NRIs may be interested in investing their money in RBI bonds, which are government bonds issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Fortunately, NRIs are allowed to invest in RBI bonds, subject to certain conditions. Here’s how to.
In order to invest in RBI bonds, NRIs must first obtain a “PAN” number.
This is a unique ten-digit alphanumeric code issued to all individuals by the Income Tax Department in India.
Once a NRI has obtained a PAN number, they can open a Non-Resident External (NRE) or Non-Resident Ordinary (NRO) bank account in any bank in India. These accounts are designed to facilitate investment by NRIs and allow them to transfer funds from abroad into India.
NRIs can then invest in RBI bonds through their NRE or NRO account.
The bonds are available in denominations of Rs 1000, Rs 5000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000. NRIs can choose to invest in either short-term or long-term bonds.
Short-term bonds have maturity periods ranging from 1 year to 3 years, while long-term bonds have maturity periods ranging from 5 years to 20 years. Interest rates on the bonds vary depending on the tenure and the amount invested.
In addition to being able to invest in RBI bonds, NRIs are also allowed to buy government securities such as treasury bills, dated government securities, and floating rate bonds.
These investments are subject to the same regulations as RBI bonds, including the requirement to open an NRE or NRO account and obtain a PAN number.
Overall, NRIs are allowed to invest in RBI bonds, provided they meet the necessary requirements. Investing in these bonds can be a great way for NRIs to save and grow their wealth while still taking advantage of the Indian financial system.