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    FD Vs PF, EPF, VPF

    Money, it is that one thing around which our lives and the world revolve. Everything we do in our lives is either directly or indirectly connected to the act of earning, saving or spending money, with money ruling the roost in our day to day activities. Money is the harbinger of news, sometimes good and sometimes bad, turning normal people into Gods, wielding power like no other weapon. The fact is that there is no modern world without money, unless we are all willing to give it all up and lead the life of a hermit.

    So we work hard to earn money, putting in blood, sweat and tears to life a decent life, but the thing about money is that it somehow evades us when we need it most. A good savings plan can offer some comfort, helping us believe that there is a back-up in case of financial emergencies, but finding the right back-up can be a difficult task. Money is hard to earn and easy to spend, so a good savings plan could mean the difference between a peaceful retirement and a tension filled life.

    Fixed Deposits and Provident Funds are two popular investment and saving tools in India, both offering multiple benefits to people. Provident Funds are government supported retirement planning schemes, wherein individuals have the opportunity to invest in different kinds of provident funds. The Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF) are two popular Provident Fund investment modes in India.

    So which investment opportunity is better? FD, EPF or VPF? The following points could possibly help YOUR money hold its value during financial needs.

    Know the terms

    Fixed Deposits are accounts offered by banks wherein individuals can deposit money into the account for a particular time period. These deposits are generally payable only when the term is completed.

    Employee Provident Fund is a provident fund for employees of companies, which is designed to provide financial stability post retirement.

    Voluntary Provident Fund is a provident fund wherein individuals can choose to voluntarily contribute some percentage of their salary towards it.

    Eligibility

    Fixed Deposits – FDs can be opened by all residents, including minors, if they meet the eligibility criteria of the bank they wish to apply in. A few companies offer Company Fixed Deposit, which are open to individuals and are governed by the rules of the company.

    EPF – Individuals who are employees of organisations are eligible to open an Employee Provident Fund account.

    VPF – Only salaried individuals can open a Voluntary Provident Fund account.

    Investment / Lock in period

    The lock in period refers to the time duration involved for a particular investment to reach its maturity value.

    FD – The Investment / Lock in period for FDs depends on the needs and requirements of the individual account holder. The investment term could range from 7 days to 10 years, offering flexibility and ease of handling to the investor.

    EPF – The EPF is active till the individual concerned is an employee of the organisation. The invested amount can be paid either at retirement or on resignation.

    VPF – This account is active till the individual is an employee of the organisation. The invested amount can be paid either at retirement or on resignation.

    Thus FDs offer ease and flexibility in terms of investment period compared to EPFs and VPFs.

    Interest Rates

    The interest rate offered on investments is often the biggest deciding factor when choosing which option to pick. Bank fixed deposits offer interest rates ranging between 8.5 to 9% per annum, with company fixed deposits offering much higher rates, often ranging between 12-13% per annum. The interest rates are fixed by the individual bank or company concerned and often reflect the competitive nature of business.

    The interest rates for PFs, including EPF and VPF are fixed by the government and currently stand at 8.75% per annum. These rates can be revised only by the government at its sole discretion.

    Tax Benefits

    It so happens that we often feel reluctant to part with our hard earned money, but paying tax is the duty of every individual who falls in the tax bracket. While one cannot avoid tax completely, FDs and PFs offer us the chance to reduce our tax burden to an extent. Individuals can claim deduction under section 80C of the Income Tax Act in case of Tax Saving Fixed Deposits, with the maximum deduction being Rs. 1.5 lakh.

    Investments towards EPF and VPF are also eligible for deduction under Section 80C. Withdrawals from EPF are, however, taxed if the individual has been employed with the same employer for less than 5 years.

    Investment amount/contribution

    Planning for the future is an extremely crucial aspect of investing and miscalculating the investment amount could leave us hanging in the future. FDs have no limit on the investment amount, with the investments depending on the capability of the individual concerned. Some banks are open to investments running into crores, with the investment amounts being subject to the policies followed by the banks.

    In case of EPF, both the employer and employee are expected to contribute 12% of the basic and DA every month. The contribution can be increased as per the needs of the employee. In VPFs the employee can choose the amount he/she wishes to invest, as a percentage of their DA and Basic Salary, with no contribution from the employer. Contributions to VPF are voluntary and are up to the individual concerned.

    Premature withdrawals

    Most banks allow premature withdrawals of Fixed Deposits, subject to the policies of the bank and can charge a certain fine on such premature withdrawals.

    Premature withdrawals are permitted for EPF and VPF, though premature withdrawal of EPF with service less than five years would attract tax deductions, ranging from 20% to 34%, depending on certain conditions.

    Loans

    Financial emergencies can arise at any moment and loans can often quell them temporarily. Most banks offer an overdraft facility against FDs, with the loan amount being as high as 90% of the amount in the FD. The interest rate on these loans is generally 1-2% higher than the current interest rate being paid on the FD.

    Individuals can avail loans against their EPF/PPF amount, subject to them meeting certain criteria. Loans against these are available only for 9 reasons, education, marriage, medical treatment, home purchase, home modifications, lockouts, home-loan payments, calamities and if the individual needs money one year before his/her retirement.

    The table below mentions the differences between FDs, EPFs and VPFs.

    Criteria FD EPF VPF
    Eligibility Open to all Only Salaried Individuals Only Salaried Individuals
    Investment Period 7 days to 10 years Till retirement or resignation Till retirement or resignation
    Interest Rates (Per annum) 8.5-9% for bank FDs and 12-13% for company FDs 8.75% 8.75%
    Tax Benefits Available under Section 80C Available under Section 80C Available under Section 80C
    Investment Amount Flexible 12% Basic + DA by both employee and employer Voluntary
    Premature Withdrawals Available Available Available
    Loans Available Available for certain needs Available for certain needs

    FD or PFs? Where to invest?

    Investments should be done keeping in mind future requirements and current income, and both FDs and PFs (EPF and VPF) offer excellent features to investors. FDs can be an additional investment for individuals above their investments in EPF or VPF. For non-salaried individuals, an FD is the best form of investment as they are not eligible to invest in EPF and VPF.

    FDs offer more convenience and flexibility in terms of the investment amount and individuals can customise it to suit their financial needs, with the higher interest rate helping their money grow faster when compared to EPF or VPF. The investment term options make FDs more attractive, as the term can be chosen based on current needs, allowing people the opportunity to financially plan for even short term needs, which is hard to do in case of EPF and VPF.

    Conclusion

    A lifetime of hard work could dematerialize in one reckless moment and life isn’t always kind to provide second chances. Investing in the right plan ensures safety of not just your money but also your family and way of life. FDs, EPFs and VPFs are unique in their own way, and not investing in them could come back to haunt us. They help our money grow with us, so that we can have something to fall back to in our old age or times of distress.

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    FD Vs PF, EPF, VPF Reviews

    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Returns from HDFC"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      As per the guidance , I taken a Fixed Deposit in HDFC . This is one year plan and worth enough to take this plan in HDFC comparing with the interest rate . I am really happy with the better returns for my FD . I thought of continuing after one year also .
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit for the past 6 years ,using net banking is also good ,customer service is good .flexy deposit ,whenever required can take the amount and can deposit it later .There was no issues faced so far .The Banking service is good to me so far.I am satisifed with the banking service.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
    • Oriental Bank of Commerce Fixed Deposit
      "Trusted investment for the future"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have fixed deposit with Oriental Bank of commerce, they give interest rate around 7.5%when I was invested but I am not sure about current one. However there is no charges applicable for the fd maintenance, They have nice online banking to open or close the account and its a trusted one.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Have to be more quick in their procedure"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have Fixed Deposit with ICICI also which was matured earlier even it was a tax free accounts they are charging some amount. Before the financial year completion, i need to submit the document to income department to get my fund but the procedure is too long and I did not get the money. I had done investment of 1L and 0.50L which am unhappy. I would suggest them to provide the bills on time after this experience have stopped investing with them.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 12, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Very much convenient"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My all time favorite is Fixed Deposit which is secured and I can count the returns on evey month which am most comfortable. My family all have them are having in HDFC account, the manager is very friendly and rendering the service. Am doing investment since 2011 and their services are more good than the profit.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 12, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Convenient fixed deposit"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My fixed deposit was opened with Axis bank, I invested around Rs. 1 lakh for one year. If I want I can also extend the tenure. I believe the rate of interest is more than 7% for per annum. I can also track the fixed deposit through online banking its more simple.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , thane
      Reviewed on May 04, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Userfriendly FD experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I do have fixed deposit with HDFC, I opened it through online there is no locking period, while opening I have specified the maturity date. Minimum deposit start from Rs. 5000, they are providing 7.3% per annum. Its safe and secured to invest money with HDFC.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 03, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having fixed deposit with State Bank Of India ,interest is good .The banking service is good so far .I have not faced any issues so far .Money will be safe on this account .Whenever need money can take and can deposit as well .The banking service is good and satisfied so far .Will get frequent update as well. I am satisfied with the overall service.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
    • Canara Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good nservice"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having fixed deposit with Canara Bank ,interest is good .The banking service is good so far .I have not faced any issues so far .Money will be safe on this account .Whenever need money can take and can deposit as well .The banking service is good and satisfied so far .Will get frequent update as well.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Iam having fixed deposit with Punjab national bank ,interest is good .The banking service is good so far .I have not faced any issues so far .Money will be safe on this account .Whenever need money can take and can deposit as well .The banking service is good and satisfied so far .Will get frequent update as well.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Can do better"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      SBI gives only 6.7% of interest for the fixed deposit, there is some charges applicable for the per matured liquidity amount. They take 1% from the paid amount, its not flexible as HDFC. The customer dealing is also average to resolve the queries.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Flexible Fixed deposit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC Is more convenient to open and close the FD through online, they give better interest as per the RBI around 6.8%. The online portal is easy to track the fixed deposit details, the help desk is good to handle the queries. I am very much happy with HDFC. I can take the tenure from three months to max tenure.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good in services"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      My fixed deposit is with State Bank of India. I can open and close this account online. The interest I earn is satisfactory. The customer services and response is good and in all it is a smooth process and there are no unwanted charges taken for the same.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Satisfied with the service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a fixed deposit account with HDFC Bank and the banking process is good. I could open this account online and the account has been beneficial too. I earn a good interest. I can also close this account without having to go in person to the bank. It can be done online too.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019
    • andhra Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Better"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a fixed deposit with Andhra Bank because the service is good and have been maintaining savings account. The branch is near to my place. It was taken 10 years ago. They are giving 6.5% interest rate. The locking period is 2 years and its a flexible scheme.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Its Good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      For SBI fixed deposit there is no locking period, as per the customer convenience they can chose 7 day to 10 years of term. There is pre matured charges they take it from the invest amount . SBI is trusted and reputed and upto Rs.10,000 deposit there is no tax deduction.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , visakhapatnam
      Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service I am getting"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I normal deposit a cash of either 10 or 15 k in my fixed deposit because I don't have much surplus cash . Nowadays just for the name sake depositing my money in FD . Though they provide very less returns but the guarantee of getting the money back is sure .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Very Assured Fixed deposit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I opened a Fixed deposit in Axis bank for one year of term period . They sent a physical copy for my fixed deposit which gives a good assurance about that bank . So that my nominee can be aware of my FD and can approach them very easily if something happens to me . I can check the status of my FD through on line itself .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent services"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      The best bank for a fixed deposit is HDFC Bank. The customer support is good and they are responsive as well. They offer an interest like other bank on my savings. The best is there is no lock in period so I close this account when ever I want too and I can do it with just a click away online. Where as other banks they would ask me to go to the home branch.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019
    • review Fixed Deposit
      "Good interest on savings"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit with Saraswat Cooperative Bank. The customer support is good and they are responsive. I been a customer for 20 years. The interest they provide on my savings is more than satisfactory and there are no charges taken for this account features.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
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