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# Rank the sensitivity of bonds

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Rank the sensitivity of the following from most sensitive to an interest rate change to the least sensitive.

1. 8% coupon, non callable 20 year maturity, par bond
2. 9% coupon, currently callable 20 year maturity, premium bond
3. zero coupon, 30 year maturity bond

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The sensitivity is higher, more is the maturity and sensitivity is higher, lower is the coupon rate. Based on this the rank from most sensitive to ...

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