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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
    "Good saving bank"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a RECURRING DEPOSIT from HDFC Bank, and i am paying monthly Rs. 2000. I started this RD presently only. This is a long term plan and i am getting some good returns after 10 years. Customer service was good. This is very useful for future.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , visakhapatnam
    Reviewed on Dec 06, 2019
  • HDFC Bank
    HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good Flexibility"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The best thing about HDFC Recurring Deposit is the online option which is simply good. When i want to increase the amount, i can do it on a monthly basis. The interest rate is less which is 1%. I have selected the lockin period of 3 years and overall satisfied.
    Was this review helpful? 5
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good One"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have chosen the Recurring Deposit from HDFC because its more convenient. Its around Rs. 2000, i have invested every month and its automatically deducted from my account. There is no locking period. They are providing the interest rate of 6.8% to their customer.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Improvement needed on their application"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I am very new to HDFC BANK interms of Recurring deposit and its been a first time around 2 to 3months. The helpline number is 24/7 but I did not get response on time. It was a toll free number. The interest rate is nominal. There is no locking period and the application is user friendly but it should be better when compared to ICICI.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , nasik
    Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
  • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
    "It could be better interms of percentage"
    ICICI BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have started my recurring deposit in ICICI BANK because it was my salary account. I could manage this account online. It would be great, if they could provide connectivity to reach the customer care easily. The interest rate is around 6-7% which is similar like other banks.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , nasik
    Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Easy to apply"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I was paying the RD of Rs. 2000 and i started paying the first month amount by last month. In net banking, there is no option to pay my RD. I have chosen HDFC because I'm the account holder of the same account. There is a lockin period of 6 months and at the end of six month it will get converted into fixed deposit. Interest rate is too low.
    Was this review helpful? 6
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019
  • review Recurring Deposit
    "It's better"
    STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    With Standard Chartered Bank, am having a recurring deposit because they are providing 7% interest rate. I would suggest them to improve the service. Its been more than 1.5years. They have provided me online access to manage the account. I was doing 3K monthly and have chosen tenure of 1year.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019
  • Kotak Recurring Deposit
    "Need improvement on customer support"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am not getting any calls from Kotak to suggest the investment products but whenever my salary credits I used to invest the money with their recurring deposit, monthly I used to invest Rs.1000 and above . I won't recommend this RD for non customers.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good bank for future"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    HDFC gave me very good interest for my recurring deposit, every month I used to invest Rs.3000 for 6 months, finally I about to get Rs.18,000 without interest as per my RD, the bank gave me Rs. 18594 its really good, the online banking is very convenient.
    Was this review helpful? 10
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good Investment"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a recurring deposit from HDFC. I have a salary account in HDFC hence i have chosen the same bank. I have been investing the money of Rs. 1000 every month and they are providing a interest rate of 7%. Once my salary is credited, my RD amount will automatically deducted from my account. There is a lockin period of 2 years.
    Was this review helpful? 7
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
  • Kotak Recurring Deposit
    "Good investment for the future"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had a Recurring deposit for one year with Kotak Mahindra, through netbanking I invested Rs.500 on monthly basis they gave around 7.5% of interest for the total amount. Now I withdrawn the benefits even there is no charges for pre matured as well. The online site is very convenient to invest the money.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Can do better on the interest"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Recently I opened HDFC recurring deposit, the interest rate is lesser around 7.25% fpr per annum, every month I activated ecs for Rs. 2000 it has the term of 18 months. There is no pre matured charges to take the liquidity. The online banking is convenient to check the RD transactions as well.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Sep 05, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Really useful for the people for savings purpose."
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    HDFC People has provided me a RD account when i opened my salary account hence every month Rs. 1000 has been deducted from my account. I get a quick response from HDFC. Their interest rate is quite good. There is no additional charges and there is a lockin period of 18 months.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , indore
    Reviewed on Sep 01, 2019
  • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Best Investment"
    ICICI BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been investing the money through recurring deposit. Since i have a salary account from ICICI, i have chosen the RD with them. I am investing Rs. 2000 every month and the rate of interest is 7.9% which is fine for me. Once the salary is credited to my amount, by next second automatically the amount is deducted from my account.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good Savings scheme"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a basic recurring deposit in HDFC. In HDFC, they themselves deducting the money of Rs. 1000 every month for a recurring deposit. The interest rates are good which is more than 7%. There is no additional charges. There is no lockin period and i can canceled it any time. The time which i have chosen for 27 months.
    Was this review helpful? 5
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good saving for future"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    When I opened salary account I got the RD along with that, I am investing the money on the monthly basis, the rate of interest for RD is good. They are doing auto deduct from the account balance, I can view the RD transaction through netbanking.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good savings scheme"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have been maintaining Recurring Deposit account with HDFC, I have opt for one year of recurring deposit. I am investing the money of Rs.2000 per month, the interest rate is good as per th RBI guideline. There is no charges for holding this. Good saving and getting benefited from this.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019
  • Union Bank of India Recurring Deposit
    "Safe and Secured investment"
    UNION BANK OF INDIA
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Currently Union of Bank is offering 7% of interest per annum for the recurring deposit investment. The online option is very good to make the deposits without going to the bank. I can deposit minimum of Rs. 500 to max period, I have option increase the tenure period as well.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019
  • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
    "Good for saving"
    HDFC BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have been maintaining RD account with HDFC, I have opt for one year of recurring deposit. I believe we can deposit Rs.5000 per month, the interest rate is good as per th RBI guideline. There is no charges for the liquidity before the maturity period it won't cover tax.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019
  • IDBI Recurring Deposit
    "With LIC, you can trust them even more"
    IDBI BANK
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    The interest rate was good for Recurring Deposit. I believe, IDBI is providing around 8 to 9%. I have done it for one year before 2 years back. The bank is next to my place and their staffs were friendly. They are easily accessible and any queries will be solved in time.
    Was this review helpful? 7
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019
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