Series I Savings Bonds to Earn 4.52%, Series EE to Earn 3.60% Fixed Rate, When Bought From November 2006 Through April 2007
FOR RELEASE AT 10:00 AM
Nov 1, 2006
The Bureau of the Public Debt today announced an earnings rate of 4.52% for Series I Savings Bonds, and a fixed rate of 3.60% for Series EE bonds, issued from November 2006 through April 2007. Earnings rates for I bonds and fixed rates for EE bonds are set each November 1 and May 1. Interest accrues monthly and compounds semiannually. Bonds held less than five years are subject to a three-month interest penalty. Both series have an interest-bearing life of 30 years; the EE bond fixed rate applies to a bondís 20-year original maturity.
I BOND EARNINGS RATE 4.52%, FIXED RATE 1.40%
The earnings rate for Series I Savings Bonds is a combination of a fixed rate, which applies for the life of the bond, and the semiannual inflation rate. The 4.52% earnings rate for I bonds bought from November 2006 through April 2007 will apply for their first six months after issue. The earnings rate combines a 1.40% fixed rate of return with the 3.10% annualized rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The fixed rate applies for the 30-year life of I bonds purchased during this six-month period. The CPI-U increased from 199.8 to 202.9 from March through September 2006, a six-month increase of 1.55%.
SERIES EE BONDS ISSUED FROM MAY 1997 THROUGH APRIL 2005
Series EE bonds issued from May 1997 through April 2005 continue to earn market-based interest rates set at 90% of the average 5-year Treasury securities yields for the preceding six months. The new interest rate for these bonds, effective as the bonds enter semiannual interest periods from November 2006 through April 2007, is 4.39%. Market-based rates are announced effective each May 1 and November 1. A 3-month interest penalty applies to bonds redeemed before being held five years.
SERIES EE BONDS ISSUED BEFORE MAY 1997
Series EE bonds issued before May 1997 earn various rates for semiannual earnings periods beginning between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2007, depending on dates of issue.
MATURED SERIES E SAVINGS BONDS AND SAVINGS NOTES
Series E savings bonds continue to reach final maturity and stop earning interest. Bonds issued from May 1941 through November 1976 have stopped earning interest. U.S. Savings Notes (Freedom Shares), which were issued from May 1967 through October 1970, have stopped earning interest. Series E Bonds with issue dates from December 1976 through April 1977 will reach final maturity during the next six months.
Earnings rates and actual yields for Series I and EE bonds can be found in Earnings Reports for the respective series on Public Debtís website, www.treasurydirect.gov. The website also contains information and instructions for opening an on-line account to purchase electronic I and EE bonds, as well as Treasury marketable securities. Account holders can purchase, manage, and redeem electronic savings bonds over the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.