How to Add Treasury Bonds, Bills and Notes to an IRA

While you can't use the government's TreasuryDirect website to buy Treasury securities for your IRA, there are other ways to get the securities online.

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Question: Can you purchase Treasury securities for an IRA directly from the U.S. Treasury through TreasuryDirect? How can you add them to an IRA?

Answer: TreasuryDirect.gov is intended as a way for individuals to buy securities from the Treasury and manage them through an account with the website, so you can’t use it to buy Treasuries for an IRA, said Brad Benson, public affairs specialist with the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service

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Lisa Gerstner
Editor, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine

Lisa has been the editor of Kiplinger Personal Finance since June 2023. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting and writing for the magazine on a variety of topics, including credit, banking and retirement. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.

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