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Monday, May 03, 2010

2010 I-Bond Rates: May 1 through Oct 31, 2010

The Bureau of the Public Debt today announced an earnings rate of 1.74% for Series I Savings Bonds issued from May 3, 2010 through October 31, 2010.

This new 1.74% earnings rate for I bonds will apply for their first six months after issue. The earnings rate combines a 0.20% fixed rate of return with the 1.54% annualized rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The CPI-U increased from 215.969 to 217.631 from September 2009 through March 2010, a six-month increase of 0.77%. 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.

I Bond Earnings Rate 1.76%, Fixed Rate 0.20%

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
For more information, see:

For older ibonds and what they will pay, see:

Disclaimer: I own Series I Bonds in my personal account. Due to the small amount of i-bonds you can buy now, I own far more TIPS and TIPS funds in my personal and newsletter (FREE SAMPLE) portfolios.

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