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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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    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Wonderful"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am having the recurring deposit account with the HDFC bank and the response is very good one. Interest rate is good one with the HDFC bank like and their online banking facilities are good one with them.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kottayam
      Reviewed on Sep 22, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Wonderful"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had the recurrent deposit account with the ICICI bank and their customer service is good one for me. I would like to say that the online banking services are also good one with the ICICI bank and I have not faced any issues with them till now.
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      , madurai
      Reviewed on Sep 22, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Its Average"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I had account issue with my saving account, hence their staff informed me to open recurring deposit with them. Therefore I opened RD before six months, every month I am making the payment of Rs.1000 it has tenure of six months. Finally I got the total amount Rs.6102 there was no benefit.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kollam
      Reviewed on Sep 21, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have got a Recurring deposit with HDFC bank . I have got the RD account for 10 months but I have closed within 5months itself. I have close the RD account because of my emergency need. The rate of interest is nominal with HDFC RD account . I didn't got much difference in the amount when I closed RD account , I am satisfied with eh RD account from HDFC bank.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Sep 20, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good returns on long term investment"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      For people like me who spend a lot, best option to save some money is by starting to save first and spend later. In order to achieve this I have invested in recurring deposits for 3 times in ICICI bank.you can do this instantaneously without any documentation using your phone if you have a savings account and phone banking.interest rates are as per government
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 20, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Reccure the deposit"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      With HDFC bank i hold a Recurring deposit. As my salary account is with HDFC they directly deduct the recurring deposit amount. The amount which is deducting is 1000 rs. After one year we can withdraw that amount with a rate of interest 12 percentage.
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      , krishnagiri
      Reviewed on Sep 18, 2017
    • Lakshmi Vilas Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Its Good"
      LAKSHMI VILAS BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a RD with Lakshmi Vilas, I am investing Rs. 3000 on monthly basis it has minimum tenure of one year, more than a year, I am holding it. They giving 8% of interest for the same bank staff , for others 7.5% of RD Holder, now I hope they reduced around 7%.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , rajapalayam
      Reviewed on Sep 13, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "RD is also good"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC RD is also very good. There is an option here, where one can transfer the funds on a monthly basis. Interest rate is one and the same as FD. I had given auto debit options where the funds would be transferred from my account to this RD. I dont get any tax benefit here and its a short term RD.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "RD is also good"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC RD is also very good, the reason for choosing HDFC RD was because I hold an account with the same bank. I heard of this bank RD has got good benefits. It was taken for a limited duration . We earn an interest of rs 500 it was for a short duration of time which is 15 months and I earn an interest of 15% approximately for RD.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Sep 07, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Easy process"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Six months ago, I applied for a recurring deposit and I opened this account online. The process was simple and I am pleased with the interest rate I earn on it. There are no charges taken and when I close the account, I would get the funds in my account immediately.
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      , delhi
      Reviewed on Aug 31, 2017
    • Federal Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Prompt Service"
      FEDERAL BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I do have recurring deposit with Federal bank. I forgot the interest rate for this RD account. But this is a long time process. I felt more comfortable in opening recurring account with federal because all my financial accounts are in this bank only. Till date the bank service is very prompt.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Aug 23, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good bank to go for RD"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have Recurring deposit with ICICI, I am investing monthly amount of Rs. 1000 for the period of six months. If I receive the good interest then I continue it.. I opened the RD through netbanking its easy and also I could view the RD summary in it.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Aug 19, 2017
    • Kotak Recurring Deposit
      "Veyr good RD very efficient"
      KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My salary account is with KOTAK therefore I had setup RD ,it is very easy to book RD using their mobile application or through their net banking. There is no need to visit the branch as all things are made online and it is very easy as even RD calculator is available online.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Aug 17, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "My RD"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      HDFC Recurring Deposit is very good. I am holding this RD for a very short term period it was hardly for a period of 6 months. The amount is up to me to decide and I can deposit any amount starting from rs500 and I am not sure about the maximum limit and when it comes to closure it was auto closure and this request was initiated at the branch..
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Aug 14, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Banking services are excellent"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I also have a recurring deposit with HDFC Bank. It was a easy process to get this account. I could do it online and the services are good. The interest rate is also to my satisfaction. I do not have hassles in closing the account too. The response is top always.
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      , tirunelveli
      Reviewed on Aug 12, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good RD account"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am holding a RD With HDFC and it is really good . At the time of liquidation the funds would get transferred to my account automatically. through online i had placed a request for this RDI EVERY MONTH they would deduct around 2500 per month and its my choice when it comes to the amount.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Aug 10, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "My RD"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      For ICICI Bank recurring deposit my feedback would be, I am a customer of ICICI therefore I decided to opt for RD through this bank it is very easy to make the payment and it is as good as my credit card. Interest rate is very much higher compartively, so therefore I had chosen ICICI for RD.
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      , madurai
      Reviewed on Aug 10, 2017
    • IDBI Recurring Deposit
      "Satisfied with the services"
      IDBI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have opened a recurring deposit a number of times at IDBI and every process for this account was great. I had no hassles in getting the funds in to my account. The customer services has been excellent and they have been quick to complete their job on time.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Aug 07, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good to plan anything"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Last 10 years I have a RD account with SBI, every month I pay the amount of Rs.10,000 for the tenure of one year, So far I got the interest rate of Rs.52,000 the current intrest of SBI for RD around 6.7% on yearly basic. I normally do auto debit from my account, I could view RD summary in SBI netbanking
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Jul 07, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Short term investment"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Initially ICICI gave me good interest rate for my recurring deposit, but for premature interest rate is not upto the mark and they not giving proper information. I am paying Rs. 2000 on monthly basis, they offered me the interest rate around 7.25% its good for short time investment.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 30, 2017
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