Recurring deposits are a good starting point for those who wish to
create regular savings and also earn good interest on the same. This article
looks at the benefits of RD accounts for your financial health.
As a new investor, you are justifiably
cautious about spending money on risky investments that might tank. You are
always on the lookout for fail-safe options in stocks and bonds, but most
market-linked opportunities always come with an underlying element of risk.
It is time to turn to a simple, affordable
and quite safe option: the recurring deposit.
What is a recurring deposit?
A recurring deposit or RD account is a
simpler version of the fixed deposit. In a fixed deposit, you set aside a lump
sum amount of money in the account, and it is paid a particular rate of
interest throughout the deposit cycle. At the end of the deposit tenure, the
money is returned to you with the interest earnings on it.
However, in a recurring deposit,
you deposit equated monthly sums towards a larger whole. You can open an RD
account if you have a savings account with your bank and a proven source of
monthly income (since the deposit is auto-debited from your account every
month). It is a more affordable form of investment than the fixed deposit,
since you can pay as little as Rs 2,000 per month towards the account.
Leading banks in India offer competitive
recurring deposit interest rates. You can check the recurring deposit interest
rates being offered for certain tenures, and the minimum deposit amount to be
paid monthly, on your bank’s smartphone app or website.
How does it help your finances?
* It encourages you
to save. Though
each of us would like to save a part of our income every month, it can become
difficult to do so when there are several expenses competing for a share of
your salary. However, since the RD money is auto-debited from your account
every month, no further intervention is needed on your part. Thus, money is
automatically saved easily.
* It is affordable
and safe. The
recurring depositis more affordable than most conventional investment options,
with a good payoff. The recurring deposit interest
rate remains constant throughout the deposit
tenure, irrespective of market rate changes. So, you can calculate the RD
appreciation even before you make the investment, by using an online RD
calculator. * It is highly liquid.There may come a time when you need money for an
emergency. The RD account can be liquidated easily during a financial crisis,
and the money is deposited in your account the same day when the bank receives
your termination request. However, you are not paid any interest on premature
termination of the recurring deposit account.
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