Category Archives: Investing in TIPS

Real Yields Are Rising, But Not Enough To Be Attractive

Summary 10-year real yields (meaning yields above inflation) briefly dipped into negative numbers in August, but have climbed 30 basis points since then. The Treasury is offering a 10-year TIPS reopening auction on Thursday, but the real yield still isn’t … Continue reading

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U.S. Inflation Rose 0.4% In October, Higher Than Expected

Summary The October inflation report was a mixed bag, with core inflation coming in slightly lower than expected. Increases in energy prices accounted for more than half the overall increase in inflation. Food prices also are rising. Have you noticed? … Continue reading

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Treasury Slashes I Bond’s Fixed Rate To 0.2%

Summary The I Bond’s fixed rate is falling from 0.5% to 0.2% for purchases through April 2020, a move that was expected after a year of declining interest rates. Bad news? Disappointing, yes, but I Bonds will remain an attractive … Continue reading

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5-Year TIPS Auction Results In Surprisingly Low Yield

Summary The real yield to maturity of 0.054% was much lower than Treasury estimates at the market close Wednesday. The inflation break-even rate popped up to 1.50%, still low but higher than recent trends. Obviously, this TIPS issue was met … Continue reading

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This Week’s 5-Year TIPS Auction Looks Mildly Interesting

Summary At Friday’s close, the Treasury’s estimate of the real yield of a five-year TIPS stood at 0.25%, a bit higher than recent numbers. At that yield, the five-year inflation break-even rate would come in at 1.34%, an extremely low … Continue reading

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I Bond Investors: Act Now, Don’t Delay

Summary I Bonds issued before November 1 will carry a permanent fixed rate of 0.50%, creating a real return higher than that of a 5-, 10- or 20-year TIPS. The Treasury will reset this fixed rate on November 1, and … Continue reading

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Inflation Report Sets Social Security COLA At 1.6%; I Bond’s Variable Rate Rises To 2.02%

Summary The Social Security COLA of 1.6% for 2020 is well below this year’s increase of 2.8%, reflecting the dip in overall U.S. inflation this year. The variable interest rate for U.S. Series I Savings Bonds will rise to 2.02% … Continue reading

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