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    Difference between SIP and FD

    The world of financial markets have seen a massive change as years have gone by. New financial instruments have come into prominence along with the existing ones. Be it the latest trend of cryptocurrency or mutual funds or safe investments options like Fixed Deposits (FDs) and Government Bonds, the options available are a lot more nowadays as compared to the days gone by. However, given the variety of options, it is quite common for the people who are interested in investing their money to get confused as to which options serves them better. Though Bitcoin has been in the news of late, there has been a trend of potential investors in India looking up the difference between Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) and Time Deposits. Considering the options offered by both SIPs and FDs, it is never a surprise to find people muddled when it comes to choosing one among the two. Here, in this article we try to clearly differentiate between the two as well as highlight the benefits that each one of them offers to the potential investors.

    What is Systematic Investment Plan (SIP)?

    Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) is merely a mutual fund investment product that allows small investments on a monthly basis in equity and debt instruments. SIPs are the stepping stone for those who are new to the world of mutual funds. Apart from offering good returns, investing in SIPs can help in inculcating the habit of timely investments, which will ultimately result in the individual acquiring a hefty sum of money in a certain period of time.

    Benefits offered by SIPs

    Some of the core benefits that investors avail if they invest in SIPs are:

    • Investors can invest depending on their needs. Apart from that, one doesn’t need to roam about to make the investments and one is also provided with the facility of keeping a track on how the investments are doing.
    • SIPs do not require the investors to look after the interest rates as the investments are made on a timely basis.
    • Tax benefit is another plus offered by SIPs. Investors who invest in SIPs for more than year can enjoy tax benefits.
    • Money can be invested and withdrawn at any time as SIPs are done in open-ended funds.

    What is a fixed deposit (FD)?

    As for fixed deposit (FD), it is a financial instrument that allows investors to put in a lump sum amount for a specific period of time at a fixed rate of interest. It is the safest investment option available to potential investors in the financial market as it guarantees higher returns on the investment made. There are different kinds of FDs that are being offered by banks and non-banking financial companies so investors can go ahead and select the type that suits their needs be it short term or long term goals.

    Benefits of investing in FDs

    • First and foremost benefit when it comes to FDs is that it assures of guaranteed returns on the investments
    • The investments are risk-free.
    • Offers flexibility to the investors as they can select the amount as well as the time period for which they want to invest.
    • Can avail loans based to the investments made in the FDs.
    • At the time of emergencies, FDs can be either closed or the investor can make a overdraft withdrawal.
    • You can apply for a car loan against your FD and also become eligible to apply for a credit card using your FD as a security. This is very useful for people who do not have a credit history or have just began earning.
    • You can also get tax benefits if you invest in 5-year Tax Saving FDs

    There is no denying the fact that both SIPs and FDs have their own benefits and offers a lot to the investors who choose it. Though they look similar given the benefits that they have to offer, there are quite a lot of differences among the two. The below chart takes a look at the differences:

    Parameters Systematic Investment Plan Fixed Deposit
    Investment type In installments In Lump-sum
    Returns Can’t be guaranteed Guaranteed
    Nature of return Capital gain and dividends Interest
    Risk factor High Low
    Liquidity low/medium High
    Tax No tax is charged if the mutual fund units are sold after a year. However, 15% tax is charged if the units are sold within a year. Tax is incurred on the basis of the income tax slab under which the investor falls.
    Best suited for Conservative as well as aggressive investors Only conservative investors

    Let’s take a closer look at the differences:

    • Investment amount: If we look at the investment type available to potential investors with regard to SIPs and FDs, it easy to start investing in both financial instruments. However, considering the rates that they offer, it is comparatively easier when it comes to SIPs as one can start with a small amount and yet have a chance to earn higher returns if the companies in which the investments have been made are doing well.
    • Interest rates: Considering the rates of interest offered in SIPs are higher as compared to that of FDs, it does not guarantee a potential investor of great returns. Hence, when one invests in SIPs, it is up to pure luck when it comes to guaranteed returns. While in the case of FDs, one who invests in it is sure to getting higher returns irrespective of the sum he/she has invested in the FD.
    • Taxes: When it comes to the important topic of tax saving, tax is levied on most FDs on the basis of the income tax slab that the investor falls under. Though, all the FDs charge taxes on the individuals, there is one type of FD called tax saving FD where the investors can claim deductions on investments upto Rs. 1.5 lakh. As in the case of SIPs, though no tax is charged if the mutual funds units are sold after a year, a certain percent of tax is levied on the investors.

    Though, FDs are the safest option available to investors when it comes to investing the hard money without giving second thought, investing in mutual fund SIPs can also be beneficial if the decision to invest is taken after taking all risks into account. With the interest rates on FDs slashed by banks in recent times, both conservative and assertive investors can do prior research on investing in mutual fund SIPs which can result in higher returns on the investments made.

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    Difference between SIP and FD Reviews

    • 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? 0
      , 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? 2
      , 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
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Less interest rate"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Two months before I deposited my money nearly 1,50,000 in SBI . I am really happy with their customer service and response . But the interest rate is around 6.85 % which is lesser comparing to other bank . Since It is Government bank, I need not to worry in future if anything uncertain happens .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • Central Bank of India Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have done fixed deposit on CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA an year ago, i did not face any issue in creating account. They have given me limited tenure period, i use to pay my payment through my credit card of same bank, now i have withdrawn my deposit. I got good interest rate so far my experience was good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • Citibank Fixed Deposit
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit with Citibank. I could get the clear details online. Though I would not be able to open this account through the mobile application. I can do it through the desktop. It has been a good experience till date and beneficial too.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good in all"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a fixed deposit account with State Bank of India. The customer services are good. The process can be done online. The lock in period depends on the choice of the customer. The minimum tenure is six months. The interest rate provided is also equally good.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
    • Bank of Baroda Fixed Deposit
      "Overall no hassles"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      It is a very simple process to open a fixed deposit account with Bank of Baroda. The lock in period is for five years. They provide a very good interest on my savings. The process at the bank is also good. There are no hassles in the overall experience.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Looking for More Investment"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Five years before , I opened a Fixed deposit in SBI , It automatically renewed on every year. I just monitors in online . I am looking for more investment in the future. At one stage I open this fixed deposit for my children's education or marriage .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , secunderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019
    • Federal Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good customer support"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      In Federal bank , for Recurring deposit they provide very good interest rate of almost 7.5% .Even it is applicable for shorter period and longer term also . Very good customer support . After comparing with other banks , I decided to start my FD in Federal bank .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , kochi
      Reviewed on Apr 09, 2019
    • review Fixed Deposit
      "Overall good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I hold a fixed deposit account with City Union Bank. The rate of interest is of 7.25% on my savings. The customer support is good and they are responsive as well. It was easy to open this account and I can do it online. There are no hassles in the overall service.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 05, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Accesibility"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My fixed deposit with ICICI, I have opened the account through online just from the I mobile. I invested around Rs. 1 lakh its for long duration. The interest is good, I can withdraw the money through online banking without any charges. I am very fine with them.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , indore
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good interst for FD savings"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I opened fixed deposit account through online, the process was simple without any documentation. Currently the bank is providing the interest around 8% for the FD account. I done it before year it has tenure this year one year. I think this august my Fd amount gets matured.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • Standard Chartered Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Hold a fixed deposit Account with STANDARD CHRATED BANK . The best thing is their Customer Service .The response of banking service and banking staff is good here . The online banking is good and the services at the branch is also satisfactory.So far it has been good experience with STANDARD bank .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Its Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I went to the bank for the FD process, the service was good they helped to open the account on the same day. I took the fixed deposit for the period of three years and I deposited Rs. 1 lakh, I would get the amount of Rs. 1.35 lakh. I do have HDFC online access .
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • Post Office Fixed Deposit
      "Good Experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My fixed deposit got matured with Post office, the interest was nominal. The staff are good they gave me good service. There was no online option hence I need to visit for depositing the cash. I invested for five years for fixed deposit, my experience was good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 03, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good overall"
      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? 3
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019
    • IndusInd Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Investment with Indusind bank"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      One time investment I have done in Indusind bank as a fixed deposit, it has locking period around one year. They are providing the interest around 8% for one year. Online option is easy to activate the service and closing, there is no charges for the FD maintenance.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , indore
      Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Convenient"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I have a Fixed Deposit with Axis Bank because they have offered more interest than ICICI BANK and its been more than 1.5 years. Their customer service is always good. The interest rate is around 7.6% which am not sure. I can manage the account online. I opted for 18 months.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019
    • Bank of Baroda Fixed Deposit
      "Need improvement on customer support"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have done one time investment fixed investment in Bank of Baroda, it has five year of locking period. The interest is nominal for the FD, I believe BOB give the interest around 8% , however there was no proper information regarding the interest. My father have taken this FD on my name, every year I deposit the amount.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , noida
      Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019
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