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I-bonds and EE bonds can be OK if you are satisfied with the interest they pay. The penalty for early redemption of I bonds is a concern, so it might be better to plan on holding to maturity.

I think interest rates will be more attractive in a year or so. So 1-year CD's make the most sense to me.

All of this depends on the yields you can get now vs what you think will happen with interest rates and when. Some back of the envelope calculations should show the way to the most profitable combination in whatever scenario you think is likely.

Best of luck to you.
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