SIP vs RD Calculator | Which is Better? [Explained]

sip vs RD Calculator which is better

We are going to see the comparison of SIP vs RD Calculator in this post that will help you decide what to choose between SIP and RD and which is better option to achieve your financial goals.

Use this SIP Calculator to easily know your returns on monthly SIP (Systematic Investment Plan). A good expected rate of return in mutual fund via SIP will be 12% in a year. Use this RD calculator to know how much interest you can get in RD (Recurring Deposits). RD interest rates can range between 5% to 7% in a year.

Below is the comparison of returns on SIP and RD on Rs. 2000 deposits per month with 12% returns in SIP and 6% returns in RD:

SIP vs RD Returns Comparison

SIP vs RD Calculator Comparison
SIP vs RD Calculator Comparison

As seen above, we get Rs. 1619 profits in SIP over 1 year of deposits of Rs. 2000 and Rs. 791 profits in RD for same period and amount. The only difference is rate of returns which is considered as 12% in SIP and 6% in RD.

Note that RD returns are guaranteed once you open RD account in bank or post office, where as SIP return rate is not guaranteed and it depends on market condition. We can only assume the SIP return rate for calculation purpose but it need not be correct always.

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In above video we have covered more examples of SIP vs RD calculator comparisons to give more idea about returns. It is not necessary that you’ll get less returns on RD always.

When market conditions are not good, you can get less returns in SIP as well in short term.

What is the difference between SIP and RD account?

Let us now understand the differences between SIP and RD account:

SIP (Systematic Investment Plan)RD (Recurring Deposit)
SIP full form is Systematic Investment PlanRD full form is Recurring Deposit
SIP is a way to invest in mutual funds or stocks every month with a pre defined amountRD helps you to save for your future goal by saving in Bank or Post office every month with a pre defined amount
SIP can be started online or offlineRD can also be started online or offline
SIP can be started with AMC (Asset management company) or via brokerRD can be booked in bank or post office
SIP investments are risky in short termRD is not risky at all
SIP returns are not guaranteed. You can only see past returns of SIP and some other factors to invest in good mutual fundRD returns are guaranteed, as interest rate is set and fixed during opening of RD account
We use SIP for long term goals – like 5-7 years at leastRD can be used for short term goals ranging from 6 months to 3 years
SIP returns for short term can be less compared to RDRD interest are guaranteed
You can get more information on How to Start SIP online hereGet RD calculator in Excel here for offline calculations and interest details
SIP vs RD Differences

So above are some differences between SIP and RD.

Note that we start SIP for long term goals and time horizon must be at least 5-7 years while starting SIP. Where as for your short term goals of 6 months to 1 year, use RD.

When SIP can be started?

Below are some examples of goals when SIP can be started:

  • Planning for child marriage or education for which you have more 10 years – start Rs. 2000 SIP
  • Planning to buy new house after 7 years – start Rs. 5000 SIP
  • Buying a car after 5 years – start Rs. 3000 SIP

Above goals are the ones with long term horizon and sip can help us get better returns over long term.

ALSO READ: Best Mutual Funds to Invest via SIP

When RD can be started?

Let us now see some examples of goals when RD can be started:

  • Buying a new smartphone after 6 months – start Rs. 2000 RD
  • Saving to buy gold after 1 year – start Rs. 5000 RD

So above are some short term goals that you can achieve via RD.

Interest rates in SIP and RD

SIP rate of return can range between 10% to 15% over long term so we had assumed 12% return for calculation purpose. Since SIP returns depend on market conditions, we cannot predict the exact returns on SIP.

In short term like 6 months or 1 year, your principal amount deposited is also at risk as we have seen in the covid phase (between March 2020 to June 2020), but over long term, historically we have seen that we get better returns of around 10% to even 18% is some best mutual funds, when we see time horizon of 7 years to 10 years.

On the other hand RD interest rates can range between 5% to 7% based on the bank or post office you are investing in. RD interest rate is fixed during the time of opening the RD account, and hence we get guaranteed interests, irrespective of the conditions in the market.

ALSO READ: Rs. 1000 SIP Returns for 15 Years

Benefits and Disadvantages of SIP

Let us now see benefits and disadvantages of SIP:

Benefits of SIP

  • Helps us to achieve long term goals of at least 5 to 7 years
  • Can easily start SIP online
  • Flexibility to start SIP directly with AMC or indirectly with broker

Disadvantages of SIP

  • Not good returns over short term like 3 months to 6 months
  • Risky in short term goals
  • Charges levied on our investments via SIP in mutual funds, in the form of expense ratio

Benefits and Disadvantages of RD

Let us now see benefits and disadvantages of RD:

Benefits of RD

  • Good option for short term goals
  • Guaranteed returns on RD account
  • Risk free option for short term savings
  • Can be opened online via internet banking

Disadvantages of RD

  • Less returns compared to SIP over long term
  • Cannot accumulate sufficient amount for long term goals
  • Post office RD can only be booked offline for now

ALSO READ: SIP vs Step up SIP Returns Calculation

SIP vs RD Which is Better?

Now the important question is Which is better between SIP and RD options? Where you should start investing or saving.

Short answer – for your long term goals of at least 5 years, use SIP investing to accumulate sufficient amount for your goal. SIP amount depends on your expected maturity amount in this case. And for your short term goals of 6 months to 2 years, open RD (Recurring Deposit) to save for your goal.

So SIP is better for your long term goals and RD is better for short term goals.

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We have seen the SIP vs RD Calculator and compared the results of both calculators. SIP in mutual funds are risky in short term so we must use RD for short term goals.

We must use SIP investing for long term goals of at least 5 years. Both SIP and RD can be opened online to achieve your financial goals.

Comment below which is your favorite investment option and how much investment you have started in these options to achieve your financial goals.

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