Canada Savings Bonds (CSBs) and Canada Premium Bonds (CPBs) are considered lower-risk investments because they're backed by the Canadian government. For this reason, savings bonds have a relatively low return compared to other investments. And they may not keep pace with inflation.
Other things to consider
You can only buy savings bonds at certain times of the year.
The interest you earn on a savings bond will be fully taxed if you hold it outside of a registered account. Learn more about how investments are taxed.
You may pay a penalty or lose interest earned if you cash in a savings bond early.
Caution: Because savings bonds are lower risk, they have a relatively low return compared to other investments. And they may not keep pace with inflation.
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