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  • Recurring Deposit Vs. Chit Fund

    Saving money is an important aspect of life. Investing money is a desire of many. In India, many people are not yet involved in the organised financial sector. Many people of the lower income bracket opt to invest in chit funds because they do not qualify or have documentation for a bank account. Chit funds are not necessarily a bad investment. It has a bad reputation because it has been misused in the past to scam naive investors. There are Government-run and registered chit funds that are safe to invest in. On the other hand, recurring deposits are a much safer investment. The returns are fixed and guaranteed at the end of the tenure. But both investments have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look into the differences between the two options.

    Recurring Deposit VS Chit Funds

    Recurring Deposits

    A safe investment wherein a depositor invests a fixed sum every month with the bank. The sum accumulates gathering more interest over the tenure. When the deposit matures, the lump sum is paid out to the investor. There are options to reinvest the money in an FD or start a fresh recurring deposit. For example, an RD is opened with Rs. 1,000 per month at 8% interest for a tenure of 1 year. Upon maturity the sum payable is 12,530. Rs. 530 is the interest earned over a period of 1 year.

    Investment

    Rs. 1,000

    Tenure

    12 months

    Interest earned

    Rs. 530

    Total savings

    (1,000 x 12) + 530 = Rs. 12,530

    Chit Fund

    A savings-cum-loan scheme in which a number of contributors come together to invest a fixed sum every month. The money is collected from the chit group and is put up for auction every month. The investor who bids the lowest for the total sum will win the lot. A commission has to be paid to the Chit Fund Company. The surplus is distributed to all other investors. The winner of the bid cannot bid the next month. In this case, the amount you win becomes a loan that you will repay through the rest of the tenure. On the other hand, if you do not bid, then it becomes like a recurring deposit and you will receive your investment at the end of the chit fund. Your returns depends on the distributable surplus every month. With chit funds, there is no fixed return on investment.

    For example, 20 contributors invest in a chit fund for 12 months paying Rs. 1,000 each. In the first month, the fund is at Rs. 20,000, and the lowest bid goes at Rs. 17,000. 5% of the chit fund, or Rs. 1,000 in this case, has to be paid to the organiser. The remaining Rs. 2,000 will be distributed among 19 investors amounting to Rs. 105 approximately. So for the first month, the 19 investors actually contributed only Rs. 895 to the chit fund. This process repeats through the tenure of the chit fund.

    Comparison Between RD and Chit Fund

    Particulars

    Recurring Deposit

    Chit Fund

    Purpose

    Only investment

    Serves as investment and loan

    Type of Investment

    Safe

    Risky

    Type of returns

    Fixed returns

    Returns depend on bidding, lotteries and distributable surplus

    Guarantee

    Guaranteed profit

    Profit or loss

    Interest rate

    Higher rate of interest

    Relatively lower rate of interest

    Fees

    No processing charges

    5% of the chit fund must be paid as commission fees to the organiser every month

    Government regulation

    Governed by terms and conditions of the bank

    Governed by The Chit Funds Act 1982

    Taxable income

    No TDS, but the interest earned is taxable.

    Generally non-taxable but must be declared.

    Conclusion

    It is safer to invest with a bank which ensures your money is safe and guarantees you a fixed return. In the case of chit funds, you must have knowledge about how it functions. Some chit funds turn out to be scams and you can lose your money. Choose your fund wisely by checking if it is run by the state government or if it is registered under The Chit Funds Act. In some cases, some investors who have already won the bid, fail to invest further which leads to the chit fund failing. However, this has been regulated by compulsory collateral or another investor’s guarantee. Investing in a chit fund may result in a profit, but can also result in a loss. If you win a bid and end up investing more than what you got, then the chit fund becomes a loan. The loss can be considered interest payable on the loan. The Government in association with nationalised banks are taking measures to bring the rural and lower income groups into the organised financial sector. This will enable these segments to have access to banking facilities and safe investments.

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    RD Reviews

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    • 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
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Oct 17, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good Saving"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Generally invest Rs.10,000 on monthly average in my HDFC recurring deposit account. It has the tenure of two years, after maturity period I would get the amount around 30,000 and above. I am satisfied with them, online transaction is easy to make the payment.
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      , chandigarh
      Reviewed on Oct 13, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Good saving and convenient saving"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      ICICI recurring deposit is very convenient to access through online, I opened RD through netbanking it was simple. Currently I am investing Rs.5000 for a year , I get 6.9% of interest per annum. I am could do the liquidity through online, but there was some charge applicable around Rs.300.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on Oct 12, 2017
    • Axis Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Average Service"
      AXIS BANK
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      As I'm holding my salary account with AXIS Bank I decided to maintain a Recurring Deposit account with them. Now I have this account for the past 1 year. They offer me 7 to 8% interest. The funds did not auto debited from my salary account to this RD account. Every month I had to visit the bank. After 4 months then this problem got rectified. The interests can be improved.
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      , delhi
      Reviewed on Oct 09, 2017
    • ICICI Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Best"
      ICICI BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having the recurring deposit with the ICICI bnak and the interest rate is around 8.5%, also their customer service is nice one for me, also their response too. Online banking services are good one with the ICICI bank.
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      , panvel
      Reviewed on Oct 07, 2017
    • Canara Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Excellent Service"
      CANARA BANK
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have been holding an Recurring deposit in the CANARA BANK for few years now. As I liked CANARA BANK very much I hold this here. All services are good in this CANARA BANK. Every month I pay Rs. 60000 to this. My interest for this recurring deposit is 8.5% - 9%.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Sep 30, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Very Good"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      I have the recurring deposit account with the HDFC bank and their interest rate is around 6.7%. Response is very good one for me and the total lock in period is around three to four years of time , also it depends on the choice.
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      , patna
      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2017
    • HDFC Bank Recurring Deposit
      "Recurring deposit"
      HDFC BANK
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Its just hold a saving account with HDFC based on which i had opened this RD. I dont see much difference in the interest rate nor i am able to save much savings it was meager. The interest rate was very much minimal not that much and all. For trial period i had opened this RD and i had preclosed it .This was taken before 6 years and RD was taken for a tenure of 3 months only.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2017
    • Kotak Recurring Deposit
      "not good"
      KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      Bad service and experience i had with KOTAK MAHENDRA Bank for holding my recurring deposit account over there . I availed it for rupees 20,000 and i was paying monthly EMI 3,000 . When i asked them can i have a plan for 4 years they informed me that i can only take for 11 months and after that i need to renew it . The rate of interest was good they were providing .
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 28, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Good investment"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Every month I am investing Rs.3000 for the tenure of one year. After the tenure period I would receive the 7.5% of interest along with the investment amount, I opened the RD through online, I could track the details in mobile application, Iam fine with their benefits.
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      , navi mumbai
      Reviewed on Sep 27, 2017
    • Bank of India Recurring Deposit
      "Good RD plan"
      BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have opened a Recurring Deposit account with Bank of India on 2014. I have used the RD account for past 2years. I got the Rate of interest with 8.7% in which BOI issued for the RD account. I have got profit around Rs.16000 to 20000. The rate of interest changed at present
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      , kakinada
      Reviewed on Sep 26, 2017
    • SBI Recurring Deposit
      "Recurring deposit"
      STATE BANK OF INDIA
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Every 6 months the money would get debited from my salary account and would get transferred to Recurring Deposit. Its mainly because I have opted for a AUTO PAY. Interest rate offered by 6.25% no tax benefits i guess.
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      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Sep 23, 2017
    • 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.
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      , 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.
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      , 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
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      , 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%.
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      , 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.
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      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2017
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