Savings BondsMarch 30th, 2012 by David Waring
Below is the most comprehensive guide on the internet covering how savings bonds work, the different types of savings bonds how to buy and cash in savings bonds, special tips on how to get the most out of your savings bonds, and more!
Current Savings Bond Rates
I Bond Rate: 1.18% - This rate applies only for 6 months following the issue of the bond, for purchases that occur between May 1st, 2013 and October 31st, 2013.
EE Bond Rate: .20% - This rate applies to all EE bonds purchased between May 1st, 2013 and October 31st, 2013.
How Savings Bonds Work
There are two different types of savings bonds (the EE and I Series Bonds) which are currently available for purchase. You can learn more about each in the articles below:
Why people buy savings bonds
EE and I Series Savings bonds and their Differences
How savings bond interest rates work
Why I Bonds are currently more popular than EE Bonds
Inflation protected bonds: I bonds vs. TIPS
Savings bonds vs. Savings Accounts
Taxes on Savings Bonds
How to know if your bonds have stopped paying interest
How to Buy and Cash In
Unfortunately you can no longer purchase paper savings bonds. All new bonds must be purchased via Treasurydirect.com. Learn more about buying electronic bonds and converting your paper bonds so you can cash them in at the links below:
How to buy US Savings Bonds
How to cash in/redeem US Savings bonds.
How to cash in/redeem savings bonds before maturity.
What happened to the paper savings bond?
5 things you should know about buying savings bonds.
What to do if you savings bonds have been lost or stolen
3 ways to increase your return when buying on savings bonds
How to earn 3.5% on a US Savings bond
Gifting and Using Savings Bonds for Education/Retirement
Savings bonds make great gifts and can be tax efficient ways to save for both education and retirement. There are some things to be aware of however which you can read more about in the links below: