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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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    • 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? 0
      , 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? 0
      , 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? 1
      , 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? 1
      , 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? 2
      , 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? 1
      , 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? 2
      , 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? 4
      , 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? 2
      , 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? 1
      , 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? 1
      , 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? 2
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • YES Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Delayed Response"
      YES BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      The only problem with Yes bank is always they provide delayed response to the customers. I have recurring deposit account with them. Whenever I step in the bank, I have to wait for a long time to be addressed. I used to visit every month as I have to pay some amount for my RD account. Otherwise the services are good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • Kotak Recurring Deposit
      "Better Response"
      KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      For my recurring deposit account , I pay thousand rupees every month for one year with Kotak mahindra. I will get some good amount at the end of the year with good interest. Customer service is not that much good but it is better. They are giving response whenever I approach them.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have recurring deposit account with State bank of India. The period is for one year and the deposit amount is for thirty five thousand. I am satisfied in opening RD account with SBI, because the interest rate is quite good with them than other banks.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • Punjab National Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Satisfactory Service"
      PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had opened Recurring Deposit with Punjab National Bank. The loan amount is thirty five thousand and the tenure period is for one year. Every month I regularly depositing the money on a monthly basis. The customer service is quite satisfactory and there is no constrains with the bank on my FD. I am very much satisfied with PNB.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , indore
      Reviewed on May 04, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Amazing experience"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Interest rate with the ICICI bank for the recurring deposit was around 7% to 7.5% and am with them from the last five to six years of time. Minimum lock in period is nil and maximum is around ten years of time. There will be nil penalty for withdrawing the money duriong prematurity period. Netbanking services are fine with the ICICI bank.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 22, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good RD"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Even my HDFC RD is good. Even for this I got a call from HDFC bank I gave my confirmation for the same. They had deducted the amount from my savings account and every month it keeps deducting from my account. I do have access to online facilities too.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Best one"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have recurring deposit account with the Oriental bank of commerce and the interest rate is around 8.75% and its only for employee. There is no penalty charges and am having this account from the last two years of time and the tenure is around five years of time , also it can even open for seven days of time.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2017
    • IDBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good. Can be more conveneint "
      IDBI BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I had taken a recurring deposit with IDBI. To open this account I had an option to easily do it online. But at the time of closing it, it is a hectic process where I need to visit the bank and finish the formalities. There were no charges taken. The amount gets credited to my savings account without any delay.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 08, 2017
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