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Treasury Confirms November 2012 Series I Savings Bond Rate

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Treasury Confirms November 2012 Series

Not long ago, I wrote about the likely rates for Series I Savings Bonds starting in May 2012. At the time it appeared that the variable (inflation) portion of the rate would wind up being 1.76%. While the fixed portion was unknown, it seemed likely that it would remain at 0%.

Well, the Treasury has since confirmed this. An overall earnings rate of 1.76% composed of 1.76% variable + 0% fixed rates. So if you buy now, you’ll get 1.76% for the next six months followed by six months at whatever the new variable rate is (announced in May 2013) plus your 0% fixed rate, and so on. Unfortunately, you’ll have to deal with that 0% fixed rate until you redeem your bonds.

If you haven’t bought your allotment for this year, you don’t have much choice at this point. You either buy now (or at least before the end of 2012) or you forego your 2012 purchase limit. Once 2013 hits, you’ll have a choice between buying at the current (1.76%) rate or waiting to see wait May (or even November) brings.

Published on November 5th, 2012 - One Comment
Filed under: Saving & Investing

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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. Keep up the posts. They remind me to keep this as an option. I miss the rates when I first started this back in 2003 popping money in every once in a while. These posts remind me to keep this as an option option.

    Looking at the history: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/ibonds/res_ibonds_iratesandterms.htm

    Sure seeing zero for fixed is the sad part.

    Thanks for the i bond info and keep on posting.

    Comment by Anonymous — Nov 7th 2012 @ 1:39 pm

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