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Can you still buy U.S. savings bonds in the event of a government shutdown?

Nov 13, 2023
Yet another shutdown is in sight, raising questions about which government services and operations will still be available.
Rest assured: In the event of a government shutdown, you'll still be able to access TreasuryDirect.
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After surge in I bond buying crashed the site last year, TreasuryDirect has made some upgrades

Nov 3, 2023
As I bonds offered investors an eye-popping rate of 9.62%, TreasuryDirect saw a flood of new customers. That strained the system, but the site has since rolled out improvements.
As the I Bond interest rate reached a historic high last year, TreasuryDirect saw millions of new accounts.
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Savings bonds and emergency funds

Jun 25, 2012
The place where I keep my emergency fund is in U.S. Treasury I-Series savings bonds. Is there any reason why I wouldn't want to keep the emergency fund there? Is there a dynamic that I am not considering? Dave, Denver, CO

Save our savings

Feb 24, 2012
Marketplace economics editor Chris Farrell says it's all very well telling us to save, but where are we supposed to put our money?

Savings options for college

Jan 26, 2012
My son is 7 (will be 8 soon) and I need to start saving for his college -- fast. I know I should have started sooner but here we are now with fewer than 10 years to go. What are some avenues to saving for college and get a good return? DoVeanna, Tuscaloosa, AL

I-bonds are a worthwhile investment

Jan 25, 2012
There was a time that Marketplace Money was very pro I-bonds. I haven't heard them mentioned in years. This year, when I submitted my tax return, I was given the option to purchase I-bonds with my refund. Thoughts? Rebekka, Los Angeles, CA

Good news on U.S. savings bonds

Jan 4, 2012
Treasury says it will keep the current $20,000 annual maximum on savings bonds purchases.

For public good, not for profit.

A sad personal finance end to 2011

Dec 27, 2011
The U.S. Treasury unveiled today its online 76-year timeline for U.S. savings bonds. It's a fun look at an historic program. U.S. savings bonds rank among the great brand names in American finance.