Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-II – Who can invest?

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-IISovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-II – Who can invest?

Govt. of India announced that Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017 Tranche-II (Series 2) would open today i.e. 10th July, 2017. Govt. of India offers Rs 50 per gram discount based on the average price of last week defined by Indian Bullion Association. What are the features of Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Series II – Tranche II? How to apply for these bonds? Should you invest in Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-II? In this article, I would provide complete review of this.

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Features of Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017 Tranche-II

Here are the features of Soveriegn Gold Bond scheme.

  • These Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme of July 2017 would open for subscription from 10th July, 2017 and closes on 14th July, 2017.
  • Resident Indians are eligible to apply for this Sovereign Gold-Bond-Scheme.
  • These are issued by Government, hence these are safe investment options.
  • These gold bonds would be issued on 28th July, 2017 after subscription is closed. It would be issued in physical form or demat form.
  • Sovereign Gold Bonds are issued in denomination of 1 gram of gold and in multiples of 1 gram with a maximum quantity of 500 grams per person per financial year i.e. Apr to Mar period.
  • These bonds would carry 2.5% interest rate per annum, which is payable every half year.
  • Price of the bond would be decided based on the price of the gold pertaining to previous Friday’s rate of 999 purity gold price published by Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd. They have fixed Rs 2,830 price per gram  and after discount of Rs 50 per gram, this is issued to the general public at Rs 2,780 per gram.
  • Tenure of the sovereign gold-bond scheme is 8 years. One can exit from these bonds after 5 years from the date of subscription either after completion of 5 years, 6 years of 7 years.
  • You can get a loan against the bonds from banks.

How to apply for Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-II?

Banks, specific Post Offices and Stock Holding Corporation of India are authorized to accept applications under Sovereign Gold bond scheme. You can approach, fill the application and submit them between 10th July, 2017 to 14th July, 2017. However, gold bond certificates / demat units would be issued / allocated only on 28th July, 2017.

Can we withdraw Sovereign Gold-Bonds before the maturity period?

These bonds have a lock in period of 8 years. However, one can do premature withdrawal after completion of 5 years, 6 years or 7 years and during interest date periods. If your interest date is 28th Jan (6 months from 28th July date), you can withdraw after 5 years and on 28th July or on 28th Jan.

What about the tax treatment of Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-II?

While you would get 2.5% interest per annum on these bonds, this is not tax free. You need to club this interest with your income every year and pay income tax on that based on income tax slab.

1) These are exempted from capital gain arising from selling these bonds. Means, whatever returns you would get at the time of redemption (apart from interest) is tax free.

2) Long term capital would be computed for transfer of these bonds to any other person based on indexation benefits.

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Are these Sovereign Gold Bonds are traded on stock exchanges?

These are tradable on NSE and BSE. However RBI would notify the date of trading of such bonds at later point of time.

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-2018 Tranche-I is trading at Rs 2,712 on NSE as on 8th July, 2017. Bond price would depend on few parameters like current gold rates, Interest accrued till date on such bonds etc.,

Who can invest in Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme July 2017 Tranche-II?

You need to question yourself for few things, if you are planning to invest in such bonds.

1) What is the purpose of investing in such gold? If you are looking for future appreciation and for long term investment purpose, then you may rethink about your decision. Gold has not given even bank FD returns in the last couple of years. Better to go for some of the top performing mutual fund schemes which can give you 12% to 15% annualized returns.

2) Are you investing in gold bond scheme for short term gains, no way. You would waste your money and effort. Better to invest in Best GST stocks or any other short term stocks that can appreciate in short to medium term.

3) If you are planning to accumulate for future consumption like for ornaments to your spouse or daughter marriage, yes, indeed it’s one of the good options. No one can predict the gold rates. Hence investing small amounts in such schemes can help you to accumulate gold grams over a period of time. E.g. you want to accumulate 100 grams gold for your daughter marriage in next 10 years, you can invest 10 grams gold worth amount in this scheme every year. By the end of 10 years, no matter what gold price is, you are able to accumulate 100 grams.

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