Savings and Investment are two separate concepts. Savings are generally short term in nature and may be intended for a specific purpose like education of child, marriage of a girl child, including savings for investment. Investment on the other hand is long term in nature, say for 20 to 30 years and should not be broken or sold or withdrawn before that period.
A recurring deposit (RD) with a bank for savings purpose is alright. If one is talking about investing and multiplying the sum many times then systematic investment plan (SIP) is the only answer and there is no comparison with RD.
Even though you have not touched this aspect, I have repeatedly mention every time, everywhere that starting a SIP and discontinuing it after a short time, citing reasons of market conditions, is quite useless. A SIP can yield benefits only if it is kept alive irrespective of any reasons for 20 to thirty or even 50 years. During that long, long period the ‘’, propounded by Albert Einstein, will work in favour of the investor. Also the companies constituting the mutual fund grow naturally in size and profits, again benefiting the investor.
Believe me, following the simple principle described herein can not only multiply the investment many times but make the investor really Rich.
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Note: This is a reproduction of the question I had answered on the website ‘Quora’.