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  • Differences Between Recurring Deposit and Fixed Deposit

    How Does The Fixed Deposit and Recurring Deposit Schemes Work?

    Fixed Deposit and Recurring deposit are two most popular investment schemes in India, specially for the risk averse investors. The major advantage of investing your money in a fixed deposit scheme or recurring deposit plan is that there are fixed returns with no risk. But many a times, investors get confused if they have to invest in a RD plan or a FD scheme. Both RD and FD are fixed income products that are offered by all major banks and financial institutions. In both the schemes, you can invest a specific amount and on the amount invested, you will receive a fixed interest. At the end of tenure, investors will receive both the capital as well as the interest.

    Major Difference Between FD and RD

    When we talk about RD and FD, there is one single important difference that you must be aware of, before we talk about other differentiating points. While both RD and FD runs over a tenure, FD investors can deposit an amount once while RD investors must deposit a fixed amount at regular intervals.

    Fixed Deposit

    • Customers who opt for fixed deposits will have to choose a tenure, which usually ranges from 7 days to 10 years, and must deposit an amount once. The interest on the amount will be credited to the investor’s account on a monthly or a quarterly basis.

    Recurring Deposit

    • When it comes to recurring deposits, investors can deposit a fixed amount every month and can earn interests. The interest is paid along with the capital at maturity.

    Recurring Deposit vs Fixed Deposit

    Features / Scheme Fixed Deposit Recurring Deposit
    Tenure Usually, for FD schemes, the tenure ranges between 7 days to 10 years. The investor can choose a tenure that he is most comfortable with. Tenure for Recurring deposits usually vary from 1 year to 10 years. The customer has to deposit a fixed amount at regular intervals over the tenure.
    Investment Limit There is no limit on the amount that can be invested in a fixed deposit scheme. But, this limit generally depends on the bank and the minimum investment is Rs. 100 and multiples while the maximum limit is Rs. 1.5 lakh. While there is no prescribed minimum or maximum limit, this usually depends on the bank. Many banks have the minimum investment limit as Rs. 1000 and and the maximum limit as Rs. 15 lakhs per month.
    Rate of Return For a period of an year, the interest rate varies between 6.96% to 8.00%. The interest rate depends on the capital and tenure opted for. The interest rate for FD is slightly higher than that of RD. The interest rate varies between 5.25% to 7.90% for a tenure of one year. The rate of interest usually depends on tenure and monthly investment amount.
    Tax benefits For fixed deposit, a tax exemption under the section 80C of Income Tax Act 1961 is applicable. Income tax will be not deducted if the interest you earn on your rd is up to Rs.10,000.
    Documents Required Identity Proof and address proof. Customers will have to submit documents like PAN card, passport and income documents, if required. Address proof and Identity Proof. Investors will have to submit documents like PAN card, passport and income documents, if required.
    Income Interest Interest earned on your FD is taxable and most of the banks deduct TDS. Interest earned on your RD is taxable and most banks do not have the facility of TDS.
    Additional Benefits Loan Facility
    Eligibility
    • Resident Individuals
    • Hindu Undivided Families
    • Public and Private Limited Companies
    • Trusts and Societies
    • Resident Individuals
    • Trusts and Societies
    • Hindu Undivided Families
    • Public and Private Limited Companies
    Withdrawal At the end of tenure. Premature withdrawal is allowed with penalty. At the end of opted tenure. Premature withdrawal is allowed with penalty.

    What Should You Choose - RD or FD?

    For people who do not have a lump sum to invest in a FD, but can afford a small portion of investment amount from income every month, a recurring deposit (RD) seems to be the right fit. Both RD and FD are best suited for risk averse investors who are mostly in the lower tax slab. Use an online recurring deposit calculator to see what suits best for the amount that you can invest. Although one single investment product cannot meet all needs, a RD is preferred by many because it puts considerably less financial strain and gives almost the same returns as FD.

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    RD Reviews

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    • 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.
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      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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
    • Corporation Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Better interest rate for recurring deposit"
      CORPORATION BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I am having recurring deposit account with the Corporation bank and its the nationalized bank, so their services are not up to the mark, also they have to be get improved. Branch response is a better one with them and the online banking services are working up to the mark.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 24, 2017
    • Corporation Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Super"
      CORPORATION BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having recurring deposit account with the Corporation bank for some long time. Online banking service is good one and I need to pay around 1000 Rupees per month for ten years of time, also it used to debit as ECS. Branch employee are providing good response to the customer.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 24, 2017
    • 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? 3
      , 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? 2
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jun 20, 2017
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