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About Tipswatch

Author of Tipswatch.com 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.

U.S. inflation rose 0.4% in December with rise in gas prices

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.4% in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 1.4%. Core … Continue reading

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An I Bond strategy for 2021: Buy them. Whenever. Just do it.

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com If you’ve been reading my posts over the last decade, you know I generally don’t advise jumping right into an investment in U.S. Series I Savings Bonds at the beginning of the year. Most times, there’s … Continue reading

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5-year TIPS reopening gets real yield of -1.575%, lowest in history for this term

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com The U.S. Treasury’s offering of $15 billion in a reopened 5-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Security was met with apparant strong demand today, producing a real yield to maturity of -1.58%, the lowest in history for TIPS auctions … Continue reading

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Heads up: Next week’s 5-year TIPS reopening auction is Tuesday, not Thursday

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com TIPS auctions are almost always on a Thursday, but that won’t happen next week, because Thursday is Christmas Eve, which this year only is a federal holiday thanks to an executive order by President Trump. So … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rose 0.2% in November, slightly higher than expected

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 1.2%. Both the 0.2% increase … Continue reading

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I’ll be scaling back (a bit) on posts here

I’ve been writing about TIPS and I Bonds for nearly 10 years, and as 2020 comes to a close, I’ve decided to scale back a bit on my writing. I’ll still be posting the inflation “news” each month — and … Continue reading

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10-Year TIPS Reopening Gets A Real Yield Of -0.867%

The Treasury’s offering of $12 billion in a reopened 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Security resulted in a real yield to maturity of -0.867%. This is CUSIP 912828ZZ6 and the auction creates a 9-year, 8 month TIPS, with an already existing coupon rate of 0.125%, the … Continue reading

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10-Year Real Yields Are Rising, But Still Not Attractive

Summary The Treasury will reopen CUSIP 912828ZZ6 on Thursday, creating a 9-year, 8-month TIPS. The current market for this TIPS shows it with a real yield (after inflation) to maturity of -0.85% and a price of about $109.85 for $100 … Continue reading

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Medicare Costs Will Rise Slightly In 2021, But Beware Of IRMAA

Summary The Part B premium will increase to $148.50 in 2021, up from $144.60 in 2020. Congress held down this cost in a spending bill passed earlier this year. The annual Part B deductible is increasing to $203, up from … Continue reading

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Defying Forecasts, Inflation Disappeared In October

Summary Both all-items and core inflation came in at 0.0% for the month, less than the consensus forecasts. The BLS called the report “mixed,” reflecting large variances in price increases or decreases across the economy. For holders of TIPS and … Continue reading

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