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ECON 435: Inflation and interest rates

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Interest rate risk

  • Depends on time to maturity
  • Size of coupon

Calculating rate of return

  • R = the nominal return
  • r = the real return
  • h = the inflation rate

According to the fisher effect: 1 + R = (1 +r) x (1 + h)

Since 1 + R = 1 + r + h + r x h and r x h approx. 0 r appoximates R - h (all this is on a slide)

The term strucutre of interest rates

  • the relationship between time-to-maturity and the nominal yield of default-free, zero-coupon bonds.
  • See slide for details
    • Note, interest rate premium is always increasing over time
      • buy a longer life bond, the interest rate will be higher
      • Inflation premium is increasing over time in boom, decreasing over time in a recession (see graph)


Lecture slides

  • Get lecture slides [here]

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