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I've bought bonds in the secondary market in my Fidelity IRA Brokerage account. For my purposes I was buying short maturity corporate issues (one to two years) but I imagine you could assemble a bond ladder too. I believe you can also buy CDs in a Fidelity IRA Brokerage account.

Thanks for the reply. I'm not interested in buying individual bonds; that's a lot more work than I am interested in doing. I have not looked at Fidelity, but the CD buying at Vanguard appears to be something called "brokered CDs" which I don't fully understand. Also, the minimum purchase is $10K per issue which is more than I would be ready to buy at any time.

I'm guessing that Fidelity is similar, but since I don't have an account there I have not checked.

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