## How to Estimate the Final Maturity Value on Savings Bonds

Once you know the YTM, you can decide if it’s a worthwhile investment for you. If the YTM isn’t high enough for the risk, you may decide against it, and vice versa. There are a handful of metrics surrounding bonds, but these two are key because they give you a better idea of the bond’s potential worth and the income you can expect. If you’d rather not deal with the YTM formula (I don’t blame you), plenty of free calculators available online will let you plug in the numbers and do the calculations for you. To see what your paper EE bond is worth, use our Savings Bond Calculator.

Therefore, although you might’ve paid \$1,000 for your bond when it was issued, the same bond may now be worth \$980 or \$1,020 depending on external factors like prevailing interest rates. Taking the interest rate up by one and two percentage points to 6% and 7% yields bond prices of \$98 and \$95, respectively. Because the bond price in our example is \$95.92, the list indicates that the interest rate we are solving for is between 6% and 7%. If you buy a bond at face value, both the YTM and the coupon rate are the same. But if you purchase a bond at a premium (higher than its face value), the coupon rate will be higher. The complex process of determining yield to maturity means it is often difficult to calculate a precise YTM value.

• Our columnist doesn’t see treasures like that now, but there are solid buys.
• Treasury Department guarantees that they will reach face value after 20 years.
• EE savings bonds are an example of a zero coupon bond in that they pay all of their accrued interest at maturity or when you cash them in.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were called War Savings Bonds, and the money invested in them went directly toward the war effort. In general, though, a savings bond is sold as a zero-coupon bond at a discount, and will reach its full value at its maturity. Since their issuance, their price has either increased (see the five-year bond) or decreased (see the two-year, 10-year, or 30-year bond). You’ll also note each bond’s coupon rate no longer matches the current yield. In secondary markets, bonds may be sold for a premium or discount on their face value.

## Example Savings Bond Diagram

Series HH bonds are savings bonds that mature after 20 years. The last batch will finally mature in August 2024 since the final HH bonds were issued in August 2004. When you invest in a savings bond, you’re loaning money to the federal government. The savings bond maturity date is when the government owes you the full amount of principal and interest on your loan.

But investors should be very careful when choosing a financial instrument and not decide only based on maturity value. Just because an investment is given a higher maturity value does not guarantee that you will receive that money, and there is a probability that the borrower can default. So along with the maturity value, the credit history of a borrower and other factors are also important, and an investor should take care of that also. Bonds are generally less risky than stocks because the issuer has an obligation to cover its debts before it rewards its shareholders. But that doesn’t make them risk-free (although Treasury bonds are as close as it gets).

You can calculate the maturity value of a Series EE bond since the interest rate is fixed (on bonds issued in 2005 or after). Series I bond interest rates vary with inflation, so it’s impossible to estimate their final value meaningfully. In our bond price calculator, you can follow the present values of payments on the bond price chart for a given period. The credit quality, or the likelihood that a bond’s issuer will default, is also considered when determining the appropriate discount rate.

• Let’s discuss the relationship between bond prices and yields.
• This amount becomes the new (higher) principal, which, in turn, will earn a greater amount of interest over the next period.
• And if you were especially lucky with your timing and bought that bond in early November 1994, you could have gotten more than 8 percent interest annually.
• The new principal is the sum of the prior principal and the interest earned in the previous 6 months.

Yield to maturity is considered a long-term bond yield but is expressed as an annual rate. In other words, it is the internal rate of return (IRR) of an investment in a bond if the investor holds the bond until maturity, with all payments made as scheduled and reinvested at the same rate. Yield-to-Maturity (YTM) is the rate of return you receive if you hold a bond to maturity and reinvest all the interest payments at the YTM rate. A bond is a debt that is incurred by a company or government entity to finance a project or fund operations. Investors (also known as “bondholders”) effectively lend money to the borrower (the issuer of the bond) by buying these debt instruments. The borrower pays an annual interest rate (also referred to as the “coupon rate”), which can be fixed or variable, depending on the structure of the bond.

Although the coupon rate will remain 3%, the lower price of the bond means the investor will earn a higher yield. Bond valuation is a technique for determining the theoretical fair value of a particular bond. Because a bond’s par value and interest payments are fixed, an investor uses bond valuation to determine what rate of return is required for a bond investment to be worthwhile. That’s because the longer a bond’s term to maturity is, the greater the risk is that there could be future increases in inflation. That determines the current discount rate that is required to calculate the bond’s price. You’ll note this always isn’t the case, as the five-year bond has a higher maturity than the 10-year bond.

## Real Function Calculators

The term to maturity is one factor in the interest rate paid on a bond. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that EE bonds must be owned for at least one year before redemption. If they are redeemed before five years, the last three months’ worth of interest is forfeited, but after five years, they can be redeemed with no penalty. The annual interest rate for EE bonds issued from Nov. 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019, is 0.10%. When you buy a bond, you are entitled to the percentage of the coupon that is due from the date that the trade settles until the next coupon payment date.

Every bond has a maturity date—for example, 10 years after issue—at which point the principal amount is paid out to the bondholder, along with the final coupon payment. On this page is a bond yield to maturity calculator, to automatically calculate the internal rate of return (IRR) earned on a certain bond. This calculator automatically assumes an investor holds to maturity, reinvests coupons, and all payments and coupons will be paid on time. Bond valuation looks at discounted cash flows at their net present value if held to maturity.

For the right type of saver and for someone who wants to diversify their net worth, savings bonds could make sense. A short time horizon (one year or less) may be an indication that you should keep the funds in a money market fund. With a slightly longer investment time frame, a short-term bond fund could provide higher yields and total return than a money market fund.

## Current Interest Rate

The page also includes the approximate yield to maturity formula, and includes a discussion on how to find – or approach – the exact yield to maturity. Back in 1994, bonds with fabulous yields were there for the taking. Our columnist doesn’t see treasures like that now, but there are solid buys.

Also, the further a bond is from its maturity date, the larger the difference between its purchase price and its redemption value, which is also referred to as its principal, par, or face value. This is because the coupon rate of the bond remains fixed, so the price in secondary markets often fluctuates to align with prevailing market rates. In other words, the actual trade settlement amount consists of the purchase price plus accrued interest. A bond’s coupon is the annual interest rate paid on the issuer’s borrowed money, generally paid out semi-annually on individual bonds.

## Zero-Coupon Bond Valuation

Before we dive into calculating the current bond price with our bond valuation calculator, let’s take some time to talk about what a bond is. When an entity issues bonds, it is considered as acquiring funding from investors through issuing debt. The bond market may not be as famous as the stock market, but believe it or not, the global bond market is more than double the stock market.