Series I savings bonds were first issued by the U.S. Treasury in September of 1998, but have flown under the radar until recently. I bonds were designed to offer Americans a way to protect the purchasing power of their money in a safe investment backed by the U.S. government. The bonds aim not only to keep up with inflation, but offer a return slightly above the rate of inflation.
Why no mention of laddering your emergency fund into I bonds over time? Been doing this for years. Started out with $500 every 6 months until my entire emergency fund was available to me. A 3 month interest penalty is nothing, especially considering the vastly higher rate being paid at the moment compared with savings accounts.
I-bonds should be considered step 7A of the FOO!!!
Given 0% real returns, its guaranteed that your future self will retain $10k in spending power. The fact that Treasury Direct is so clunky and hard to view means that the account is likely to be out of sight and mind. Therefore I-bonds are great for the use cases of an emergency account, a dedicated rebalancing pool, or retirement savings.
Actually, the limit is $10k per registration. One SSN can have multiple accounts. My wife and I each bought $10k last year and this on our respective SSNs. We also bought $10k last year and this in name of our family trust under my SSN. Treasury Direct is happy with that. If you own a business, your ssn or not, could be another registration.
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No, high yield crypto stable coin staking and earning interest is a much better bet for short term needed flexible cash reserve (not emergency fund).