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Bureau of the Public Debt Announces Series EE Savings Bond Rate For May Through October 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2000

The Bureau of the Public Debt announced today the rate for Series EE savings bonds issued on or after May 1, 1997.

SERIES EE SAVINGS BOND RATE: 5.73%

The 5.73 percent Series EE savings bond rate is in effect for bonds issued on or after May 1, 1997, that enter semiannual earnings periods from May through October 2000. The rate is 90 percent of the average 5-year Treasury securities yields for the preceding six months. A new interest rate is announced effective each May 1 and November 1. A 3-month interest penalty is applied to these bonds if redeemed before five years. The Series EE bonds on sale now increase in value monthly. The bond's interest rate is compounded semiannually.

SERIES EE BONDS ISSUED BEFORE MAY 1997

The 5.41 percent Long-Term Series EE savings bond rate is in effect for bonds issued from May 1995 through October 1995 as they enter semiannual earnings periods from May 2000 through October 2000. The 5.15 percent Short-Term Series EE savings bond rate is in effect for bonds issued from November 1995 through April 1997 for bonds that enter semiannual earnings periods from May through October 2000. See the Earnings Report for earnings on Series EE bonds issued from January 1980.

MATURED SERIES E SAVINGS BONDS AND SAVINGS NOTES

Series E savings bonds and Savings Notes continue to reach final maturity and stop earning interest. Bonds issued from May 1941 through April 1960 along with those issued from December 1965 through April 1970, have stopped earning interest. Savings Notes, issued from May 1967 through April 1970 have stopped earning interest. Bonds and Notes with issue dates shown here will reach final maturity in the next six months.

Bond/Note Issue Dates Bonds/Notes Stop Earning Interest
May 1960 through October 1960 May 2000 through October 2000
May 1970 through October 1970 May 2000 through October 2000

MORE INFORMATION

Information about savings bonds is available at Public Debt's website at www.savingsbonds.gov. Check out our new Savings Bond Calculator to see how easy it is to find out what your bonds are worth, what they're earning, and even keep track of them. Or, download the free Savings Bond Wizard to keep track of your savings bond portfolio. The Earnings Report, which contains rate and yield information for bonds is also available by mail. Send a postcard asking for “Earnings Report” to Bureau of the Public Debt, 200 Third Street, Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328.