It’s Electric! US Savings Bonds go “e”

Wed, 02 May 2012

Ever get a U.S. Savings Bond as a gift? Often, they are given as gifts to help you save and pay for college. Have you wondered what a savings bond is and how it works?  

 

What is a Bond?

When a company, or in this case the United States government, needs to borrow money they will issue bonds. Usually, you purchase them for less than the value printed on the face of the bond. In exchange for lending them money they promise to pay you interest for a certain period of time.  

 

Where do you Buy US Saving Bonds?

Series E and I bonds used to be available in banks, but in January of 2012 the purchase of Savings Bonds went electric!This is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details.  Now, the only way to purchase them is online, however, you can still purchase paper Series I bonds through your IRS tax refund.  

 

Savings Bond Basics for Treasury DirectThis is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details. Purchase

• You buy them at face value - a $50 bond costs $50 • In any amount starting at $25 • $10,000 is maximum yearly purchase per series • Interest rates are announced every May 1st and November 1st • Bonds can continue to earn interest for 30 years  

Two Types for Direct Purchase

1. EE bondsThis is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details. have a fixed rate of interest when you purchase. (EE replaced the older E bonds for sale prior to going online January 2012)  

2. I bondsThis is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details. have two interests rates. One fixed at purchase and another rate that semi-annually adjusts with inflation.  

 

Important Things to Know

• You must hold a bond for one year before you can redeem it.

• If you cash it in before you have held it for five years you will forfeit 3 months of interest.

• Bonds used for education can be tax free BUT the bond must be in the parent’s name, NOT the child’s name. It is acceptable to have the child named as beneficiary on the bond. Please review additional requirements to qualify for the savings bond education tax exclusion.  

 

Are you saving with US Savings Bonds? What do you plan to use them for?

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2 comment(s).

Denver Gallentinr
January 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm
I just discovered a Series E Bond that was bought for me in 1957. I attempted to redeem it at my Credit Union and was told lending institutions no longer redeem bonds. I was told they can only be redeemed electronically w/ the Treasury Department. Is this true? Thank you. - Denver
Leslie Montano
January 30, 2013 at 9:43 am
Hi Denver. Congratulation! Depending on the month it was issued, a $25 E bond for example from 1957 would be worth around $200 today. Bonds are still redeemed at a financial institution however not all banks do bond redemption. At Webster Bank we do Savings Bond redemption at all our branches. Call around in your area to find a local bank that will do it for you. Don't forget to bring your I.D. You'll need it to verify you are the individual the bond was issued to.