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5 Things To Learn About Annual Interest Returns

5 Things To Learn About Annual Interest Returns

Here are 5 things you need to know about annual interest returns:

1. The World Bank Estimate

The World Bank estimates that up to 2014, the penetration of banks in all segments of India increased from 35% in 2010 to 53% in 2014. When the ruling political parties at the centre changed in 2014 and the present government floated its Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme, a further proliferation of savings bank accounts took place. The scheme aimed at financial inclusion for all classes and masses of Indian society – and by January 2015, over 125 million new bank accounts had been opened.

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The implications for more savings accounts and interest to be earned on them are tremendous. It would appear that savings account holders can keep their idle finds for longer periods of time and earn interest on them, so as to increase the size of the deposit. Today, a majority of nationalised and private Indian banks offer 4% interest on savings deposits. However, people are also choosing other avenues of increasing the size of their savings instead of merely depending on 4% annualised interest rate returns.

2. How the interest used to be calculated before year 2010

Prior to the year 2010, interest on saving accounts were calculated on the basis of the lowest available deposit amount in the savings account. The savings account interest rate was calculated at 4% for the days from the 10th of the month to the final day of that month. The prominent condition on this interest rate calculation was that any money deposited into the account during this month was not considered for the computation, but withdrawals were counted. Thus, one would need to deposit money before the 10th of every month only, to bulk up the deposited amount and thus earn more money by way of the 4% interest.

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3. How the interest is calculated post 2010

In the year 2010, from April 1 to be precise, the RBI mandated that banks rework their computations for interest on saving accounts. Thus, banks started calculating the interest on a daily account basis. Let us use the example of Rupesh Kumar to illustrate the calculation:

Say Rupesh has an opening balance of Rs 30,000 on the 10th day of the month. On the 15th day, he was paid Rs 40,000 by a client. So the bank calculates interest on the deposit from the 10th to the 15th day. On the 25th of the month, Rupesh makes a prepayment of Rs 50,000 on his home loan. Thus, the bank computes interest on the balance from the 15th to the 25th day. Finally, it calculates the interest on the balance between the 25th day to the final day of the month. This way, every rupee in Rupesh’s account earns interest and there is no need to time money deposits.

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4. Larger returns on savings bank accounts

After the RBI deregulated the 4% cap on savings account interest rates in India in October 2011, Indian banks were free to impose their preferred interest rates on savings deposits. Today, while most banks have stuck to 4% interest rates, some other banks in India offer up to 6% or even 7% interest on savings accounts.

Naturally, banks are keen to entice customers to open savings bank accounts with them, but they are also encouraging customers to maintain their deposits over a longer spell of time to earn higher interest on them. Premier banking institutions in India are also offering ‘Sweep in/Sweep out’ accounts, which provide the benefits of larger deposits in the form of fixed deposits; these can be liquidated in times of need. These accounts make it possible to earn decent sums of money by way of savings account interest.

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Now you know more about interest rates. Hopefully this will be able to help you in opening up your own or managing your current one.

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Last Updated on July 22, 2019

10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

A cover letter is an introduction to what will be found in the resume. In a cover letter, the applicant is able to use a conversational tone, to explain why the attached resume is worth reviewing, why the applicant is qualified, and to express that it’s the best application the reader will see for the open position.

Employers do read your cover letter, so consider the cover letter an elevator pitch. The cover letter is the overview of your professional experience. The information in the body presents the key qualifications, the things that matter. The cover letter is the “here is what will be found in my presentation”, which is the resume in this case.

Something really important to point out- a cover letter should be written from scratch each time. Great cover letters are the ones that express why the applicant is the best for the specific job being applied to. Using a general cover letter will not lead to great results.

This doesn’t mean that your cover letter should repeat your most valuable qualifications, it just means that you don’t want to recycle a templated, general letter, not specific to the position being applied to.

Here’re 10 cover letter tips to nail every interview.

1. Take a few minutes to learn about the company so that you use an appropriate tone

Like people, every company has its own culture and tone. Doing a bit of research to learn what that is will be extremely beneficial. For instance, a technology start-up has a different culture and tone than a law firm. Using the same tone for both would be a mistake.

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2. Don’t use generic cover letter terms — be specific to each company and position

Hiring managers and recruiters can easily identify generic cover letters. They read cover letters and resumes almost every day. Using words and terms like: “your company” instead of naming the actual company, and “your website” instead of “in your about us section on www.abc123.com”, are mistakes. Be as specific as possible, it’s worth the additional few minutes.

3. Address the reader directly if you can

It is an outdated practice to use “To Whom it May Concern” if you know the person that will be reviewing your documents. You may wonder how you’ll know this information; this is where attention to detail and/or a bit of research comes into play.

For example, if you are applying for a job using LinkedIn, many times, the job poster is listed within the job post. This is the person reading your documents when you “apply now”. Addressing that person directly will be much more effective than using a generic term.

4. Don’t repeat the information found in the resume

A resume is an action-based document. When presenting information in a resume, the tone isn’t conversational but leading with action instead, for example: “Analyze sales levels and trends, and initiate action as necessary to ensure attainment of sales objectives”.

In a cover letter, you have the opportunity to deliver your elevator pitch: “I have positively impacted business development and growth initiatives, having combined two regions into one and achieving 17% in compound growth over the following three-year period”.

Never use your resume qualifications summary as a paragraph in your resume. This would be repeating information. Keep in mind that your cover letter is the introduction to your resume- the elevator pitch- this is your opportunity to show more personality.

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5. Tell the company what you can do for them

As mentioned above, this is your chance to explain to the company why you are the best person for the open position. This is where you tell the company what you can do for them: “If hired as the next (job title) with (company name), I will cultivate important partnerships that will enhance operations while boosting revenue.”

Many times, we want to take the reader through the journey of our life. It is important to remember that the reader needs to know why you are the best person for the job. Lead with that.

6. Showcase the skills and qualifications specific to the position

A lot of people are Jack’s and Jill’s of all trades. This can be a great big picture, but not great to showcase in a cover letter or resume.

Going back to what was mentioned before, cover letters and resumes are scanned through ATS. Being as specific as possible to the position being applied to is important.

If you are applying for a coding position, it may not be important to mention your job in high school as a dog walker. Sticking to the exact job being applied to is the most effective way to write your cover letter.

7. Numbers are important — show proof

It always helps to show proof when stating facts: “I have a reputation for delivering top-level performance and supporting growth so that businesses can thrive; established industry relationships that generated double digit increase in branch revenues”.

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8. Use testimonials and letters of recommendations

A cover letter is a great place to add testimonials and information from your letter of recommendations. Mirroring the example above, here is a good way to use that information:

I have a history of consistently meeting and exceeding metrics: “(Name) rose through the company and became a Subject Matter Expert, steadily providing exceptional quality of work.”- Team Manager.

9. Find the balance between highlighting your achievements and bragging

There is fine line between telling someone about your achievements and bragging. My advice is to always use facts first, and support that with an achievement related to the fact, as shown in the examples above.

You don’t want to have a cover letter with nothing but bullet points of what you have achieved. I can’t stress this enough — cover letters are your elevator pitch, the introduction to your resume.

10. Check your length — you want to provide no more than an introduction

The general rule for most positions is one page in length. Positions such as professors and doctors will require more in length (and they actually use CV’s); however, for most positions, one page is sufficient. Remember, the cover letter is an introduction and elevator pitch. Follow the logic below to get you started:

Start with: “I am ready to deliver impeccable results as (name of company) next (Position Title).

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What you know and like about the company, what initiatives, missions, goals resonate with you: “I read/listened to an interview that your Chief of Staff did on www.abc123.com. His/her statement regarding important up and coming employee engagement initiatives really resonated with me”.

Overview of your qualifications and experience: “I have a strong background in developing, monitoring, and controlling annual processes and operational plans related to community relations and social initiatives”.

Highlight/ Back up your facts with achievements: “I’m a vision-driven leader, with a proven history of innovation and mentorship; I led an initiative that reduced homelessness in four counties and received recognition from the local Homeless Network and the County Commissioner”.

Close with what will you do for the company: “As your next (job title), I am focused on hitting the ground running as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to the growth of (name of company).

Bonus Advice

When applying for a job online or in person, a resume and a cover letter are standard submissions. At least 98% of the time, both your resume and cover letter and scanned via ATS (applicant tracking systems). You can learn more about that process here.

The information provided in a cover letter should be written and organized to be compatible with these scans, so that it can make to a human; from there, you want to make sure that you capture the recruiter and/or hiring managers attention.

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