Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 14, 2014
Interest rates on Series EE and I U.S. Savings Bonds have increased. Effective May 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014, the interest rate for new purchases of Series EE Savings Bonds is 0.50%. This represents an increase of 0.40% from the last six-month interest rate cycle (November 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014). The combined fixed and variable rate for new Series I Savings Bonds purchases during the same period is now at 1.94%, an increase of 0.56% (despite a 0.10% drop in the fixed portion of the I bond).
Interest rates for Savings Bonds are announced every May and November. Investors should keep in mind that these newly announced rates are not the interest rates that will be earned by older savings bonds. The good news is that the new higher interest rates will be blended with prior interest rates on many older bonds, which will likely improve the overall interest rate performance on those bonds. The date a bond was purchased, along with the series (example E, EE or I) will determine the rules and regulations applicable to that bond, as well as the interest rate(s) the bond will earn over its lifetime.
Consumers often purchase savings bonds for the investment's safety and security features. Purchasers of Savings Bonds likely own other, or are interested in similar types of investments, including Certificates of Deposits (CDs). As a result, SavingsBonds.com has added a web page that allows consumers to view current savings bond interest rates along with various bank CD rates. Bond owners can also view the interest rates being earned on each (older) bond, along with a total interest average of the entire savings bond portfolio via a complimentary bond calculator and printable SavingsBonds.com Bond Inventory Report.
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The recent increase in savings bond interest rates is encouraging and hopefully existing bond owners as well as new investors will take a second look at the iconic American investment. By providing a comparison of savings bonds and CDs, SavingsBonds.com hopes to simplify and educate investors so they can easily determine their best financial options.
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