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Thank you, TurkeyBreath. My reasoning may be faulty, but here is why I wanted to put I-bonds in an IRA. I am of retirement age and trying to reallocate my IRA money, which is more than my non-IRA savings. I'm inclined to allocate the non-tax-deferred money to municipal bonds and to stock funds. So it's a matter of which funds to use how. However, what I wanted to do may not be possible--and maybe it's a bad idea anyway.

Initial question: I would like to purchase government I-bonds to sit in a regular IRA account, but I don't know how to bring this about. I inquired of two banks where I have accounts, and they couldn't pull this off...

You may buy them directly from Uncle Sam, see link below.

But why put them into an IRA? Unless you're deducting from income. If you buy and hold, you'll only pay taxes upon cashing them in. Almost like combo Roth/reg IRA.

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