Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2016 -17 – Series IV – Issue Price

In terms of Government of India notification F. No. 4(16)-W&M/2016 and RBI circular IDMD. CDD. No. 2187/ 14. 04. 050/ 2016-17 dated February 23, 2017, the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2016-17, Series IV will be opened for subscription for the period from February 27, 2017 to March 03, 2013. The nominal value of the bond based on the simple average closing price [published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd (IBJA)] for gold of 999 purity of the week preceding the subscription period, i.e. February 20-23, 2017 (February 24, 2017, being holiday on account of Maha Shivratri), works out to Rs. 2943/- per gram. Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to offer a discount of Rs. 50 per gram on the nominal value of the Sovereign Gold Bond. Hence, the issue price of Gold Bond for this tranche has been fixed at Rs. 2893 /- (Rupees Two Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety Three only) per gram of gold.

The Bonds will be issued on March 17, 2017. 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. The features of the Bond are given below:

Sl. No. Item Details
1 Product name Sovereign Gold Bond 2016-17 – Series IV
2 Issuance To be issued by Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
3 Eligibility The Bonds will be restricted for sale to resident Indian entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
4 Denomination The Bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
5 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.
6 Minimum size Minimum permissible investment will be 1 gram of gold.
7 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.
8 Joint holder In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 500 grams will be applied to the first applicant only.
9 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. The issue price of the Gold bonds will be ₹ 50 per gram less than the nominal value.
10 Payment option Payment for the Bonds will be through cash payment (upto a maximum of ₹ 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
11 Issuance form The Gold bonds will be issued as Government of India Stocks under GS Act, 2006. The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate for the same. The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
12 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.
13 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.
14 Interest rate The investors will be compensated at a fixed rate of 2.50 per cent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value.
15 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.
16 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.
17 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.
18 Tradability Bonds will be tradable on stock exchanges within a fortnight of the issuance on a date as notified by the RBI.
19 SLR eligibility The Bonds will be eligible for Statutory Liquidity Ratio purpose.
20 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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Source : www.rbi.org.in