Inflation Report Sets Social Security COLA At 1.3%; I Bond’s Variable Rate Rises To 1.68%


  • Social Security payments will increase 1.3% in January, adding about $20 a month for the average recipient. However, a hike in Medicare premiums could wipe out part of that increase.
  • The inflation-adjusted variable rate for U.S. Series I Savings Bonds will be reset to 1.68% for purchases after November 1, up from the current 1.06%.
  • U.S. inflation increased 0.2% in September, matching expectations. Gasoline prices held almost steady for the month.

The September inflation report, released Tuesday morning, is by far the most important report of the year, because it sets both the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security and also the future inflation-adjusted rate on U.S. Series I Savings Bonds.

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Author of blog, David Enna is a long-time journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. A past winner of two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, he has written on real estate and home finance, and was a founding editor of The Charlotte Observer's website.
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