Latest personal finance news and trends in India
January 27, 2008, Ratekhoj.com. South Indian Bank, a private sector bank in India, has launched the SIB:80 fixed deposit scheme to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the bank. This fixed deposit scheme is offered for a duration of 39 months and the interest rate for non-senior citizens is 11.00%. This is the highest interest rate offered by any bank in India currently for fixed deposits. The interest rate for senior citizens for this scheme is 11.25%.
The scheme also offers free accident death insurance cover up to Rs. 1 lac per individual aged up to 70 years. Premature closure of this fixed deposit is permitted. The bank can be contacted for this scheme by visiting any of their branches, by calling Toll Free : 1800 843 1800 or 1800 833 1800 or the SIB, HO-Marketing Dept. at +91-487-2444606 or by email: email@example.com. This scheme is valid for a limited time only.
This scheme is also applicable to Non Resident Ordinary (NRO) accounts.
Jan 25, 2009, Ratekhoj.com. While banks have been reducing fixed deposit rates recently, there are still many banks offering attractive interest rates on fixed deposits. For non-senior citizens (people below the age of 60), Lakshmi Vilas Bank, a private sector bank, is offering the highest interest rate of 11.00% for fixed deposits. This interest rate is being offered for deposit periods of 1 to 2 years as well as 2 years to 3 years. Development Credit Bank, also a private sector bank, is offering the next best interest rate of 10.75% on fixed deposits for non-senior citizens. This rate is being offered for a period of 1 year. Among public sector banks, Canara Bank is offering the highest fixed deposit interest rate of 10.00% for non-senior citizens for terms of 1 year to 2 years as well as 2 years to 3 years.
The highest fixed deposit rates for non-senior citizens as compiled by Ratekhoj.com based on their durations are as follows:
|3 months||Development Credit Bank
|6 months||ABN AMRO Bank
State Bank Of Indore
|1 year||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.00|
|2 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.00|
|3 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.00|
|4 years||City Union Bank||10.25|
|5 years||City Union Bank||10.25|
|>5 years||Tamilnad Mercantile Bank
Lakshmi Vilas Bank
The top 20 fixed deposit rates for non-senior citizens as compiled by Ratekhoj.com across all FD terms are as follows:
|1 year-2 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.00|
|2 years-3 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.00|
|1 year||Development Credit Bank||10.75|
|366 days-3 years||Development Credit Bank||10.75|
|300 days||South Indian Bank||10.60|
|2 years||City Union Bank||10.60|
|1 year||South Indian Bank||10.60|
|400 days||IndusInd Bank||10.55|
|1000 days||IndusInd Bank||10.55|
|180 days-1 year||Development Credit Bank||10.50|
|366 days-3 years||Development Credit Bank||10.50|
|1 year-2 years||City Union Bank||10.50|
|3 years||South Indian Bank||10.50|
|1 year||Tamilnad Mercantile Bank||10.50|
|1 year-2 years||DBS Bank||10.25|
|2 years-5 years||City Union Bank||10.25|
|1 year-3 years||Tamilnad Mercantile Bank||10.25|
|1 year-2 years||Catholic Syrian Bank||10.25|
|1 year-2 years||DBS Bank||10.25|
|1 year-2 years||Catholic Syrian Bank||10.10|
For senior citizens (people over 60), the best fixed deposit rate of 11.50% is offered by Lakshmi Vilas Bank, a private sector bank. This interest rate is offered for terms of 1 year to 2 years and 2 years to 3 years. The next highest rate of 11.25% is offered by Development Credit Bank for a term of 1 year as well as a term of 366 days to 3 years. Development Credit Bank is a private sector bank in India. Among public sector banks, Canara Bank is offering the highest fixed deposit interest rate of 10.50% for terms of 1 year to 2 years and 2 years to 3 years.
The highest fixed deposit rates for senior citizens as compiled by Ratekhoj.com based on their durations are as follows:
|3 months||Development Credit Bank||8.00|
|6 months||ABN AMRO Bank||9.50|
|1 year||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.50|
|2 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.50|
|3 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.50|
|4 years||City Union Bank||10.75|
|5 years||City Union Bank||10.75|
|>5 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||10.50|
The top 20 fixed deposit rates for senior citizens as compiled by Ratekhoj.com across all FD terms are as follows:
|1 year-2 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.50|
|2 years-3 years||Lakshmi Vilas Bank||11.50|
|1 year||Development Credit Bank||11.25|
|366 days-3 years||Development Credit Bank||11.25|
|300 days||South Indian Bank||11.10|
|2 years||City Union Bank||11.10|
|1 year||South Indian Bank||11.10|
|400 days||IndusInd Bank||11.05|
|1000 days||IndusInd Bank||11.05|
|180 days-1 year||Development Credit Bank||11.00|
|366 days-3 years||Development Credit Bank||11.00|
|1 year-2 years||City Union Bank||11.00|
|3 years||South Indian Bank||11.00|
|1 year-2 years||DBS Bank||10.75|
|2 years-5 years||City Union Bank||10.75|
|1 year-3 years||Tamilnad Mercantile Bank||10.75|
|1 year-2 years||Catholic Syrian Bank||10.75|
|1 year-2 years||Dhanalakshmi Bank||10.75|
|1 year||Tamilnad Mercantile Bank||10.75|
|1 year-2 years||Catholic Syrian Bank||10.60|
People interested in fixed deposit investments can compare fixed deposit rates at Ratekhoj for different durations to get the best interest rates.
If you are looking to buy a health insurance policy in India (also referred to commonly as Mediclaim policy), you must understand the coverage you can get from the policy so that you can compare the different plans. Typical benefits from health insurance or mediclaim policies in India fall under the following categories:
- Hospitalization Cover or in-patient expenses: Protects the insured person or family (in case of family floater plan) for in-patient hospitalization expenses as a result of suffering illness or bodily injury during the period of insurance, which on the advice of a medical practitioner requires hospitalization. These include room and boarding charges as per policy conditions.
- Day care expenses or out-patient expenses: Day Care expenses incurred on advanced technological surgeries and procedures like Dialysis, Radiotherapy, and Chemotherapy, requiring less than 24 hours of hospitalisation.
- Doctor’s fees, Specialists’ fees, Anaesthetist fees, Surgeon’s fees
- Nursing Expenses
- Cost of Medicines and Drugs: This may include Anesthesia, Blood, Oxygen, Operation Theatre Charges, Surgical Appliances, Medicines and Drugs, Diagnostic Materials and X-ray, Dialysis, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Cost of Pacemaker, Artificial Limbs and Organs and similar expenses.
- Nursing Expenses
- Maternity Expenses: Costs incurred during child-birth are covered under this category. Different limits for coverage are typically applicable for Normal Delivery and Caesarean Delivery. Note that most policies cover maternity expenses only after a waiting period of a few years such as 4 years and 6 years. In other words, a policy holder needs to hold the policy for a certain number of years before the maternity expenses are covered by the health insurance policy.
- Pre-Hospitalization Expenses: Pre-hospitalisation means relevant medical expenses incurred during a period up to certain (typically 30) days prior to hospitalization for an illness or bodily injury sustained and considered a part of a claim admissible under the policy. For example, a person maybe required to undergo certain tests to confirm the disease for which he or she is eventually hospitalized. The Doctor’s consultation fees for this, the expenses on tests and medicines prior to hospitalization for that particular disease fall under the category of Pre-hospitalization expenses. Typically, health insurance policies cover expenses for a certain number of days (most policies cover for 30 days) for Pre-hospitalization.
- Post-Hospitalization Expenses: Post Hospitalisation means relevant medical expenses incurred during a period up to certain (30, 45, 60 etc.) days after hospitalization for an illness or bodily injury sustained and considered a part of a claim admissible under the policy. Follow up consultations with specialists, medicines and test expenses after a person has been hospitalized and discharged fall under the category of Post-hospitalization expenses. Typically, health insurance policies cover expenses for a certain number of days (30, 45, 60 etc.) for Post-hospitalization.
- Emergency Ambulance Expenses: Costs incurred in transporting a insured patient to the hospital subject to limits and other conditions specified in the health insurance policy.
- Daily Cash for accompanying an insured child: If a insured child requires hospitalization, some policies provide daily cash to the accompanying adults.
- Domiciliary Treatment: These are costs incurred for treatment of patients at home. Most insurance policies cover domiciliary treatment if it is based on a doctor’s recommendation and within certain limits set under the health insurance policy.
- Spectacles, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aids: Typically covered only in premium policies.
- Outpatient Dental Treatment: Typically covered only in premium policies and only after a certain waiting period.
- General Health Checkup: Costs incurred for periodic health checkup that is not triggered by any illness. Typically policies cover this for a small (1 or 2%) percentage of the sum assured once every 2 or 3 years. Some of the medical tests covered by this include Medical Examination Report, Blood grouping and Rh Typing, Hb%, Blood Count, Fasting Blood Sugar, ECG and Urine Routine. Check with insurance company for complete coverage details.
- Cashless Hospitalization or Claim: If you have a health insurance policy that supports cashless hospitalization, it means that you can get medical treatment just by displaying your insurance card without paying any cash to the hospital. Most health insurance policies offer this benefit. However, the benefit is restricted to a certain list of hospitals specified by the health insurance company along with its policy. If you visit a hospital in-network (within the list provided by the health insurer), then you do not have to pay any cash for relevant medical expenses. You may still have to pay for expenses that are not covered by the policy rules. However, if you are admitted to a out-of-network hospital, you most likely will have to pay cash for your treatment. Depending on the policy, you may get reimbursed for such treatment by submitting a expense report to the health insurance company or its Third party Administrator (TPA). Cashless hospitalization or claim is a critical element of any health insurance policy.For cashless hospitalization, policies may require the Insured to contact the TPA at least 48 Hours before a planned hospitalization. In an emergency situation, the rules for when the TPA must be intimated may be different.
It must be noted that not all policies provide all of the above benefits. The benefit coverage amounts for each of the above may also vary based on the type of policy you have taken and the company from which you are taking the health insurance policy.