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Small Savings Schemes 2024

Small Savings Schemes 2024

Small Savings Schemes 2024- The government just spilled the beans on interest rates for small savings schemes from January to March 2024. Let me break it down for you in simple terms.

The Inside Scoop on Interest Rates

So, the finance ministry shared a circular on December 29, 2023, revealing that some small savings schemes and post office plans are in for a rate boost for the three months ending March 31, 2024.

Meet the Rate

There’s a committee called Shyamala Gopinath, and they are deciding rates. According to them, interest rates should be a bit higher than government bonds with similar maturities.

Small Savings Schemes 2024

Post Office Plans: What’s Changing?

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of post office plans for Jan-Mar 2024:

Investment Rates Jan-Mar 2024 (%) Rates Oct-Dec 2023 (%)
Savings Deposit 4 4
2-Year Time Deposit 6.9 6.9
3-Year Time Deposit 7 7
3 Year Time Deposit 7.1 7
5 Year Time Deposit 7.5 7.5
5 Year Recurring Deposit 6.7 6.7
Senior Citizen Savings Scheme 8.2 8.2
Monthly Income Account Scheme 7.4 7.4
National Savings Certificate 7.7 7.7
Public Provident Fund Scheme 7.1 7.1
Kisan Vikas Patna 7.5 (Matures in 115 months) 7.5 (Matures in 115 months)
Sukanya Samriddhi Account 8.2 8

Breaking it down – the Sukanya Samriddhi Account and the 3-year post office fixed deposits are the stars, getting a sweet 20 basis points raise to 8.2% and 7.1%, respectively.

The Money Math: How Rates Are Set

Ever wondered how they decide on these rates? It’s like a quarterly show by the government, using the 10-year Government Securities in the market. They look back at the past three months and adjust the rates. It’s like a money dance, all thanks to the Shyamala Gopinath Committee’s ideas in 2011.

PPF Stays Put: No Changes Here

Now, let’s talk about the Public Provident Fund (PPF). According to the 2016 Finance Ministry formula, PPF’s ideal interest rate should be around 7.53%. But surprise, surprise – the government’s keeping it the same, following tradition.

Banks vs. Small Savings Schemes

In a world where banks are upping their fixed deposit (FD) rates because of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), small savings schemes are the hidden gems. The State Bank of India (SBI) is offering FDs with rates ranging from 3.5% to 7% by December 27, 2023. Seniors get an extra 0.5%, with rates from 4% to 7.5% across tenors.

Savings Showdown: Big Banks vs. Post Office

But here’s the real deal – while banks are catching up, the post office savings account is the hero. Offering a solid 4% per annum, it beats big players like SBI, giving only 2.70% per annum on savings. Even ICICI Bank’s offerings of 3-3.5% per annum can’t quite steal the spotlight.

In a nutshell, as the money world does its dance with interest rates, it’s the small savings schemes stealing the show. So, get ready for the ride, money enthusiasts – your wallets will thank you later!


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