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Series I Savings Bonds
Current iBond Rates
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November 1, 2013 Announcement:  The Bureau of the Public Debt today announced earnings rates for Series I Savings Bonds and Series EE Savings Bonds, issued from November 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.

I bond fixed rates are determined each May 1 and November 1. Each fixed rate applies to all I-bonds issued in the six months following the rate determination.

The earnings rate for Series I Savings Bonds is a combination of a fixed rate, which applies for the life of the bond, and the semiannual inflation rate. The 1.38% earnings rate for I bonds bought from from
November 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014 will apply for the succeeding six months after the issue date.

The earnings rate combines a 0.20% fixed rate of return with the 1.18% annualized rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The CPI-U increased
0.59% between October 2012 to and March 2013.
  • Fixed rate  = 0.20%
  • 6 month Inflation rate = 0.59%
  • Composite rate =[fixed rate + (2 x inflation rate) + (fixed rate x inflation rate)]
    [ 0.0020 + (2 x 0.0059) + (0.0020 x 0.0059)] = 0.0138 = 1.38%

==> I Bond Composite Earnings Rate 1.38%, Fixed Rate 0.20%

==> Composite Rates for Older Series I Bonds

==> NEVER lose money with I Bonds:  The combined rate will never be less than 0. However, the combined rate can be lower than the fixed rate. If the inflation rate is negative (because we have deflation, not inflation), it can offset some of the fixed rate. If the inflation rate is so negative that it would take away more than the fixed rate, the 6-month combined rate stops at 0.00%.

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More about Series I Bonds:

When the inflation rate is less than zero, a bond's earnings rate is less than its fixed rate (but the earnings rate is never less than zero).
The fixed rate applies for the 30-year life of I bonds purchased during this six-month period.

Earnings rates for I bonds are set each May 1 and November 1. Interest accrues monthly and compounds semiannually. Bonds held less than five years are subject to a three-month interest penalty. I Bonds have an interest-bearing life of 30 years.

For older i-bonds and what they will pay, see:  I Bond Composite Rates (iBonds)

Minimum purchase:
  • $50 for a $50 I Bond when purchasing paper bond certificates
  • $25 for a $25 I bond when purchased electronically via TreasuryDirect
Maximum purchase(per calendar year):
  • $5,000 in TreasuryDirect and $5,000 in paper bonds
  • $10,000 total per social security number
  • Paper bonds: $50, $75, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, and $5,000
  • Electronic bonds via TreasuryDirect: purchase to the penny for $25 or more
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