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EE Savings Bonds

Low-Risk Government-Backed
Savings Products

EE Savings Bonds are an easy and safe way to save money. They are a reliable, low risk government-backed savings products that you can use toward financing education, supplemental retirement income, birthday and graduation gifts, and other special events. Series EE Bonds purchased on or after May 1, 2005, earn a fixed rate of return, letting you know what the bonds are worth at all times. EE Bonds purchased between May 1997 and April 30, 2005, are based on 5-year Treasury security yields and earn a variable market-based rate of return.

*E Bonds are the predecessor to EE Bonds and are no longer issued by the U.S. Treasury.

Electronic EE Bonds

You can purchase, manage, and redeem electronic EE Bonds safely through a personal TreasuryDirect account.

A new program called SmartExchangeSM allows TreasuryDirect account owners to convert their Series E, EE and I paper savings bonds to electronic securities in a special Conversion Linked Account in their online account.

NOTE: Paper EE Bonds are still available for purchase through most local financial institutions or participating employers' payroll deduction plans.

Key Facts:

Buying Electronic EE Bonds

  • Sold at face value; i.e., you pay $50 for a $50 bond and it's worth its full value when it's available for redemption.

  • Purchase in amounts of $25 or more, to the penny.

  • $5,000 maximum purchase in one calendar year.

  • Issued electronically to your designated account.

Buying Paper EE Bonds

  • Sold at half their face value; i.e., you pay $25 for a $50 bond but it's not worth its face value until it has matured.

  • Purchase in denominations of $50, $75, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, and $5,000, and $10,000.

  • $5,000 maximum purchase in one calendar year.

  • Issued as paper bond certificates.

If you redeem EE/E Bonds in the first 5 years, you'll forfeit the 3 most-recent months' interest. If you redeem them after 5 years, you won't be penalized.

Who Can Own Bonds

Individuals, corporations, associations, public or private organizations, and fiduciaries can own paper Series EE/E Bonds. Effective April 2009, individuals and various types of entities including trusts, estates, corporations, partnerships, etc. can have TreasuryDirect accounts and own electronic savings bonds. See Learn More about Entity Accounts for full information on the new registration types.

You can own U.S. Savings Bonds if you have a Social Security Number and you're a:

  • Resident of the United States.

  • Citizen of the United States living abroad (must have U.S. address of record).

  • Civilian employee of the United States regardless of residence.

  • Minor. Unlike other securities, minors may own U.S. Savings Bonds.


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