Sovereign Gold Bonds To Open For Subscription On Monday. Here's All You Need To Know

Gold Bond Scheme: The Sovereign Gold Bond scheme provides gold-linked returns and an additional return of 2.5 per cent per annum.

Sovereign Gold Bonds To Open For Subscription On Monday. Here's All You Need To Know

Sovereign Gold Bond: The gold bonds come with a maturity period of eight years

The government's Sovereign Gold Bond (SGBs) programme will open for subscription six more times this financial year. A seventh tranche of the gold bond scheme - in which the RBI issues bonds linked to the market price of the yellow metal on behalf of government - will be available for investment on five days starting October 12, according to an official release. Launched in 2015 along with the Gold Monetisation Scheme, the Sovereign Gold Bond scheme provides gold-linked returns and an additional return of 2.5 per cent per annum. Wealth planners say gold bonds are an effective way to invest in non-physical gold.

Here are key things to know about the Sovereign Gold Bond (SGB) scheme:

Important Dates

TrancheDate of SubscriptionDate of Issuance
2020-21 Series VIIOctober 12-16, 2020October 20, 2020
2020-21 Series VIIINovember 9-13, 2020November 18, 2020
2020-21 Series IXDecember 28-January 1, 2021January 5, 2021
2020-21 Series XJanuary 11-15, 2021January 19, 2021
2020-21 Series XIFebruary 1-5, 2021February 9, 2021
2020-21 Series XIIMarch 1-5, 2021March 9, 2021
Source: Ministry of Finance

Term

The gold bonds come with a maturity period of eight years, with an option to exit the investment after the first five years.

Interest Rate

A fixed rate of 2.5 per cent per annum is applicable on the Sovereign Gold Bond scheme, payable semi-annually. (Also Read: Physical Gold, Gold ETFs Or Gold Bonds: How To Approach Gold?)

Eligible Investors

The scheme is open to resident individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), trusts, universities and charitable institutions.

Investment Limit

Gold bonds can be purchased in the multiples of one unit, up to certain thresholds for different investors. 

The upper limit for retail investors and HUFs is 4 kilograms (4,000 units) each per financial year. For trusts and similar entities, an upper limit of 20 kilograms per financial year is applicable. 

Bond Price

The price of the gold bonds is calculated based on the spot price of gold as provided by the Mumbai-based India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA). For the seventh tranche, a price of Rs 5,051 per unit is applicable, the finance ministry said in a separate statement. 

Discount

Those purchasing the bonds through an online mode - using a digital mode of payment - get a discount of Rs 50 on each unit, which is equivalent to the value of one gram of gold.

How To Invest

The SGBs are sold through commercial banks, the Stock Holding Corporation, designated post offices, and stock exchanges BSE and NSE. The bonds are held in RBI books or in demat form.

Tax Implication

The interest earned from gold bonds is taxable. However, the capital gains arising out of redemption are exempted for individual investors.

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