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  • Monthly Recurring Deposit

    A recurring deposit is a type of term deposit which allows people to save a fixed amount every month. Banks and the Post Office offer these schemes where people can contribute a small sum to build a fund, and also earn interest. This investment option works out well for salaried individuals. Generally, recurring deposits span over a period of 6 months to 10 years. A recurring deposit can be opened with as little as Rs. 10.

    Features and Benefits

    Interest

    The interest you earn on a recurring deposit depends on the amount you contribute and the tenure of the deposit. The rates of interest offered by banks is similar to the interest rates offered on term deposits.

    Tenure

    The tenures offered will differ between banks. Usually the minimum tenure is 6 months and the maximum tenure is 10 years.

    Maturity

    Upon maturity, the bank will pay you the sum you have saved plus interest accumulated. This money will either be paid in cash or be credited to your bank account. The maturity value of your deposit will be indicated when you open the RD account.

    Loan options

    Banks accept RDs as collateral to avail of loans. One can take a loan of 80% to 90% of the value of the deposit.

    Tax Deducted at Source

    Recurring Deposits recently were brought under taxable income. With effect from June 2015, tax deducted at source (TDS) is applicable on recurring deposits. If the interest on these deposits exceeds Rs. 10,000 per annum, then 10% would be deducted at source. The RD holder will also have to declare interest earned and pay income tax on this amount.

    Late Payments

    Banks levy a penalty if you miss the monthly deposit by the due date. There are some banks that waive this penalty.

    Premature Withdrawal

    Most RDs can be closed ahead of the maturity date. A penalty charge plus a penalty on the interest rate may be levied.

    How to open a Recurring Deposit

    Recurring deposits can be opened in two ways.

    • Approach your bank or the post office. You need to fill out a form and may be required to submit ID proof. You can then make the first deposit and open the account.
    • If your bank has internet banking facilities, you can log into your account and open the RD.

    How to fund a Recurring Deposit

    • You can visit your bank branch and make the payment by or on the due date.
    • You can set standing instructions to debit your bank account with the monthly amount on the due date.

    Who can open a Recurring Deposit

    Recurring Deposits can be opened by all.

    • Resident Indians
    • Hindu Undivided Families
    • Minors are eligible to apply under the guardian.
    • Sole proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, Trust, societies, clubs etc.
    • NRIs are also offered RD schemes.

    Documents Required for Recurring Deposits

    • 2 recent passport photographs
    • Duly filled and signed application form
    • KYC documents
    • Other documents as requested by the bank

    Tips

    • Find out the penalty charges for late payment. If there are charges levied, it is best not to miss a payment. This could reduce the interest you earn.
    • Taking a loan against your deposit should be done only if absolutely necessary. The interest you pay on the loan might be much more than what you earn. It might be more feasible to break the deposit. Research and find out which option would be better.
    • Opening RDs online are easy and convenient. The money will automatically be deducted from your savings or current account.
    • Setting standing instructions will ensure that you never miss a payment. But always ensure that your bank account is funded sufficiently.
    • View the interest chart before you open a recurring deposit. Banks offer different rates for different tenures. You can choose a tenure that gives you the best interest rate.
    • If your total income earned is less than the income tax bracket, you can fill in Form 15G to claim tax benefits on RDs. There will be no TDS on the deposit. Senior citizens can fill up Form 15 H.

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    Customer Reviews

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    • Bank of Maharashtra Recurring Deposit
      "Good Saving for Future"
      BANK OF MAHARASHTRA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I directly visited to the Bank of Maharashtra for the RD opening, they are customer friendly. They updates everything on time, monthly I pay Rs. 7000 it has the term for 5 yeas. Then I will 9.2% of interest. Its been 10 years I am continuing with them.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Dec 05, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "RD services are good"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The Recurring Deposit with HDFC came in after years of relatioship with this Bank. They have good return promised and the trust over them is high. You can easily close the account whenever you want and the amount would be disbursed immediately to your account. The netbanking facility can make things happen easily.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Dec 01, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have opened a Recurring deposit.I have been banking with them for last one year.The rate of interest is 6.67% ,its beneficiary to the customer.I maintain a minimum balance of Rs 5000.Net banking is convenient to use.The phone banking service is comfortable to use.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 28, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have my car loan with SBI 3 years . The loan amount was5 lakhs and the rate of interest was 9.8% which was satisfactory .The customer service and responses was good . The pre closure is after 1 year and the processing fee was 1100. My overall experience was good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , pune
      Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have most of my banking products with HDFC bank. As I'm an employee as well as I liked HDFC bank's services I decided to start a reccurring deposit for my future savings with HDFC bank itself. If we book recurring deposit through online then we will get offers some like free deal, provogue bags or watches, vouchers. Annually I pay Rs. 3000 and I get an interest of 7.75%.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , jammu
      Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Great banking service"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      It was almost seven years now with the ICICI bank on recurring deposit. The website was very good where I can get my statement. Android app could be better. I pay monthly around 8K via online banking. I like them for the service since I maintained my saving and salary account. The things could have been better with respective of email intimation.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 18, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good service"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      As I'm a long time customer with State bank of India for around 12 years and as I liked their banking services so I started a recurring deposit with State bank of India 5 years ago. I pay Rs. 3000 monthly and keep on renewing it after every year when the tenure ends.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Nov 18, 2017
    • IDBI Recurring Deposit
      "Average service"
      IDBI BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a savings account with IDBI bank for the past 5 years. As a long time customer with IDBI bank I trusted them and invested some money recurring deposit with IDBI itself. I renew this recurring deposit account every year. I get a interest of 7% which is very less.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good service"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      As I have a savings account with State Bank of India I started a recurring deposit account with them. But I'm really not sure about the interest rates they provide me but it's good for both my RD accounts in this State bank of India as well as the other bank IOC.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017
    • Kotak Recurring Deposit
      "Satisfactory & happy"
      KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      They are giving 6% interest rate for the Recurring Deposit. It was a very good service with Kotak. The request has been placed online. I have chosen Kotak because they are giving more benefits and high potentials. The customer service and response is good.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent in service , hike in interest rate"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have invested in recurring deposit and the return value is good based on the pre tax which was levied and it was levied based on certain circumstances. I would like to say that the customer service is good one with them, also I really dont have any issues on it.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017
    • Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent "
      TAMILNAD MERCANTILE BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      The rate of interest is higher for RD with Tamilnad Mercantile Bank compared to others, I will get a good return. I pay 2000rupees per month.The statements will be sent out to my mobile number or email address . For the maturity period they will inform the customer 1 week before. Manager will call the customer directly. There is no compulsion for the customer it is based up on their own interest. It is a tenure of 7 years.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , madurai
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Secure Deposit"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken a recurring deposit with HDFC bank. The total tenure for this deposit is for 60 months. They have given a rate of interest of 7.90% and now its lowered to 6.75 percentage. Monthly from my HDFC savings account they will deduct that amount.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 08, 2017
    • Vijaya Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent"
      VIJAYA BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had a recurring deposit from Vijaya Bank and the process for that was also good. I have no hassles with the bank as they have always been proper in their response to the customer. The benefits of this account is also fine and I no longer use the account. I have closed it.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 06, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent service"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I never find any difficulty with my ICICI requiring deposit service I am using ICICI mobile application so the every transaction will be done through online so I don't need to contact their branch or their staffs their mobile application is very easy to use and user friendly it was totally a good experience with ICICI.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 01, 2017
    • Syndicate Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      SYNDICATE BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      As I have a savings account with SYNDICATE BANK I started a recurring deposit account also with them. I have been holding this recurring deposit account for the past 8 months. I pay Rs. 500 for this recurring deposit account. I get an interest of around 8%.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , guntur
      Reviewed on Oct 31, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Not a good investment"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      I created this Recurring Depoist account some time back and the return I got was little disappointing. I had paid Rs.10000 every month and was expecting a 7.25% Interest. But at the end, after the cut of all taxes I recieved only 4.5% profit, which for me is pure waste of investment.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Oct 29, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my salary account with HDFC bank so I thought of holding a Recurring deposit account with them as their services are good. Now I have been holding a Recurring deposit account with them for the past 1 year. I remember for the last 6 months I'm paying between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2000 monthly. They give me 5.25% as interest.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Oct 28, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Saving"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Holding Recurring deposit account with HDFC, I used to pay Rs. 3000 on every month, it has tenure of one year, But the interest rate is very low like the banks norms. I think HDFC Is providing 6% of interest for the RD account, I am using it only for the investment purpose.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Oct 25, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Very good account"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC Bank is my corporate account and my salary account is with HDFC. The reason why I had chosen HDFC for the Recurring Deposit was because of the interest rate which is 6% and it is the best and we have to pay monthly 1200 . This Recurring Deposit request was placed online. I can also view my maturity instructions online
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Oct 17, 2017
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