Published: 06/06/2023
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 06/06/2023
Category: Member Benefits


The recent decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to raise the national cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.85% in May 2023 has sparked renewed interest in term deposits among Australian investors.

This increase has left Australians holding savings accounts with the prospect of earning more interest on their wealth.

But is it the best time to embrace term deposits, or should investors be looking elsewhere?

The Allure of Term Deposits Amidst Rising Rates

Term deposits have experienced a rapid increase in rates over the past year, breathing new life into the market. Previously characterised by low rates and minimal movement, term deposits now present more compelling options for savers seeking relatively low-risk investments.

The aggregated one-year deposit rates offered from Australia’s 5 largest banks have risen from 0.25% p.a. in April 2022 to almost 3.2% p.a. as of this writing. (1) While term deposits offer attractive yields, there are several factors that investors should consider before committing their funds.

Potential Drawbacks of Term Deposits in a Changing Landscape

In a fast-changing investment landscape, several factors need careful evaluation to make informed decisions. Understanding the potential drawbacks of term deposits and exploring alternative investment avenues becomes crucial for investors seeking wealth allocations with optimal mixes of risk and return.

Inflation Risk

While term deposits provide a fixed income stream, they may struggle to keep pace with inflation rates. The reason term deposits are offering higher rates today is, after all, because of the inflationary environment we find ourselves in.

The current annual inflation rate of 7.0% in Australia may pose a challenge for term deposit investors looking to maintain the real value or purchasing power of returns earned. (2) Investors must carefully consider the impact of inflation on their investment returns.

Liquidity Concerns

Term deposits also feature a lack of liquidity. Once funds are locked into a term deposit, early withdrawals can result in penalties or reduced interest rates. A liquid fixed income security by contrast can be sold and allow the investor to access any capital appreciation that has occurred from the lowering of market interest rates.

It is essential for investors to carefully assess their liquidity needs and ensure they have adequate emergency funds accessible in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Opportunity Cost and Missed Investment Opportunities

By committing funds to a term deposit with a fixed term, investors may miss out on potential investment opportunities that arise during that period. If other investment options offer higher returns or better prospects, investors may not be able to take advantage of them until the term deposit matures.

We believe diversification across different asset classes and investment instruments is crucial for mitigating risks and potentially enhancing overall returns. As the RBA implements interest rate hikes, the economic landscape may undergo significant changes. Higher interest rates could signal a potential economic downturn, which may make longer-maturity fixed income instruments more attractive for investors. It is vital for investors to consider their investment goals, risk tolerance, and time horizons.

Partnervest – Building Diversified Portfolios

At Partnervest, we offer portfolios designed to provide diversification based on a careful analysis of the underlying exposures within. These portfolios are then adjusted to consider the relative attractiveness of each asset class given the prevailing economic conditions, whilst maintaining targeted risk and return parameters. 

Our online platform is designed to make it easy for you to allocate your cash to a portfolio of carefully selected investment products designed to harness the benefits of diversification, and specified to target risk and volatility levels. In a world of rising uncertainty and fast-moving markets, having a partner that can help you invest your wealth quickly, easily, and intelligently can make all the difference.

To learn more about how Partnervest can help you build your financial future, contact Serg Premier 1300 734 496 or email [email protected]. Serg Premier is the managing director of Partnervest responsible for managing institutional , charities and advisors for the Partnervest funds.

(1) Source: Franklin Templeton, RBA Statistics –
(2) As of 26/04/2023, Source: Franklin Templeton, Australian Bureau of Statistics


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Term Deposits in an Era of Rising Interest Rates: Is it the Optimal Investment Choice?

Term Deposits in an Era of Rising Interest Rates: Is it the Optimal Investment Choice?