P6–15 Basic bond valuation Complex Systems has an outstanding issue of $1,000-

par-value bonds with a 12% coupon interest rate. The issue pays interest

annually and has 16 years remaining to its maturity date.

a. If bonds of similar risk are currently earning a 10% rate of return, how

much should the Complex Systems bond sell for today?

b. Describe the two possible reasons why similar-risk bonds are currently

earning a return below the coupon interest rate on the Complex Systems

bond.

c. If the required return were at 12% instead of 10%, what would the current

value of Complex Systems’ bond be? Contrast this finding with your findings

in part a and discuss.

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