1. Research All The Way
Fixed deposits are traditionally the safest investment option when compared to mutual funds or stock as the returns you get aren’t linked to the economic conditions. Ideally, an FD would get you returns of about 6% – 9% on your investment.
In order, for you to get the most money out of your fixed deposit you will need to do your due diligence to find the best offers. One way to do this would be to get in touch with a handful of top banks or NBFCs and get a quotation of the rates they offer. Once you have all the offers in hand, you can select a deal that gives you the best interest rate.
2. Split Your Fixed Deposits/Term Deposits
If the interest on your fixed deposits/Term Deposits earn more than Rs. 10,000 a year, they will be eligible for a Tax Deduction at Source (TDS), which can be up to 10%. In order for you to make sure the deduction doesn’t happen, you can split your deposits such that the total interest earned would not be more than Rs. 10,000 a year.
Doing so can also be advantageous for you because you wouldn’t have to withdraw your entire FD if and when a cash crunch arises. Instead, you can break one or two while others will keep getting you the predetermined interest like it used to.
However, an important aspect worth noting is that you will need to mention the FD earnings when you file your tax returns, unless you want the IT department to come knocking on your door for tax evasion.
3. Refrain From Making Regular Interest Withdrawals
Every FD you apply for provides you with a number of options: one, withdraw the interest every month or quarterly or let it rest and gain more interest. When such instances occur, choose the latter. This is because when you withdrawing the interests regularly, you will not get the benefit of your FD’s interest compounding.To tackle this situation, you can reinvest the earnings to let it earn much better returns.
To summarise, term deposits are one of the safest investment options which guarantee decent returns on regular intervals. If you are looking to make the most out of them, you can use the options listed above and be a more pragmatic investor.