Term deposit , what is it? how would it benefit you? why get one?

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WHAT IS A TERM DEPOSIT?

Term deposits are an investment in a bank credit union or building society for fixed term, from which you receive a fixed rate of interest over that term.

THE FACTS OF A TERM DEPOSIT

  • There is only a very marginal risk of loosing your money with a term deposit because you are investing your money with a bank.
  • There is a higher return than a regular bank account.
  • The interest rate will not change because it is a fixed rate.
  • The government offers a guarantee for all deposits up to $25,000 that is deposited into an Authorised Deposit Institution (ADI) because they consider it a safe investment.

THE DOWNSIDE OF TERM DEPOSITS

There are however a few downsides to term deposits.

  • You will be charged a penalty rate if you wish to withdraw your money before the end of your fixed term.
  • They may not return as well when it comes to comparing them to other savings accounts which are often more flexible.
  • Once your fixed rate period is complete you could be charged higher fees than your current fixed rate.

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR TERM DEPOSIT MATURES?

When your investment is maturing your bank or credit union will usually call, write or email to let you know that your fixed term is coming to an end.

However you should be keeping an eye on this investment like you would your mortgage interest rate and not leaving it to set and forget.

If you fail to notify your banking institution of what you want to do with your term deposit they will most likely automatically roll it over into another fund which may not have as good of an interest rate as the first one.

It will also cost you a fee to change the new term deposit that your money was rolled over into.

You will need to be aware of when your term deposit is maturing and shop around first before the end of your current term for the best and most competitive interest rate.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A TERM DEPOSIT?

Applying for a term deposit is similar to applying for a bank account. Once you have decided how much money you want to invest and you find an institution offering the interest rate you are happy with then it is just a matter of dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s and can often be done online!

The main point to consider when choosing a term deposit is choosing an interest rate that is going to give you returns.

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ARE:

Tenure – The term “Tenure” is used to describe the length of your investment. The most common tenure for a term deposit is somewhere between 1mth – 5yrs.

Other points you should consider, is there any reason in the foreseeable future that you may need access to the cash deposited before the end of the agreed tenure?

Early withdrawals will incur penalty fee’s from the financial institution.

Finally when weighing up all the options it really is a personal choice as to whether a Term Deposit is a good choice for you or not if you have the spare cash and are able to secure a good interest rate then it may be a very easy and safe way to make some extra cash on you money. You might also consider buying shares!

However if you think you may need access to the cash the fee’s to withdraw the money early may be high enough to encompass any money you may make on your term deposit.

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Jacaranda Finance does not charge an annual interest rate on SACC loans. These small amount loans incur 'fees' instead of interest. The maximum comparison rate on our loans between $300 and $2000 is 199.43%.

WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate
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Loan Amount of $1,000 over 6 months repayable weekly (25 weekly repayments). $1,000 (Principal Amount) + $200 (20% Establishment Fee) + $240 (fees based on 4% per month over 25 weeks) = $1,440 total repayable in 25 weekly installments of $57.60.

Loan Amount of $1,000 over 12 months repayable weekly (50 weekly repayments). $1,000 (Principal Amount) + $200 (20% Establishment Fee) + $480 (fees based on 4% per month over 50 weeks) = $1,680 total repayable in 50 weekly installments of $33.60.

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Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 48%
Comparison Rate is 67.41% per annum.

This comparison rate is based on a medium amount credit contract of $2,500 repaid over 2 years with a $400 establishment fee and APR of 48%.

WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate
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Loan Amount of $3,000 over 18 months repayable weekly (78 weekly repayments). $3,000 (Principle Amount) + $400 (Establishment Fee) + $1,379.06 (reducing interest*) = $4,779.06 total repayable over 18 months with weekly installments of $61.27.

Loan Amount of $4,500 over 24 months repayable weekly (104 weekly repayments). $4,500 (Principle Amount) + $400 (Establishment Fee) + $2,732.56 (reducing interest*) = $7,632.56 total repayable over 24 months with weekly installments of $73.39.

* Reducing intertest means that the 48% APR is applied to the outstanding balance on a loan. When a loan repayment is made, the loans outstanding balance goes down and the APR is applied to that lower balance. Therefore, the interest component of the loan will constantly reduce (as long as repayments are being made!) - thus it is called reducing interest.
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Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 21.24%
Comparison rate is 48% per annum.

WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate
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Loan Amount of $5,000 over 18 months repayable weekly (78 weekly repayments). $5,000 (Principle Amount) + $2,027.80 (Interest) = $7,027.80 total repayable over 18 months with weekly installments of $90.10.

Loan Amount of $10,000 over 24 months repayable weekly (104 weekly repayments). $10,000 (Principle Amount) + $5,577.12 (Interest) = $15,577.12 total repayable over 24 months with weekly installments of $149.78.

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