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1 Best Credit Data Bond Analytics Calculation Methodology Created by: Pierre Robert CEO and CoFounder Best Credit Data, Inc. 50 Milk Street, 17 th Floor Boston, MA Contact Information: Last updated: March 1, 2016
2 Yield to Maturity The yield to maturity formula is used to calculate the yield on a bond based on its current price on the market. The yield to maturity formula looks at the effective yield of a bond based on compounding as opposed to the simple yield which is found using the dividend yield formula. Notice that the formula shown is used to calculate the approximate yield to maturity. To calculate the actual yield to maturity requires trial and error by putting rates into the present value of a bond formula until P, or Price, matches the actual price of the bond. Some financial calculators and computer programs can be used to calculate the yield to maturity. The yield to maturity is found in the present value of a bond formula: For calculating yield to maturity, the price of the bond, or present value of the bond, is already known. Calculating YTM is working backwards from the present value of a bond formula and trying to determine what r is. Example of Yield to Maturity Formula The price of a bond is $920 with a face value of $1000 which is the face value of many bonds. Assume that the annual coupons are $100, which is a 10% coupon rate, and that there are 10 years remaining until maturity. This example using the approximate formula would be After solving this equation, the estimated yield to maturity is 11.25%. Yield to Worst (YTW) Typically used for callable bonds. If a bond is callable before its maturity date, you will compare the yield to each call date and call price as well as maturity date and price and the lowest yielding date is the (YTW).
3 (YTW) Steps: Step 1 Note the price you paid for the bond, including what percentage of its face value you paid and how many years remain until the bond's maturity date. Step 2 Write down and set aside all call dates for a callable bond. Step 3 Assume, for the sake of explanation, that interest rates will remain the same. For every year that remains before the maturity date, divide the anticipated yearly interest payment by the amount of money you paid for the bond multiplied by 100. This calculation represents the percentage of interest you will earn for each year and call date. If you plan to reinvest the interest every year, calculate a new yearly interest payment every year. Mark which years are call dates and note the anticipated interest percentages. Step 4 Subtract the amount you paid for the bond from its face value to determine the anticipated facevalue earnings, which will be identical for each call date or the maturity date. Divide these earnings by the bond's face value and then multiply by 100. Step 5 Combine the facevalue percentage with the interest percentage for each call date. Search for the call date with the lowest total percentage, which is the yieldtoworst date.
4 Modified Duration Modified duration is a formula that expresses the measurable change in the value of a security in response to a change in interest rates. Calculated as: Where: n = number of coupon periods per year YTM = the bond's yield to maturity. Effective Duration Effective duration is a duration calculation for bonds with embedded options. Effective duration takes into account that expected cash flows will fluctuate as interest rates change. Effective duration can be estimated using modified duration if the bond with embedded options behaves like an optionfree bond. This behavior occurs when exercise of the embedded option would offer the investor no benefit. As such, the security's cash flows cannot be expected to change given a change in yield. For example, if existing interest rates were 10% and a callable bond was paying a coupon of 6%, the callable bond would behave like an optionfree bond because it would not optimal for the company to call the bonds and reissue them at a higher interest rate. Zspread The Zerovolatility spread (Zspread) is the constant spread that will make the price of a security equal to the present value of its cash flows when added to the yield at each point on the spot rate Treasury curve where a cash flow is received. In other words, each cash flow is discounted at the appropriate Treasury spot rate plus the Zspread.
5 Macaulay Duration The Macaulay duration is the weighted average term to maturity of the cash flows from a bond. The weight of each cash flow is determined by dividing the present value of the cash flow by the price, and is a measure of bond price volatility with respect to interest rates. Macaulay duration can be calculated by: Key Rate Duration Key rate duration is holding all other maturities constant, this measures the sensitivity of a security or the value of a portfolio to a 1% change in yield for a given maturity. The calculation is as follows: Where: P  = Security's price after a 1% decrease in yield P + = Security's price after a 1% increase in yield P 0 = Security's original price There are 11 maturities along the Treasury spot rate curve, and a key rate duration is calculated for each. The sum of the key rate durations along a portfolio yield curve is equal to the effective duration of the portfolio.
6 Convexity Convexity is a measure of the curvature in the relationship between bond prices and bond yields that demonstrates how the duration of the bond changes as the interest rate changes. Convexity is used as a riskmanagement tool, and helps to measure and manage the amount of market risk to which a portfolio of bonds is exposed. In the example above, Bond A has a higher convexity than Bond B, which means that all else being equal, Bond A will always have a higher price than Bond B as interest rates rise or fall. As convexity increases, the systemic risk to which the portfolio is exposed increases. As convexity decreases, the exposure to market interest rates decreases and the bond portfolio can be considered hedged. In general, the higher the coupon rate, the lower the convexity (or market risk) of a bond. This is because market rates would have to increase greatly to surpass the coupon on the bond, meaning there is less risk to the investor.
7 OptionAdjusted Spread (OAS) Definition Optionadjusted spread (OAS) is the spread relative to a riskfree interest rate, usually measured in basis points (bp), which equates the theoretical present value of a series of uncertain cash flows of an instrument to its current market price. OAS can be viewed as the compensation an investor receives for assuming a variety of risks (e.g. liquidity premium, default risk, model risk), net of the cost of any embedded options. General Applications 1. Evaluation of an interestsensitive fixedincome security (in other words, a security whose future redemption date and payment stream are influenced by interest rates through the presence of an implicit embedded option). For example, is a 50 bp OAS appropriate for an Arated asset? 2. Facilitates comparison of assets. For example, is a AAArated asset at 90 bp over the Treasury curve a better value than a Brated asset with a 600 bp spread? 3. Profitability analysis. For example, keep OAS constant and see how price varies as various factors are changed. Or, keep price constant and see how a change in various factors impacts the OAS. 4. Product pricing. For example, when discounting interestsensitive cash flows, what is the appropriate spread over the riskfree interest rate that compensates the company for the risks of the product? 5. Firm valuation or valuation of a book of business. For example, when discounting interestsensitive cash flows, what spread should be added to the riskfree interest rate in order to compensate the buyer for the risks inherent in the firm or book? Calculating OAS 1. Interest rate scenarios are generated stochastically, using a model consistent with the current term structure and assumed level of volatility. 2. Free cash flows, reflecting interestsensitive contractual features, are calculated at each time step along each interest rate path. 3. The free cash flows are discounted at the riskfree interest rate plus a spread (the OAS) to determine a value at time zero for each path. 4. An average of the path wise values is calculated. 5. Steps 3 and 4 are repeated, and the OAS is solved for which equates the average of the path wise values to the current market price. Strengths 1. Allows explicit measurement and representation of risks when pricing products. 2. Stochastic valuation provides a better representation and range of the modeled risk. 3. Stochastic analysis captures the effect of yield curve shape on interestsensitive variables and reflects the possibility interest rates will vary in the future. Weaknesses 1. Measure is contingent on quality of model and assumptions. 2. Market price may not be available. 3. Only OAS s of securities with similar embedded options can be compared. 4. Need for many scenarios may be timeconsuming.
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