SBI fixed deposit rates cut by 15 bps? What you can do now
The State Bank of India or SBI FD interest rates for the long-term have been slashed by 15 bps and it has become effective from 10th January 2020.
The State Bank of India or SBI FD interest rates for the long-term have been slashed by 15 bps and it has become effective from 10th January 2020. Is this a development that should worry you. Experts say definitely not.
For a fixed deposit investor, there are investment options that can get a higher rate of interest. Post Office Fixed Deposit is one such option, say tax and investment experts. Fixed deposits have always been an attractive investment option for many, but the Post Office Time Deposit (POTD) is an avenue where you can get a higher rate of interest than the bank deposit.
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As per the new interest rates mentioned on the official website of the SBI — sbi.co.in — SBI is offering 4.5 per cent to 6.10 per cent SBI FD interest rates. The largest Indian commercial bank is offering 4.5 per cent interest on FDs maturing in seven days to 45 days, whereas on deposits maturing in 46 days to 179 days the bank is offering 5.50 percent and for deposits maturing in 180 days to less than one year the latest interest rates are 5.80 per cent. However, for all long-term fixed deposits from one year to up to 10 years, the SBI FD interest rate has been slashed from 6.25 per cent to 6.10 per cent.
Comparing the SBI Fixed Deposit rates with Post Office Fixed Deposit rates, one can get 6.9 per cent fixed deposit interest rate on a post office FD for a deposit tenure of one year to three yeas. For post office fixed deposit for the period of five years and above, the interest rate offered by post office is 7.7 per cent, which is whopping 1.60 per cent higher than the SBI fixed deposit interest rate for the same period.
Source: Department of Economic Affairs
Speaking on the post office Fixed Deposit, Jitendra Solanki, a SEBI registered tax and investment expert said, "For five years or above, one can choose tax saving FD also. In Post Office tax saving FD, one gets 7.7 per cent returns plus income tax benefits under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. However, to avail income tax benefits, one will have to open a tax-saving fixed deposit account, otherwise, he or she won't be able to avail the benefit even when the period of post office FD is 5 years or more."
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