Issued by the Ministry of Finance, savings bonds have maturities from 3 to 10 years, and are issued to Thai investors through authorized selling agents. The bonds must be held for one year, after which they are freely tradeable across investor type.
A unique kind of bond that can't be traded and, similar to zero-coupon bonds, is sold at a discount (with Series EE it's sold at half of par), and is worth the face amount at maturity. They are exempt from state and local taxes and you can defer paying federal taxes until maturity. They can be purchased for as little as $25 or up to $5,000 with a maximum of $15,000 each year. The cost and the maturity depend on the series (E, EE and HH) and the interest rate being paid. They can be bought or redeemed (after six months) at your local bank, the Federal Reserve or the Bureau of Public Debt. Call (800) US-BONDS or go to United States Savings Bonds to get more information and current rates.
U.S. Government issued bonds that were first issued in 1941 that range in face value from $50 to $10,000. The two current main types of Savings bonds are Series EE and Series HH. Both EE & HH bonds were originally issued in 1980. Both bonds typically earn interest for 10 years, however the government can extend the date. Selling Short This is an investment technique where a seller borrows stocks, or some other securities position, and sells it at the current market price. The investor is banking on the fact that the underlying price of the stock will eventually decrease in value and they will be able to purchase the stock in the open market to cover the short position. The difference in price between the higher selling price and the eventual lower purchasing price, to cover the short sale, is the profit. Investors sell short if they feel that a particular stock, security, or even the stock market in general will be decreasing in value. Hey, it's the American way.
Series E bonds, a kind of U.S. government bond issued in low denominations for easy purchase. An investor buys savings bonds at a 50% discount, conveniently through a local savings bank or from the U.S. Treasury on the Internet. At maturity the bond is worth its face value, and taxes are due on the increase in value. There are tax advantages to buying savings bonds for future education costs, but the regulations are complex. Get more information before committing to this strategy.
Non-marketable debt securities issued by the U.S. Treasury Department that are backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government. They are considered low risk, and the interest income is generally not subject to state or local taxes.