With all the recent talk of federal deficits and the government trying to cut costs comes an effort by Uncle Sam to save $70 million over five years. The Bureau of the Public Debt (a scary name itself) has announced that beginning January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions, including Vantage Credit Union.
You might have guessed something like this was bound to happen. Present technology is really pushing for a paperless environment, which saves both trees and money. And that’s what’s happening here. Bonds will now be available only through TreasuryDirect®, a secure, web-based system operated by The Bureau of Public Debt. This site has been available to investors since 2002, and being web-based, it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your bond-buying convenience. Another upside, you’ll no longer have to worry about storing or losing paper savings bonds.