HW 2 - FIN 4243 Homework #2 1. The price value of a basis...

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Homework #2 1. The price value of a basis point will be the same regardless if the yield is increased or decreased by 1 basis point. However, the price value of 100 basis points (i.e., the change in price for a 100-basis-point change in interest rates) will not be the same if the yield is increased or decreased by 100 basis points. Why? 2. Can you tell from the following information which of the following three bonds will have the greatest price volatility, assuming that each is trading to offer the same yield to maturity? Bond Coupon Rate (%) Maturity (years) X 8 9 Y 10 11 Z 11 12 3. Answer the below questions for bonds A and B. Bond A Bond B Coupon 8% 9% Yield to maturity 8% 8% Maturity (years) 2 5 Par $100.0 0 $100.00 Price $100.0 0 $104.055 (a) Calculate the actual price of the bonds for a 100-basis-point increase in interest rates. (b) Using duration, estimate the price of the bonds for a 100-basis-point increase in interest rates. (c) Using both duration and convexity measures, estimate the price of the bonds for a 100-basis- point increase in interest rates. (d) Comment on the accuracy of your results in parts b and c, and state why one approximation is closer to the actual price than the other. (e) Without working through calculations, indicate whether the duration of the two bonds would be higher or lower if the yield to maturity is 10% rather than 8%. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2009 for the course FIN 4243 taught by Professor Dudley during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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HW 2 - FIN 4243 Homework #2 1. The price value of a basis...

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