U.S. Treasury notes, bonds and savings bonds have a long track record as a low-risk saving vehicle. Government securities come in many forms, ranging from inexpensive $25 savings bonds to larger notes with a $1,000 minimum.

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U.S. Treasury notes, bonds and savings bonds have a long track record as a low-risk saving vehicle. Government securities come in many forms, ranging from inexpensive $25 savings bonds to larger notes with a $1,000 minimum.

To learn more about government bonds, here are a few Web sites worth a look:

• AARP

www.aarp.org/money/financial_planning/sessionsix/bonds.html

Provides overview information about bonds in general and government bonds.

Bankrate.com

www.bankrate.com/brm/green/sav/svgs1e.asp

Click on “U.S. Treasury securities” link to find concise details of U.S. Treasury bills and U.S. Savings Bonds.

• Bonds Online

www.bondsonline.com/asp/treas/direct.asp

Explains the government bond purchase program.

• TreasuryDirect

www.savingsbonds.gov/indiv/indiv.htm

Covers different ways how individuals can purchase Treasury bonds, with details about specific bond types.