A fixed deposit (FD) is an investment option offered by banks and other financial institutions. In this a customer can deposit a lump sum of money for a fixed period, usually ranging from a few months to several years. The customer earns interest on the deposited amount, and the interest rate is usually higher than that of a regular savings account.
Fixed deposits have a fixed interest rate for the entire tenure, and thus the name. However, the FD rates may vary from one company or bank to the other. The money in a fixed deposit can be withdrawn before the completion of tenure by incurring some financial repercussions. In case of emergency, you can withdraw your money with some loss of interest.
Who offers FD
Fixed deposits are offered by banks, non-banking financial institutions and post offices. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you can invest your money in a fixed deposit with any company or bank. Investors can choose where they want to invest their money, by comparing the interest rates, credit ratings of companies and other factors.
Types of Fixed Deposits
Addressing the popular fixed deposit account types offered in India, financial institutions offer several kinds of fixed deposit plans. Let's take a quick look at the FD types:
Cumulative Fixed Deposit:
This FD is a subset of a traditional fixed deposit in which interest is paid out upon maturity. The investment amount is increased by the interest that was accrued over the preceding month or interest period. You may increase your earnings thanks to the power of compound interest.
Non-Cumulative Fixed Deposit:
This is a subset of a conventional fixed deposit, much like a cumulative FD is. However, this FD is excellent if you want to receive regular income because interest is paid out on a monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, or annual basis. The maturity amount is consequently less than that of a cumulative FD.
Tax Saver Fixed Deposit:
As the name implies, you can take a tax deduction of up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs in a financial year with this fixed deposit, which helps you save money on taxes. In this case, you must invest a one-time lump sum for a five-year lock-in period.
A bank FD is a specific kind of fixed deposit in which you make a one-time lump sum deposit into a bank for a predetermined time. Depending on the interest rate in effect when you book your FD, your deposit will accrue interest.
Another well-liked FD alternative is company FDs, commonly referred to as corporate FDs. Any fixed deposit that is provided by financial institutions and NBFCs is referred to as a company FD.
It is essential that you evaluate CRISIL, ICRA, and other credit ratings when saving with firm FDs. They show you the degree of safety you can have. Company FDs frequently provide variable tenors and more affordable rates of return.
Post Office FD:
One of the safest savings options on the Indian market is the post office fixed deposit, sometimes referred to as the post office term deposit. Indian Postal Service is the one who issues it. It is also supported by the sovereign guarantee of the Indian government.
Flexi Fixed Deposit:
This fixed deposit gives you the advantages of both a traditional FD and a demand deposit. Your investment in this is connected to the issuer's savings accounts. It provides better interest rates along with a savings account's liquidity.
Types of Bajaj Finance fixed deposit (FDs) available
Bajaj Finance Fixed Deposit enjoys a [ICRA]AAA(Stable), indicating the highest level of safety and lowest investment risk. BFL FDs have also a rating of CRISIL AAA/ STABLE, which is another reason to invest. You can invest Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 5 crore- in our FD and earn competitive returns of up to 8.60% p.a. Mentioned below are some of the different fixed deposits that Bajaj Finance offers to suit your convenience and investment needs.
Fixed deposit for customers below the age of 60
All investors below the age of 60 can apply for a fixed deposit and earn returns up to 8.35% p.a. Some of the key features of this are:
- Interest ranges from 7.16% p.a. to 8.35% p.a.
- Choose investment amount from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 5 crore
- You can choose a tenure of 12 to 60 months
- Minors can apply for fixed deposit with the help of a guardian
- You can choose flexible payout option for interest payment on monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, or yearly basis
- End-to-end online application process
Fixed deposit for senior citizens
Customers above 60 years of age, can also apply for a fixed deposit and earn returns up to 8.60% p.a. Some of the key features include:
- Interest rate from 7.39% p.a. to 8.60% p.a.
- Additional rate benefits of up to 0.25% p.a. for senior citizens
- Get regular income after retirement on monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, or yearly basis, with flexible payout option
- Invest from the comfort of your home, with an end-to-end online application process
Fixed deposit for NRIs
All Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) with Non- Resident Ordinary Account (NRO) accounts can also apply for a fixed deposit with Bajaj Finance offline. You can get in touch with our customer care executives to apply.
- Deposit an amount for a fixed tenure and earn at up to 8.30% p.a.
- Tenure ranges from 12 months to 36 months
- Payment is accepted only through cheque or RTGS/ NEFT from an NRO bank account
- You can choose flexible payout option for interest payment on monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly basis
Systematic Deposit Plan (SDP)
If you are looking for a regular monthly deposit scheme, then choose Systematic Deposit Plan. It allows you the flexibility to make regular deposits for the tenure of your investment.
- Make regular deposits of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 5 crore
- The tenure ranges from 12 to 60 months. The deposits may vary based on the scheme chosen
- Choose Single Maturity Scheme to receive both investment amount and interest for all deposits at the end of tenure
- Choose Monthly Maturity Scheme to receive the investment amount and tenure for each deposit on completion of each deposit tenure
- The interest rate on each deposit may vary based on prevailing FD rates
- Additional rate benefits of up to 0.25% p.a. for senior citizens
Advantages of fixed deposit
Investors looking to invest in fixed deposit can get following benefits:
- Profitable returns: The interest rate on a fixed deposit is fixed at the time of investment. So, the returns are predictable and can be determined using the FD calculator
- Safety: Fixed deposits are considered a low-risk investment option, as they are typically offered by banks and other financial institutions that are insured by the government. You can check the ratings of different fixed deposits to ensure security and safety of your deposit
- Flexibility: Fixed deposits typically offer a range of tenures, allowing investors to choose the term that best suits their needs
- Liquidity: Most fixed deposits can be easily liquidated before maturity, although there may be a penalty for early withdrawal
- Higher interest rate: Fixed deposit generally offers higher interest rate compared to savings account
Who can invest in a fixed deposit?
If you are a new investor, fixed deposit is one of the best options for you, offering low-risk, high returns investment. As FDs offer profitable returns, there is almost no risk of principal loss, however the rate of return is limited as compared to other high-risk options.
All Resident Indians, Sole proprietorships, Partnership firms and companies, Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), clubs, associations, societies, and family trusts can apply online for Bajaj Finance Fixed Deposit.
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) can connect with our representative or write to us on email@example.com.