There is more than one way to hold Treasury securities – you can use:
- Legacy Treasury Direct® (NOTE: Legacy Treasury Direct is being phased out.)
- the Commercial Book-Entry System through your bank or broker
You can buy Treasury securities using one convenient web–based account which is part of an application we call TreasuryDirect. TreasuryDirect is our primary retail system for selling our securities. This system allows us to establish direct relationships with you as an investor, enabling you to do business with us electronically using the Internet and conduct transactions without personal assistance from us.
In TreasuryDirect, you can purchase and hold Treasury bills, notes, bonds, Floating Rate Notes, and inflation-protected securities (TIPS) as well as savings bonds, and manage your holdings online in a secure environment.
Legacy Treasury Direct is being phased out. Purchases, reinvestments, new accounts, and incoming transfers are no longer available in the program. Customers may continue to hold previously issued securities there. For service, call 800-722-2678 and speak to a customer service representative. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except holidays. (From outside the United States, call 304-480-6464.)
You can also choose to buy marketable securities through a bank, broker, or dealer in the Commercial Book-Entry System. To find out more go to your financial institutionís website or contact your bank or broker.