Right now, "I bonds" are paying 9.62%, and they are fully guaranteed by the Federal Government! There are some caveats, but we feel they are appropriate for many investors.
One of the few silver linings we can think of in a period of high inflation is the high potential return of I bonds. Right now, I bonds are paying 9.62%, and they are fully guaranteed by the Federal Government! There are some caveats, but we feel they are appropriate for many investors.
- 1. These can only be purchased directly from the Federal Government. Here is a link.
- 2. The maximum investment is $10,000/yr per person.
- 3. The bonds must be held for 1 year.
- 4. If the bonds are liquidated before 5 years, the last 3 months of interest are forfeited.
- 5. The current interest rate is 10%. Every 6 months the interest rate is set.
So, what is the true rate of return on I bonds? Well, let’s examine the worst-case scenario. We know the bond return is guaranteed at 9.62% for 6 months. Then, assume a 0% return for the next 6 months. One stipulation of owning I bonds is that you will forfeit the LAST 3 months of interest if they are liquidated within 5 years. So let’s assume you liquidate after one year, the required holding period of I bonds. This will mean you get 9.62% for 6 months and 0% for 6 months. The rate of return will then be 4.81% for one year. The bottom line is that you are guaranteed a 4.81% return in one year, worst-case scenario! Even if inflation moderates, the return could be much higher. Since I bonds cannot be purchased in an IRA, consider investing non-retirement assets such as cash in I bonds. Again you will need to go to www.Treasurydirect.gov You cannot purchase these bonds through any financial intermediary. Treasury Direct has an information page which can answer many of your questions: https://treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/ibonds/res_ibonds.htm
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