The twelfth tranche of Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme (Series XII) 2020-21 opens from 1st Mar -5th Mar 2021. The RBI has placed the issue price for the upcoming bond at Rs 4662 per gram and online applications will have an issue price of Rs 4612 per gram of gold. (Rs 50 discount). The date of settlement is 9th Mar 2021.

The Government fixes the price on the basis of a simple average closing price of 999 purity gold prices prevailing in the last three business days of the week (rate as published by India Bullion and Jewellers Association, IBJA) preceding the subscription period. Upcoming Sovereign Gold Bond-Last Series of FY20-21

SGBs are government securities denominated in grams of gold which allows investors to invest in gold without physical holding. It eliminates the risk of cost and storage. Key points to understand about Sovereign Gold Bonds

Sovereign Gold Bond 2020-21 series Date of  subscription Date of Settlement Issue Price
Series 12 Mar 01- Mar 05, 2021 Mar 09, 2021 Rs 4662 per gram

The Price Momentum 

Gold had risen to a peak of Rs 56200 per ten grams in the month of August of the year 2020; the precious yellow metal has been falling over a period of 5-6 months. It quoted at Rs 46439 per 10 grams on 18th Feb 2021.

Gold witnessed a rally in its prices globally since the pandemic Covid 19. Falling equity markets, negative market sentiments globally, and the curiosity of parking the funds in risk-free assets drove the momentum in the gold prices.

One can understand the price variations from the below chart.


What is leading to fall in gold prices?

⇒ Reduction of customs duty on gold in the union budget 2021 to 7.5% from 12.5%. This cut would reduce the retail prices and also address the smuggling of gold into India.

⇒ The rise in US dollar and treasury bills has also contributed to a decrease in gold prices.

Lastly but not least, the surge in the equity markets always has an inverse relationship with gold.

The trend generally seen in the investor’s behavior is that when the prices are at the peak, everyone would like to invest in the asset but when the prices are falling people anticipate it to fall further thus delaying making any investments! It is interesting to note that the Sovereign Gold bonds subscription levels exceeded during its offer price of Rs 56000 than seen recently.

Why should one invest in Gold?

Gold is a good portfolio diversifier and can act against inflation. It also provides financial cover during geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainty. People tend to accumulate gold to meet their future requirements and value it as a reserve for tough times. Hence one should always keep a certain portion for investments in the yellow metal.

Prices at these levels seem to be attractive at the current offer price of the series coming up on 1st March 2021, the last 12th series of the FY20-21.

For your redemption concerns follow this Invest in Gold without Physical Holding & Find out How?

Gold rate source: IBJA

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