The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will end over-the-counter sales of paper savings bonds on December 31, 2011, including sales through financial institutions and applications mailed directly to the Federal Reserve Bank by customers. This move is expected to save taxpayers an estimated $70 million over the next five years.

Although paper bonds are being discontinued, electronic Series EE and Series I Savings Bonds will remain available for purchase via TreasuryDirect. This secure, web-based system, operated by the Bureau of the Public Debt, has been used by investors since 2002 to purchase savings bonds online.

Purchase, manage and redeem electronic savings bonds online through www.treasurydirect.gov.  Electronic savings bonds are secure and convenient to manage through TreasuryDirect, and investors no longer have to worry about misplacing, losing or storing savings bonds. In addition, with a TreasuryDirect account, customers can purchase electronic savings bonds as gifts and also convert papers savings bonds to electronic.

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