How to Check the Balance on a Treasury Savings Bond

by Michelle Z. Donahue, Demand Media Google
    U.S. Treasury-issued savings bonds add long-term stability to your portfolio.

    U.S. Treasury-issued savings bonds add long-term stability to your portfolio.

    Savings bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury have long been considered stable investments, accruing value up to twice the face denomination over a 20- to 30-year period. Bonds are issued in several series categories: EE/E, I, and Savings Notes. Traditionally, investors and consumers could buy paper bonds through banks and other financial institutions, but the Treasury Department has transitioned its bond operations to online management. The Treasury’s online savings bond calculator is the fastest and easiest way to check the accrued value of your bonds.

    Items you will need

    • Internet access

    Step 1

    Direct your Web browser to the U.S. Treasury’s online savings bond calculator.

    Step 2

    Enter your bond information into the fields provided, including the bond series, denomination, serial number and issue date. The calculator tool has a sample bond diagram to help you locate the relevant numbers on the face of your bond.

    Step 3

    Click on “Calculate” to generate your bond’s specific value information. The calculator tool includes a function that allows you to save information on multiple bonds, so you can revisit the website in the future to check the most current values for your bonds.

    Tip

    • Adjusting the date in the "Value As Of" field allows the user to check on a bond's value at points in the future, as well as the history of that particular bond's yield.

    About the Author

    Michelle Z. Donahue has worked as a journalist in the Washington, D.C., region since 2001. After several years as a government and economic reporter, she now specializes in gardening and science topics. Donahue holds a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

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