I’ve been talking a lot about I-Bonds, mostly because, for me, it’s the equivalent of a 14-month Bank CD returning 5.83% APY. You won’t see an interest rate that high anywhere else. I’ll need this money in a year and a half, so a 14-month time frame is perfect. I wouldn’t put my Emergency Savings there, unless you ladder them. For example, I have a $5,000 I-Bond bought in 2003 that I can cash out whenever if needed (but I won’t since it’ll be earning 6.82% starting in December!). Anyhow, I have:
1) Transferred money from Presidential Savings to Checking.
2) Set up my TreasuryDirect.gov Account.
3) Don’t want to cut it too close, so I’m scheduling a buy order for $5,000 in I-Bonds on 10/24, Monday. (Gonna buy more in November.)
By Jonathan Ping | Banking | 10/18/05, 11:10pm