Mains Paper 3: Economy | Mobilization of resources
The following things are important from UPSC perspective:
Prelims level: Read the tabular explanation of features of the Scheme. This increases scope for ample number of MCQs.
Mains level: Details of the Scheme
Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme: 2018-19
Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds-2018-19.
The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices, and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange Limited.
Features of the Gold Bond Scheme
Sovereign Gold Bond 2018-19.
Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.
Resident entities including individuals, HUFs, Trusts, Universities and Charitable Institutions.
Multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram.
8 years with exit option in 5th, 6th year and 7th year to be exercised on the interest payment dates.
1 gram of gold
4 KG for individual, 4 Kg for HUF and 20 Kg for trusts and similar entities per fiscal (April-March) notified by the Government from time to time.
In case of joint holding, the investment limit of 4 KG will be applied to the first applicant only.
Fixed in Indian Rupees on the basis of simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity, published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited for the last 3 working days of the week preceding the subscription period.
The issue price of the Gold Bonds will be `50 per gram less for those who subscribe online and pay through digital mode.
Through cash payment (up to a maximum of 20,000) or demand draft or cheque or electronic banking.
The Gold Bonds will be issued as Government of India Stock under GS Act, 2006.
The investors will be issued a Holding Certificate for the same.
The Bonds are eligible for conversion into demat form.
In Indian Rupees based on previous 3 working dayssimple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA.
Banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices (as may be notified) and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange, either directly or through agents.
Fixed rate of 2.50 percent per annum payable semi-annually on the nominal value
Bonds can be used as collateral for loans.
The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the RBI from time to time.
The lien on the bonds shall be marked by the depositary by the authorized banks.
The loan against SGBs would be subject to decision of the lending bank/institution and cannot be inferred as a matter of right by the SGB holder.
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.
Every application must be accompanied by the ‘PAN Number’ issued by the Income Tax Department to the investor(s).
The interest on Gold Bonds shall be taxable as per the provision of 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.
Bonds will be tradable on stock exchanges within a fortnight of the issuance on a date, as notified by the RBI.
Bonds acquired by the banks through the process of invoking lien/hypothecation/pledge alone, shall be counted towards Statutory Liquidity Ratio.
Commission for distribution of the bond shall be paid at the rate Rupee one per hundred Rupees the total subscription received by the receiving offices and receiving offices shall share at least paise 50 per hundred Rupees of the commission so received with the agents or sub agents for the business procured through them.
The following things are important from UPSC perspective:
Prelims: Not much
Mains level: This article is important as it highlights new development that is, commodity options trading in the gold on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and how it will benefit consumers.
The Centre is taking steps for greater formalization of the gold trade with an eye on the future.
In accordance with these steps, the country unveiled its first commodity options trading in the gold on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX).
The gold option contract, with gold (1 kg) futures as underlying, expiring on November 28, 2017 and January 29, 2018 were made available for trading yesterday.
As an introductory measure, no transaction fee is being charged on this product till December.
This marks an important evolution in the trading of the yellow metal itself.
Options trading hedge all risks for those dealing in gold.
Given that Indians were big buyers of gold there are expectations that the new product would be extremely successful and with appropriate policy measures it will help formalize the gold trade.
How will consumers benefit from these steps?
They are in consonance with the business environment for the future, the more it formalises, the better it is for consumers, jewellers and traders.
The European-styled gold options are hedger-friendly and physically settled, which means on exercise at expiration, the options position develops into corresponding underlying MCX one kilogram gold futures position at the strike price of the exercised options.
By hedging risk of rise in gold prices using ‘Gold Call Options Contract,’ a jeweller would not only be protected against price rise, but also would benefit from fall in gold prices.
Similarly by hedging risk of fall in gold prices using a ‘Gold Put Options Contract’, a jeweller would not only be protected against price fall, but would benefit from rise in gold prices.
Gold is the first product for options trading that SEBI had permitted after modern commodity derivatives trading started 14 years ago.
The Finance Ministry had set up a committee for suggesting measures to transform India’s gold market.
SEBI and the integration of commodity markets
There has been a very conscious effort by the government and SEBI to develop and integrate commodity markets in a phased manner.
The introduction of options gives a strong impetus towards systematic development and transformation of commodity derivatives market in India, ushering in a new era in price risk management in response to stakeholder expectations.
To further strengthen the market, a panel had been constituted in NITI Aayog to integrate spot and derivative market.
The gold option is as an extremely low-cost product.
Options Trading in other commodities
As per the SEBI rule, options trade is allowed in a commodity which has certain volumes in futures trade.
Around 7-8 commodities like cotton, CPO, crude, silver, zinc and copper are there whichalso qualifies and after 3-6 months a decision will be taken to introduce options trading in them.
The government plans to exempt capital gains made at the time of redemption of gold under the Gold Bond Scheme.
Two schemes are the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme and the Gold Monetisation Scheme.
It could bring an estimated 20,000 tonnes of idle gold lying with Indian consumers into the economy and also reduce India’s dependence on gold imports.
In Gold Monetisation Scheme, gold in any form can be deposited with banks for a period of one to 15 years. This gold will earn interest and redemption will be at the prevailing market value at the end of the tenure of deposit.
Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme is aimed at customers looking to buy gold as an investment.
While the gold deposited with banks under the monetisation scheme will be allowed to be sold to jewellers in order to boost domestic supply.