What are your long-term savings options?

What are your long-term savings options?

There are many ways to save these days – if you can just avoid the temptation to spend. The latter is the hardest part, so just what options are out there for Australians who want a long-term savings plan that they won’t be tempted to dip into?

Term Deposits

A common way Australians reach their long-term savings goals is by putting savings into a term deposit. Unlike savings accounts, term deposits tie up your money for an agreed period so that you don’t make any withdrawals during that period while you are accruing interest.  

Term deposits are available for both short-term investors looking to invest their money for up to 12-months, as well as long-term investors who can tie up their money for a period of up to five years.

To work out long you want to invest your money for, develop a long-term savings plan and use RateCity.com.au’s term deposit calculator to find out how much money you will save once your term deposit reaches maturity.

High-interest savings account

High-interest savings accounts are a popular savings choice with Australians. They are easy to open up and most of them operate online so you can manage your money from your computer, phone or tablet.

When looking for a high-interest savings account, make sure you compare interest rates, the minimum deposit required each month and your withdrawal options. Some banks offer great promotional introductory interest rates – but be sure you know when the rate reverts back and what the revert rate is once the promotion is over, as it could be much lower.  

If you are committed to contributing and growing your savings every month, use RateCity’s savings calculator to work out how long it will take you to reach your goals.

Property investment

Considered a forced savings – investing in property will tie up a large amount, if not all, of your savings and possibly put you into debt. But mortgage repayments aren’t optional so it can be a good way to force you into saving every month. your mortgage each month, on a grand scale.

If you have saved a home loan deposit then you are well ahead of the game. The next step is finding a loan with a low interest rate that meets all your requirements.  With rates as low as 4 per cent right now, its a good time to be looking for a home loan bargain.

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Mortgage offset account

If you already have an existing mortgage, then consider your offset account as a great savings option.

Mortgage offset accounts are linked from your transaction account to a home loan, which can be used as a regular savings account. The great thing about depositing money into your offset account is that any money credited to this account will be offset against the value of the mortgage, meaning that when the mortgage accumulates interest, it won’t be on the full total.

If you have $50,000 sitting in your offset account, this amount will be offset against your mortgage so you pay interest on the total home loan amount, except for $50,000. The more you grow the savings in your mortgage offset account, the less interest you will pay off your total home loan. This can make the mortgage offset account an attractive savings option for those wanting to take pressure off their home loan repayments while saving a bit of money.

If you aren’t sure if you have a mortgage offset account linked to your current home loan, speak to your bank or lender to find out. If you don’t, speak to them about opening an offset account or discuss other options that may help you pay down your loan sooner, so you can save on interest.

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Learn more about term deposits

How long is a term deposit?

A term deposit refers to when you lock your money in an account for a certain period of time and at a specified interest rate. You will not be able to access your money for the length of the agreed term without incurring a penalty fee.

A long term deposit generally refers to a term deposit that lasts for more than 12 months – which in some cases may be as long as 10 years.

Usually, the longer you store your money, the better the interest rate you’ll get, so a long term deposit will tend to pay higher interest than a short term deposit.

At the end of the term, you can roll over the money (plus the interest you’ve made during the term), or you can withdraw it all.

What is a term deposit?

A term deposit is an investment savings account. A term deposit usually pays a higher rate of interest than a regular savings account, with the interest rate fixed for the term (or duration) of the deposit.

You can open a term deposit account for one month or up to five years depending on your investment goal, and invest as little as $500 to start earning a profit.

With a term deposit, you get to decide how much you want to invest (the principal or deposit), for how long (the term or duration) and the frequency of interest payments.

A term deposit represents a secure form of investment, unlike trading in shares or purchasing real estate. And a term deposit up to $250,000 is protected by the government guarantee.

What is a term deposit account in a bank?

A term deposit account in a bank is a type of investment where you lock away a portion of your savings for a fixed period in return for earning a set amount of interest.

Opening a term deposit account in a bank is a safe way to earn a stable return on your investment of cash.

Term deposit accounts can be a good way to give your savings an extra boost without the need to actively watch or manage your funds during the term of the deposit.

Term deposit accounts in a bank are a popular type of investment because they’re safe and there’s very little risk that you could lose your money.

If you make a term deposit of up to $250,000 with an authorised deposit-taking institution, it’s guaranteed by the Australian government, which means there’s virtually no risk of losing your money and you’re guaranteed return.

Interest rates vary depending on the length of the term, the amount you deposit and the bank you choose.

How safe is a term deposit?

You may have heard that a term deposit is a type of investment, different to a traditional savings account. All investment comes with inherent risk, so it’s important to know how safe a term deposit is before committing.

Term deposits offer a fixed interest rate which is guaranteed, so you do not have to worry about rising or falling interest rates when investing. You can add up how much interest you will earn over your fixed term, and this will be paid into your account per the conditions of your term deposit.

Term deposits with authorised deposit-taking institutions are also guaranteed for up to $250,000 by the Financial Claims Scheme, so you don’t have to worry about the bank collapsing either.

The only inherent risk of a term deposit is if you may need to break it early. If this happens, you will need to pay a breakage fee and possibly sacrifice some of your interest as a penalty. But if you know you can invest a certain amount of money for a fixed period of time, you can rest assured that a term deposit is a safe investment option.

Can you add money to a term deposit?

When you open a term deposit, you agree to lock your money away for a set period and earn a fixed amount of interest during that period.

Where everyday transaction accounts give you the flexibility to deposit and withdraw funds as frequently as you like, term deposits trade flexibility for higher interest rates.

Once your funds are deposited in a term deposit, they’re fixed for the length of the term, meaning you can’t add additional funds midway through the term.

When the term deposit matures, you may have the option to add additional funds and roll the funds over for another term, or you may choose to withdraw the money at that point.

If you have extra funds to invest, you could consider opening an additional short term deposit account or a high-interest savings account.

It’s worth noting that you can withdraw the funds midway through the term, but a penalty is likely to apply.

What is the best interest rate for a fixed term deposit?

The best interest rate for a fixed term deposit changes all the time, as interest rates move up and down and banks compete with each other to win market share.

To find the best interest rate for a fixed term deposit, it’s helpful to understand how interest rates are applied to term deposits.

There are three factors that determine the fixed interest of term deposits:

  1. The size of your deposit
  2. The duration of the term
  3. The frequency of interest paid

Term deposits vary in duration from one month to five years or more. Interest rates generally work on a sliding scale; shorter terms get a lower rate, longer terms get a higher rate.

Here are a couple of examples of how interest is applied to term deposits.

  • A $10,000 term deposit taken out over 12 months, with interest paid at maturity, might receive a fixed interest rate of 2.20 per cent.
  • A $10,000 fixed term deposit taken out over 12 months, with interest paid quarterly, might receive a fixed interest rate of 2.00 per cent.

Using the size of your deposit, the duration of the term and how often you want to be paid interest, you can shop around for the best interest rate for a fixed term deposit.

What are Macquarie Bank’s business term deposit rates?

Macquarie Bank’s business term deposit rates vary depending on the duration you choose. Terms start at one month and go up to five years. 

You can invest any amount between $5000 and $1,000,000 and you won’t be charged a fee. You’ll also have the flexibility of choosing when you want to receive the interest and have the option to roll over the balance once the TD matures. You can ask to have the interest deposited into  another bank account if you wish.

The latest Macquarie Bank term deposit rates can be found here

What are the deposit rates offered by St. George?

If you’re looking to invest your spare business cash, St. George Bank has a variety of term deposit options. You can choose from terms between one month and five years. St. George Bank business term deposit rates vary depending on the duration. 

You can open an account for $1000 to a maximum amount of $2,000,000. You can also opt to receive the interest amount either in your St. George Bank account or another bank account, either by cheque or direct credit.

On maturity, you can automatically rollover the term deposit or close the account. You also can close the account before maturity, however, you’ll need to give 31 days’ notice to the bank.

What rates offered by Citibank on business term deposits?

Citibank’s business term deposits rates vary based on how long you invest. The bank offers short-term deposits for one, three, six, nine, and 12 months. You can also invest for longer terms between two and five years. The minimum investment is $10,000, and the maximum investment is $2 million.

What are the Commonwealth Bank business term deposit rates?

You can invest surplus funds in a Commonwealth Bank (CBA) business term deposit for between one month and five years. The minimum deposit amount required by Commonwealth Bank is $5,000. The CBA business term deposit interest rates are based on the length of time or term you set when first investing your funds. Each term attracts different interest rates.

When it comes to other fees, there are no establishment fees or ongoing account keeping fees for business term deposits. The CBA business term deposit rates are fixed, so you know the exact amount you will receive on maturity. But suppose you want to withdraw the amount before maturity. In that case, you need to give 31-days’ notice and may also have to pay an admin fee, and the interest rate may also be reduced.

You can open a CBA business term deposit if you’re over 18 years and possess a Tax File Number (TFN) and Australian Business Number (ABN) for your business.

You can find the current rates on CBA's website.

What are ME Bank’s term deposit interest rates for businesses?

ME Bank offers a variety of rates for business term deposits, depending on the amount of time you choose. You won’t have to pay any set-up or account-keeping fees for your business deposit. You can invest as little as $5,000 or as much as $2 million with a term duration between one and 60 months. 

The ME business term deposit rate is determined based on the term and when you wish to receive interest payments. 

While rates are set by the lender, you should always check with ME Bank to find out what the term deposit rates are, and which are applicable to your situation. 

Can I open a NAB foreign currency term deposit?

If you are looking to bank some funds in a foreign currency and earn interest, you could consider a NAB foreign currency term deposit. The NAB foreign currency term deposit gives you a fixed interest rate for your chosen term but is only available for amounts equivalent to $100,000 (in your chosen currency) or more. 

NAB accepts deposits in a range of foreign currencies and interest is calculated daily. The maximum term of the deposit is 365 days and NAB does not charge a monthly fee for foreign currency term deposits. 

If you live in Australia, you can get more details by calling 1800 865 155. If you are outside the country, you can email investorFX@nab.com.au for more information. 

What can a Westpac business term deposit offer me?

If you have a business registered in Australia, you can earn fixed returns on your funds with a Westpac business term deposit. These accounts are offered for a minimum investment amount of $50,000.

Westpac business term deposit interest rates vary based on the term and interest payment frequency that you select.

If you are a Westpac customer and use online banking, you can apply for a Westpac business term deposit online. If you don't have a Westpac account currently, you need to speak with a business banker to discuss your term and repayment options. You can find details on this webpage and can ‘request a callback’ from someone in the business team.

If you are an existing customer you may be eligible for a bonus rate on top of the standard Westpac bank business term deposit rates. You can log in to your bank account to check whether your banking records qualify you for extra interest.

If you open a deposit and need to access your locked funds before the maturity of your term deposit, you must provide 31 days of notice, except in cases of hardship.

What are Suncorp Bank's term deposit rates for businesses?

A term deposit with Suncorp Bank allows you to lock away a specific amount of money at a fixed interest rate for a nominated period. You will need to make a minimum investment of $5,000 and up to $2,000,000, and can select a period from one month to 36 for your investment. Term deposit investments ranging from one to 12 months are based on interest paid at maturity, while investments from 12 to 36 months are based on interest paid annually. 

While the interest rate will differ based on your investment amount and term duration, here are some of the most popular Suncorp Bank business term deposit rates as of January 2021: 

Term $5,000-$99,999 $100,000-$999,999 $1,000,000-$2,000,000
4 Months  0.50% p.a. 0.55% p.a. 0.60% p.a. 
7 Months  0.55% p.a.  0.60% p.a.  0.65% p.a.
12 Months  0.50% p.a.  0.55% p.a.  0.60% p.a. 
24 Months  0.65% p.a.  0.70% p.a.  0.75% p.a.

Please note that these interest rates are effective from 13th November 2020 and are subject to change without notice. Moreover, if you choose from an early withdrawal, the interest rate will be adjusted, and other charges are likely to be applied.