Finance Ministry announces fresh tranche of gold bonds

In time for Dhanteras and Diwali, the Finance Ministry on Thursday announced the sixth tranche of sovereign gold bonds. “Applications for the bonds will be accepted from October 24 to November 2,” said an official release on Thursday, adding that the bonds will be issued on November 17.

Hoping to attract more investors, the Finance Ministry also said the issue price of the gold bonds will be 50 per gram less than the nominal value. Other features of the bonds remain the same. They will be be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India, designated post offices and stock exchanges.

The tenor of the bond will be for a period of eight years with exit option from the fifth year to be exercised on the interest payment dates. Minimum investment of one gram will be allowed while the maximum will be 500 gram per person per fiscal year.

In an effort to wean away investors from physical gold, the Reserve Bank of India on behalf of the Centre has already issued five tranches of sovereign gold bonds since last year.

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