A fortnight ago, the maximum yield for AAA bond was 9.84%. With rising bond yields, you can expect to get an yield of over 10.30% for AAA rated bonds of maturity in the next six months and almost 11.50% for AA rated bonds.
Muthoot Finance is offering secured and unsecured non-convertible debentures (NCDs). The maximum coupon rate is 12.25% for secured NCDs of 36 months. There are options for cumulative as well as non-cumulative NCDs for different periods. Option XI for 72 months, offering to double your money, is unsecured and, hence, avoidable. CRISIL and ICRA rating is AA- (which means higher risk that is compensated with better rates). The interest is taxable even if TDS is not deducted. Taxable NCDs work well for those up to 10% tax bracket. For others, it’s better to go for tax-free bonds from government companies.