04 Jan 2018 12:41 IST

7.75% savings bonds to be available from Jan 10: FinMin

These bonds will have a seven-year maturity period

The Finance Ministry on Thursday announced the launch of 7.75 per cent Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2018. These will be available from January 10 and will enable resident citizens/HUF to invest in a taxable bond, without any monetary ceiling.

PTI reports

These bonds with seven-year maturity would open for subscription from January 10, a Finance Ministry statement said today.

“7.75 per cent Savings Bonds Scheme notified. Would replace 8 per cent Scheme. Will be effective from 10th January. This sequenced notifications and gap of a week was necessary to avoid overlap in cheques realisations,” Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg said in a tweet.

The interest would be payable half-yearly and the cumulative value of ₹1,000 at the end of seven years will be ₹1,703.These taxable bonds to be issued at par are meant for individual other than Non-Resident Indians, it said, adding these are not tradeable in the secondary market and are not eligible as collateral for loans from banking institutions, non-banking financial companies or financial institutions.

In 2003, the government came out with bonds offering 8 per cent interest to encourage retail investors to invest. The bond was open for subscription from April 21, 2003, and had a fixed tenure of six years. There was no upper limit for investment.

Although the Finance Ministry did not give reason for reduction in the rate of such bonds, it is believed that it is in line with the falling interest rate scenario. These non-transferable bonds will be exempt from wealth tax under the Wealth Tax Act, 1957, the Finance Ministry statement said.

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