- U.S. Series I Savings Bonds purchased before May 1 will pay a composite interest rate of 2.22% for six months, and then 1.26% for six months.
- I Bonds remain the world’s best inflation-protected investment, especially if you purchase them before May 1.
- Gasoline prices sent the U.S. economy into deflation in March. Deflation looks like a trend that will continue for many months.
The March inflation report, just released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, locks in the I Bond’s new inflation-adjusted variable rate at 1.06%, down from the current 2.02%.
The new inflation-adjusted rate will go into effect May 1, when the U.S. Treasury will also reset the I Bond’s fixed rate, which is currently 0.2%. That fixed rate is highly likely to drop to 0.0% on May 1.