Category Archives: Cash alternatives

I Bonds: A not-so-simple buying guide for 2023

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com After a year of raging-high demand, where do we stand today on U.S. Series I Savings Bonds? Are they still an appealing asset? Are they a worthy investment for 2023? Is the variable rate likely to … Continue reading

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Short-term I Bond investors: Be patient with your exit strategy

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com Even before I Bond investors crashed the TreasuryDirect website in late October, many financial journalists were pondering this question: “How fast can you get out of I Bonds?” For example, this from MarketWatch in early October: … Continue reading

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Ignore the fixed-rate drama; buy I Bonds in October

The 9.62% annualized rate for six months is a huge advantage. By David Enna, Tipswatch.com Here we are, in the U.S. Series I Savings Bond’s “limbo fortnight,” a period when we know the current composite rate (9.62% annualized, good for … Continue reading

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Short-term Treasurys: Even more attractive now.

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com Back in early July, I wrote an article suggesting a strategy of staggering purchases of short-term Treasurys to boost your gains on cash holdings. I raised this idea because yields on Treasury bills (often called T-bills) … Continue reading

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Don’t go ballistic over the way TreasuryDirect reports I Bond interest

Confusing? Aggravating? Of course, but also correct. By David Enna, Tipswatch.com I’ve had several communications recently from readers who are new to U.S. Series I Savings Bonds and freaking out by the apparently low interest payments reported so far on … Continue reading

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