Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme is an indirect way of investing in Gold. Instead of buying physical gold, investors can buy gold in paper form through Sovereign Gold Bonds. The under-lying asset for these bonds is Gold. These bonds track the price of gold, plus an extra interest amount is paid on the investment.
The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the Government of India, has decided to launch Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme July 2016 public issue. Applications for the bond will be accepted from 18th July, 2016 to 22nd July, 2016. This is the first tranche of the Financial Year 2016 – 2017 and fourth tranche overall.
The first tranche (FY 2015-16) of the Gold Bonds scheme was launched in November 2015. The issue had got a subscription for 915.95 kg gold amounting to Rs 246 crore.
The second tranche (issue) was launched in Jan, 2016. The issue had got a subscription for around 2,800 kg gold amounting to roughly Rs 750 crore.
The third tranche was launched in March, 2016. In the first three tranches of gold bonds issued during the financial year 2015-16, about 4.50 lakh investors purchased total bonds equivalent to 4,908 kg, amounting to about Rs. 1,320 crore.
Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme July 2016 Issue Details
Applications for the fourth tranche of ‘Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme’ will be accepted from 18th July, 2016 to 22nd July, 2016. The Gold bonds will be issued on 5th August, 2016. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL) and designated post offices.
Below are the key features of Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme July 2016;
- Fourth Issue Subscription dates : 18th July to 22nd July, 2016.
- Public Issue Price : The government has fixed Rs 3,119 per gram as the issue price for the fourth tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB) scheme. The Reserve Bank had earlier fixed the public issue prices at Rs 2,916 per gram, Rs 2,600 per gram & Rs 2,684 per gram for the third, second and first sovereign gold bonds Issues respectively.
- Who can buy Gold bonds? : The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, trusts, Universities and charitable institutions.
- Duration of Bonds : The tenor (tenure) of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th year onwards. Gold bonds shall be repayable on the expiration of eight years from the date of the issue and premature redemption is permitted after 5th, 6th and 7th years from the date of issue of SGB.
- Minimum investment Size : Minimum permissible investment will be 1 unit (i.e. 1 gram of gold. To attract small investors, the minimum subscription has been reduced to 1 gm from 2 grams).
- Maximum allowed investment : The maximum amount subscribed by an entity or an individual investor will not be more than 500 grams per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained. Since this is the first tranche of the FY 2017 fiscal, a new maximum annual limit of 500 gm applies to investors. In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
- Interest rate on Gold Bonds : The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.75 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the initial value of investment.
- Where to buy Gold Bonds ? : Gold Bonds can now be purchased from NSE and BSE, besides all Bank branches, select Post Offices and the Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL) and as may be notified, either directly or through agents.
- Payment mode : Payment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
- The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
- KYC Documentation : Know-your-customer (KYC) norms will be the same as that for purchase of physical gold. KYC documents such as Voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport will be required.
- Transfer of Bonds : The bond can be gifted/transferable to a relative/friend/anybody.
- Redemption Price : The redemption price will be in Indian Rupees based on previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA (Indian Bullion Jewelers Association).
- Collateral : Gold Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.
Gold Bonds Application Form – July 2016 Issue
Click on the below image to download Gold Bonds Application form 2016-17 Series -1.
Golds Bonds & Tax Implications
- The interest payments on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act.
- Gold bonds will be exempted from capital gains (LTCG) tax at the time of redemption.
- However, kindly note that Long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of SGB will continue to be taxable and eligible for indexation benefits.
- TDS is not applicable on the bonds. However, it is the responsibility of the bond holder to comply with the tax laws.
Should you buy Gold Bonds?
The main benefit of Gold bonds is, you may get capital appreciation (if gold prices increase) plus ‘interest payment’ on bonds. If you buy physical gold or Gold ETFs (which also track gold prices), you may get capital appreciation only. Neither physical gold, gold mutual funds nor gold ETFs pay any interest rate.
If you buy Gold mutual funds or Gold ETFs, you have to bear ‘fund management charges’. In case of Gold bonds, no charges are applicable. Also, like gold funds and ETFs, you don’t have to worry about storage of physical gold or pay locker fees in case of Gold Bonds.
The biggest disadvantage of Gold bonds is lack of liquidity. The lock-in period is 5 years. But you can sell the bonds on stock exchanges. Earlier this week, stock exchanges BSE and NSE had launched online bidding platforms for SGBs. The exchanges will act as receiving offices for this tranche. The online platforms are expected to raise demand for SGBs in the demat form.
RBI has already made the first tranche of SGB tradeable and the other tranches, including the present one, are expected to become tradeable in 3 months’ time.
If you HAVE to invest a portion of your savings in Gold for long-term, Gold bonds outscore the Gold funds / physical gold and can be a preferred mode of investing in Gold. But this fourth tranche comes at a time when the gold prices have already touched a near three-year high following the Brexit vote and world-wide growth concerns. The issue price for this tranche will be higher than the previous issue prices.
Personally, I have never invested in Gold. The extent of volatility of Gold prices in the recent years is more than that of Equity oriented securities/funds. So, the risk-reward ratio may not be favorable for investing in Gold.
Gold Bonds FY 2016-17 – Latest Public Issue : Applications for the proposed Fifth tranche of ‘Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme’ will be accepted from 1st September, 2016 to 9th Sep, 2016. The Gold bonds will be issued on 23rd Sep, 2016.
The issue date of the Sovereign Gold Bonds has been shifted from 23rd September,2016 to 30th September, 2016. (Posted on 23-Sep-2016)
(Source : pib) (Post published on : 15-July-2016)