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Introduction

Sovereign Gold Bonds are an alternative to physical gold. They provide better security and higher returns for your investment. It was introduced by the Government of India in 2015 under the Gold Monetization Scheme. The bond issues are offered in tranches by the Reserve Bank of India in consultation with the Government of India.

Currently, 2019-20 Series IX Bonds are on offer. They are available for subscription from February 03-07-2020. The date of issuance is February 11th, 2020. Karnataka Bank customers can subscribe for the bonds at their nearest branch.

Karnataka Bank Sovereign Gold Bond

Karnataka Bank Gold Deposit Scheme

Karnataka Bank Sovereign Gold Bonds are a better investment than physical gold. Safety risks and storage costs are reduced. At the time of maturity, investors are assured of the market value of the gold along with periodic interest. Unlike gold jewellery, these bonds do not require making charges or other value adds.

Here are some salient features of the Sovereign Gold Bond offered by the Karnataka Bank

Product nameSovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2019-20 Series IX

Eligibility for Investment

  • Indian Resident Individuals, solely or jointly with another individual or on behalf of a minor child
  • HUFs / Hindu Undivided Families
  • Trust, Charitable Institution and Universities

Bond Form

The bond shall be issued in the form of a holding certificate or demat form, as the user chooses.

Date of Issue

The latest tranche of Series IX is available for subscription from February 03rd – February 07th, 2020. The Bond issue date is February 11th 2020

Denomination

The Bonds shall be available in denominations of units of one gram of gold or multiples thereof.

Minimum investment

Minimum investment in the Bonds shall be one gram with a maximum limit of 4 kg for individuals, 4 kg for Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) and 20 kg for trusts and similar entities, notified by the Government from time to time. This limit is for per fiscal year.

Issue Price

The subscription price of the bond shall be fixed by the Government based on the simple average of closing price of 999 purity gold, published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited, for the last 3 working days of the week preceding the subscription period.

Interest

The Bonds shall earn a nominal rate of interest of 2.50% p.a. Interest shall be paid in half-yearly interval and the last interest shall be payable along with principal on maturity.

Sales Offices

Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding RRBs, Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks), designated Post Offices (as may be notified), Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd (SHCIL) and recognized stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. are authorized to receive applications for the Bonds either directly or through agents.

Payment Options

Payment shall be accepted in Indian Rupees through cash, up to a maximum of ₹ 20,000/-, cheque, DD or by direct debit from your Karnataka Bank account.

Redemption

The Bonds shall mature upon completion of 8 years from the date of issue of the Bonds. Premature redemption of the Bond is permitted after the fifth year of the date of issue of the Bonds and such repayments shall be made on the next interest payment date.

The redemption price shall be fixed based on a simple average of closing price of 999 purity gold, published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited, for the last 3 working days of the week preceding the maturity date.

There will be no markdown on prevailing price of gold at the time of early redemption (post 5 years) or at maturity.

Loan against Bonds

The Bonds may be used as collateral for loans.

Tax Application

Interest on the Bonds shall be taxable as per the provisions of the 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.

Applying for the Bond

Karnataka Bank Customers may visit their nearest branch with KYC documents and submit the application form.

Nomination

Yes, available

Transferability of the Bond

Available as per eligibility criteria of the receiver

Tradability of bonds

Yes, the bonds are tradable on stock exchanges

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.

How to apply for the Sovereign Gold Bond?

Applicants can approach the nearest branch of Karnataka Bank to subscribe for the bond. The issue date of the bond are given below:

S. No.TrancheDate of SubscriptionDate of Issuance

1

2019-20 Series V

October 07-11, 2019

October 15, 2019

2

2019-20 Series VI

October 21-25, 2019

October 30, 2019

3

2019-20 Series VII

December 02–06, 2019

December 10, 2019

4

2019-20 Series VIII

January 13-17, 2020

January 21, 2020

5

2019-20 Series IX

February 03-07, 2020

February 11, 2020

6

2019-20 Series X

March 02-06, 2020

March 11, 2020

Applicants must submit the application form on these subscription dates along with the payment. The bonds shall be allocated on the date of issuance.

Applicants making online or digital payments for the bond shall receive a discount of Rs.50 per gram of gold subscribed.

Applicants are requested to submit their KYC documents along with the application.

Why should I invest in Sovereign Gold Bond instead of buying physical gold?

There are a number of advantages in investing in the Sovereign Gold Bond rather than physical gold.

Gold JewelleryGold Coins/Bars from the bankSovereign Gold Bonds

Purchase

You have to pay making charges ranging from 5 -20%

Banks charge 10-20% mark-up charges

No mark-up charges if withdrawn after minimum period of 5 years

Sell

Loss of making charges, value add charges & taxes

Banks do not take it back, so premium paid at time of purchase is written off

Nil

Maintenance

Hassle of storing them. Lockers and insurance charges to be incurred. 

Hassle of storing them. Lockers and insurance charges to be incurred. 

Nil, as they are given in document form or demat form

Tax Implications

Need to pay Long term capital gains tax after 3 years, plus wealth tax

Need to pay Long term capital gains tax after 3 years, plus wealth tax

The interest earned on this bond is taxable at your income tax slab. There is no capital gains tax on the returns from this bond.

Rate

Based on market price of gold

Based on market price of gold

Discounted price fixed by Government

Karnataka Bank Sovereign Gold Bond – FAQs:

1. Is joint holding of SGBs allowed? Can minors invest in SGBs?

SGBs can be bought jointly with another individual. Individuals can also purchase this bond on behalf of minors.

2.Are there any risks in investing in SGBs?

There is an amount of risk involved with investing in SGBs. Investors may face the risk of capital loss if the market price of gold declines. However, the investor does not lose in terms of the units of gold which he has paid for.

3. What are the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) norms?

The investor should quote his/her ‘PAN Number’ issued by the Income Tax Department, on the application form.

4.Can each member of my family buy 4Kg in their own name?

Yes, each family member can buy the bonds in his/her own name if they satisfy the eligibility criteria. However, in case of joint purchase, the limit shall apply on the first applicant.

5. When will the customers be issued a Holding Certificate?

The customers will be issued Certificate of Holding on the date of issuance of the SGB. Certificate of Holding can be collected from the issuing banks/SHCIL offices/Post Offices/Designated stock exchanges/agents or obtained directly from RBI on email, if email address is provided in the application form.

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