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By Olivier de La Grandville

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65 years; its par value is $100, and its value today is $87. What is its annualized return? 4. 2 years, if its annualized rate of return is 6%? 5. Consider a two-year spot rate of 5% and a ®ve-year spot rate of 6%. What is the (equilibrium) implied forward rate for a loan starting in two years and maturing three years later? What is the interpretation of the ®ve-year dollar spot return in terms of the two-year dollar spot return and the dollar forward rate corresponding to the forward return you have just calculated?

On the other hand, should a bond not be priced at par, the 26 Chapter 2 bond price will tend toward par after some time has elapsed, until it reaches par at maturity. This result can be derived from the fact that a bond's value, as a percentage of its par value, can be shown to be the weighted average between the coupon rate divided by the rate of interest on the one hand, and one, on the other. The ®rst weight decreases through time, which implies that the second weight increases through time, so that the bond's price converges toward 100%.

This certainty hypothesis is much less of a constraint than it may appear; we will suppress it later, but for the time being we prefer to maintain this certainty for clarity's sake. Let us take up the possibility of investing in the ®nancial market, at the riskless rate. The owner of $1 will then receive after one year 1 ‡ i. Turn now to the investor in the vineyard, and suppose that the price of this vineyard today is p0 . With $1, he can buy a piece p1 of it. ) Coming back to our investor, he now holds a piece p1 of the vineyard, 0 and he may very well want to rent it.

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