How your bank calculates Monthly Average Balance ?

POSTED BY priyanka ON June 19, 2018 COMMENTS (36)

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 monthly average balance is calculated is different and very simple.

Meaning of Monthly Average Balance ?

It simply means 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 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 is lets say Rs.5000.

Now your balance in 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 average limit is upto Rs.5000 in most of the banks and 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 high charges as penalty for not maintaining it , It some times can be as high as Rs.750.

Did you knew how the minimum average balance is calculated ? Now will this information impact your banking in any way ? Will you keep less money in your bank account because you now understand that Monthly average balance is calculated in a different way than you thought?

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36 replies on this article “How your bank calculates Monthly Average Balance ?”

  1. Abhishek Singh says:

    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!

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Hi Abhishek Singh
      As per my research the starting date for counting monthly average balance will be 1st august. Still you should contact to your bank and confirm the date.

  2. 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.

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      1. Abhishek Singh says:

        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 !

  3. Hasan says:

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  4. 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 🙂

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      Glad to know that !

    2. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

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  5. 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.

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

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  6. 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.

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

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  7. Pooja says:

    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.

  8. very good articel.thankuu

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

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  9. vipul says:

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

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    Sir
    I want to invest in mutual fund There are many mutual funds in the market. How to choose which one is the best which gives higher returns. Few years back I had lost money in uti mutual fund. Kindly let me know the best one.
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  11. nishant says:

    Hi,

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

    Regards,
    Nishant

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

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

  12. Chintan Vyas says:

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

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      Its corrected now

  13. Prem Aggarwal says:

    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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  14. MJS Narula says:

    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

  15. Abhijit Murade says:

    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.

  16. K Sarkar says:

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

  17. robin says:

    Thanks Priyanka

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Welcome 🙂

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