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Sovereign Gold Bonds Open July 18 to July 22, 2016

Sovereign Gold Bonds Open July 18 to July 22, 2016

The Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has decided to issue fourth tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds.
Applications for the bond will be accepted from July 18 to July 22, 2016. The Bonds will be issued on August 5, 2016.
The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange.




It may be recalled that Honourable Finance Minister had announced in Union Budget 2015-16 about developing a financial asset, Sovereign Gold Bond, as an alternative to purchasing metal gold.

Accordingly, three tranches of issuances have been undertaken during 2015-16. The features of the Bond are given below:
Item
Details
Product name
Sovereign Gold Bond 2016-17 – Series I
Issuance
To be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
Eligibility
The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
Denomination
The Bonds will be   denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
Tenor
The tenor of the Bond will be for a period of 8 years with exit option from 5th   year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
Minimum size
Minimum permissible investment will be 1 grams of gold.
Maximum limit
The maximum amount subscribed by an entity will not be more than 500 grams per person per fiscal year (April-March). A self-declaration to this effect will be obtained.
Joint holder
In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
Issue price
Price of Bond will be fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the week (Monday to Friday) preceding the subscription period.
Payment option
Payment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
Issuance form
Government of India Stock under GS Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
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.
Sales channel
Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices as may be notified and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange, either directly or through agents.
Interest rate
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.
Collateral
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.
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.
Tax treatment
The interest on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961). The capital gains tax arising on redemption of SGB to an individual has been exempted. The indexation benefits will be provided to long term capital gains arising to any person on transfer of bond
Tradability
Bonds will be tradable on stock exchanges/NDS-OM from a date to be notified by RBI.
SLR eligibility
The Bonds will be eligible for Statutory Liquidity Ratio purposes.
Commission
Commission for distribution of the bond shall be paid at the rate of 1% of the total subscription received    by    the    receiving offices and receiving offices shall share at least 50% of the commission so received with the agents or sub agents for the business procured through them.
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