen
Senior citizens have it good everywhere. Most banks and financial intitutions offer an additional 0.5% in interest rate across different savings schemes.
Bonds and Debt Funds
Just exactly how debt funds work and what influences their returns can be found in the previous edition of this post here.
Here is a short summary of it.
Government Bond Funds are very good alternatives to fixed deposits. But they carry interest rate risks. There are 2 key levers that impact how much returns you earn from bonds.
- Actual interest rate movement– When interest rates go up, bond prices go down and vice-versa. In a declining interest-rate environment, bond prices appreciate, and you typically earn higher returns.
- Duration of the underlying
- The price of longer duration bonds is more sensitive to interest rate movements compared to shorter-duration bonds.e., when interest rates rise, longer duration bonds suffer a bigger fall in value than shorter duration bonds and vice-versa.
- Longer duration bonds typically offer higher YTM (yield to maturity) compared to shorter-duration bonds. (YTM is the rate of return you’ll end up earning should you hold a bond to maturity). This is because interest rates are higher over longer durations.
- In theory, over a particular time period when interest rates (expectations) don’t change, longer duration bonds offer higher returns than shorter-duration bonds. This is because of a concept in finance called rolling the yield curve.
Given this background, long-duration g-secs offer the best chance of earning returns at par or better than fixed deposits in a declining interest environment (like the one we are in now).
Below is a list of long-dated mutual fund securities (meaning that they carry the highest interest rate risk). However, given that we expect interest rates to go down even further from current levels in the next few months, these offer the highest return potential.
Here are the names of GILT funds (with government bonds as the underlying) that we are invested in.
These funds we recommended earlier are also just as good.