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Who are the different issuers of bonds?

- U.S. treasury
- Corporate bonds


What type of bonds do U.S. treasury issue?

- Notes (up to 10 years)

- Bonds (10 to 30 years)


What type of corporate bonds can be issued?

- Callable bonds
- Allowing issuers to repurchase bonds at a specified call price before maturity

- Convertible bonds: Giving bondholders an option to exchange each bond for a specified number of shares of common stock of the firm

- Puttable bonds: Allowing bondholders to
extend or retire bonds


Realized compound yield equals to YTM when?

- The reinvestment rate is YTM


Whats the difference between YTM and HPR?

- YTM depends on coupon, current price and par value, and is a measure of the average rate of return if the investment in the bond is held to maturity

- HPR is the rate of return over a particular investment period and depends on the market price of the bond at the end of the holding period


If short term interest rates are known with certainty then?

- We can know the zero coupon bond prices, YTM (spot rates) and coupon prices.


What some features of liquidity preference?

- Investors will demand a premium for the risk associated with long-term bonds

- The yield curve has an upward bias built into the long-term rates because of the risk premium

- Forward rates contain both a liquidity premium and expected future short-term rates


Features of a passive bond strategy?

- Take market prices as fairly set

- Control risk, balance risk and return

- Immunization strategy to immunize interest rate risk


Features of an active strategy?

- Trade on interest rate predictions

- Trade on market inefficiencies (mis-priced bonds)


What does an increase in a bonds YTM cause the price of the bond to do?

- an increase in a bond’s
yield to maturity results in a smaller price decline than
a decrease in yield of equal magnitude


Are short or long term bonds more sensitive? Why?

- Long-term bonds tend to be more price sensitive than
short-term bonds, since the impact of the higher
discount rate will be greater as that rate is applied to
more-distant cash flows


What does higher coupon rate mean for interest rate sensitivity?

- High coupon shortens the maturity of total cash flows--“effective maturity”. So higher coupon rates, lower interest rate sensitivity


What does higher yield mean for interest rate sensitivity?

- A higher yield reduces PV of all of the bond’s payment, but more so for more distant payments, which leads a lower effective maturity and interest rate sensitivity


What is duration

- A measure of the effective maturity of a bond


# reasons duration is important?

- It is a simple summary statistic of the effective average maturity of the portfolio

- It turns out to be an essential tool in immunizing portfolios from interest rate risk

- Duration is a measure of the interest rate sensitivity of a portfolio


Go over rules of Duration

Go over rules of duration


What are the two types of interest rate risk fixed income investors face?

- price risk and

- reinvestment rate risk, (increases in interest rates cause capital losses but increase the rate at which reinvested income will grow)


What is a substitution swap?

- An exchange of one bond for a nearly identical
substitute with essentially equal coupon, maturity,
quality call features and so on

- Example: a sale of a 20-year maturity, 9% coupon Ford bond callable after 5 years at $1050 with a YTM of 9.05%; a purchase of a 9% coupon GM bond with the same call provisions, time to maturity and credit rating that yields at 9.15%


What is a inter-market swap?

- When investors believe the yield spread between two sectors of the bond market is temporarily out of line

- For example, if the yield spread between 10-year Treasury bonds and 10-year Baa-rated corporate bonds is now 3%, and the historical spread has been only 2%; an investor will consider buying corporates and selling Treasury bonds


What is a rate anticipation swap?

- If investors believe interest rate will fall, they
will buy bonds of longer duration

- If investors believe interest rate will rise, they
will buy bonds of shorter duration


What is a pure yield pickup swap?

- When yield curve is upward sloping, investors will buy longer-term bonds and sell shorter term bonds to earn an expected term premium in higher-yield bonds


For passive management what is cash flow matching and dedication?

- Manager selects either zero-coupon or coupon bonds that provide total cash flows in each period that match a series of obligations


What is contingent Immunization?

- A combination of active and passive management

- The strategy involves active management with a floor rate of return

- As long as the rate earned exceeds the floor, the
portfolio is actively managed

- Once the floor rate or trigger rate is reached, the
portfolio is immunized