Questions tagged [interest-rates]

An interest rate is the rate at which interest is paid by a borrower (debtor) for the use of money that they borrow from a lender (creditor).

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When to use continuous time math vs discrete time?

Seems that the theory books are all integrals in continuous time, yet in practice, discrete estimations works fine. As a newbie to this, when do you choose to use the continuous time finance vs ...
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Why do par-yield shifts grow faster across the curve than spot-rate shifts when looking at key-rates?

Consider the following 10y key-rate shifts of bond par yields and its implied shift of bond spot rates: Assume we have the key-rates for 2y, 5y, 10y and 30y. The y-axis is in basis points, and the x-...
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On the buyside, when people quote a 'price' for a plain vanilla interest rate swap, does it include accrued interest?

The valuation date falls in between coupon payment days on the swap, does the 'price' of a swap understood to include the accrued interest (interest from the previous payment date to the valuation ...
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When exactly does the FOMC release the new calendar dates?

Please let me know if this is the appropriate place to post this. I know every year the federal reserve releases the calendar dates for the next year's meetings around May or June. Is there a ...
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Recreating / Extending Bond Time Series

I am trying to analyse historical yield curve dynamics within an across countries and step one is extending / recreating historical yields and/or prices. The challenge is this: lets say a 10 year ...
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Portfolio Immunization from Yield Perspective

Let's say we have the following situation: an asset (mortgage) with fixed payments, a prepayment & oas models to run through, and calculations for duration, convexity, and price, based on them. ...
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Bond Convexity and Maturity

What the reasoning for why bond convexity increases with maturity. Heuristic explanations are somewhat better as I would like a fundamental understanding. Also what causes a more convex bond to be ...
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CMS options, cash-settled/physically-settled swaptions

CMS options are traditionaly replicated using a theoritical "continuous" strip of swaptions (see for instance Hagan's paper "Convexity Conundrums : Pricing CMS Swaps, Caps and Floors"): In the paper,...
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Fixing Rate in Quantlib

While pricing Interest Rate Swap, I am providing Fixing rate for historical date using "addFixing(date, value)" function. But when I am trying to change value it is not happening and picking up old ...
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Obtaining swaption prices from lognormal volatility quotes

I am working with the following dataset from quandl: https://www.quandl.com/databases/CSWO (I'm using the sample dataset only). My question is how to obtain the swaption prices from the quotes given. ...
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Libor Swap Rates

In a 5 year Libor Swap, say fixed vs. 3 months Libor, what is the credit risk reflected by the fixed leg ? (I'm ignoring counterparty credit risk). Would the fixed leg reflect 3 month Libor quoting ...
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Bloomberg zero rate calculation using shift

I used Bloomberg to calculate a zero rate under a parallel shift of 100 basis points, however I can not understand the results neather duplicate them. I included the +100 basis points by using the ...
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Measuring interest rate sensitivity for illiquid private investments?

There seems to be surprisingly little literature on this topic. If you had a portfolio consisting of an unlisted illiquid private asset class (eg private real estate, direct infrastructure or private ...
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Different ways to express a 2s10s steepener?

Some off the top of my head 2s10s cash steepener, however this ages into a 1s9s over time 2s10s swap steepener, better/cleaner way? Are there other ways to express this curve strategy? Would you do ...
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High convexity vs low convexity bond definition

Isn't high convexity always better than low convexity bond from the formula that $$\frac {ΔB} B=-D \frac {Δy} {1+y} + \frac 1 2 CΔy^2$$ Since $\frac 1 2 CΔy^2$ is positive no matter what so the price ...
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Hedging amortising interest rate swap with vanilla swaps

Is it possible to hedge an amortising interest rate swap (linearly decreasing notional) with a series of vanilla interest rate swaps? With the amortising swap originated today at par rate and the ...
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Generic bond yields

I was looking on historical sovereign bond yields for a project. I was wondering what is meant by "generic bond yields" mentioned on bloomberg. Somewhere else i found data about the same country but ...
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How do swap dealers make money from trading cancellable swap?

A fixed-rate payer (e.g. a swap dealer) of a cancellable swap pays more interest than he receives because he has the right to terminate the swap after a certain time if rates fall. What are the ...
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Rebasing of Cap Volatilities

I recently found this article where towards the end the author describes a method to rebase cap volatilities. Their method works like this: for a fixed strike assume that you are given the implied ...
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Black 1976 caplet value

I've seen from two sources different formulas for the caplet value (Black 1976): $$Caplet_1 = N\cdot DiscountFactor_{0,k}\cdot yrFrcn_{k,k+1}\cdot [F_{k,k+1}\cdot N(d_1) - R_k\cdot N(d_2)]$$  ...
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Use of cap volatilities

I have a cap volatility surface for the 6 months Libor. Can I use the same cap volatility for every cap's caplet to valuate the full cap? Example: Valuate a 18M cap (Libor 6M) by valuating 3 6M ...
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Why are stock index futures not used to forecast how much the stock market will rise, given that interest rates futures are used for this purpose?

In news articles, the reader often read interest rates forecasts calculated based on interest rate futures. An example is here; How did traders calculate that the expected number of rate hikes is 4 ...
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How did traders calculate that the expected number of rate hikes is 4 based on eurodollar futures on 15Feb2018?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-14/bond-traders-swarm-2019-fed-hike-bets-after-inflation-surprise After a Wednesday report showed consumer prices rose in January by more than ...
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Basic question re: Fed interest rate tightening and rising interest rates

February 2/8/2018 - context in case the question is still around beyond today: the stock market has been falling for almost a couple of weeks in the midst of fears of overheating of the economy (...
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compute r(t) in Vasiceck model, what is $e^{at}r$
I know how to solve the exercise using the hint. But I do not understand where the hint is coming from. Is it just continous compounding? Can anybody explain $f(t,r) = e^{at}r$? What does it stand ...