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'This part-animated, part-live-action film assures us, the American viewer, that we have confidence in the economy and that "the nation's nest egg is growing" to 235 billion dollars in savings. Even though the postwar economy is helping the individual to save money, the national debt totals 275 billion dollars which can be paid off in the most stable manner by the government borrowing from individuals. This film speaks confidently to Americans, assuming and convincing the viewer that they have faith in the American economy, and urging them to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds...'
Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
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U.S. Savings Bonds
Savings bonds were created to finance World War I, and were originally called Liberty Bonds. Unlike Treasury Bonds, they are not marketable. In 2002, the Treasury Department started changing the savings bond program by lowering interest rates and closing its marketing offices. As of January 1, 2012, financial institutions no longer sell paper savings bonds...
In 2002, the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt made savings bonds available for purchasing and redeeming online. Finally, on January 1, 2012, banks and other financial institutions terminated their sales of bonds. Currently, Americans can only buy U.S. savings bonds online at http://www.treasurydirect.gov/.
Savings bonds come in eight denominations: $25, $50, $75, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, and $5,000. After purchase, the holder must wait at least twelve months before cashing it in, when they will receive the principal amount (the purchase price) plus some interest. The maturity periods can vary. For example, if you buy a bond with a value of $50 for $25, you'll have to wait at least 17 years to get your investment back from the government, depending on the interest rate. The longer you wait, the greater interest you earn, however savings bonds have a 30-year maximum of interest accrual. After 30 years, the bond no longer accrues interest. Savings bonds are protected because they are secured by the U.S. government. The principal and earned interest are registered with the Treasury Department, so if a bond is lost, stolen, or destroyed they can be replaced at no cost. Savings bonds can also have value as a collectible since the government stopped issuing them in paper form.
Tax benefits of savings bonds
Savings bond interest is tax deferred. This means that you pay tax only when the bond is cashed (or stops earning interest after 30 years). Interest is taxable by the federal government but not state or local governments. Using the money from a cashed savings bond for higher education may keep you from paying federal income tax on your interest.
Current bond types
There are two types of savings bonds: EE-Bonds and I-Bonds.
EE-Bonds are fixed interest bonds guaranteed to double in value over 20 years. The rate is fixed upon purchase. Tax is deferred until the bond is cashed. The maximum amount that can be purchased is $10,000 per person per year in electronic form.
I-Bonds have fixed and variable rate components. The fixed rate is set at the time of purchase. The variable rate is adjusted every six months based on consumer price inflation. The variable rate can be less than zero in times of deflation but the combined rate cannot be less than zero. The maximum amount that can be purchased is $10,000 per person per year in electronic form. An additional $5,000 can be purchased by using one's income tax refund on Form 1040...