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How can anyone think about managing their personal finances, without a bank account? You need money to buy necessary things, to pay someone, and to keep something aside for emergency. It is difficult, and sometimes rather impractical to keep all the money you earned at home. Similarly, carrying enough cash to make big payments is difficult. Bank accounts provide security, safety and convenience for your money.
Let it be any bank, whether public or private, it offers a number of bank accounts depending on your requirement and financial goal. Some common types of bank accounts offered by financial institutions in India are:
The significance of a current account is found more with firms, companies, business enterprises and entrepreneurs than with individuals. These entities have a large number of transactions, which include receipts, payments and withdrawals. A current account offers no limit to the number of transactions you can conduct on a day. It allows you to avail an overdraft facility, which is withdrawing more than what is available in the account. When there is no limit to the deposits made, there is also no limit to the withdrawal of money with this account.
Unlike a savings account, a current account offers a zero or low interest, and it asks for a minimum balance to operate.
Among bank accounts, a savings account is popular among individuals for the modest rate of interest it pays on the money in the account. It is safe, convenient and reliable to save money for meeting your short-term needs. Unlike a current account, a savings bank account has a limit to the number of transactions you can do in a month. Moreover, it also asks for a minimum balance requirement, which is lower than that required in a current account.
Banks offer several types of savings account depending on the purpose, financial needs of the customer, age, etc. Other than the regular and basic ones, you can find this account for senior citizens, women and children. Most savings products are customized to meet your individual needs. With digital accounts, you can enjoy several features such as instant debit cards, complimentary memberships, vouchers, auto-sweep, etc.
Banks help you with investments through two popular types of bank accounts. When one is a fixed deposit account, the other is a recurring deposit account. Known as an FD, it is a low-risk investment option banks offer to customers to earn a certain percentage of interest on the amount of money deposited for a fixed period of time. Nevertheless, the rate of interest varies depending on the tenure of the period, which ranges from 7 days to 10 years. For instance, the interest rate for a 7-day maturity is lower than a 12-month FD.
Today most banks offer attractive benefits on FDs. Some of them include flexibility in withdrawing money when required, availing a loan against the FD, etc.
This is another low-risk investment instrument, which offers moderate yet assured returns. A recurring deposit account offers flexibility to customers in terms of tenure and amount. By investing a fixed amount of money regularly, say every month, for 6 months or more, you can save to create a short-term or long-term corpus. With an RD account, you earn fixed interests until the maturity or end of the term. On maturity, your account is credited with the total amount, including the interest.
They are bank accounts opened by an individual who is residing in a foreign country for the purpose of employment, education or vocation. There three different types of bank account for NRIs and they are Non-Residential External (NRE) account, Non-Residential Ordinary (NRO) account and Foreign Currency Non-Residential (FCNR) account.
You can open any of the IDFC First bank accounts if you so wish.
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