In Brief: Nov. 22, 1999

BONDS ON THE RISE Interest rates on savings bonds, the ultimate safe investment, were recently reset. Series EE savings bonds issued after May 1997 are now earning 5.19% interest, up from the 4.31% they were earning in May. The Treasury Department just unveiled an online purchasing program at WWW.SAVINGSBONDS.GOV. You can purchase the bonds with either a MasterCard or Visa. Careful. You will pay more in interest on the cards than you will earn on the bonds if you carry a balance.

EE SAVINGS BONDS The rates of the series EE savings bonds since May '97

In percents

May '97 5.68...

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