This is just a quick note to say the new Series I U.S. Savings Bond interest rates have been released. I haven’t written much (anything?) about savings bonds in the past, but I’m planning on changing that in the near future.
In the mean time, I’ll just say this… The interest rate on Series I bonds is made up of a fixed rate component and an inflation component. Rates are updated twice a year, in May and November.
The latest update saw the fixed component increase from 0.10% to 0.3% and the inflation component went from 0% to 3.06%. In other words, they’re now offering a total return 3.36%, which compares favorably with prevailing CD rates.
For a bit of background, Series I bonds can be cashed in after a minimum of 1 year. If you break them between 1-5 years, there is a penalty of three months of interest. After five years, there is no penalty. More info here.