**Question 35** bond pricing, zero coupon bond, term structure of interest rates, forward interest rate

A European company just issued two bonds, a

- 1 year zero coupon bond at a yield of 8% pa, and a
- 2 year zero coupon bond at a yield of 10% pa.

What is the company's forward rate over the second year (from t=1 to t=2)? Give your answer as an effective annual rate, which is how the above bond yields are quoted.

Which one of the following bonds is trading at a premium?

You want to buy a house priced at $400,000. You have saved a deposit of $40,000. The bank has agreed to lend you $360,000 as a **fully amortising** loan with a term of 30 years. The interest rate is 8% pa payable monthly and is not expected to change.

What will be your monthly payments?

The following cash flows are expected:

- Constant perpetual yearly payments of $70, with the first payment in 2.5 years from now (first payment at t=2.5).
- A single payment of $600 in 3 years and 9 months (t=3.75) from now.

What is the NPV of the cash flows if the discount rate is 10% given as an effective annual rate?

**Question 538** bond pricing, income and capital returns, no explanation

Risk-free government bonds that have coupon rates greater than their yields:

A trader **buys** a one year futures contract on crude oil. The contract is for the delivery of 1,000 barrels. The current futures price is $38.94 per barrel. The initial margin is $3,410 per contract, and the maintenance margin is $3,100 per contract.

What is the smallest price change that would lead to a margin call for the buyer?

**Question 759** time calculation, fully amortising loan, no explanation

**Five** years ago you entered into a **fully amortising** home loan with a principal of $**500,000**, an interest rate of **4.5**% pa compounding monthly with a term of **25** years.

Then interest rates suddenly fall to **3**% pa (t=0), but you continue to pay the same monthly home loan payments as you did before. How long will it now take to pay off your home loan? Measure the time taken to pay off the home loan from the current time which is 5 years after the home loan was first entered into.

Assume that the lower interest rate was given to you immediately after the loan repayment at the end of year 5, which was the 60th payment since the loan was granted. Also assume that rates were and are expected to remain constant.

**Question 821** option, option profit, option payoff at maturity, no explanation

You just paid $**4** for a **3** month European style **call** option on a stock currently priced at $**47** with a strike price of $**50**. The stock’s next dividend will be $**1** in **4** months’ time. Note that the dividend is paid after the option matures. Which of the below statements is **NOT** correct?