Fixed deposit has been seen as a lower return saving vehicles. But, it is low in risk and high in liquidity as well. In current situation where interest rates are expected to go up, people may start to question how long they should place their money in the FD account.
Based on my personal calculation, it’s better to place your FD in a shorter tenure so that you can take advantage of the expected interest rate rise in future. I still remember in the mid of May, Bank Negara Malaysia revised its Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25bps to 2.5%. You can try to put your fixed deposit in a shorter tenure such as 1 month, 2 months or 3 months. This is because if you put in a longer tenure now and you can gain an extra 25bp from it, but you won’t profit from it if the rate rise by another 50bp in a couple of months perhaps.