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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.

In Surprise Move, Treasury Holds I Bond’s Fixed Rate At 0.5%

Summary Yes, I didn’t see this coming. Today’s decision is a gift to small-scale investors seeking inflation protection, and should be applauded. If you already bought your full 2019 allocation of I Bonds before April 30, you still get the … Continue reading

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As U.S. Debt Rises, Treasury Shakes Up TIPS Auction Schedule

Summary The new schedule adds a second new 5-year TIPS to the 2019 auction lineup. One 30-year TIPS reopening has been removed. The new lineup allows the Treasury to offer larger auctions, more frequently, meeting its needs to raise funds … Continue reading

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New 5-Year TIPS Gets An After-Inflation Yield Of 0.515%

Summary Last April, a similar auction generated a real yield of 0.631% and a coupon rate of 0.625%, both better results than today’s. The inflation breakeven rate came in at 1.86%, a fair number in today’s time of muted inflation. … Continue reading

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This Week’s 5-Year TIPS Auction: Not Stellar, But Acceptable?

Summary Above-inflation yields have declined sharply, but still remain “relatively” attractive compared to those of the last 10 years. Five-year bank CDs yielding above 3% are a compelling alternative. I Bonds with the current fixed rate of 0.5% are also … Continue reading

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

Summary Real yields have fallen dramatically since the Treasury’s last rate reset on November 1. The current fixed rate of 0.5% is therefore “above market.” Today’s real yields justify a fixed rate of about 0.2% to 0.3%. I Bond investors … Continue reading

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Inflation Report Sets I Bond’s New Variable Rate At 1.40%

Summary Energy prices drove overall inflation up sharply in March, giving a boost to the I Bond’s variable rate calculation. I Bonds purchased before May 1 will offer an overall one-year return of 2.4%, but most importantly will carry a … Continue reading

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Inflation Warriors: It’s Time To Buy I Bonds

Summary The current fixed rate of 0.5% is likely to fall on May 1, possibly to as low as 0.2%. I Bond investors can lock in that 0.5% fixed rate for up to 30 years by investing before April 30. … Continue reading

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