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### What is the basis risk between cash and futures government bonds?

I am currently working in a team responsible for maintaining a simple risk application for our bond desk and I am interested in knowing how to provide some sort of basic basis risk metric. Our desk ...
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### How can we have negative probabilities in finance? Can we have negative payments in bonds? If not, how else can we have negative probabilities?

In Half of a Coin: Negative Probabilities, the author mentions bond duration. Suppose we have payments at times $t = 1,2,...,n$ denoted respectively by $R_1, R_2, ..., R_n$ and the discount factor is ...
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### Is duration additive? $C_{newDur}=A_{fundDur}w_{a} + B_{fundDur}w_{b}$?

Suppose quantified duration (like Macaulay duration with changing intervals) $Dur = \frac{\sum t_{i} PV_{i}}{\sum PV_{i}}$ and two funds having durations $D_{a}$ and $D_{b}$. You own them in the ...
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### Can one use options on Treasury futures to hedge a portfolio?

Can one use options on Treasury bond futures to hedge a typical fixed income portfolio? If so, how can one estimate the duration for an option on a Treasury futures contract, and taking this a step ...
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### Is Duration really the slope of the Price-Yield curve?

When looking at the Price-vs-Yield graph for a fixed rate instrument, we are often told that the duration is the slope of that curve. But is that really right? Duration is (change in price) divided ...
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### Closed-form formula for approximate maximum duration of a bond?

In teaching myself about bonds, I am writing some software, one piece of which will calculate the maturity of a bond given the yield curve as a function and a requested duration. The tricky part is ...
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### Investment Grade Bond vs Junk Bond, whose duration is larger?

Just wondering how to calculate duration when take credit risk into consideration. I think if duration is calculated as weighted average of cashflow time, and weights are calculated using present ...
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### Can duration gap analysis be applied to mortgages?

Can a mortgage loan be treated like a bond and its duration calculated using the bond duration formula? More precisely, can I calculate the loan portfolio duration for duration gap analysis, with ...
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### What are some simple algorithms for hedging vanilla bonds?

My team will soon be implementing an auto hedger for our bond trading desk which will be integrated tightly with our risk application and I am interested in researching how this may work. Any advice ...
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### Is duration really inversely related to the maturity time length of a bond?

It is always said that longer bonds are more sensitive to interest rates. Intuitively this makes perfect sense, since longer bonds have a larger portion of its cash flow being subjected to stronger ...
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### Can the duration of a bond be greater than Time to Maturity

In the case of a vanilla bond I know that the duration will be less than the time to maturity. But I am observing that for a non-vanilla bond, the duration is greater than time to maturity. Can ...
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### When would dedicated portfolios do better than 'immunized' portfolios?

We just learned about cash-matching through dedicated portfolios (using risk free bonds) in my class that concerned mathematical programming. However, in an aside one of the notes said: It should be ...
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### A question on immunization and Macaulay duration

I am studying for the Society of Actuaries - Exam FM and encountered the following problem: Let $x$ be the face amount of the 5-year bond and let $y$ be the face amount of the 10-year bond. Since ...
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### What are the limits of bond portfolio immunization against interest rate changes?

I'm currently reading through an article on bond portfolio immunization against changes in the interest rate. I learned that the immunization can be done against instant changes in interest rate etc.,...
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### Why the negative sign in modified duration relationship

If $P$ is price, $D$ modified duration and $y$ yield then we have the relationship, $$dP=-D \cdot P \cdot dy$$ Why is there a minus sign and what does correspond to?
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### Interpretation of Macaulay Duration

I am having a difficulty conceptualizing the meaning of "Macaulay duration" - I want to note I completely understand the math, this isn't the issue. Modified duration & Efficitive Duration make ...
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### Bond Portfolio Immunization - Duration Matching

**Question is at the bottom** Suppose you have a portfolio of bonds A, B, and C with the following characteristics: (the "Frequency" column is the # of coupon pmts per year and also the # of ...
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### Are there any opensource C# libraries for calculating bond duration and other FI Analytics?

I'm doing some Fixed Income analytics work and wanted to know if there where any opensource C# libraries that I could use in order to avoid writing functions for generic calculations like YTM and ...
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### What's the intuition behind DTS(duration times spread) in fixed income?

I am having some difficulty grasping the concept of using DTS to measure credit risk. In the equity world, one typical measure of risk is beta, which is quite well-defined as the exposure to a common ...
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### Modified duration in multi-currency portfolio

I was thinking about how to figure aut duration for portfolio of bonds denominated in different currenciesâ€¦ I would like to compare sensitivity of portfolio to shift of yield with competitive ...
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### Key Rate Duration for MBSs greater than Key Rate Tenor

Key Rate Durations (KRD) are essentially some fixed income instrument's price sensitivity to a non-parallel shift in interest rates (i.e., a shift at the "Key" Rate). For example, a 10-year bond's ...
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### Yield Curve Volatility

Let you have several issuers, and let each issuer have its yield curve built up with liquid plain vanilla fixed rate bonds. Each yield curve has its slope and its curvature, and they obviously change ...
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### Difference between DV01 and IR DV01

What is the difference between DV01 and IR DV01? As far as I can see DV01 is at point on the yield curve and IR DV01 represents a parallel shift of the entire yield curve? My understanding is still ...
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### Why is the duration of a bond important?

I know what duration measures, but now in the age of computers why is it useful? If the yield changes, we could just simply plug the new yield into a program, or excel or something like that, and ...
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### What is the intuition behind the fact that Modified duration = Macaulay Duration / (1+r)?

I understand the derivation of both:take dP/dR and divide by P which will give you both 1) modified duration OR 2) macaulay duration / (1+r) (notice the weighted average time built into the ...
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### How to get to this answer on Macauley duration?

Can you explain why the answer to the following question is approximately 4.5%: An investor buys a bond that has a Macaulay duration of 3.0 and a yield to maturity of 4.5%. The investor plans to ...
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### Adjusting index betas for spread DV01

If you have an index and have measured its beta with respect to the overall market, how would you go about adjusting it against spread dv01 and why would you want this number?
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### Risky duration formula for what kind of bond?

In a documentation, there is the following formula for "zero interest rate risky duration" of a bond: $\frac{1-exp(-s \cdot T)}{s}$, where $s$ is spread, $T$ time until maturity. What type of bond (...
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### Bond Duration with Bond portfolio returns

if I have given CRSP bond portfolio returns with different maturities (1m-12m, etc), how is it possible to compute the Future price and the duration? Beside that I do also have the Nelson-svensson-...
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### Bond Convexity: Relationship between discrete and continuous interest rate

The interest rate risk of a bond price $P$ is measured by its Duration: $$D=-\frac{\frac{dP}{P}}{dr}$$ However, the explicit formula for the Duration given a function $P$ is different if $r$ is ...
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### Annuity Duration Based on Closed Derivative is half of Effective Duration?

I am analyzing an annuity with a stub. I calculate the effective duration as (P(-10bps) - P(+10bps))/(2*Principal * (.001)) I then take the derivative of the standard annuity formula discounted by ...
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### If we modify duration, should we modify bond price? Options Futures and Other Derivatives

In Example 4.5 of Section 4.8 on Duration of Options, Futures and Other Derivatives (p.92), a bond's price and duration are computed assuming continuous compounding where the bond yield is y = 12%. ...
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### How do bond futures affect effective rate when used to hedge a bond's duration?

I'm trying to wrap my head around what happens to the net interest received when an invester goes short a bond future to fully hedge the duration of his long position in an actual bond. Does it ...
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### Duration vs. Convexity Contradiction

A lower coupon bond exhibits higher duration, which means higher price volatility with changing YTM. A lower coupon bond also exhibits higher convexity. However, with higher convexity, bond prices ...
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### Macaulay Duration: Duration for 2 bonds

Using Macaulay Duration, determine the duration of Bond B if Bond A and B (market value of 600 000 dollars and 400 000 dollars respectively) have a duration of 6.7 years and the duration of A is 8.5 ...
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### Calculate historical duration based on current duration & historical prices

Suppose I have today current duration of a bond and it's historical daily prices. How from that I can calculate the historical duration? e.g. the value of duration I would saw if yesterday, week ago, ...
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### Duration of a floating rate bond

It is known that the price $p_t$ of a floating rate bond can be calculated discounting $(L+k)$ the sum of the next coupon payment $k$ and the face value $L$ at the relevant risk-free rate. Hence, ...
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### Duration of perpetual bond

I am trying to derive the duration of a perpetual bond with coupon $c$ in two ways: $$D=-\frac{\frac{\partial P}{\partial r}}{P},$$ $$P=\frac{c}{r}$$ \Rightarrow D = -\frac{-\frac{c}{r^2}}{\frac{c}{...
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### Why Is Bond Time Value Risk Not Considered in Bond Immunization?

I know bond portfolio immunization includes duration and (if the hedging period is longer) convexity matching. These are equivalent to taking the first and second partial derivatives of the bond ...
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### Key rate duration - Bond trading at par

I am reading the CFA L2 curriculum Bond Analysis section and it mentions that for a bond trading at par, the maturity-matched rate is the only rate that affects the bond's value and therefore the key ...
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### Bond duration as estimation to holding return

I am really struggling to prove to myself that when we can estimate the one-year holding period return for a three-year zero by using the following estimation: S3 - Duration2*(f1,3- S3) Where Sn is ...
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### Python Calculating Drawdowns?

Simple question for a newb quant. I'm writing a program to calculate drawdown and duration for any given strategy. The problem is, if my cumulative returns start at zero and go negative immediately, ...
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### Modified or Macauley Duration in python

are there any existing python modules that can calculate Modified and/or Macauley Duration of a bond.