• Comparison Between LIC and Recurring Deposit

    LIC and RD are two different investments plans designed to cater to different needs. Though both are investment plans, LIC caters more to insurance while RD is purely a savings scheme.

    Definitions

    • LIC stands for LIC Insurance Corporation. An LIC policy is a life insurance policy that you can take against risks. For people who are the head of the household or need to ensure that there is a financial provision for their loved ones after their death, an LIC Policy is a good option.
    • RD is a Recurring Deposit which can be opened with any bank provided you hold a savings or current account with the bank. This is purely a savings scheme where you can earn interest. It does not provide any other benefits.

    Life Insurance Corporation Policy

    Life Insurance is a contract that you draw out with a company to pay premiums towards a policy. The premiums are determined based on the policy you choose, the tenure and your age. This policy is beneficial at the time of maturity as you will receive a lump sum of money at maturity value. The policy will also pay out in the event of the insured’s death or on any of the events that you are insured against. The main payout dates are:

    • Upon unfortunate death of the insured
    • When the policy matures
    • Any specified dates mentioned in the policy

    LIC policies are not suitable to everyone. It is a good policy in case you have dependents. As a breadwinner, you would worry about your family members, spouse and loved ones if anything were to happen to you. If you have a life insurance policy, your nominee will receive either a lump sum or a monthly income to help them cope financially. In the event the policy matures before death, then it turns into an investment that you benefit from after saving for so many years. Some important points to remember about LIC policies are listed below.

    • LIC policies are suitable for people who have dependants.
    • Anyone who is of legal age can avail of a policy.
    • Taking out an LIC Policy is a long-term commitment.
    • Cancellation of policies will result in penalties and might be a loss.
    • With Life Insurance plans, policyholders can opt to save money in systematic plans to meet the costs of important life events such as having children, their marriage and education, and so on.
    • Policies can be taken for your spouse and children as well.
    • LIC policies should be treated as insurance rather than savings.
    • Policies under the “with profit” scheme can be extremely profitable if the market performs well. The premiums payable are usually higher, but these participating policies can share in the profits of the fund, if any.
    • An LIC Policy can be offered as collateral to avail of a loan.
    • Premiums paid towards LIC are eligible for tax deductions.

    Recurring Deposit

    An RD is a savings scheme offered by banks to help individuals save regularly and systematically build up a fund. The amount saved earns interest, but the interest is not eligible for tax deductions.

    • Recurring deposits can be started with as little as Rs. 10. This depends on the limits set by the bank.
    • The minimum period for an RD is usually 6 months.
    • The maximum period offered by banks is 10 years.
    • The interest rates offered on these deposits vary between banks. You should check the bank’s interest chart before opting for a tenure. Banks usually offer higher interest rates on certain tenures such as 500 days. So going for the longest tenure doesn’t necessarily fetch you a higher rate of interest. Although, with a long tenure you will earn more interest overall.
    • Withdrawals are usually not allowed.
    • You can close the deposit prematurely.
    • Banks run different RD schemes with flexible investment options to cater to different needs of the people.
    • TDS will be applicable on the interest earned on an RD. If you’re interest is lower than Rs. 10,000 in a year, then TDS is not applicable.
    • The interest earned is taxable income and should be declared in the income tax declaration.

    Points

    LIC

    RD

    Scheme

    Insurance

    Investment

    Purpose

    Risk Protection

    Savings

    Risk

    Safe

    Safe

    Target audience

    Caters to those who have dependents

    Caters to everyone

    Tenure

    Flexible

    10 years

    Premature closure

    Premature closure allowed with penalties.

    Premature closure allowed

    Loan

    Loan facility available

    Loan facility available

    Tax deductions

    Eligible for tax deductions

    Tax deducted at source if collective interest earned is more than Rs. 10,000. Interest earned must be declared.

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    Customer Reviews

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    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a recurring deposit with the HDFC bank. The interest rate is nominal. The EMI is Monthly Debited from the salary account. Opening the deposit was very easy and it was done online. Never had any issues with the service.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 26, 2018
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a recurring deposit with the SBI. I deposit 2500 every month, they offer a nominal interest rate of 6.5% per year. There no huge returns but it very good for savings purposes. I never faced any difficulty with their services. with respect to savings account.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 22, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Recurring deposit with HDFC"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a recurring deposit with HDFC bank and the rate of interest which they provide for the account was around 6.75%. I have chosen the tenure for 30 months with a monthly EMI of 1500. I can withdraw the amount after 30 months or in between. The service was very easy and simple.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Recurring deposit with HDFC"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have opened a recurring deposit with HDFC with a monthly EMI of 5000. The total tenure was for 2 years. The rate of interest which they were providing was 7.5%. We do withdraw the amount in between also there will not be any charges with them. The customer service and response with them is fine.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Best Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have my ongoing Recurring Deposit with HDFC bank and i am investing from last 1 year, I pay an amount of Rs 1000 every month and the customer service of HDFC bank was very good, they gave all the right information and guided me well. The maturity period is after 1 year and i get a interest of 6.5% on returns.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Apr 09, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Nice experience"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I hold a recurring deposit with HDFC Bank and the process is good. I can open this account on the mobile application. There is a lock in period for a year and six month. The rate of interest is good and there are no hassles in the process. Overall good.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 24, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good investment plan with HDFC"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have started a recurring deposit an investment plan with HDFC bank with a tenure of 1 years. The total rate of interest is which they provide for 1 year is 7%. Before completing the maturity period if i withdraw the amount, i am not sure about the withdrawal charges as i did not tried that. The customer service and response is fine.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 14, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good investment"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have started a recurring deposit an investment plan with HDFC bank with a tenure of 2 years. The total rate of interest is 7%. After two years i can withdraw the amount. The customer service and response is fine. Before completing the maturity period if i withdraw the amount, i am not sure about the withdrawal charges.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 14, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I had a Recurring Deposit in HDFC Bank and it was closed long back. I have paid 1000 rupees every month. After the maturity period I have received a minimal amount. It is useful for the saving purpose. The rate of interest was not good. I got a proper response.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Mar 01, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had a Recurring deposit with HDFC bank and my experience was good so far, the services provided by this bank is very good when compared to other banks. I pay an amount of Rs 2000 every month which gets auto deducted from the salary account. I get a interest of 6.99% and happy with the returns.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Feb 27, 2018
    • Axis Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent"
      AXIS BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have closed the recurring deposit with the Axis bank and I have good relationship with them. I would like to say that the rate of interest is a kind of tricky one and it was okay one for me with them. I am okay with their banking services.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Feb 27, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Nice experience"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The rate of interest is good at HDFC Bank for the recurring deposit. It is almost the same as other banks. The service online is good as I can open and close this account online without having to go to the banks. The overall process is fine and I am glad to bank with them
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Feb 19, 2018
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Wonderful"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have the recurring deposit account with the ICICI bank and the interest rate is good. Online banking services are good one with the ICICI bank. I dont think about the interest rate and other aspects. Everything is better one with the ICICI bank.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Feb 15, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Hassle Free experience"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC recurring deposit interest rate is nominal, I opened account through online, their notification part is good. I make the monthly investment around Rs. 15000 for the tenure of 24 months. At last I got the return got credited in the account.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Feb 15, 2018
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having the recurring deposit account with the ICICI bank. I am depositing rs 2,000 monthly. This policy I have takern for 25 years. The returns and policy benefits are very good. Customer service is very good.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Feb 10, 2018
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      First time I opened RD in HDFC, but the return was less. They offered me the interest rate around 6.5%, Then I quite in amount, I activated this service through online and once cancel it the amount got credited in a month. The service is absolutely fine but interest rate is the concern.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Feb 09, 2018
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good "
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      For more than five years of time, I am having the recurring deposit with the State bank of India and I have not found any loopholes with them. I would like to say that the online portal is good one for with the State bank of India.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Feb 07, 2018
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Best"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having the recurring deposit account with the ICICI bank and the customer service is good one. I would like to say that the online banking services are also good one with the ICICI bank and I have not faced any such issues with them till now.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Feb 06, 2018
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my salary account with State Bank of India. The customer service was okay. I am using this account for 20 years and It is a zero balance account. I use a domestic debit card. The daily withdrawal limit was happy. ATM services are convenient and good. They don't charge for IMPS and NEFT transfer.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , raigarh
      Reviewed on Feb 06, 2018
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having the recurring deposit account with the State bank of India and the customer service is good one. Response is fine one for me with them. I would like to say that the online portal is also really easy to access.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , thane
      Reviewed on Feb 06, 2018
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