Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

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Re: No bonds listed at Vanguard?

Post by MikeK » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:52 am

hoost wrote: I had the same issue when I first tried searching for bonds with Vanguard.  What time/day were you performing the search?  I found that results only show up if you search while the market is open.  At least, after getting no results the first time (on a Sunday afternoon), I went back in on Monday morning and was able to get results.

I hope that helps.
Yep, you are exactly right!  Just did a search and I got a few hits.  Now, just need to figure out how to understand the results.....

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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by moda0306 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:56 am

If anyone here has done a few Vanguard bond trades and would be willing to post a tutorial it would be MUCH appreciated by myself and others.
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Re: No bonds listed at Vanguard?

Post by hoost » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:01 am

MikeK wrote:
hoost wrote: I had the same issue when I first tried searching for bonds with Vanguard.  What time/day were you performing the search?  I found that results only show up if you search while the market is open.  At least, after getting no results the first time (on a Sunday afternoon), I went back in on Monday morning and was able to get results.

I hope that helps.
Yep, you are exactly right!  Just did a search and I got a few hits.  Now, just need to figure out how to understand the results.....

mike
I used the quick searches on the left hand sidebar.  Choose secondary treasury.  Then Bonds, 15 to 30 year.  They're sorted by maturity descending (at least for me).  The longest right now is 2/15/2042; it says min qty is 100, but I bought 6 last week and didn't have any issues.  Click buy on the left side and it will take you into the buying menu; should be straight-forward from there if I recall.

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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by l82start » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:05 pm

just had a broker talk me through my first vanguard bond purchase, it was pretty easy and fairly self explanatory.. 

we did have a small glitch on date's, bonds close in one day, TLT sales take two... but since the broker was the one guiding me he fixed it on his end,
i will see if i remember the steps easily when i repeat the process for another account over the next few days..
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by Reub » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:36 am

I just purchased my first direct LT treasuries through Vanguard. However, I sold TLT to do it. Will this be a problem if the TLT sale settles in 2 days and the LT bonds settle in 1 day?

Thanks to everyone for the great advice on accomplishing this transaction!
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by l82start » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:47 am

yes this is the exact problem/glitch i had, fortunately because i was being "walked through" the buying process by a customer service rep and he didn't spot the problem before we hit buy (his error not mine),  he was able to make a internal call and get the buy covered with credit some how....   when i made my second purchase (i remembered the steps just fine ) i waited the extra day to give the TLT sale time to close.

you may want to make a phone call and make sure the sell/buy are going to happen and not be canceled, i don't know what happens or what the SOP for dealing with this are, i bet it happens often enough that they will have some kind of policy for dealing with it...
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by foglifter » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:01 pm

Reub wrote: I just purchased my first direct LT treasuries through Vanguard. However, I sold TLT to do it. Will this be a problem if the TLT sale settles in 2 days and the LT bonds settle in 1 day?

Thanks to everyone for the great advice on accomplishing this transaction!
This is one of the areas where Fidelity shines. I sold TLT and bought the bond without any worries.
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by Reub » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:03 pm

I just called them and they were very helpful. They told me that if I sell the TLT before purchasing the Treasury bonds then my account will show a credit and allow the purchase even though the sale will settle after the purchase does.
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by l82start » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:11 pm

glad it worked out to be a smooth trade,  i had a feeling it was a common situation that they would have a way to deal with....  i like vanguards customer service, they seem to try to make it as easy as possible...
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by dualstow » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:51 pm

I bought a "decimal dozen" (seriously, what's the word for ten of something?) of 10-YR treasuries for my vP and that executed yesterday. Very different from Fidelity. The only reason I know the CUSIP is because I'd saved a screenshot when I put in my non-competitive bid in the auction.

I, too, had recently sold something that hadn't settled before the treasury order executed. But, when you trade with Vanguard, you can always see how much is available to trade.
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by Reub » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:16 pm

OK. I purchased the 2042-02-15 with semi-annual payments in Feb. and Aug. Does this mean that I should sell in 2032 right after a semi-annual repayment and then purchase a new 30 yr bond at that time?
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Re: Treasury Bond Buying Tutorial

Post by hoost » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:28 pm

You'll want to sell in 2022, as at that point the bond would have 20 yrs left on it.  If you wait until 2032 it will only have 10 years remaining.
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