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Next Inflation Rate Of The Series I Bond

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 4:57 PM
The Treasury calculates the inflation component of I bonds for the 6-month period starting on November based on the CPI-U change from March to September. From last Friday's inflation report, September CPI-U can be computed, and it's low: only 0.74% (annualized). The Savings Bond Advisor has a good overview of this calculation.

So if you buy I bonds before November, you'll get a fixed rate of 0.20% plus 6 months of the current inflation component (1.54%) for a 6-month yield of 1.74%. For the next 6 months, the new inflation component would be added to the fixed rate. That gives a second 6-month yield of 0.94%.

I have a feeling the Treasury won't be raising the fixed rate in November.
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,472 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
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