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    FD Vs PF, EPF, VPF

    We found 111 FD Vs PF, EPF, VPF

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    Deposit Amount Range
    Tenure Range
    Interest Rate
    Up to ₹25L
    1 Year to 5 Years
    7.49% - 8.19% Monthly compounding
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    Up to ₹25L
    1 Year to 5 Years
    7.75% - 8.5% Monthly compounding
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    Up to ₹1Cr
    7 Days to 20 Years
    5% - 8.15% Quarterly compounding
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    Up to ₹1Cr
    7 Days to 10 Years
    4% - 7.5% Quarterly compounding
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    Up to ₹1Cr
    7 Days to 10 Years
    4.25% - 7.35% Monthly compounding
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    Up to ₹1Cr
    15 Days to 20 Years
    4.25% - 6.9% Monthly compounding
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    Up to ₹1Cr
    7 Days to 10 Years
    4% - 7% Monthly compounding
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    NRI - FD
    Up to ₹1Cr
    1 Year to 5 Years
    6.5% - 7.10% Monthly compounding
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    NRI - FD
    Up to ₹1Cr
    1 Year to 10 Years
    6% - 6.4% Monthly compounding
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    NRI - FD
    Up to ₹1Cr
    1 Year onwards
    6.25% - 6.5% Monthly compounding
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    Up to ₹1Cr
    7 Days to 10 Years
    4% - 7.35% Quarterly compounding
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    NRI - FD
    Up to ₹1Cr
    1 Year to 5 Years
    6.85% Quarterly compounding
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  • FD Vs PF, EPF, VPF Reviews

    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Secured investment"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Compared to other banks SBI offering good interest rate on fixed deposit, they offered me 7.95% of interest. I have the amount of Rs. 2.4 lakhs for the tenure of three years. After the maturity period I got the amount around 2.9 lakhs. I am very much fine with that.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 24, 2017
    • Karur Vysya Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I am having the fixed deposit account with the Karur Vysya bank and the account got opened within one to two days of time. Tenure is for five years of time and after that it will be get matured. Rate of interest was around 8.5% to 9% on that time with the tax redemption.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 23, 2017
    • Karnataka Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Bank"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have an account for fixed deposit only with Karnataka bank. I have deposited around fifty five lakhs. I bank with Karnataka for more than twenty years, even my family members are having an account with the same bank. Their services are really good.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 22, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good one"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I have fixed deposit account with the ICICI bank and I got it from them because I had the salary account with them. Within two days of time fixed deposit account got opened and the maturity period is around one year of time. Interest rate is around 8% with them and am not that much happy with that. I would like to suggest that they can increase the rate of interest for the deposits.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 18, 2017
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Too much of process involved"
      0.5 2.5/5 "Just OK"
      At other private bank a fixed deposit could be opened online and a customer does not have to visit the bank. In my case I had to visit State bank of India to open a fixed deposit and it has a lot of process involved. Like wise to close the same it is the same scenario.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , pune
      Reviewed on May 10, 2017
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having fixed deposit account with the State bank of India and the interest rate is around 6.2% for the tenure of five years of time. I have opened this account through online, so it got happened very immediately. Charges are nil with them and I can get the money withdrawal in fraction of seconds.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , pondicherry
      Reviewed on May 09, 2017
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Long back I had Fixed deposit account with State bank of India. I selected the tenure period for six years. The bank had fixed a good rate of interest. At last I received the money with the promised interest amount. I am much satisfied with SBI for the FD service.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 09, 2017
    • Bank of Baroda Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had Fixed Deposit account with Bank of Baroda about quite long back. The tenure period is six years and the fixed amount is four to five lakhs. The percentage of interest rate is quite good and they returned the money back with the promised interest amount.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 09, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Average "
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      I have withdrawn my fixed deposit account with the ICICI bank and the interest rate was around 7%. It took around one to two hours of time to open the account through online. There are no charges while withdrawing the amount , also it took around one month of time to get it.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , pudukkottai
      Reviewed on May 08, 2017
    • IDBI Fixed Deposit
      "Very Responsive"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I deposited some amount with IDBI bank as a fixed deposit. Actually I deposited this amount for future savings also I will be getting some good interest rate at the end of the year. I got good support from the bank executives and they provided all the information regarding FD.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • YES Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Yes bank have some banking issues with them I believe. I have savings account, recurring and fixed deposit account with them. I never received quick response from the bank. But the bank is good for my fixed deposit account. Simply I opened an account with them and getting better service on it.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • Kotak Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have savings account with Kotak Mahindra bank. Even I have fixed deposit account as well. The period of FD is for one year. The bank is assigned relationship manager for me as I have so many accounts with them. I got good response from them for my FD. 1 years, 1years, relationship manager
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      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Satisfactory Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Even I have fixed deposit with State bank of India. The tenure period is one year. I deposit certain amount with them as their interest rate is good and incomparable. SBI gives good response to the people and they are very supportive as well. I have no issues with SBI.
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      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • Punjab National Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had invested in fixed deposit with Punjab National Bank. I have deposited ceratin amount on my account. I got good response from the bank when I opened FD. The bank was so supportive and they provided all the information regarding FD. The interest rates too are pretty attractive.
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      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Average "
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      I had invested in fixed deposit with the State bank of India and the interest rate is very less like its around 7.15%, also the returns are also very less, which will be also applicable with the tax. Services provided by them is really not good and I would like to suggest that they need to provide the customer service in a much better way.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bhopal
      Reviewed on May 03, 2017
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Fantastic"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In terms of interest rate and everything State Bank of India is fine to have the fixed deposit and the service aspects are working fine with them. I am having this account from the last six to seven years of time and the response is always very good with the State Bank of India.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , mundra
      Reviewed on May 03, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent to Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I do have the fixed deposit account with the HDFC bank and the interest rate is differed according to the offers. All of my deposits will be taken care by my relationship manager. Total tenure is around five years of time and its a kind of small deposits. Net banking services are an excellent one with them.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 26, 2017
    • Punjab National Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Customer service should be good and unique for everyone"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I do have fixed deposit account with the Fixed deposit and they have provided around 8.5% as interest rate. Services are perfect one for me and I do have good relationship with them because my relatives are working there. Net banking services are also working good and they are started to exhibit most of the services there.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Apr 26, 2017
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had invested in fixed deposit account with the Axis bank and the minimum tenure is around five years of time. Response is a good one with them and everything was done through online. Net banking services are working in an excellent way and it is really wonderful.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Apr 25, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "My FD"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had invested in FD with HDFC. The benefits what I get here is huge. I never used to visit the branch . I had got a phone call from them immediately they had sent their representative for the same. He helped me in filling the form and I do have online access and I view all the FD information online itself
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2017
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    FD Vs PF, EPF, VPF is Rated as "Excellent!" by 1738 Users

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    Fixed Deposit BYTES FROM OUR KITCHEN

    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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