As many investors seek protection from inflation, a bond option available for decades has received plenty of publicity thanks to skyrocketing interest rates.
The I bond (the “I” stands for “inflation”) will pay out an impressive 9.62% annual rate from now through October; the Treasury Department will announce a new rate in November, but the value of the bonds themselves will not decline. The rate varies based on the Consumer Price Index and is one of two interest rates that determine how much bondholders earn.
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For full details about this investment option, visit MOAA’s “What Are I Bonds?” webpage. Some highlights:
- The bonds are only available for purchase via TreasuryDirect.gov or via IRS Form 8888, which you can file with your taxes to purchase bonds with your tax refund. The IRS form is the only way to secure a paper bond; Treasury Direct purchases are digital-only.
- You’re limited to $10,000 in Treasury Direct I bond purchases and $5,000 in paper bonds per year.
- You can buy bonds as gifts – these purchases do not count against your individual limit, but they do count against the recipient’s limit. Paper bonds are available in $50, $100, $200, $500, and $1,000 denominations. Digital bonds can be issued in any amount over $25 up to the $10,000 limit.
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