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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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    • 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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