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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

RBI imposes restrictions on bank loans against gold

RBI imposes restrictions on bank loans against gold

IN A bid lo curb demand for gold. the Reserve Bank on Monday imposed restrictions on banks and NBFCs for providing loans against gold coins as well as units of gold ETFs and mutual funds.
"...It is advised that while granting advance against the security of specially minted gold coins sold by them, banks should ensure that the weight of the coin does not exceed 50 grams per customer." RBI said in a notification to banks.
Also banks have been asked to ensure that the amount of loan to any customer against gold ornaments, gold jewelry and gold coins (weighing up to 50 grams) should be within the board approved limit.
As specially minted gold coins sold by banks may not be in the nature of bullion or primary gold, there would be no objection to the bank granting loans against these coins, it added. The central bank further said that banks could not give advances against gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and units of gold mutual funds. Banks are currently permitted to grant advances against gold ornaments and other jewellery and against special!) minted gold coins sold by banks. However, no advances can be granted by banks for purchase of gold in any form, including primary gold, gold bullion, gold jewelry, gold coins, units of gold exchange traded funds and units of gold mutual funds.
The Government has taken several steps recently, including raising Import Duty, to curb the inbound shipments of gold. The RBI. too, had put restrictions on banks on gold imports, which has led to forex outflow and widening of the Current Account Deficit. While there may not be any objection to grant of advances against specially mimed gold coins sold by banks, there is a risk that some of these will weigji much more, thereby circumventing the RBl's guidelines regarding restrictions on grant of advance against gold bullion, it said.
In a separate notification, the RBI said no advances should be granted by NBFCs for purchase of gold in any form, including primary gold, gold bullion, gold jewellery, gold coins, units of gold ETF and units of gold mutual funds.

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