A $1,000 par value bond was issued 25 years ago at a 12 percent coupon rate. It currently has 15 years remaining to maturity. Interest rates on similar debt obligations are now 8 percent.
a. What is the current price of the bond?
b. Assume Ms. Russell bought the bond three years ago, when it had a price of $1,070. What is her dollar profit based on the bond's current price?
c. Further assume Ms. Russell paid 30 percent of the purchase price in cash and borrowed the rest (known as buying on margin). She used the interest payments from the bond to cover the interest costs on the loan. How much of the purchase price of $1,070 did Ms. Russell pay in cash?