Direct investing in G-secs to be easier now. Should you opt in?

If RBI is able to address the issue of liquidity and ease of investing through the new platform, we can have a vibrant market for all stakeholders.

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Coming soon: Retail investors can directly invest in government securities with RBI

Retail investors looking for high yield on their fixed income investments typically find investments in government bonds unattractive.

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Will retail investors take up RBI’s offer to open gilt accounts?

Understanding of GILTS, conversion from SGL to demat and vice versa is cumbersome, liquidity for retail lot (anything less than 5 crore is odd lot) and low yield or return compared to other AAA-rated or PSU or private sector NCD are some of the issues.

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Are PFC retail bonds an attractive alternative to bank fixed deposits?

Government-owned Power Finance Corporation is set to launch its public bond sale for retail investors on Friday offering up to 7.5%. The issue seeks to garner Rs 5,000 crore.This is the first such issuance since the State Bank of India had floated a public offer about a decade ago. About fourth-fifth of the issuance is earmarked for retail and wealthy individual investors. Subscriptions close January 29.

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High yields draw HNIs to long-dated GSecs

Wealthy individuals are buying long-term government bonds with 15-to-30 year maturities as they offer returns nearly double of the available short-term securities, including Treasury Bills and other money market instruments.

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Look at liquidity when investing in municipal bonds

The risk is relatively low. However, the bonds don’t have any explicit guarantee. There is an implicit guarantee as it is assumed that the state government will repay in case the municipal corporation faces any cash flow issues.

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Kerala unlikely to draw down full borrowing entitlement this fiscal

Earlier, the gap between G-Secs and SDLs or the premium on SDLs in relation to that of G-Secs, used to hover around 70 to 80 basis points, but this has fallen to 40 to 50 basis points after RBI entered the market with OMO.

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Need regular income after retirement? Here are some safe investment options

Broadly, if you invest a lump-sum now, you get regular payouts – be it monthly, quarterly or annually. The returns work out to 5.75-5.9 percent annually over 20-30 years.

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Why selling bonds and NCDs in the market isn’t easy for retail investors

Investors should check for YTM, which is nothing but return on investment. This should not be confused with current yield of the bond.

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HNIs, sovereign funds latch onto REITs in yields chase

We have been receiving a lot of queries from investors seeking information on REIT investments. If you have surplus money, you can invest about 5-8 percent in those listed units earning higher than the average returns in debt investments.

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