Series I Savings Bonds Now Paying 3.36%

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.

Source: TreasuryDirect and Bargaineering

7 Responses to “Series I Savings Bonds Now Paying 3.36%”

  1. Anonymous

    @Nickel – We love the I Bonds…perhaps the best built financial instrument for emergency funds and cash reserves. The only thing that stinks is you can only buy $5,000/year per social security number.

    By the way, barring a significant interest rate hike in the next couple of months on savings/money market accounts, I Bonds (even after yielding ZERO for half of the year) will outpace the overwhelming majority of bank or mutual fund based money market and savings accounts.

    The way I see it, I Bonds are a nearly perfect vehicle for cash reserves. As an added bonus, there is no need to chase rates at banks because the rate will always keep up with inflation.

    Also, the real return (net of inflation) on these bonds has been terrific this year.

  2. Anonymous

    Yeah you should totally write more about them. I bought some back when the fixed rate was higher. Didn’t do well the last 6 months but they’re doing well overall.

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