What happened to my guaranteed interest rate of 6%?

Monday, November 7th, 2005
Categorized as: Savings Bond interest ratesSeries EE US Savings Bonds

Your Savings Bond Calculator shows that an EE bond issued in January 1993 is earning 4%. I understood that Savings Bonds issued through March 1993 had a guaranteed minimum of 6%. Would you clarify?

Tom’s response

Your January 1993 EE bond earned 6% through December 2004. At that point its original maturity period (the amount of time required for your investment to double in value) ended and the bond entered a new, ten-year, maturity period.

When a Savings Bond that has a guaranteed minimum rate (only bonds issued prior to May 1995 have this feature) enters a new maturity period, the Treasury has the right to change the guaranteed minimum rate, and since March 1993 it’s been changing the guaranteed minimum rate to 4%.

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6 Comments

On December 2nd, 2008 Paul Anzia said:

If the EE minimum interest rate is 4% since 1993, why then do I have EE bonds from 1983 and 1993-94 that are earning less than 3% according to the savings bond calculator?

On December 3rd, 2008 Tom Adams said:

Paul – The guarantee applies to the entire maturity period, not each six-month chunk of it. So if a bond earns more than 4% early in a maturity period, it can earn less than 4% late in the period and still meet the 4% minimum over the entire period.

Tom Adams

On January 20th, 2009 Sarah Neider said:

I bought EE bonds in 1988 that were switched to HH bonds. They will mature in 2018. I was getting $4,000.00 per year until 12/31/08. Now I am getting $1,350.00- the 1.5% rate. Can you help me underwstand why?

On January 20th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Sarah – see this post.

Tom Adams

On January 24th, 2009 tim said:

I have ee bonds issued in Feb and June of 2002 do these have any guaranteed interest rate?

On January 26th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Tim – bonds of that vintage don’t have the kind of guaranteed rate this page is talking about, but see this and this.

Tom Adams

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