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 savings bonds can be purchased at most financial institutions.
An Easy and Safe Way to Save
EE Bonds are 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. See our press release for more information.
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.
Buying Electronic EE Bonds
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 Treasury-Direct accounts and own electronic savings bonds.
You can own U.S. Savings Bonds if you have a Social Security Number and you're a: