Buying US Bonds for Safer Investing
The US Treasury Department has setup a dedicated website for bond investors at TreasuryDirect.gov. At TreasuryDirect, investors can not only buy US government bonds, but also find educational information, how-tos, and other assorted materials suitable from everyone from beginning "dummies" investors to expert bond investors.
Whether you are looking for information on Treasury Auctions, including the results of past auctions, or if you just need to know what interest rate Savings Bonds are paying, all of that information and more is on the Treasury Direct site.
But, TreasuryDirect isn't just for research and keeping track of government debt. The Treasury Department makes its bonds, bills, and notes available for direct purchase through the website, which allows investors to invest in bonds without paying any commissions, markups, or spreads.
Investors can purchase Treasury Bills, Treasury Notes, Treasury Bonds, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), Series I Savings Bonds, and Series EE and E Savings Bonds through TreasuryDirect. There are even payroll savings plans which allow for individuals to have money automatically deducted from their paycheck to invest in several types of Treasuries and Savings Bonds. Employees at participating employers can even setup deductions to purchase paper savings bonds, popular with those people who like to have something tangible to hold as a result of their savings.