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I don't think it makes sense to buy TIPS in a taxable account as long as you have room in an IRA/401k to buy them there.

The original topic of the thread was about buying I-bonds (which come with their own tax deferral and can't be put in an IRA) when you've maxed out your contribution limits to tax-exempt accounts. I have been trying to explain that buying TIPS in a taxable account is *always* better than buying any of the current crop of I-bonds.
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