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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.

Here’s Why The I Bond’s Fixed Rate Will Fall To 0.0% On May 1

Summary Real yields for TIPS are now negative across the entire maturity spectrum: 5-year, 10-year and 30-year. The Treasury has no reason to keep the I Bond’s fixed rate above 0.0% when the 10-year TIPS is yielding -0.50%. Act before … Continue reading

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Inflation Report Sets I Bond’s New Variable Rate At 1.06%

Summary 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 … Continue reading

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I Bonds Offer Opportunity As A Short-Term Investment

Summary A unique feature of I Bonds is that yields are set for six-month periods and won’t change. Investors can now lock in the current yield of 2.22% for six months. Deflation is coming, but shouldn’t be reflected harshly in … Continue reading

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10-Year TIPS Reopening Gets A Gorgeous Result

Summary This was an investor-friendly auction: The real yield of 0.68% was much higher than looked likely a week ago. The inflation breakeven rate of 0.43% is “out-of-normal” low and seems to be pricing in a dire economic future. Treasury … Continue reading

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This Week’s 10-Year TIPS Reopening Looks … Who Knows?

Summary Market turmoil has created incredible volatility, even for mundane investments like U.S. Treasurys. Friday’s real yield of 0.04% would have been “attractive,” but it isn’t likely to hold in light of the Federal Reserve’s rate-cutting action Sunday. The current … Continue reading

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Amid Bond Rally, The TIP ETF Got Crushed. Why?

Summary The TIP ETF has lost more than 6% of its value in a few days, and is falling sharply again this morning. A key reason is that inflation expectations are plummeting, causing the TIP ETF price to fall versus … Continue reading

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Inflation Rose 0.1% In February; Deflation Is New Risk

Summary The inflation numbers came in close to the consensus, but year-over-year core inflation came in slightly high at 2.4%. Investors are pricing in extremely low inflation over the next 10 years. Is this an overreaction to short-term news? Yes, … Continue reading

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