All about the Treasury's free Savings Bond Wizard
Monday, July 25th, 2005
Categorized as: Current value of a US Savings Bond
While you can find out the value and current interest rate of your Savings Bonds using my US Savings Bond Calculator, the Treasury also offers software you can download and install on a Windows computer - the Savings Bond Wizard - that has more features.
Unlike my calculator, it offers you the chance to change the valuation date to something other than today and it gives you a way save your bond data for next time.
However, it's Windows-only software that you have to download and install on your own computer. Before you go to that trouble, I recommend you begin by reading my comparison of the four most-used Savings Bond calculators.
The US Savings Bond Wizard requires a computer running Windows 95 or newer and the ability to install software.
Here's how to get a copy. The web site you will be downloading from is the Bureau of Public Debt at the U.S. Treasury, not from our web site. When you follow the instructions on the link below, you will see a standard Save Dialog Window - create a new folder or select an existing one to save the file - sbwsetup.exe - on your own computer.
Right-click on this link and select
Save Target As or Save Link As
from the menu that appears on your screen:
US Savings Bond Wizard
After you have downloaded the file, select the Run… command from your Start menu. Click on the Browse button, find the file you just downloaded, select it, then click the OK button. If you have administrative rights to install software on your computer, you'll be seconds away from using the Wizard.
The installation process will put a link to the US Savings Bond Wizard in your Start Menu. When the installation process is complete, find the Wizard in your Start menu and crank it up.
If you have trouble downloading the file, try a normal click on the download link above. If that doesn't work either, here are additional downloading tips from the Treasury's savings bonds web site.