Term deposits are a safe investment option if you’ve got a lump sum of money that you can put away for a set period of time and let the interest pile up.
There are many benefits of a term deposit over other forms of investments such as knowing exactly how much your return will be. With a term deposit you will lock in the interest rate for the duration of the whole term, so if you’re investing for the long term, like 5 years, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting a good return on that money, not only today but in 5 years time.
Of course, one of the only downsides to a term deposit is that no-one can predict the future so there are a few things you need to consider before you lock your money away for the long term. The first thing is interest rates. Are they likely to go up or down over the term? This can be difficult to predict but if you do think it’s more likely up then down, then it might be a more lucrative for you to choose a shorter term, like a 2 year term deposit. The second key thing to ask yourself if whether you can safely say that you won’t need to access the money in the time that its locked up. Unfortunately, there are break fees with term deposits so by not keeping your money in a term deposit for the full duration could see you pay hefty bank fees.
Comparing term deposits
Term deposits are considered to be a safe investment option and when you are
comparing your options you want to make sure that your investment will be safe.
All of the term deposit providers that are listed on Mozo are covered under the Australian Government’s Deposit Guarantee which guarantees deposits of up to $250,000. This includes online providers like Rabobank, UBank and ING all the way to big banks like NAB, ANZ and the Commonwealth.
You’ll want the best return on your money, so when you are comparing term deposits the interest rate that’s going to be offered should be a big factor in your decision. Mozo’s comparison table above let’s you to compare side by side the interest rate of different term deposit providers so that you can find one that suits you best.
Of course, banks will have different rates depending on the length that you want to invest your money for. If you want to see what rates are offered for different terms other than 5 years, check out our term deposit hub.
How do interest rates for 5 year term deposits compare?
The good news is, as 5 years is generally the longest term you can get with a term deposit, 5 year term deposits, more often than not, come with the highest interest rates around. When it comes to term deposits, usually the longer your term, the higher your interest rate will be. Check out our Term Deposits Interest Rates information page to keep on top of the latest term deposit rates.
Term deposits for self managed super funds (SMSF)
If you've got a SMSF you'll need to take out a business term deposit. If you're looking for the best term deposit options for SMSFs, head over to the Mozo Experts Choice Awards SMSF accounts section to see which providers and terms ranked best according to our money experts.