When I look at the table, this is the information I'm trying to force it to tell me.
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Month of Issue 6-month inflation rate 6-month inflation rate and rate changes *,** January January thru June** July thru December* February February thru July** August thru January* March March thru August** September thru February* April April thru September** October thru March* May* May thru October* November thru April** June June thru November* December thru May** July July thru December* January thru June** August August thru January* February thru July** September September thru February* March thru August** October October thru March* April thru September** November** November thru April** May thru October* December December thru May** June thru November*
Example. If you buy a I bond anytime during January, it will get a 6-month inflation rate (January thru June) that was established in November (**). For the next 6-months (July thru December) the rate will have been established in May (*). This inflation rate change process repeats in this fashion, every 6 months, until the I bond is redeemed, or 30 years has elapses.
Please correct my misunderstanding of the table's purpose.