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  • 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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    • Indian Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Average "
      INDIAN BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      With the Indian bank , I do have the recurring deposit and the account got opened on immediate basis. Premature withdraw charges are applicable with them for the deposit. Online banking services are good one with the Indian bank.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 22, 2017
    • Axis Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good"
      AXIS BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I got the Recurring deposit with the Axis bank and the interest rate is around 7.5% . Total tenure is for two years of time but I can withdraw it at anytime, also I am satisfied with their interest rate. Online services are working in good way and the response is also good one.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 22, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Very Good service"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have opened the Recurring deposit with ICICI bank around 2 months ago. The benefits are really good with the RD. I am receiving the interest rate of 7% but being an bank employee, I got 8% for my RD. I pay around Rs.5000 every month and this was for a period of 3 years. I would say it is good for safety purpose and I got sufficient finanical support from them too.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jun 20, 2017
    • Karnataka Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Very good services"
      KARNATAKA BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I had taken a recurring deposit from Karnataka bank and the process was smooth and easy. The interest rate is also good and it is beneficial as well. The customer services has always been good and up to the mark. In all, I did not face any hassle till date with them.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 17, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good for saving"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The positive with the Recurring deposit is the amount which get debits automatically to my Recurring deposit account during the end of the year, I will be getting a bulk amount with RD account. The rate of interest is good with ICICI bank, it is comparable with others. I am happy to hold a Recurring Deposit with ICICI bank.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 15, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Its Average"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have opened the recurring deposit account through ICICI online banking, it created immediately. Earlier I was paying the amount of Rs.5000 on monthly basis, after six months. I got the matured amount of Rs.500. Totally I got Rs.60500 it was not good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I hold recurring deposit account with HDFC bank. The lock in period is one year. I am more comfortable with the services and I had no issues with the bank for RD account. The customer service is good and I am satisfied with the bank as I hold multiple services with the bank.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , jabalpur
      Reviewed on Jun 05, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Satisfactory services"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken a holiday scheme from State bank of India. It is a recurring deposit and I need to pay 6600 per month and it is for a year. So it is linked with a company who has these schemes for Holidays. The customer services was good and helpful to get me this account.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , guwahati
      Reviewed on May 31, 2017
    • IOB Recurring Deposit
      "Not Responsive"
      INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      Monthly payment will be 4000 for recurring deposit account with Indian Overseas Bank. Tenure period is 52 months. It will be completed by this year, but I am not interested to reopen the account with IOB because their responses are not good. They are not so responsive hence I am not interested to reopen recurring deposit after the completion.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , bhiwadi
      Reviewed on May 25, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have Recurring deposit account with State bank of India. I opened this account long bank. Monthly payment is 6000 with the tenure of 18 months. I had started this account in 2012 and still continuing the same account with SBI. Services are good.
      Was this review helpful? 8
      , bhiwadi
      Reviewed on May 25, 2017
    • Kotak Recurring Deposit
      "Good "
      KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am having recurring deposit account with the Kotak mahindra bank and the interest rate is around 6.79%, which is not really okay. Total tenure is for one year of time. Customer service is good one with them and the response is also a good one. There is no option to withdraw the money in between the tenure.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 18, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Better "
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had closed the recurring deposit account with the HDFC bank and the services offered by them was exemplary. Rate of interest is a nominal one with them and the lock in period was around one year of time. There were no penalty charges absolutely for the premature withdrawal. On top of all that, Customer service provided by HDFC Bank is really fantastic.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , pune
      Reviewed on May 18, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Conveneint saving process"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      HDFC Recurring deposit interest rate is low, I should deposit the amount of Rs.5000 every month for RD account its for the period of 15 months. Initially HDFC were providing the interest rate of 6.9% now it got less . But I am sure they will be providing assured interest rate.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on May 15, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Safety locker"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold a recurring deposit with ICICI bank and I got it around 6 months ago. I get good benefits with this very good savings plan. It is flexible because when I need in money anytime, I can with draw and I can switch the amount to savings account, Which is helpful for the safety purposes. The rate of interest I am getting is nominal here.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 15, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Services are excellent"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had closed the recurring deposit account with the HDFC bank and I had it for a period of one year of time. Interest rate was very minimal at that time. Net banking facilities are nice one and also its easy to track the account, also its really pretty fast to open this HDFC account.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 10, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Very good services in deposit"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I am having the recurring deposit account with the ICICI bank and the interest rate was around 7% per annum. Services were good and I would like to say for deposit ICICI bank is up to the mark. Its easy to track the account through online and mobile application.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 10, 2017
    • Bank of Baroda Recurring Deposit
      "Good Bank"
      BANK OF BARODA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had Recurring Deposit account with Bank of Baroda. RD period was one year and every month I used to pay 2500 rupees. The interest rate was around 6% which is the same like other banks I believe. At the end of the year, they were able to release the amount on time.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 09, 2017
    • Bank of Baroda Recurring Deposit
      "Nice Bank"
      BANK OF BARODA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Recently I invested in Recurring Deposit account with Bank of Baroda. The monthly payment was around 1000 rupees, therefore they did not deduct anything from my salary account. The tenure period is for five years. After five years, they would return my money 86000 rupees. Interest rate provided by them is very much nominal.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 09, 2017
    • Dena Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Smooth services"
      DENA BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have opened a recurring deposit at Dena bank and I would give them five stars on this experience. It was not a long process to get this account done and the rate of interest they offer on this facility is good. There are no charges as well. In all a nice experience.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , mysore
      Reviewed on May 08, 2017
    • IDBI Recurring Deposit
      "Satisfactory Service"
      IDBI BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      As my salary account is with IDBI bank, based on it I opened recurring deposit account. I had opened this for one year. They offered good interest rate for my RD account. I have ecs mode of payment as my salary account is with the same bank.
      Was this review helpful? 4
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
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