The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced the launch of a unique investment plan that enables Sri Lankansearning foreign currency to save fixed monthly amounts and enjoy attractive interest ratesto build savingsofUS$ 10,000 upwards or the equivalent in three other currencies,ina relatively short period.
Named ‘Millionaire Investment Plan in Foreign Currency,’ the account is modelled on the Bank’s already successful ‘Millionaire Investment Plan’ andoffers interest ratesthat are higher thancompetingproducts in the market for tenures of three, four or five years on savings in US Dollars, Euros, Sterling Pounds and Australian Dollars.
The new plan makes it possible for customers to plan how much they want to save within a selected periodbased on the corresponding fixed monthly deposit they can comfortably commit to, and build an investment inUS$/€/£/A$to the value of 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 100,000 or 250,000 in any one of these denominations at maturity.
For example, to save a lump sum of 10,000 in five yearsin one of the currency denominations of their choice, customers would only have to deposit monthly amounts of US$ 133.50, €146.50,£142.75, or A$139, the Bank said.
The ‘Millionaire Investment Plan in Foreign Currency,’ was introduced not only to encourage foreign currency investments and foreign remittances into the country but to also provide Sri Lankans earning in foreign currency anopportunity to save and enjoy higher returns on their hard-earned money within a short period of time, the Bank said.
This special foreign currency investment plan can be opened by Sri Lankan citizens employed overseas, Sri Lankan dual citizens residing anywhere, Sri Lankans holding Permanent Residency status or citizenship in another country, who are resident in or outside Sri Lanka, as well as by Sri Lankans residing in Sri Lanka while earning in foreign currency. To be eligible to open an account, customers should be 18 years or above and able to make monthly deposits in a foreign currency of choice.
Furthermore, these investors should maintain a Commercial Bank Personal Foreign Currency Account (PFC) from which the agreed amount in monthly deposits can be transferred to their respective Millionaire Investment Plans in Foreign Currency. At maturity, the guaranteed target investment amount will be transferred to eachcustomer’s PFC.
Commercial Bank recently also launched ‘Forex Plus,’ another competitive and reliable instrument in the form of a special Foreign Currency Fixed Deposit scheme that offers interest rates of up to 9.5% per annum for tenures of up to five years on foreign currency term deposits in the same international currencies.