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Best Short Term Investment Options in 2021

Short Term Investment Plans draw a lot of investors, due to their convenience and ease. If you’re wondering where to invest money for a short period and get maximum returns, this blog is for you. In this piece, we’ll take a closer look at the best short term investment option for 2021!
August 25, 2020

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Short Term Investment Plans draw a lot of investors, due to their convenience and ease. If you’re wondering where to invest money for a short period and get maximum returns, this blog is for you.

While it is ideal to consult a Cube Wealth Coach before taking any investment decisions in this piece we’ll take a closer look at the best short term investment option for 2021!

What Are Short-Term Investment Plans?

Any investment option that is for a short duration can be classified as a short-term investment option. The lock-in period for these can be anywhere between 7 days to  12 months.

These short term plans come with the lure of higher returns and shorter lock-in periods. That means, unlike long term investments that require more patience and discipline - short term investment options are easier to commit to.

These offer faster liquidity and are mostly lump sum investments. The risk level on short term plans and funds should be carefully assessed as high-returns often times come with higher-risk or lock-in periods.

However, most short-term investment plans offer healthy returns and lower risks since the maturity period is shorter.

Examples Of Short-Term Investment Options

1. Liquid Funds

Liquid funds fall under the debt funds category. A liquid fund is considered to be an ideal short term investment because its portfolio matures in 60 to 91 days. Moreover, returns generated by liquid funds are relatively consistent.

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2. Debt Funds

A Debt fund is a mutual fund that invests only in fixed income securities like bonds and treasury bills. Such funds are considered safer than equity funds and can be invested in for the short term.

Your returns will be anywhere between 8% to 12% depending on how the fund performs. You can read more about the best debt funds in India here.

3. Fixed Deposits

Classic Bank Fixed Deposits are safe for short term investment seekers. There's can range anywhere between 7 days to 5 years depending on how you define short-term but the ideal duration is at least 3 years.

You invest a fixed lump sum and then choose to renew the fixed deposit at maturity or withdraw funds if. However, you should know that many banks do not let you withdraw fixed deposits prematurely.

Therefore you must be careful while investing if liquidity is a key driver for you.

Interest payouts for an FD can be monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, yearly or cumulative. You can around 6.5 per cent per annum for an FD of 12 months or more. Though some banks may offer up to 7.60% to senior citizens. Interest earned is taxable and TDS is cut for interests of over Rs.10,000.

You can read more about FDs Vs Mutual Funds here.

4. Fixed Maturity Plans

Fixed Maturity Plans are also essentially debt funds but are close-ended. That means an investment here can only be made when a new fund offer is out. These plans invest your money in highly rated securities, corporate bonds, and other debt instruments.

Returns are usually higher than a savings account or a Bank Fixed Deposit. Taxation remains similar to debt funds. Read more about debt funds here.

5. Recurring Deposits

A recurring deposit is almost like a systematic investment plan for a fixed deposit. It offers investors the option to deposit a fixed amount each month and earn a fixed interest on it.

However, compared to an FD it will earn slightly lesser as you are not doing a lump sum investment. Interest rates are similar to fixed deposits and range from 5% to 7% depending on the bank.

6. P2P Lending

P2P lending on Cube Wealth lets you become a lender with two RBI Certified P2P NBFCs, Faircent and LiquiLoans. The lock-in period ranges from 3 months to 12 months and the returns vary from 8 to 12%. Take Me To The App

Why Invest in Short-Term Mutual Investments?

The key benefits of short-term investment plans are four-fold: they offer healthy returns compared to your savings bank account, they offer easy liquidity, they can aid tax-saving and have short maturity periods.

Best Short-Term Investment Options

If you're seeking healthy returns over a short term horizon then Mutual Funds are the way to go. We've picked the best short term investment options for you on the basis of multiple factors listed below:

  1. Qualitative Parameters
  • AMC comfort – Pedigree, Credibility, Compliance, Process and Ability to Retain Top Management & Talent
  • Fund Manager comfort – Experience, Reputation, Performance and Continuity Record (We have had 170+ investment and marketing team interactions in the last 1 year)
  1. Quantitative Parameters
  • Scheme Aesthetics - Fund Size & Recent AUM Growth, Concentration Analysis, Clarity of positioning
  • Performance - Historical performances (SIP, Last 20-Quarters, 3-Year and 5-Year Numbers), Risk-adjusted returns, Sharpe, Beta and Other Statistical Ratios
  • Negative Criteria – Cash Calls, Outlier Performances, Recent Management Changes, etc.

Given below is a list of the current top recommendations of the best short term investment mutual funds. Please contact a Cube Wealth Advisor for a free consultation call.

Top 6 Short Term Mutual Funds

Nippon India Liquid Fund

HDFC Liquid Fund

SBI Liquid Fund

IDFC Ultra Short Term Fund

Axis Banking and PSU Debt Fund

HDFC Money Market Fund


What Tax Will I Have To Pay On Short Term Mutual Fund Investments?

The tax implications for a growth mutual fund is is no different than a bank fixed deposit. However, if you invest in a dividend based mutual fund then you do have the option of tax exemption.

How to Evaluate Best Short-Term Investment Plans? 

When investing for the short term you need to have the following things in your mind:

  1. What is my financial goal?
  2. What is my risk appetite?
  3. What is my ideal time period
  4. What tax implications does an investment have?
  5. Is this the right fund to invest in?
  6. What sum of money will I accumulate?
  7. Are short term investment plans right for me?

We at Cube Wealth know that it can be difficult to get these answers in your own. Which is why recommend you consult one of our wealth coaches for free advice.

You can also check for free whether you own good or bad investments, through our free mutual funds analysis tool Try Our Free MF Analysis Tool

How To Invest In Short-Term Investment Options

The best way to invest in a short term investment fund is through an app like Cube Wealth. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Download the Cube Wealth App
  2. Select risk level as low or medium 
  3. Select the time frame as short
  4. Enter the amount you want to invest
  5. Browse recommended funds
  6. Tap Invest

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Where should I invest for 6 months?

Ans. There are multiple investment options wherein you can invest for 6 months, including, debt funds, recurring deposits, fixed deposits, post office time deposits etc.

Q. Is short term investment a current asset?

Ans. Yes, short term investment can be a current asset, much like cash, accounts receivable, stock inventory, etc. These are all assets that can be held for a short period.

Q. Where should I invest my short-term money in India?

Ans. As detailed in the post above, you can look at multiple investment options for short-term money in India. The top short term options currently are liquid funds, debt funds, fixed deposits, fixed maturity plans, and recurring deposits. Start Investing Now In Liquid & Debt Funds

Q. What are examples of short-term investments?

Ans. Short term investments are any investment option that is for a short duration. The lock-in period for these can be anywhere between 7 days to 12 months. Some examples of these are classic bank fixed deposits, liquid funds, short term plans, fixed maturity plans, etc.

Investment Facts

In addition to understanding what investments can be good for the short term, you can also work on building some positive investing habits. This video by Team Cube can help you with this.

These are Cube Wealth’s top picks for the best short term investment options in 2021. We update our lists regularly but recommend you connect with one of our experts through the Cube Wealth App before making any investment decisions.

Cube Wealth Investment Quotes

The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists. - Benjamin Graham



Note: Always invest after analyzing your financial goals, investment horizon, and risk appetite.


This article is updated as per 04th January 2021

Rishabh P Nair
Rishabh P Nair is the Head Of Brand Content at Cube Wealth. Rishabh has been weaving stories for over 10 years and prides himself on building brands with a strong identity.

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