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Latest and The Best Fixed Deposit / Time Deposit Interest Rates Promotion Offered by Malaysia Major Commercial and Foreign Banks November 2014, December 2014 and January 2015.
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Last Update: 11 November -  Latest on OCBC, RHB and Public Bank

Since FD rates do fluctuate and banks having promotions frequently nowadays, I thought no point of starting a new blog just for FD since past history rates are immaterial to most of us. Therefore, instead I will post the latest and current Fixed or Time Deposit rates offered by Malaysia banks and the best fixed deposit interest rate promotion in Malaysia here in this PAGE called FIXED DEPOSIT.

Since I update this PAGE frequently and comment on the Terms and Conditions for FD promotions, I recommend you bookmark this PAGE and visit this blog constantly for the most comprehensive latest and current fixed / time deposit promotions in Malaysia.


NEW Article October 2014 - Click here to read my latest article titled GET MORE FREE MONEY WITH THE RIGHT FIXED DEPOSIT PROMOTIONS. This article was written with the intention to benefit those who are new to Fixed Deposit Promotions and for serious FD Fans to earn extra money from discrete FD Promotions.



Malaysia Major Commercial Banks and Foreign Banks Fixed Deposit / Time Deposit Rates as of July 2014.
Bank - FD rates for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. Click on the bank listed below to go to the bank's relevant site on rates. 

Affin Bank -  3.25%, 3.3%, 3.40% and 3.7% (Revised 18/7/14)

Alliance Bank - 3.15%, 3.2%, 3.25% and 3.3% (Revised 21/7/14). FD Gold 12 months 3.40% (Interest paid monthly).

AmBank - 3.15, 3.2%, 3.25% and 3.35% (Revised 18/7/14)

Citibank - 2.95%, 3.10%, 3.10% and 3.20%  (Revised 17/7/14)

CIMB Bank - 3.15%, 3.2%, 3.25% and 3.30% (Revised down 7/10/14) 

Hong Leong Bank - 3.05%, 3.1%, 3.2% and 3.30% (Revised 16/7/14)

HSBC Bank - 2.90%, 3.10%, 3.15% and 3.25% (Revised 16/7/14)

Maybank - 3.15%, 3.20%, 3.25% and 3.30% (Revised 16/7/14)

OCBC Bank - 2.90%, 3.00%, 3.05% and 3.25% (Revised July 14)

RHB Bank - 3.15%, 3.20%, 3.25% and 3.45% (Revised 18/7/14)

Public Bank - 3.15%, 3.20%, 3.30% and 3.35%. PB Golden 50 Plus 12 months 3.45% (Revised 16/7/14)

Standard Chartered Bank - 2.95%, 3.10%, 3.15% and 3.25% (Revised 23/7/14)

UOB Bank - 3.05%, 3.10%, 3.10% and 3.30% (Revised 18/7/14)

The highest over the counter FD rate for 12 months is by Affin Bank at 3.7%.


The Best Fixed / Time Deposit Promotions October and November 2014
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Please call the nearest bank to reconfirm the rates (go to the bank website for bank contact number where you can also get the contact number of the branch nearest to you or you can click here to refer to some Customer Service numbers I posted for credit cards) before going to the bank to check if promotions are still valid.

AMBANK 3.85% 15 Months FD Promo - Closed



Alliance Bank - until 31 December 2014.
Minimum Fresh Fund RM10K

Conventional Over The Counter FD and eFD Promotions

6 Months - 3.75%
9 Months - 3.85%
12 Months - 3.9%

For people above 40 years old and minimum Fresh Fund RM30K 

12 Months FD Gold (Minimum Age 40 years young) - 4.00%

For Alliance FD Gold, Interest is paid monthly.

Alliance is also offering the above promo for their eFD; however, please read their definition of Fresh Fund at their website where I have copied part of it and pasted in the below image:


And you guys know I am very generous in sharing info that makes you richer or how to get freebies. So, if you have yet to open an Alliance Bank Privilege Banking Account, I recommend you open one. Besides earning interest monthly from Alliance FD Gold, with Alliance Privilege Banking status, you are entitled to their Premier Debit Card which is a very very good card to own.

Benefits of Alliance Privilege Banking Premier Debit Card are:

You earn 2% cash back for whatever transactions capped at RM180/month. That's up to RM2,160 FREE Money a year!! Click here to read my article The Best Cash Back Cards Combination and start earning your self more cash back.

You can to enter KLIA 2 Plaza Premium Lounge for FREE Makan, Coffee and Beer too (subject to monthly quota). Click here to read my article FREE Entries to KLIA 2 Plaza Premium Lounge. There are 3 Plaza Premium Lounges in KLIA2, one located at Gatewat@KLIA2 which is outside the departure hall (i.e. before Immigration Counters), one at GATE L for Domestic Departure including to Singapore and one at the Satellite Terminal Mezzanine Floor before GATE P and Q for International Departures.



Hong Leong Bank - Check with HLB on latest FD Promos.

Until 15 November 2014, HLB straight forward FD without stupid CASA conditions

3.85% - 12 months
4% - 15 month

After 15 Nov - go check with HLB on latest FD Promo.

Hong Leong Bank Junior Fixed Deposit Promotion Valid Until 31 December 2014

For HLB Junior FD, you are required to open a Junior Savings Account which earns competitive interest rates. Your kid (even for those below 12 years old) will also be issued a Debit Card. Click here to my article Parents Children iTunes where I talked about Debit Cards for my kids and what I had to do to activate my children's HLB Junior Debit Card for online transactions.

Another thing to note, for HLB Junior FD, the interest earned is credited monthly into the Junior Savings Account.

12 Month - 3.95%
24 Months - 4.15%



MACH by Hong Leong Bank - MACH interest rate for 12 months Term Deposit is now revised up to 3.85% effective until 31 December 2014.




OCBC Bank - Minimum RM10K. Many options to choose from. Promo ends 30 November 2014.

Fresh Funds Deals

3 months - 3.8%
12 months  - 4.1%

3 Month 4.5% But you go to place equal amount in CASA. Read below for more comments. This time OCBC calls it Freedom Deal. Previously it was known as Combo Plan/Deal and Mega Deal. You are advised to read my comments below if you are new to OCBC Bank FD Promos.

Condition for the Promo: At least half the placement of the FD amount is to be earmarked in a CASA account for 3 months.

So the most important thing relating to this promo is to deposit the above said amount in a savings account that pays you interest. And here is where OCBC Smart Saver Account will benefit you and optimize the returns from your deposit. See Smart Saver interest rates below:

The thing with OCBC Combo Plan is that you must do some work, i.e. go deposit at least RM50 in to the Smart Saver Plan every month so that you earn 2.90% interest rate for the money sitting in the Smart Saver Account. And the timing you deposit is crucial.

Say you have RM100K to deposit.
  • Deposit RM50K into 3 months FD Promo at 4.5% interest rate.
  • Open or top up RM50K into Smart Saver Account and earn minimum 2.90% interest rate with RM50 deposit monthly.
  • Combining the above two deposits, you may earn up to (not necessary) 3.7% effective interest rate.
If you go deposit RM1K into the Smart Savers Savings Account, you shall then earn up to 3.775% effective interest rate (and once again not necessary).

However, please note I mentioned UP TO. For the OCBC Savings Deal Promo, timing is crucial. If you deposit in, say mid of August 2014, that means if you were to withdraw the amount in the Smart Saver Account same time as your FD mature in November 2014, you will only earn 0.5% interest rate for the month of November 2014 for the amount sitting in the Smart Saver Account; as such, the effective interest rate for your initial deposit will drop like hell. So the best time to go for this promo is early of the month (1st day of the month or last day of the month if the maturity date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday).

And if the total amount you are depositing is like RM10K, I would say don't waste your time with OCBC Freedom Deal. Because there are cost involve when you go deposit the RM50 into the Smart Saver Account and/or if you are unable/not willing to withdraw the money the same day as your FD matures.

To learn more about what Savings Account is the best for children, adult, parents and grandpa too, click here to my article The Best Savings Account in Malaysia.

OCBC EXPRESS DEAL - 6 Months, Effective Interest Rate 3.85%


UOB Bank FD Promos - end November 2014.
Minimum Fresh fund RM10K

3 Months - 3.8% NO stupid CASA thingy.
12 Months - 4.05% NO  stupid CASA thingy. 

The rates above are really good. This time UOB has FD Promos which are straight forward without the stupid CASA requirement.

Please check with UOB on latest promo rate as they are known to revised without prior notice. 

RHB Bank FD Promos - end November 2014

Below was first reported at LYN by bbgoat and subsequently I went to the bank to reconfirm. No stupid X amount to be deposited into CASA and earmarked for x months! But you need a CASA account

Minimum Fresh Fund RM50K

6 months - 4%

9 months - 4.15%

RHB Tellers should be aware of the above promo and if they don't, ask them to check.

Also, I did receive a sms from RHB asking me to contact my RM on a 3 months FD Promo offering 3.95%. However, I did not check with my RM so if you want 3 months FD, go ask your RM.


Public Bank 12 Months (6+6) Fixed Deposit Promo. Effective 27 October 2014 until February 2015.

Usually, I am not bothered with Public Bank Step Up FD promos as the effective rate works out to be lower than Affin Bank's board rate once you take into consideration x amount required to be deposited into CASA. But this time, they are offering straight forward Step Up FD promo without the stupid CASA thingy.


Effective 27 October 2014, Public Bank revised its 6 months + 6 months Step Up FD interest rates up and it now gives you an Effective Interest Rate of 4.05% for 12 months tenure.

Now, if you read the fine prints, it states - "The Promotional interest/profit rate will be subjected to revision should there be any OPR changes". What does this mean?

Previously the same Public Bank 6+6 months Step Up Promo offered 3.68% and 4.08% interest rates where the Effective Interest Rate works out to be 3.88% for 12 months tenure. And with this latest FD Promo, Public Bank customers who participated in the PBB Step Up 12 Months promo prior to 27 October 2014 will get to enjoy the new 4.28% interest rate for the second 6 months! Please refer image below. Unbelievable! But wait, what if BNM reduce OPR ? Will Public Bank penalize their customers? hahaha.


All I will say is that Public Bank actions in rewarding their customers who placed FD with them prior to 27 October the same higher interest rate for the second 6 months tenure is a great marketing strategy. Else the customer will terminate the FD with PBB after the first 6 months (interest will be paid for first 6 months and no penalty if one terminates it - go read the T&C for further clarifications) and switch their funds to another bank.

NON COMMERCIAL BANKS "SIMILAR TO FD" ACCOUNTS 

However, for those of you who are not into Fixed Deposit Promotions and or don't have the time keeping track of what is out there, check out Bank Rakyat's Deposit Account i "interest rates" which are very good and most time better than FD Promos!!! However, it has been reported that Bank Rakyat's dividend rate can be lower or higher than that stated in their website. So call their nearest branch to you for their latest dividend rate. And please note that your deposits with Bank Raykat are not eligible for PIDM.

To note, Bank Rakyat's website states that for deposits more than RM5K, you may be entitled to monthly dividend, so check with them on this. Also please note, many members at LYN reported that the monthly dividend was not be credited into their accounts automatically; but they had to call Bank Rakyat staff and remind them to credit the "profit" every month!!!



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More and more banks are now offering FD Promos where interest rates are 4% or above and no stupid CASA requirement where you need to deposit x amount. But you may need to open a CASA account for the FD interest to be credited into. And the banks are:

RHB - 9 months 4.15% (ends November 2014)
OCBC - 12 months 4.1%
UOB - 12 months 4.05%
Alliance Bank FD Gold - 12 months 4%
Public Bank Step Up - 12 months Effective Interest 4.05%
Hong Leong Bank Junior FD - 24 months 4.15%

As for OCBC 3 Months 4.5% Savings Deals where you need to deposit equal amount into CASA (where you earn miserable interest rates or have to put up with the hassle to deposit monthly into the Smart Saver Account), better you go with UOB Straight Forward Pure 3 Months FD Promo which earns you 3.8%.

For those who don't have the time to chase after FD Promos, you can always go with Affin Bank rate 3.7% interest rate for 12 months. For those into online Banking, MACH by HLB 3.85% for 12 months is pretty good too.

For those of you new to fixed deposit, sometimes the banks will offer step up interest rates AND also may impose the stupid condition where we need to deposit x% into CASA. And the banks will mislead you by stating the effective interest rate for the FD step up portion only and ignoring the amount required to be deposited into CASA when they calculate the effective interest rate. Always go calculate the effective interest rate yourself (and if you do not know how to do it, better you don't go for FD Promos) and most probably you will find that these step up FD promotions are wasting our time as it works out to be lower than Affin Bank's board rates.

Below are the dates fixed for Bank Negara Malaysia Monetary Policy Committee Meetings for 2015: 

And I guess below info on Banker's Cheque Fee purely for FD Upliftment/Withdrawal (Do not combine with other accounts, i.e. Savings Account) may be beneficial to some of you:

Affin - FREE
Alliance - FREE
AmBank - RM2.15
Bank Rakyat - FREE
CIMB - FREE
Citibank - RM0.15
HLB - RM5.15 (PB Customers RM0.15)
HSBC - RM5 same day or RM2 next day (no RM0.15 Stamp Duty??)
Maybank - RM5 or RM5.15?
MBSB - FREE
OCBC - FREE
PBB - RM2.15
RHB - RM5.15
SCB - RM2.15
UOB - RM0.15 (Penang only?) or RM2.15 (in Klang Valley???)

And if you want to know the quickest way get Fresh Fund to be eligible for Fixed Deposit Promotion without even leaving the bank where you are withdrawing your matured FD; click here to my article titled A Little Bit Of This and A Little Bit of That - Vol1. Chapter IV. In this article I will show you how to be eligible for FD Promo with fresh fund if you have a Current Account with Over Draft Facility (to be on the safe side). And the transfer fee may cost less than what your bank impose for a Banker's Cheque.




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In my other blog called My Credit Cards, I have an article titled Earn Pocket Money with Credit Cards where I showed how one can earn some pocket money by utilizing banks' offers of 0% Balance Transfer or 0% Installment Plan with Fixed Deposit or Time Deposit, that is if you have the money in hand prior to your transactions.

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10 comments:

  1. Thanks so much...Any Idea for FCA (Foreign currency Account) Fixed Deposit?

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  2. jason, sorry got no clues on FCA.

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  3. hi GenX, very useful information.

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  4. Thanks KL. Just as a reminder, please sign up as follower to comment. Noted you Like it :)

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  5. Hi Genx, thank you for your time for these useful information.Could u also provide which banks with the convenience of internet banking?

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    1. Fung, most if not all commercial banks now offer internet banking. But if you asking about FD offers for internet banking, check out frequently AmBank, Maybank and MACH by HLB. Most FD promos you have to perform the transaction over the counter.

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  6. Hello Genx,

    I am Deaf blogger like to thank for your information which is very useful! I planned to put RM 10K in FD, and won't withdraw it until 2016/2017. Which is one best FD bank you suggest for me?

    I think want to put Affin Bank for 3.6% (12 months) only, no need to make new saving account.

    Please advise me :)
    Selina Wing,
    http://www.selinawing.com
    http://www.deafboleh.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Selina, firstly I am allowing you to advertise your website and blog even tho you did not sign up as my follower. I still reserve the rights to delete your comment.

      Yeah, for convenient sake, just go with Affin Bank if there is one nearby.

      Say if HLB is nearest to you, they are offering 3.5% for 12 months (Islamic FD). So with RM10K, that's a difference of RM10/year only.

      However, if you were to go with Bank Rakyat where they are offering 4.25% for 3 years, you'll be earning extra RM65/year or less than RM5.50 a month. So if Bank Rakyat is like really convenient, you can also go deposit there.

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  7. Dear GenX,

    I love all your articles especially credit card, saving account, fixed deposit account. It helps me, make my finance lil bit better.
    Thank you!

    A quick question, I have RM20k to park, should I put into FD or insurance-investment? Which one has higher outpay?

    Desperately digging extra bit money to get foods and a roof to survive.. and enjoy life : )

    Thanks in advance to sifu.

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    1. Dear aik, sorry for the late reply as I was overseas as mentioned in my last article dated 31 October 2013.

      As to your question insurance-investment or FD has higher returns, I can't answer because FD rate fluctuates with time. Moreover, they are completely different products. One thing about FD is you can withdraw anytime you want whereas insurance-investments your funds may be stuck until maturity, And there are like a million different insurance investment schemes out here but FD is FD. Seriously, I am in no position to advise you on how to invest your money; but, if you need someone to teach you how to spend money faster and going broke, I am an expect in burning money, hahaha.

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