Original scientific paper
Autor: dr Nataša Kožul
JEL: G12, G13, E43
doi: 10.5937/bankarstvo1402036K

Summary: In the broadest sense, yield curve indicates the market’s view of the evolution of interest rates over time. However, given that cost of borrowing it closely linked to creditworthiness (ability to repay), different yield curves will apply to different currencies, market sectors, or even individual issuers. As government borrowing is indicative of interest rate levels available to other market players in a particular country, and considering that bond issuance still remains the dominant form of sovereign debt, this paper describes yield curve construction using bonds. The relationship between zero-coupon yield, par yield and yield to maturity is given and their usage in determining curve discount factors is described. Their usage in deriving forward rates and pricing related derivative instruments is also discussed.

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