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    Assume six months ago the US Treasury yield curve was flat at a rate of 4% per year

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    2. Assume six months ago the US Treasury yield curve was flat at a rate of 4% per year (assume semi-annual coupon payments and semi-annual compounding) and you bought a 30-year US Treasury bond. Today it is flat at a rate of 5% per year. What rate of return did you earn on your initial investment:
    a. if the bond was a 4% coupon bond?
    b. if the bond was a zero coupon bond?

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    SOLUTION:

    Step 1: Find prices of the bonds six months ago:

    n i PV FV PMT Result
    Coupon=4% 60 2 ? 100 2 PV =100
    Zero ...

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