# Economics: Years to maturity / Yield-to-maturity question?

Credit and mortgage advice Forums Consumer Credit Debt Management Economics: Years to maturity / Yield-to-maturity question?

• Author
Posts
• #377920
Anonymous
Inactive

I am tied up in a lot of things such as mid-terms, so I need help getting this done. It’s been listed as best I can.

Given the following zero coupon yield curve for Government of Canada debt, answer the following
questions.

Years to maturity / Yield-to-maturity
1 / 4%
2 / 4.5%
3 / 5%
5 / 5.5%
10 / 6%
15 / 7%
20 / 8%
25 / 9%
30 / 10%

(a) What is implied forward rate on a 1-year bond 2 years from now?

(b) You think that 5 years from now the difference between the yield to maturity on the 5-year and
25-year bonds will be smaller than the difference in their implied forward yields (i.e., that the yield
curve will flatten or invert). How would you speculate that 5 years from now the yield to maturity on
5-year bonds will have increased relative to their implied forward yield? How would you speculate
that 5 years from now the yield to maturity on 25-year bonds will have decreased relative to their
implied forward yield?

(c) A debt consolidation company offers to pay off your student loan of \$ 4000 today if you agree to pay them \$ 1000 one year from today and every year thereafter until 5 years from today (i.e., there will be 5 payments at years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Is this a good deal? HINT: Use the interest rates in the table above. Assume that the yield to maturity of the 4-year government bond is the simple average of the yields to maturity of the 3- and 5-year bonds.