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Reference no. UVA-F-1238
Authors: Robert M Conroy
Published by: Darden Business Publishing
Originally published in: 1998
Version: 11 September 2014
Revision date: 13-Oct-2014
Length: 9 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

The price of a bond is a function of the promised payments and the market-required rate of return. Because the promised payments are fixed, bond prices change in response to changes in the market-required rate of return. For investors who hold bonds, the issue of how sensitive a bond's price is to changes in the required rate of return is important. There are four measures of bond-price sensitivity that are commonly used: Simple Maturity, Macaulay Duration (effective maturity), Modified Duration, and Convexity. Each of these measures provides a more exact description of how a bond price changes relative to changes in the required rate of return.

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Abstract

The price of a bond is a function of the promised payments and the market-required rate of return. Because the promised payments are fixed, bond prices change in response to changes in the market-required rate of return. For investors who hold bonds, the issue of how sensitive a bond's price is to changes in the required rate of return is important. There are four measures of bond-price sensitivity that are commonly used: Simple Maturity, Macaulay Duration (effective maturity), Modified Duration, and Convexity. Each of these measures provides a more exact description of how a bond price changes relative to changes in the required rate of return.

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