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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Am Call = Euro Call if r is non-negative and Am Put = Euro Put if r is negative

It can be proven that under non-negative interest rates, it is never optimal to exercise an American call option, such that: We know, if R >= 0, the current price C of a Europen (and American) call ...
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How to calculate a future contracts price?

I have the following question from Hull, problem 6.17: On August 1 a portfolio manager has a bond portfolio worth $10 million. The duration of the portfolio in October will be 7.1 years. The December ...
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How to estimate $\sigma$ and $r$ in binomial pricing model?

I am writing a program to price American put options with binomial pricing model and to compare it with the market price. When I used made-up numbers for $\sigma$ and $r$, the price by binomial ...
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Forward pricing using Vasicek model

Question: Vasicek interest rate model: $$dr_t = α(θ−r_t)dt + σdW_t$$ Price at time t of a 0-coupon bond maturing at T is given by: $$dp(t,T) = α_{t,T} . p(t,T)d_t + β_{t,T} . p(t,T)dW_t$$ $$βt,T = −...
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Obama's lowering mortgage ins rates makes no fiscal sense, because the Fed just raised its rates for the first time last year. Right?

Background: This is a follow up from this question, regarding Obama's lowering of the mortgage insurance rates 11 days before Trump was inaugurated (not to go into effect until week after Trump became ...
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Vol specifications under Heath Jarrow Morton framework

What are some of the common forward vol specifications under HJM framework used in the industry. I guess most common would be 2 and 3 factor models, but any pointers to more details would be very ...
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The weight of interest rates

Why are average interest rates often weighed by loan (and deposit) sizes? Since the size and interest rate of a loan are function of each other, I expect the resulting statistic to be hard to ...
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Impact of the interest rate volatility in the valuation of a bond

I am currently valuating a bond whose cupons have the following structure: $\left\{ \begin{array}{rcl} H_j-2\% & \mbox{if} & R_j<H_j-2\% \\ R_j & \mbox{if} & H_j-2\%\leq R_j\leq ...
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What does continuously payable annuity mean?

I am preparing for F< exam but I am unable to understand the meaning of continuously payable annuity. What does it mean? An example would be great.
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Benchmarking option pricing under stochastic interest rates

I priced a long-term option (10 or 20 years) using two different models: one assumes constant interest rates, the other assumes stochastic interest rates. Is there a way (e.g. a benchmark) to ...
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How to implement an Interest rate neutral strategy using options?

Intuitively one would think that investing equal amounts in an ETF such as TLT and an short ETF such as TBF (with some factor for the interest rate payout of the long fund) should result in a interest ...
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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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How to calculate the pre-tax cost of debt for a mix of bonds allotted to a company?

I need to calculate the effective interest rate a company X is paying on the total debt it has been loaned (to arrive at the Cost of Debt) for the FY 2011-12. Its long term borrowings are a mix of ...
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Common point between IR and Vol option pricing models?

What is the common point between pricing models on options on Interest Rates and options on Volatility?
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Exact definition of effective daily federal fund rates

based on https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DFF I found that the effective federal fund rate reach to something like 13% in 1982. Based on my trading experience, I could earn this risk free rate ...
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Is there an open architecture API or excel solution for calculating and adjusting bond pricing?

Is there an open architecture API for calculating and adjusting bond prices? I am looking to adjust bond pricing on OAS or adjusted spreads to various indices and need a tool to process large amounts ...
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Swap Curve and Forward Libor Rates

How does the (interest rate) swap curve incorporate forward libor expectations?
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Treasury Bill and Treasury Bond : Quoted Price VS Cash Price VS Value of Bond

I have confused by three concepts and following is my understanding: Quoted Price and Cash price are totally different things ...
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What is the connection between the federal funds rate and US government bonds

If the Federal Funds Rate changes, does that affect bond prices? How? Also, is there any connection between the Federal Funds Rate and the coupon payment on US bonds?(for those that have a coupon ...
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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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Conversion of annual interest rate compounded monthly to monthly effective interest rate [closed]

I am given that the annual interest rate is $r=4\%$ and that it is compounded monthly. I have to find the monthly effective interest rate. If I wanted the annual effective interest rate, I would use ...
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Conversion of 1- month effective interest rate to 6-month effective interest rate [closed]

I am given that the monthly effective interest rate is $1\%$ and I would like to find the $6$ month effective interest rate for a problem. I used the formula $r_e=(1+r)^\frac{m}{n}-1=(1+.01)^\frac{12}...
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Covariance Interest Rate Risk Time Series

Apologies in advance if this question has been asked already. I am estimating basis risk for different term points in the curve. Imagine i have three time series (1-month, 3-month, 1-year). I ...
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Zero-coupon Loan Investment [closed]

Zero-coupon default-free interest rates maturing over the next five years are listed below (in percent per annum, continuously-compounded): Maturity Years -- Yield 1 --------------------1.9 2 ------...
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Swaption on a swap with 0 year tenor

Any ideas on valuation of IRS swaption on a swap with 0 year tenor? As an example, we have a 5 year swaption, on expiration it is cash settled; the underlying swap tenor is 0 years with excercise and ...
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Bermudan Swaptions

Can someone explain, in layman's terms, the mechanics behind Bermudan Swapttions ( without having recourse to pricing models )? Why are they popular? when are they used ? How are they hedged i.e ...
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How to calculate daily interest at different rates each day? [closed]

I have the following issue: I need to calculate the daily income of a financial application over a period based on a percentage of a daily financial index. The problem is that for each day, this ...
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Where to find risk report/models for treasury spreads trading?

I trade a lot of treasury curves, so say I have a portfolio of treasury cash and futures products (longs and shorts). How do I find the portfolio DV01 risk and curve risk? I couldn't find anything ...
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why swap rate not dependent on valuation date?

When I review my course on swaps, I read the following sentence: the value of the swap rate is independent of the valuation date(even though the PV's of the individual legs of the swap are clearly ...
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Falling Futures prices positively correlated with interest rates

I'm having trouble understanding how Futures are worth more than Forwards when price and interest rates are positively correlated but both declining. For instance, a Future with losses of -5 at T(n-...
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Withdrawing monthly from a bank for 40 years [closed]

Consider you have $\$104107.4099$ in the bank with a $.33\%$ monthly effective interest rate. You plan to withdraw a fixed amount X every month for 40 years, such that you make 480 withdrawals in ...
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Problems with Money Weighted Rate of Return [closed]

The market value of a small pension fund’s assets was 2.7m on 1 January 2000 and 3.1 m on 31 December 2000. During 2000 the only cash flows were: Bank interest and dividends totalling 125,000 ...
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What is the most amount of money the consumer would be willing to pay to play take this gamble?

Suppose a consumer has log-utility over wealth, defined by $u(W) = \ln(W)$. Suppose this consumer has $100$, and is considering taking a gamble in which the consumer flips a coin, and gets $20$ she ...
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inflation > interest rate? [closed]

Currently, the federal reserve interest rate is 0-0.25%, and the inflation is 2-3%. Does this contradict the no-arbitrage principle? (The arbitrage being: borrow money at 0.25% and invest it in the "...