Thrift deposits

Definition (1):

Thrift deposits are the accounts whose principal purpose is to provide an interest-bearing outlet for customer savings – that is, a place for the customer to store liquid purchasing power at interest until needed.

Definition (2):

“Thrift Deposit is a compulsory saving and it is recovered from the monthly salary of a member according to cadre wise.” Interests on thrifts are calculated annually and are paid by Real-time Gross Settlement (RTGS)/ National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) to the concerned members. An example of this deposit is shown in the table below:

Class I &Class II


Class III


Class IV


Normally, 100% of this deposit is included in the consumer or retail market, while generally, only 20% of this deposit is attributed to the commercial or wholesale market due to the thrifts’ limited ability to involve in commercial lending.

Use of the term in Sentences:

  • The professor is discussing different types of deposits along with thrift deposits in the financial institutions and bank management class.
  • The student could not answer what is the difference between thrifts and thrift deposits.
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