3 month term deposits

If you don’t need to draw on your savings for a few months, you could give it a nudge with a 3-month term deposit. Banks offer a variety of fixed terms for term deposits, so in addition to comparing 3 month terms also look at longer terms like 1-year or 2-year to compare interest rates. Generally, the longer term will give you a better rate of interest. Start comparing now.

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3 month term deposit comparisons on Mozo - page last updated September 24, 2020

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Term deposit resources

Reviews, news, tips and guides to help find the best term deposit for you.

Why choose a three month term deposit?

Keen to make money on your savings quickly and risk free? A three month term deposit locks away your money for 90 days and earns you a nice bonus at the end through interest. So before you know it your investment will have grown and you'll have more money to your name. Just what you like to hear! Despite choosing to invest your money for a short period of time you can still earn a substantial amount of interest once you've shopped around online for a high fixed rate. While there's often competitive specials on short term deposits they still provide security and safety for your money.

Short v Long Term Deposit, the pros and cons

When it comes to term deposits, there are two main types, short and long-term. This refers to the duration you will invest your savings. One is no better than the other! It all comes down to your financial goals and aspirations as to which type of term deposit best suits you.

Short term deposit: A three month term deposit sits under this banner. You can also lock away your cash for as little as six or even twelve months.

  • Pros: It matures quickly, then you can hunt around for another special on short-term deposits and re-invest to make even more money.
  • Cons: A lower interest rate than longer term deposits

Long-term deposit: Keep your savings locked away for one to up to five years.

  • Cons: You can't dip into the deposit until the term is up, patience is a virtue. Penalties apply for early withdrawals.

Interest rates on three month term deposits

As a three month term deposit is generally considered a 'short' term deposit, you probably won't get quite as high an interest rate as you might with a two or three year term deposit, for example. But, if you shop around, it is still possible to find a short term deposit with a decent rate. Head to Mozo's Term Deposits Interest Rates information page for more information on term deposit interest rates available right now.

Three Month Term Deposit v Savings Account


Three Month Term Deposit

Savings Account

Fees

No Fees (Penalties apply for early withdrawals)

Setup and ongoing or annual fees (will vary from bank to bank)

Access

Can't touch funds until term has matured

Able to withdrawal money when you wish

Interest Rates

Fixed

Variable

Payments

Can't make additional payments to term deposits

Deposits can be made when you like

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More FAQs about three month term deposits

Who is a three month term deposit best for?

  • A 'rate tart'! Someone who likes to hunt down the best interest rates on the market. Put your numbers in the Mozo term deposits calculator
  • New to term deposits? If it's all a little foreign to you, test the waters with a three month term deposit. Have a read of some term deposit reviews
  • Someone needing a level of liquidity within their assets.

When is a good time to invest in a three month term deposit?

  • If you're lucky enough to suddenly land yourself a big wad of cash; be it a payout, an inheritance or even a lucky win on lotto, a three month term deposit is a good option for investment. It is a place to store that money until you know exactly what you want to do with your new funds. Sit back and research your investment options for three months while earning interest.
  • It's also a good time to open up a three month term deposit once you've reached your savings goal e.g. for a wedding or a holiday. Keep your hard earned savings out of harm's way until you walk down the aisle or jump on that plane.

What features should I consider when choosing a 3 month term deposit?

Comparing term deposits has never been easier, there's no need to trek around the streets from bank to bank waiting to speak with a teller…now you can rest those legs and let all your fingers do the work by finding the best term deposit rates online. 

The key is to find the highest rate for the term and amount you are investing. A bank that offers John the best rate for his $250,000 three month term deposit will be different to the bank that offers Jan the best rate on her $20,000 three month term deposit. The rate can vary from anything between 1-2%... every bit counts!

Remember interest rates are advertised for a full year of investment (per annum), so when calculating how much interest you will earn over three months you will need to divide the rate by four. E.g. Investing $10,000 in a three month term deposit with 3% p.a. interest rate paid at maturity will earn you $75 in interest.

Use the Mozo term deposit calculator to help you crunch the numbers.

Case study:

The champagne has popped and is free flowing amongst family and friends. There are lots of high fives, a sense of relief and elation as Mr and Mrs Smith have sold their two bedroom unit, making a profit of $250,000 on when they bought it five years ago.

The Smiths haven't bought a new home yet so aren't too sure what to do with the money they've made. Being impulse buyers, the couple are concerned they might spend it all at once before purchasing a new place! So the Smiths start doing some research and realise they can snap up a high interest rate with a short term deposit and wont risk spending their profits before finding their dream home. A short term deposit also suits the Smiths as they know they will need to access the funds in the next couple of months.

With the benefits of the online world they search Mozo for the best interest rates on a three month term deposit with $250,000. Bang, they've hit a jackpot! With 2.7% p.a interest rate paid at maturity the Smiths can earn $1,688. That will cover the new BBQ and outdoor furniture for when they upsize!

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Term Deposit Reviews

BOQ Specialist Term Deposit review
Overall 4/10
Used to be a great bank

I've banked with BOQ specialist bank in Sydney for decades. When they were owned and operated as Investec they were excellent, efficient and responsive to customer requirements. However over the past couple of years they seem to have no management control. Simple maturing fixed deposit transfer requests are ignored or misplaced. The Manager dealing with my accounts for multiple years advised last month he was too busy to handle my account and instead of allocating another relationship manager suggested that I should send future requests to their client service department. Sadly, upon requesting transfer of the next maturing deposit it took several international phone calls and 3 secure messages before anyone paid attention and resolved their internal issues. It seems the bank is in a shambles -

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I've banked with BOQ specialist bank in Sydney for decades. When they were owned and operated as Investec they were excellent, efficient and responsive to customer requirements. However over the past couple of years they seem to have no management control. Simple maturing fixed deposit transfer requests are ignored or misplaced. The Manager dealing with my accounts for multiple years advised last month he was too busy to handle my account and instead of allocating another relationship manager suggested that I should send future requests to their client service department. Sadly, upon requesting transfer of the next maturing deposit it took several international phone calls and 3 secure messages before anyone paid attention and resolved their internal issues. It seems the bank is in a shambles -

Price
3/10
Features
4/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
3/10
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Jon, Western Australia reviewed 8 days ago
ING Term Deposit review
Overall 8/10
Go orange with ING.

Have been with ING for a while. They started off with very competitive rates for savings accounts however have cut the rates a few times as time goes on, still giving them the edge over other banks but making them slightly less appealing. They don't have a physical store and the wait times can be frustrating when you are on the phone trying to get something sorted so I normally just use the 'contact us' on the app and send an email query. The card is great to have for rebates when travelling as any fees you get charged will be credited back. Overall a good bank.

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Have been with ING for a while. They started off with very competitive rates for savings accounts however have cut the rates a few times as time goes on, still giving them the edge over other banks but making them slightly less appealing. They don't have a physical store and the wait times can be frustrating when you are on the phone trying to get something sorted so I normally just use the 'contact us' on the app and send an email query. The card is great to have for rebates when travelling as any fees you get charged will be credited back. Overall a good bank.

Price
8/10
Features
7/10
Customer service
8/10
Convenience
6/10
Trust
8/10
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Renee, Victoria reviewed 22 days ago
Bendigo Bank Term Deposit review
Overall 1/10
Half a star only

The teller's are giving wrong information out and rude.

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The teller's are giving wrong information out and rude.

Price
1/10
Features
1/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
1/10
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Ryan, Victoria reviewed 23 days ago