Sovereign Gold Bond Tranche III (March 2016)

Sovereign Gold Bonds Tranche III - March 2016

Sovereign Gold Bonds Tranche III – March 2016

Government of India is coming out with the third tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds from March 8 to 14, 2016. These bonds are investment scheme where investors could buy gold in the form of Gold Bonds from Government of India.

Highlights Gold Bond Scheme:

Eligibility: Resident Individuals, HUFs, trusts, universities, charitable institutions, etc

Application Date: March 8 to 14, 2016

Bonds Issue Date: March 29, 2016

Price of each Bond: Rs 2,916 per bond [Weekly average price of closing price of gold of 999 purity as per India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd]. The first tranche was issued in November 2015 at Rs 2,684 per gram and second tranche in January 2016 at Rs. 2,600.

Interest Rate: 2.75% per annum payable semi-annually in the bank account

Minimum Investment Limit: 2 bonds

Also Read: Five Signs of Purity for Gold Jewellery

Maximum Investment Limit: 500 bonds per person per financial year

Tenure: 8 year [early exit possible from 5th year on wards interest payment dates]

Where to buy? Banks, Designated Post Offices and Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd. (directly or through agents)

Application Form: You can download the form from RBI website or from respective banks. Also some banks might have option for online application.

KYC Documents: Voter ID, Aadhaar card/PAN or TAN /Passport i.e same as for purchase of physical gold

Payment Mode: Demand Draft, Cheque or Electronic Payment. Cash payment can only be done up to Rs 20,000.

Joint Holding: Possible (the maximum limit applies to first holder only)

Investment in the name of Minor is possible to be made by his/her guardian

Redemption Pricing: Based on previous week average price of closing price of gold of 999 purity as per India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd

Also Read: Gold Deposit Scheme

Loan: bonds are allowed as collateral. The loan to value can be same as in case of physical gold

Listing: The bonds would be listed on stock exchange and can be sold/bought though demat account once RBI notifies the same.

Taxation of Sovereign Gold Bond:

There are three parts to taxation:

  1. The interest received is added to the income and taxed at the marginal tax slab.
  2. Budget 2016 has made gains on redemption of the bond exempted from capital gains tax. This means if the subscriber redeems the bond after 5 years, no tax would be payable on the gains.
  3. However if the bond is sold, any gains would be considered as capital gains as in case of physical gold and taxed accordingly. If the bonds are sold with in 3 years of purchase its short term capital gains and is taxed at marginal tax rate. In case the sale is after 3 years its long term capital gains and is taxed at 20%, with indexation benefit.


Invest in sovereign Gold bonds only if you wanted to invest in gold or need gold for marriage etc in next 5 to 8 years. These bonds are efficient way of investment as you need not worry about purity; there is no loss of making charges and no tension about safety and storage. Additionally you get 2.5% interest every year. However you should NOT invest aggressively in gold as it would at best give inflation equivalent returns.

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