Fixed Deposit

Recurring deposits: Consider the advantages and benefits

Recurring deposits are as old as savings for the banking customer. Before the country was taken over by systematic investment plans (SIP) of mutual funds, a recurring deposit was the most popular way of saving money regularly for a guaranteed interest rate. Designed to save any amount over a period of time, RDs are an advanced version of the fixed deposit. This is because a recurring deposit understands that you may not be able to save all the money in one go. So, it allows you to save bit by bit, and get interest for the outstanding balance. Let us consider all the great advantages of a recurring deposit.


1. High-interest rate

One of the main benefits of recurring deposit account is the attractive interest rate . For instance, IDFC Bank offers 6.75% to 7.25% for a recurring deposit. This is higher than savings account interest rates. Do remember that the interest rates are per annum. The payout will only be made at the maturity of the recurring deposit with quarterly compounding. Recurring deposits are currently available only for domestic and senior citizens in most banks.


2. No penalty if you miss a month

Previously, when savers for some unavoidable reason missed a recurring deposit, they were forced to pay a monetary fine. But, those days are gone. Customer-friendly financial institutions like IDFC Bank have no penalty if you miss a month. Do, however, remember in case of premature withdrawal before 30 days, no interest is payable. In case of premature withdrawal of a recurring deposit after 30 days and before 6 months, the interest rate you will get will be the fixed deposit card rate applicable for 30- 45 days.


3. Start with minimum Rs 2000/month

There is no need to think that you have to save a lot of money every month to get a recurring deposit. One of the key advantages of a recurring deposit is that you can start with minimum Rs 2,000 per month. On the higher side, the maximum monthly installment for recurring deposits will be Rs 75,000.


4. Save for as low as 6 months

In the case of many investment products, you have to commit to a fixed time period. This is usually 12-24 months. One of the benefits of recurring deposit account is that the commitment period is much lower. For example, IDFC Bank allows you to save for as low as six months.


5. Simple documentation

The documents required for opening a recurring deposit account, are not difficult to arrange. All resident individuals can open a recurring deposit with a linked savings account. Once the savings account is opened, no further documentation is required. This is the simplest and most hassle-free way to save money and create wealth with a guarantee.


6. Best for short-term goals

Recurring deposits are best suited for all types of short-term goals. A short-term goal is one which you have 1-3 years to achieve. So, a recurring deposit should be used to save for yearly education expenses for your kids, furnishing and renovation costs for your existing home, saving for a dream overseas vacation and marriage expenses.


7. Save bit by bit

The best part of a recurring deposit is that it understands that not all have the money to deposit. In case of a fixed deposit, you have to deposit all the money at one go. Plus, the minimum deposit in case of an FD is usually Rs 10,000. However,recurring deposits allow you to save small amounts regularly and earn the same attractive interest rate.