What Is A Time Deposit and How Do They Work?
Time deposit (TD) is a type of savings account that earns a fixed interest rate upon reaching maturity. Funds in a time deposit cannot be withdrawn during the term of the maturity but can be pre-terminated subject to penalty fees.
The interest rate in time deposit differs from bank to bank but normally plays between 1.5% and 3% with the latter given to longer term time deposit.
The tenure for time deposits usually range from 1 month to 5 years with time deposits with maturity terms below 1 year considered as short term and any deposit with a maturity term exceeding 1 year are long term deposits. Philippine banks normally offers 1%-1.5% for short term TD and up to 3% for long term TDs.
Pre-terminating your Time Deposit
Most time deposits pay out the earned interest only at the end of the term, although some Philippine banks allow you to be paid interest every month in the case of long term deposits. This means, if you chose a one year term deposit, you will earn the entire interest rate as indicated in the agreement you signed at the end of 1 year, provided the principal amount was not withdrawn.
In the event of early withdrawal, the interest is usually forfeited. In other cases, a penalty fee is applied to the depositor, usually equal to up to 75% off of the accrued interest rate from the date of the account creation up to the date of the pre-termination.
If you want to find the best time deposit for your needs, you should check our time deposit comparison table.