The tax free bond days are back. Long term bonds issued now have special significance given the possibility of interest rate cuts and a bond market rally. Coming in the market this week is the NTPC Tax Free Bonds.
Is it for you?
Issues opens onand closes on
Minimum investment - Rs.5,000/- (5 * Rs.1000/- bonds)
Maximum investments - Rs. 10 lacs (to qualify as retail investor)
Tenure of bond - 10 years / 15 years / 20 years
Interest rates (tax free) - 7.36% for 10 years, 7.53% for 15 years, 7.62% for 20 years
Interest paid - Annual
Cumulative option - Not available
Maturity value - Same as face value + interest due for the last year
Should have and maintain a demat account to buy the bond
What looks good?
The interest rate
Tax free rate
is equivalent to
Taxable rate @ 30% slab (APPROX.)
( The Above NTPC Issue was Over-subscribed and Further Comming Issue is if PFC)
|PFC Tax-Free Bonds Issue Update|
|For Individual Retail Investors -Category IV|
Tenure of Bonds
|Tax free rate is equivalent to||
|Taxable rate @ 30% slab (APPROX.)||10.51%||10.76%||10.85%|
Long investment period
Lesser reinvestment risk. Short term deposits run this risk as at the end of the maturity period if interest rates had fallen, investor will not be able to reinvest at the same rate
Almost no risk, as these are government backed bonds. NTPC is a PSU - Maharatna company and the country's largest power producer.
Fixed regular income
Someone investing Rs. 10 lacs can expect a regular income of Rs.73,600/- every year. So called-No surprises, no risks.
Interest rate scenario in the economy
With interest rates expected to fall in the future, locking your investments for a high rate may be beneficial. Bond values are likely to go up resulting in reasonable premiums when sold in secondary market.
What doesn't look good?
No cumulative option
No opportunity to create wealth and give power of compounding a chance.
Although these bonds are liquidatable in the secondary market, expect trading volumes to be thin.
10 years is a long time
The shortest tenure is 10 years. Typical investors in bonds like these, risk averse retirees seeking regular income may find 10 years too long a time to be invested in an illiquid asset.
Best suited for
People seeking regular income - not capital growth
People in the highest tax bracket - they get the best benefit. If investor is only in the 10% tax bracket or lesser, an FD today may offer better returns.
Investors with low risk tolerance and low risk capacity
Investors who have fully utilised 80C and other tax related savings/investments, need to check this.
How to invest?
Through your demat account. Talk to your stock broker / adviser
Want to know more?
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-initial write up courtesy,Bhuvana