Series I Savings Bonds

by Kevin Janiec CFP®, MBA

You have likely heard plenty about the current inflationary environment.

However, you might not have heard much about Series I Savings Bonds (I bonds). 

Here’s a timely FYI on what I Bonds are and how they work:

  1. I bonds are an inflation-protected, interest-bearing savings instrument that can be purchased directly through the US Treasury.
  1. The yield is calculated and compounded semi-annually in May and November based on a fixed rate and inflation metric (CPI). Current rates on these vehicles are available at gov.
  1. There is a $10,000 purchase limit per person (children included) in each household on an annual basis. These investments can be purchased through an individual account at gov.
  1. There is a 1-year mandatory holding period. To redeem these bonds in less than 5 years, you pay a penalty of the previous 3 months’ interest. After 5 years, you can redeem the bonds penalty-free.
  1. You cannot purchase these investments within an IRA, 401(k), or joint account.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions are available at

As we meet in the coming months, we can discuss Series I Bonds further.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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