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Sovereign Gold Bonds - Earn additional 2.75% p.a. on your Gold

The Reserve Bank of India on behalf of Government of India has come up with India's first issue of Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGBs). SGBs are certificates denominated in grams of gold and are a superior alternative to holding gold in physical form.

Below mentioned are few important details of the issue:

  • Offer period: Subscription opens on November 5, 2015 and closes on November 20, 2015.
  • These bonds will be issued on November 26, 2015.
  • Issue Price : Rs 2,684 per gram of gold. 
  • Maturity: 8 years with exit option from 5th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
  • These bonds will be tradable on exchanges.
  • Subscription limits: Minimum 2 grams of gold, Maximum- 500 grams of gold per person in a fiscal year (April- March).
  • Available in units of one gram of gold & multiples thereof.
  • Taxation Capital Gains will be charged at 20% after indexation, if held for more than 3 years.
  • Interest: 2.75% fixed per annum payable semi-annually.
So what are the benefits of investing in SGBs?

  • You will get fixed interest at 2.75% per annum payable semi-annually on initial value of investment in addition to investment in gold as an asset class
  • You will get indexation benefit while calculating capital gains. Capital gains will be charged at a concession rate of 20% after considering indexation benefit, if held for more than 3 years
  • These Bonds could be used as a collateral for availing loans
  • These bonds are free from issues like making charges and purity which is of concern while you buy gold in jewellery form. Also there is no risk and cost of storage since these bonds will be held in demat form, unlike physical gold
  • These bonds are a better alternative to Gold ETFs as there are no recurring annual expenses in these bonds. 
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