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What are bonds?

Indian investors have different types of bond investment options available to them, which include government bonds, tax-savings bonds, corporate bonds, and investment bonds.

Two types of bonds are available to invest in the market include short-term bonds and long-term bonds. Bonds are the easiest way for the government and companies to borrow money. Instead of borrowing money from a bank at a high-interest rate, a company or government can sell bonds to a large group of investors to raise the funds they need for operation or growth.

A bond is a debt security that an investor buys from the government or from a corporate and holds on to it until the date of maturity. On that date, the bond issuer pays back the interest accrued on the bond in full.

Investment in Bonds

Securities issued by the Indian government, government bonds help the Indian government in financing government spending. Since government bonds are issued by the Indian government, the default in payment is highly unlikely. Therefore, investors in India generally tend to consider government bonds as a highly safe instrument for long-term investment.

However, before investing in government bonds their money in government bonds, investors need to remember the following:

  • Government bonds are a debt instrument
  • These bonds are issued by the government in home currency. Ones issued in foreign currency are called sovereign bonds
  • They are issued for a fixed tenure of 10, 20, and 30 years
  • The government issues them to borrow money from the general public. Therefore, the government pays interest to the investors
  • The name of the government bond issued by India is the ‘India Government Bond 10Y’

What are corporate bonds?

Debt securities issued by a public or private company incorporated under the Companies Act, corporate bonds help companies in raising money for funding new plant investments, purchasing new equipment, or promoting business growth.

A company issues a corporate bond to investor and in return, promises to repay the whole principal and interest lent by the investor to the company on the date of maturity. During the course of the investment tenure, the company generally pays the interest accrued on the corporate bond investment either semi-annually or annually.

Benefits of investing in corporate bonds:

  • Higher liquidity
  • Widespread options with regards to maturity and investment term
  • Strong credit rating, which leads to highly predictable cash flow, interest, principal repayment, and value of the bond not diminishing over the length of the term

Know more about the ongoing corporate bonds.

How to invest in bonds?

Bond purchases first depend on the value of the bonds being purchased by the investor. If the value of the bonds is Rs 10 lakhs or more, the investors need to trade in such bonds in the Wholesale Debt Market (WDM) of the NSE or BSE. Large institutions or HNIs essentially invest in such high-value transactions. These transactions are normally settled either on the same day, which is T+0 or T+1 that is the next day.

Retail investors can invest in corporate bonds by purchasing them online through retail broker using an online broking platform through either the CM (Capital Market) segment on the NSE or the F Group on BSE. It is highly advisable for investors to break up a large lot of bond investments into smaller lots and purchase it over the course of a few days. This is because large quantities of bond purchases may be subject to spike in prices. Another point to note for bond investors is that just like investment in stocks, bonds have a scrip code. Moreover, the settlement cycle for bonds is the same as investment in stocks.

Disclaimer : *investment in securities market is subject to market risks, read all the related documents carefully before investing.

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  • The Basket profits or returns would include any dividends, benefits received out of corporate actions.
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  • During the course of investment, we will invest as close as possible to the basket amount. Some small surplus to be left due to rounding off that amount will be managed /invest/return to the investor as suitable.
  • The stocks in the basket will be as per the discretion of the ACMIIL. These stocks would be reviewed from time to time and the rebalancing, (if any), of the stocks in the basket would be at the discretion of ACMIIL.
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  • In case of a bank mandate, we will need 20% more mandate of the basket amount as the stock price will fluctuate time to time. The amount taken from bank would be actual value of Basket.
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  • As a SEBI registered stock broker, we are permitted to act as an adviser. This product is part of our advisory activity.

Schedule I

Fees Structure
Nature of FeesFees
Basket FeesINR 300 per basket + GST (Charged upfront)
Advisory Fees (Second year onwards)2% p.a+ GST (Charged upfront on Basket Value)
Approx Transaction Charges0.13%
Note: In Basket fees and Management Fees, GST will be recovered at the applicable rate.
Transaction charges includes Brokerage, STT, Stock Exchange charges, Stamp duty, SEBI Charges & GST

Fees Structure Example:

Suppose Client A has bought 1 basket for 36 months so he will pay INR 300 per basket as Basket fees for 36 months and from 13th month onwards he will pay Advisory fees for 1st basket as one year ends for the basket. So, after completion of one year the client A has to pay the Basket fees (13th month fresh basket) as well advisory fees (1st basket upfront Advisory fees for second year).

Transaction Charges Includes
STT (Central Govt)0.1% on Transaction Value
Transaction Charges (Stock Exchange)0.0034% on Transaction Value
Stamp Duty & SEBI Charges0.011% on Transaction Value
GST18% on Transaction Charges.
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