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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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    • 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.
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      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , 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.
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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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