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June 19, 2018

How your bank calculates Monthly Average Balance ?

Do you understand what is the meaning of Minimum Monthly Average Balance in your saving account? When you say “Monthly Average Balance of your saving bank account is Rs.10,000”, what does it mean exactly?

A lot of people feel that their balance in saving bank account should not go below Rs.10,000 on any given day, otherwise, there will be penalty charges and they make sure that they have a buffer of Rs.10,000 in their saving bank account all the time.

This means that their account should always have that much surplus. However, the way the monthly average balance is calculated is different and very simple.

how banks calculate my monthly average balance?

Meaning of Monthly Average Balance?

It simply means that the average of the all the closing day balance in a given month. So given a month, add up all the closing day balance and then divide it by the number of days in the month. If you have to put it as a formula it would be

MAB = (Total of all the EOD closing balance)/(number of days in a month)

Let me show you an example. Let us say the month we are talking about is April. The minimum balance limit in your bank lets say is Rs.5000.

Now your balance at the start of the month (Apr 1) is Rs.10,000. You withdraw Rs.8000 on 10th Apr and then Deposit Rs.2000 on 20th April. What will be the Monthly average balance for the April month?

monthly average balance

Learning’s & Tips

  • Keeping Rs.10,000 in a bank account for 15 days is same as keeping 5000 for full 1 month (10k * 15 days = 5k * 30 days)

PSU Banks vs Private Banks

A lot of PSU banks like SBI bank, Bank of India, Allahabad bank generally have a lower monthly average balance to be maintained in saving bank account, it’s average limit is up to Rs.5000 non-Maintenance Charges are very low around Rs.40-50 only.

However Private banks like ICICI Banks, HDFC bank, Axis Bank etc have Monthly balance as high as Rs.10,000 and charges a high penalty for not maintaining it , It some times can be as high as Rs.750.

So by now, you must have known how the minimum average balance is calculated? Will this information impact your banking in any way? Will you keep less money in your bank account because you now know that Monthly average balance is calculated in a different way than you thought?.

Let us know if you have any query in the comment section.

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Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh
5 years ago

I got my Dormant account activated today(10th august 2018). What will be the starting date for counting ‘MONTHLY AVERAGE BALANCE’ in my condition ?????
10th August or 1st august ????

Thanks!

sushant kadam
sushant kadam
5 years ago

Really wonderful explanation with sample goals for people who are zero (like me) in their financial planning. I Appreciate all the hard work you are putting in to educate people and help them take various financial decisions. Great work Thanks a lot.

Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh
Reply to  Jagoinvestor
5 years ago

Sir ! My account was in dormant state for many years. Today(10 August 2018), i got my account activated.
Question::: what will be starting date for ‘MONTHLY AVERAGE BALANE’ ?? 10th august or 1st august.

Please reply because i have to transaction.

Thanks !

Hasan
Hasan
5 years ago

Nice platform related to financial concepts. Keep it up Jagoninvestor

Amit Kumar Bansal
Amit Kumar Bansal
5 years ago

Whenever I log into my bank account, I see my monthly average balance and also I heard from my friends too, to maintain the average balance. but I never knew how it calculated. Good article. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Jagoinvestor
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Reply to  Amit Kumar Bansal
5 years ago

Glad to know that !

Sunil Chaudhary
Sunil Chaudhary
5 years ago

Hi,

Thanks for expressing this concept in such simple words . All these tips are really important to know. they are valuable and simple to understand. keep up your work, it help us to understand the financial terms in such a simple way.

Thanks once again.

Sadique Mazhari
Sadique Mazhari
5 years ago

Great work! This article is very helpful and informative for calculating monthly average balance. One can get every details in single Infographic, the way you explain makes complicated things simple. Keep sharing your knowledge with us.

Pooja
Pooja
5 years ago

Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

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Reply to  Pooja
5 years ago

Thanks

Ashutosh Mishra
Ashutosh Mishra
5 years ago

very good articel.thankuu

vipul
vipul
5 years ago

Hi You have explained very clearly
I enjoyed reading your blog full of information

N. Dwarakanath
N. Dwarakanath
5 years ago

Sir
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Thanking you
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5 years ago

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nishant
nishant
5 years ago

Hi,

Is the article above, in the image, “Average Quarterly Balance” should be “Average Monthly Balance”.
Please correct the same.

Regards,
Nishant

Jagoinvestor
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Reply to  nishant
5 years ago

This is corrected now .. thanks for pointing it out !

Chintan Vyas
Chintan Vyas
5 years ago

The figures shown in the infographic are not accurate. Please rectify them to avoid confusion for readers.

Jagoinvestor
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Reply to  Chintan Vyas
5 years ago

Its corrected now

Prem Aggarwal
Prem Aggarwal
5 years ago

Need advice as liquide funds are in FD with bank. Due to our age, we are afraid to invest elsewhere. What is the best option for us as we might need funds some times in between.

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Reply to  Prem Aggarwal
5 years ago

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MJS Narula
MJS Narula
5 years ago

In the illustration you have mentioned as quarterly average balance please rectify and make it average monthly balance However article explains funda in lay man language

Jagoinvestor
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Reply to  MJS Narula
5 years ago

Fixed !

Abhijit Murade
Abhijit Murade
5 years ago

I always follow and read your post, they are valuable and simple to understand. keep up your work, it help us to understand the financial terms in such a simple way.
Appreciate your contribution in financial awareness.

Jagoinvestor
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Reply to  Abhijit Murade
5 years ago

Thanks

K Sarkar
K Sarkar
5 years ago

In the chart it will be Monthly instead of Quarterly Balance. A petty mistake.

Jagoinvestor
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Reply to  K Sarkar
5 years ago

Its fixed now !

robin
robin
5 years ago

Thanks Priyanka