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Comparing different securities

Comparing different securities (like CD's, bonds, and common stocks), please explain to me why it is important to know what interest rate should be used in that comparison. Provide a specific illustration complete with numbers. thank you

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It's important to know the CD rate because that is the rate you will be receiving when you put money on a cd for a certain period of time. For example, if you put 10,000 on a cd at a six month rate of 5.5% for six months, you would receive 5.5% of 10,000 which is $550. Sometimes you will see the ...