Fast Company (April 2012)

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CHAPTER 2 Bond Prices, Spot Rates, and Forward Rates hile discount factors can be used to describe bond prices, investors often find it more intuitive to quantify the time value of money with rates of interest. This chapter defines spot and forward rates, shows how they can be derived from bond prices, and explains why they are useful to investors. W SEMIANNUAL COMPOUNDING An investment of $100 at an annual rate of 5% earns $5 over the year, but when is the $5 paid? 50 is paid at the end of the year.

When does investor A, the investor who rolls over six-month investments, do better than B, the bond investor? 008% through August 15, 2003. 008%. 008%, but still winds up behind investor A. When does investor B do better than investor A? 75% and stayed there through August 15, 2003. 75%. In general, investors who roll over short-term investments do better than investors in longer-term bonds when the realized short-term rates exceed the forward rates built into bond prices. Investors in bonds do better when the realized short-term rates fall below these forward rates.

The rate rˆ (t) may be thought of as the semiannually compounded return from investing in a zero coupon bond that matures t years from now. 779 on February 15, 2001. 385%. 10) says that d(t) equals the value of one unit of currency discounted for t years at the semiannually compounded rate rˆ (t). 2. 886% at a maturity of two years, and then increase slowly. The relationship between spot rates and maturity, or term, is called the term structure of spot rates. 1, the term structure is said to be downward-sloping or inverted.

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