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Treasury Department sells TIPS by auctions eight times a year.

Why Buy TIPS from Auctions Print E-mail

As mentioned in Where Can You Buy TIPS, you can buy TIPS directly from the U.S. Treasury at one of its TIPS auctions. There are several good reasons for buying TIPS from auctions.

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Which Account for TIPS Auctions: TreasuryDirect and Brokerage Accounts Print E-mail

You can buy TIPS from auctions through TreasuryDirect or a brokerage account. Fees and minimum purchase amount vary.

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TIPS Auction Step By Step: (1) Know the Schedule Print E-mail

How do you know when the Treasury Department will hold an auction and for what issues the auction will be? Right now the Treasury Department sells TIPS by auction only once a month. Their schedule looks like this:

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TIPS Auction Step By Step: (2) Read the Announcement Print E-mail

A few days before the actual auction happens, the Treasury Department publishes an official auction announcement on their website. The announcement lists the key terms for the bond that will be auctioned. You should read the announcement before you decide to buy from the auction.

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TIPS Auction Step by Step: (3) Place Order Print E-mail

Say you decided to buy some TIPS from the auction. How do you place your order? It depends on which account you use.

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