Treasury to release new Savings Bond Wizard

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Categorized as: Savings Bond interest ratesSavings Bond news

According to an update on the Treasury’s Savings Bond Wizard page, a new version of the Wizard will be released on May 14.

Older versions of the Wizard will no longer be supported with semi-annual data updates, so everyone will be required to update to the new version.

From the announcement:

A new Savings Bond Wizard will be available for download beginning May 14, 2010. If you have an earlier version of the program, you’ll need to download the new file in order to continue pricing your bonds.

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FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit can pay 1 or 2% more than savings bonds when held for a similar length of time. See top CD Rates Below:

9 Comments

On May 6th, 2010 John said:

Will we have to re-enter all our bond information or will it transfer directly to the new wizard?

On May 6th, 2010 Tom Adams said:

John – There’s nothing official on that, but there would be rioting in the streets if the data didn’t transfer, so I suspect it will.

Tom Adams

On May 10th, 2010 Mike B. said:

I decided to try the Savings Bond Calculator while I waited for the new Wizard. It doesn’t allow you to sort bonds by different columns, but other than that seems to be comparable, at least for what I do. You can export your Wizard data to a Calculator (HTML) file (the export option under “File”), and open that file in your browser. It seems to reverse the order of the bonds, and only shows the first bond initially (but there is a “Show All” button at bottom).

On May 16th, 2010 Murray Sussman said:

I have a $5,000 Savings Bond, Series A

When I checked on March 9 the value was $6458 and the interest rate was zero.

I checked again on May 15 and the value now is $6838 and the interest rate is 4.689%.

It is nice to know but would appreciate some comments to explain the higher the interest rate based upon what is happening all over.

Thank you so very much..

Murray

On May 17th, 2010 Tom Adams said:

Murray – Series A bonds were issued beginning on March 1, 1935 for not more than a few years. It’s unlikely that’s what you have.

Are you sure you put in the correct information when you looked up the value of your bond?

Tom Adams

On May 18th, 2010 Robert A. Kurdock said:

Will this new version work with Apple Safari? Any plan to do so?

On May 19th, 2010 Tom Adams said:

Robert – The downloadable Wizard requires Windows. The Treasury’s online equivalent works with Safari as well as with any other browser.

Tom Adams

On May 30th, 2010 marg knight said:

can you use the savings bond wizard with windows 7?

On May 31st, 2010 Tom Adams said:

Marg – Yes.

Tom Adams

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