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Advance against Pledge of Gold/ Silver Ornaments

RBI/2013-14/586
UBD.CO.BPD.PCB.Cir.No.60/13.05.001/2013-14

May 9, 2014

The Chief Executive Officers of
All Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks

Dear Sir / Madam,

Advance against Pledge of Gold/ Silver Ornaments

Please refer to circular UBD.PCB.Cir.No.24/13.05.001/ 08-09 dated November 10, 2008, wherein Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) were advised to observe safeguards in order to mitigate the inherent risks attached to sanction of loans and advances against Gold / Silver ornaments.

2. As a prudential measure, it has now been decided to prescribe a Loan to Value (LTV) Ratio of not exceeding 75 per cent for UCBs’ lending against gold jewellery (including bullet repayment loans against pledge of gold jewellery). Therefore, henceforth loans sanctioned by UCBs should not exceed 75 per cent of the value of gold ornaments and jewellery.

3. In order to standardize the valuation and make it more transparent to the borrower, it has been decided that gold jewellery accepted as security/collateral will have to be valued at the average of the closing price of 22 carat gold for the preceding 30 days as quoted by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd. [Formerly known as the Bombay Bullion Association Ltd. (BBA)]. If the gold is of purity less than 22 carats, the bank should translate the collateral into 22 carat and value the exact grams of the collateral. In other words, jewellery of lower purity of gold shall be valued proportionately.

4. It is reiterated that UCBs should continue to observe necessary and usual safeguards and also have a suitable policy for lending against gold jewellery with the approval of their Boards of Directors.

Yours faithfully,

(P. K. Arora)
General Manager


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