US Savings Bonds/Series I US Savings Bonds

Series I Savings Bond fixed base-rates

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Categorized as: Series I US Savings Bonds
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Table and graph of historical Series I Savings Bond and TIPS fixed base-rates.

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Inflation update of November 2015

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Categorized as: Series I US Savings BondsTIPS
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Based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) released today, the annual rate of inflation over the last six months was 2.88%.

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Series I Savings Bonds vs the stock market

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Categorized as: Savings Bonds and competitive investmentsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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Our latest update on the current value of equal monthly investments in the stock market and Series I Savings Bonds.

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I bond fixed-rate zero; new EE-bonds to earn 0.20%

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Categorized as: Savings Bond interest ratesSeries EE US Savings BondsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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I-bond/10-Year TIPS spread sets new record at -78 basis points.

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I Bonds and the Federal Reserve

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Categorized as: Savings Bonds and competitive investmentsSeries I US Savings BondsTIPS
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New Federal Reserve policy favors I bonds.

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Next I bond inflation component 3.06%

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
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October 2011 I bonds are an exceptionally good deal.

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Meager rollover opportunity available

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
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Upgrading 2008's 0% fixed-rate I bonds will earn an additional $3 per year per $1,000 invested.

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Link between inflation bonds and national credit ratings declines

Monday, November 19th, 2007
Categorized as: Series I US Savings BondsTIPSUS Credit Rating
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Standard & Poor's raises concerns about CPI estimates underestimating inflation in some countries.

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Congressional Budget Office explains the Consumer Price Index

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
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Learn how the CPI-U is calculated.

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How, why, and when to rollover I bonds

Friday, November 3rd, 2006
Categorized as: Series I US Savings Bonds
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All the answers to your rollover questions.

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Should we worry about inflation?

Friday, September 8th, 2006
Categorized as: Series I US Savings BondsTIPS
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Investors can use inflation-protected securities - Series I Savings Bonds and TIPS - as a hedge against the risk of runaway inflation. But is that a real risk?

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Do Savings Bond purchase limits impact rollovers?

Monday, June 19th, 2006
Categorized as: Buying US Savings BondsCashing in US Savings BondsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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I have been investing the $30,000 maximum in Series I Savings Bonds every year. Is the $30K limit only for new bonds or does it include rollovers?

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Is the CPI-U a true measure of inflation?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
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If the CPI doesn't measure the kind of inflation you're interested in, I bonds won't protect you from that kind of inflation.

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Hedging against inflation: gold or I bonds?

Friday, May 12th, 2006
Categorized as: Series I US Savings Bonds
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How does gold stack up against I bonds as an inflation hedge?

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Series I bonds versus bank CDs

Thursday, May 4th, 2006
Categorized as: Savings Bonds and competitive investmentsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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It's difficult to see how I bonds are a good deal when 1-year bank CDs are paying over 5%.

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Roth IRAs and inflation-protected securities

Friday, April 14th, 2006
Categorized as: Savings Bonds and competitive investmentsSeries I US Savings BondsTIPS
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Can I buy a Series I Savngs Bond through TreasuryDirect as a Roth IRA? If not, how do I purchase an I bond or TIPS and establish a Roth IRA with it?

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What’s a Gulf Coast Recovery Bond?

Thursday, March 30th, 2006
Categorized as: Savings Bond historySeries I US Savings Bonds
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Paper Series I bonds purchased through the end of 2006 will be inscribed with the words Gulf Coast Recovery Bond.

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What if the next Series I Savings Bond rate is 0%?

Monday, February 27th, 2006
Categorized as: Series I US Savings Bonds
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So if I have I bonds that are over a year old and the next I bond inflation rate does come in at 0%, would it make more sense to wait three months, then cash them in? Or should I hang on for another six months to see if the CPI increases?

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Savings Bonds and Treasury Securities

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
Categorized as: Savings Bonds and competitive investmentsSeries I US Savings BondsTIPS
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Why does the U.S. Treasury finance part of the national debt with Savings Bonds rather than with Treasury notes and bonds that are much cheaper? T-bonds with a maturity of 5/15/30 are trading with a yield of about 4.7% this morning while the rate on I Bonds is 6.73%.

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How Series I Savings Bond interest rates work

Thursday, December 15th, 2005
Categorized as: Savings Bond interest ratesSeries I US Savings Bonds
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Most Series I Savings Bond investors have no idea that every I bond's rate not only changes every six months, but can swing widely between an eye-poppingly high rate and zero. Here's how this works.

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Sample images of Series I Savings Bonds

Thursday, September 1st, 2005
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The Series I Saving Bond honors famous Americans

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Which of our Series I Savings Bonds should we redeem?

Friday, August 26th, 2005
Categorized as: Cashing in US Savings BondsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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We need some advice on cashing in Series I bonds. We are purchasing a new house and we need some cash. We have approximately $30,000.00 in I bonds and we would like to cash in about $8,000.00.

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I versus EE: the difference in a nutshell

Thursday, February 24th, 2005
Categorized as: Series EE US Savings BondsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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I was wondering what the difference (in a nutshell) is between Series I and EE Savings Bonds. When I read about how the interest is accrued, I get lost along the way.

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Tax-deferred rollovers of EE to I Savings Bonds

Thursday, February 10th, 2005
Categorized as: Savings Bond taxesSeries EE US Savings BondsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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Can EE savings bonds be converted to I bonds without having to pay taxes on the interest earned? Is there any way to rollover EE bonds into something else and not pay tax on the earnings of the EE bonds?

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Series I versus Series EE

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
Categorized as: Series EE US Savings BondsSeries I US Savings Bonds
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Where can I find comparisons on how Savings Bonds are doing against one another, for example, should I get Series EE or I bonds?

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