Fixed deposits are term deposits provided by banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), which offer a pre-decided interest on the amount of money you invest, for a fixed period. Fixed deposits offered by NBFCs are known as Corporate FDs or Company FDs. FD interest rates vary per the tenor chosen by the depositor. They are the safest and most stable investment options that assure guaranteed and high returns, unlike other fixed-income instruments like savings accounts and post office fixed deposits.
Company fixed deposits are better than bank fixed deposits as they offer interest rates, which are significantly higher than bank fixed deposit interest rates. Bank FD rates are determined by a number of factors which might change per the interest rate movement decided by the Central Bank – the Reserve Bank of India via the Repo rate – the rate at which it lends to banks. However, you can be assured of high interest rates with company fixed deposits.
When investing in company FDs, you may be lured by the financiers offering high interest rates. However, there may be risks involving delays and loss of invested amount. Here are some factors you must consider, when investing in company fixed deposits:
Company standing – A well-managed and credible company with a long history of profitability is a good choice.
Past repayment history – A company with timely interest payments and no default in repayment of fixed deposits is ideal.
The credit rating of the company - Company fixed deposits are rated by credit rating agencies such as CRISIL and ICRA on a 14-point rating system, which determine the assumed risk levels. These will inform you of the stability aspect of the company fixed deposit from time to time. The higher the rating, the safer your investment.
Company FDs offer benefits such as revision of interest rate based on your return. Bajaj Finance FD offers an additional 0.25% interest rate upon renewal. You can also avail the special tenor scheme of 15 months offering a higher interest rate than any other bank FDs.
Senior citizens can avail an additional benefit of 0.25%. They can take advantage of easy online application process from the comfort of their homes.
Bajaj Finance FD offers 8.35% interest rate at the highest tenor level. Bajaj Finance offers a simple way to calculate your returns and your fixed deposit portfolio returns by using the online FD calculator. You can adjust the tenor and the principal amount and see the maturity amount you will receive. It’s a simple and useful tool for portfolio planning.
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