Last Updated on 4 months ago by Raj Kumar
Latest small saving scheme interest rates
It’s not a good time for people who depend on regular income from small saving schemes like fixed deposits, PPF, NSC etc. With the 10 year bond yields falling the Govt of India have slashed the small saving schemes interest rates to lows that were seen long time back.
In a surprising move, Govt of India slashed the interest rate for the small savings schemes to multi decade lows which they had to roll back because of backlash from citizens. Nirmala Sitharam came to the rescue to assure Indian citizens that the small savings scheme interest rates will continue to hold as they were in Q4 of FY20-21.
Lets have a look at Latest small saving scheme interest rate in 2021
Latest small saving scheme interest rate in 2021
|Savings instrument||Rate of interest from |
01.01.2020 to 30.06.2021
|Rate of interest from |
01.04.2020 to 30.06.2021
|Senior Citizen Savings Scheme||8.6||7.4|
|Monthly Income Account||7.6||6.6|
|National savings certificate||7.9||6.8|
|Public provident fund||7.9||7.1|
|General Provident fund||7.9||7.1|
|Employee provident fund||8.65||8.65|
|Voluntary provident fund||8.65||8.65|
|Kisan Vikas Patra||7.6||6.9|
|Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna||8.4||7.6|
|1 Year Time deposit||6.9||5.5|
|2 Year Time deposit||6.9||5.5|
|3 Year Time deposit||6.9||5.5|
|5 Year Time deposit||7.7||6.7|
|5 Year recurring deposit||7.2||5.8|
From the above table, you can see that the interest rates of various instruments have been slashed considerably. If you are a conservative investor then you will probably not make much money by investing in these small savings schemes instruments.
Why is the small saving scheme interest rates falling?
The small saving scheme interest rates generally are set according to the Govt 10-year yield bonds. It doesn’t have a direct correlation but it drives the decision making. When the Govt 10-year yield bonds fall, which right now is below 6, the small saving scheme interest rates fall as the govt will not be able to provide a higher interest rate for the savings made.
How does the small saving scheme interest rates fall impact your investments?
The Govt of India declares the small saving scheme interest rates for a time period. So your investments during that time period will earn lesser interest when the small saving scheme interest rates fall.
Will the reduced small saving scheme interest rates be applicable for the entire duration of investments?
NO. The lower small saving scheme interest rates are applicable only for the duration declared by the govt.
Should I stop investing in small saving schemes?
People invest in small saving scheme because of their certainty and govt backing. If you are a risk averse investor and willing to take risk for returns then you can shift from small saving scheme to higher risk instruments like stocks and mutual funds.
Is it better to invest in mutual funds than small saving schemes?
Small saving schemes are for those investors who seek regular fixed income with less risk and Mutual fund investments are for those investors who are willing to take certain risk to get higher returns than the small saving schemes.
Equity Mutual funds gives excellent returns if the investor has a long time horizon. so If you are looking for returns in long term(10+ years) then you can look to switch from small saving schemes to mutual funds.
What are small saving schemes?
Small savings schemes are types of investment instruments which are backed by Govt of India available for all Indian citizens. They are-
Senior Citizen Savings Scheme
Monthly Income Account
National savings certificate
Public provident fund
Genral Provident fund
Employee provident fund
Volutary provident fund
Kisan Vikas Patra
Sukanya Samriddhi account scheme
1 Year Time deposit
2 Year Time deposit
3 Year Time deposit
5 Year Time deposit
5 Year recurring deposit
Who should invest in small saving schemes?
People who are looking for safe, secure and consistent returns on their investments should look to invest in small saving schemes. Generally people who are retired or close to retirement should ideally look to invest in small saving schemes.
Who should not invest in small saving schemes?
If you have a long term investment view and willing to take some risk to get much higher returns than small saving schemes then you shouldn’t invest in small saving schemes. Most of the times the small saving schemes can not beat the inflation rates so in long term you don’t really make any returns if you factor in inflation.