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# How is Modified Duration calculated for a Zero Coupon Bond?

# How or where can you cash in a tiger zero coupon bond?

Go to your local discount broker, (Schwab, Ameritrade, E*trade, Scottrade) open an account and they will cash it in or liquidate it for you. There will be a fee associat…ed with the transaction. Shop around, prices vary. If they can't (or won't) do it, have them give you the name and address of the transfer agent. You can send it to them to liquidate as well. Good luck.

# What is a Zero coupon bond?

A bond that does not pay interest until the point in time when it reaches maturity.

# What are zero-coupon debentures or bonds?

A zero coupon bond pays no interest. Thus the market price for such a bond is always LESS than the maturity (face) value. The amount by which the bond is priced be…low its maturity value is known as the DISCOUNT. For example, a $100 zero coupon bond maturing in one year priced to yield 10% (in simple terms) would be sold to the investor for $90.91 on the date of issue. The investor would receive no payments from the borrower until maturity, at which time the investor receives the $100 face value. There's another form of zero-coupon bond Some brokerages will take a regular bond with coupons and "strip" it. They'll remove the coupons and sell the corpus of the bond separately from the coupons. A zero-coupon bond that was issued as such will normally have a really long maturity date--five to ten years isn't uncommon. You buy them as long-term investments...if you've got a child who will begin college when she's 19, you might want to buy ten-year zero-coupons that mature as the child enters each year of college.

# What is relationship between a bond coupon rate and its duration?

bond coupon rates and yield rates have very similar effects and a very similar relationship to duration, lemme explain, by first explain durations effects in relation to… interest rates, then yields and finally you can surmise that relationship between yield rates will be the same as coupon rates Duration can be seen as the elasticity of the bond's price with respect to interest rates. When duration is 7, a 15 year bond will fall 7% in value if interest rates increase by 1%. In the data we've generated we can also determine the relationship between yields and duration by analyzing the change after a 50 basis point decrease in rates. The duration will rise as yields are lowered, and conversely a high coupon rate or high yield will result in lower durations. While a higher yield reduces the present value of all the bond's payments, it reduces the value of payments further in the future by a greater proportional amount. This amounts to a reduction in duration. Merck & Company's bond has the highest yield and therefore one would surmise that the duration for MRK should be lower than the other bonds, this is only true if all other variables are held equal (ceteris paribus). This is not the case. The bonds have wildly different coupons remaining. Eli Lilly's bond has a similar number of coupons remaining-suggesting a relatively good candidate for comparison-and a lower yield than MRK, leading one to expect LLY bond to have a higher duration than MRK. An astute financial student would discourage this comparison, citing that LLY exhibits the highest (7.125%) annual coupon rate, which would in turn reduce the duration. While comparisons between bonds will fail us due to their unique characteristics, it is easy to see the change when examining a single bond and the effect of a 50 basis point decrease in rates has on the bond's duration. Every single bond's duration rose, relative to itself before the basis change, as their yields were lowered. This helps prove our assumption of the inverse relationship between yield and duration.

# What is non-zero coupon bonds?

if a bond has finite maturity or limited maturity then we must consider not only the interest rate stream but also the maturity value (face value). regards Sajida Gul

# How do investors make money on zero-coupon bonds?

The bond sells at a discount from its face value--sometimes a BIG discount. At the date of maturity, the bond will give you the full face value.

# How much is your zero coupon bond worth?

That would depend on the specifics of the individual bond.

# Why do people like zero coupon bonds?

Zero coupon bonds are sold at a price well below face value. Thus, these bonds are appealing to the small investor because they can be bought far more cheaply than ordinary de…bt obligations. The discount is usually from 50 to 75 percent.

# How are investors in zero coupon bonds compensated for making such an investment?

They are sold at discount and mature to face value over time.

# What are the interest rates for zero coupon bonds?

They pay no 'coupon' which is the income paid periodically. You make a return by buying at a discount. As an example, if you buy a zero coupon bond for $86.26, maturing at $10…0 over 5 years, you would earn 3% p.a.

# Is a zero coupon bond a junk bond?

depends on the collateral supporting the bond.

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# How do bondholders get a return on zero coupon bonds?

Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest and are therefore sold at a steep discount to face value depending on the maturity date of the bond. Due to the time value of money, the …discount on a 30 year zero coupon bond will be much greater than on a 10 year zero coupon bond. At maturity bondholders will receive the full face value of the bond which provides bondholders a return. For example, a 30 year zero coupon bond with a face value of $1,000 and sold for $500 would return a $500 profit after 30 years. Holders of zero coupon bonds can sell the bonds at any time before maturity. If an investor bought zero coupon bonds prior to a steep drop in interest rates, the value of the zero coupon bonds would increase and could be sold at a profit.

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# What is zero coupon and how is it calculated to maturity?

A zero coupon bond is a bond which pays no interim cashflow (i.e. coupons). We usually price on the basis of percentage of Face Value (i.e. $100). So if you expected 5% return…, semi annually, over the 3 years remaining on the life of a ZC Bond, the price would be; 100/(1+Yield/frequency)^(TermXfrequency) 100/(1+5%/2)^(3X2) = $86.23 So you'd pay $86.23 now and get $100 back in 3 years. If so, then your return would be 5% s.a.

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# What is the taxation of zero coupon bonds held to maturity?

Zero coupon bonds issued by the US Treasury are issued at a discount to face value. An investor holding zero coupon bonds is paid the full face value when the zero coupon …bond matures. The difference between the purchase price and the maturity value is know as the original issue discount which represents the interest earned on the zero coupon bond. Although a zero coupon bond does not pay annual interest, an investor must pay taxes each year based on the imputed receipt of income. Since the investor is not receiving interest payments during the life of the bond, taxes would be paid on interest income not actually received until bond maturity. Due to the yearly tax liability on imputed interest, it makes sense for most investors to hold zero coupon bonds in a tax deferred retirement account. The interest earned on zero coupon bonds issued by the US Treasury are exempt from state and local taxes.

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# What is so special about Zero Coupon Municipal Bonds?

Zero Coupon Municipal Bonds are special because, unlike other bonds, they have no periodic interest payments. Rather, the investor receives one payment at maturity. This payme…nt is equal to the amount invested, plus the interest earned, compounded semiannually.

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# What is the advantage of buying zero-coupon bonds?

The advantage of buying zero-coupon bonds is that when they reach maturity, the investor then receives the full face value of the bond. These bonds became popular in the 1980…'s even though they were first released in the 1960's.