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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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    • 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
    • Karnataka Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Very good services"
      KARNATAKA BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I had taken a recurring deposit from Karnataka bank and the process was smooth and easy. The interest rate is also good and it is beneficial as well. The customer services has always been good and up to the mark. In all, I did not face any hassle till date with them.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Jun 17, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good for saving"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The positive with the Recurring deposit is the amount which get debits automatically to my Recurring deposit account during the end of the year, I will be getting a bulk amount with RD account. The rate of interest is good with ICICI bank, it is comparable with others. I am happy to hold a Recurring Deposit with ICICI bank.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Jun 15, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Its Average"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have opened the recurring deposit account through ICICI online banking, it created immediately. Earlier I was paying the amount of Rs.5000 on monthly basis, after six months. I got the matured amount of Rs.500. Totally I got Rs.60500 it was not good.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Service"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I hold recurring deposit account with HDFC bank. The lock in period is one year. I am more comfortable with the services and I had no issues with the bank for RD account. The customer service is good and I am satisfied with the bank as I hold multiple services with the bank.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , jabalpur
      Reviewed on Jun 05, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Satisfactory services"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken a holiday scheme from State bank of India. It is a recurring deposit and I need to pay 6600 per month and it is for a year. So it is linked with a company who has these schemes for Holidays. The customer services was good and helpful to get me this account.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , guwahati
      Reviewed on May 31, 2017
    • 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? 4
      , 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? 13
      , 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? 8
      , 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? 3
      , 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? 5
      , 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? 3
      , 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? 3
      , 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? 10
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 10, 2017
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