Savings bonds

Motley Fool  Mar 27  Comment 
Parents have rights to do savings bond transactions in most situations. Find out how.
Channel News Asia  Oct 23  Comment 
Following the launch of the Singapore Savings Bonds, banks have responded by making their fixed and time deposit offerings more attractive to retail customers. But which one should investors put money into?
Channel News Asia  Jul 23  Comment 
The Singapore Savings Bonds begin selling in October and analysts fear that the bond will draw investors away from bank deposits.
The Straits Times  Jun 7  Comment 
June 08, 2015 2:11 AM THE upcoming Singapore Savings Bonds could hurt the banking sector by diverting funds away from bank deposits, according to a prominent economist.
Channel News Asia  Mar 30  Comment 
The Singapore Savings Bonds programme will be launched in the second half of this year, and investors can put in a minimum sum of S$500, says the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Channel News Asia  Mar 26  Comment 
The planned Singapore Savings Bonds will be safe investments with principal guaranteed by the Government and will have features to make them more attractive for individual investors.
Motley Fool  Dec 28  Comment 
Savings bonds offer less interest than they used to, but they still can be a valuable tool for those looking to save money.
Wall Street Journal  Jul 11  Comment 
China's Finance Ministry sold about $6.45 billion of bonds designed for individual savers, which offer lucrative yields.


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Savings bonds are debt securities issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to pay for the U.S. government’s borrowing needs. Saving bonds are considered one of the safest investments because they are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

There are several types of U.S. savings bonds:

  • Series EE Bond: These savings bonds replaced the Series E bonds. They are purchased at a discount of half their face value. One cannot buy more than $5,000 (face value) during any calendar year. EE bonds increase in value as the interest accrues or accumulates and pay interest for 30 years. When EE bonds “mature,” or come due, the holder is paid the original investment plus all of the interest.
  • Series HH Bond: One can purchase Series HH bonds, but only in exchange for Series EE or E bonds and Savings Notes, or with the proceeds from a matured Series HH bond. Unlike EE bonds, Series HH bonds are purchased at their face amount in $500 to $10,000 denominations, but there is no limit on the amount one can purchase. These bonds don’t increase in value and have a maturity of 20 years.
  • Series I Bond These bonds are sold at face value and grow with inflation-indexed earnings for up to 30 years. One can buy up to $5,000 in any calendar year.

U.S. savings bonds have tax advantages. The holder of the bonds can defer federal taxes on the interest until he cashes in the bond or stops paying interest at maturity. Savings bonds are also exempt from state and local taxes. Because savings bonds are registered with the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt, one can get bonds replaced if they bond is lost, stolen, or destroyed.

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