Government-run SGB or Sovereign Gold Bond scheme is set to open for subscription on Monday, June 8. This is the third instalment of the gold bonds, which first hit the markets in April this year. Issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on behalf of the government, these bonds are part of the central government’s market-borrowing programme wherein each bond represents the value equivalent to one gram of gold. The issue price for the third tranche of the SGB 2020-21 scheme is Rs 4,677 per gram, the RBI said last week. The current series of government-run gold bonds – the Sovereign Gold Bond 2020-21 scheme – comes at a time when the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has rattled the financial markets around the globe, but increased the appeal of the yellow metal as a safe-haven. (Also Read: Physical Gold, Gold ETFs Or Gold Bonds: How To Approach Gold?)
Here’s all you need to know about the gold bonds (SGB) before investing:
Gold Bond Interest Rate
A fixed rate of 2.5 per cent per annum is applicable on the SGBs, payable semi-annually.
Who Can Buy Gold Bonds
Resident individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), trusts, universities and charitable institutions can invest in the SGB scheme.
Gold Bond Issue Price
The price is determined on the basis of a simple average of the closing price 999-purity gold published by the Mumbai-based India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA) for the last three working days of the week preceding subscription.
Online subscribers paying through the digital mode get a discount of Rs 50 on every gram of gold. The same method is used for determining the redemption price.
Gold Bond Important Dates
The second tranche of the scheme will remain open from May 11 to 15, and the next instalment will open on June 8. The gold bond scheme opens six times a year.
|Tranche||Date of Subscription||Date of Issuance|
|2020-21 Series I||April 20-24, 2020||April 28, 2020|
|2020-21 Series II||May 11-15, 2020||May 19, 2020|
|2020-21 Series III||June 8-12, 2020||June 16, 2020|
|2020-21 Series IV||July 6-10, 2020||July 14, 2020|
|2020-21 Series V||August 3-7, 2020||August 11, 2020|
|2020-21 Series VI||August 31-September 4, 2020||September 8, 2020|
|(Source: Ministry of Finance)|
(The SGB scheme 2020-21 first hit the markets in April 2020)
How To Invest In Gold Bonds
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.
Gold Bond Lock-In
The gold bond scheme comes with a tenor of eight years, with an exit option after the fifth year. The option can be exercised on interest payment dates.
Gold Bond Investment Limit
A minimum of one gram and a maximum of four kilograms of gold can be acquired by eligible individuals and HUFs in a financial year. Trusts and similar entities can purchase up to 20 kilograms in a financial year.
Gold Bond Tax Implication
The interest on gold bonds is taxable. However, the capital gains arising out of redemption are exempted for individual investors.