The default-free yield curve on zero-coupon U.S. Government Treasury securities is given below.
Maturity (in years) Rate
Currently you can buy a corporate bond sold by a company that has some chance of defaulting in the future. This corporate bond matures in 5 years pays a 5
percent coupon once a year and has a face value of $1000.
a. If there is no change of default what would be the price of this corporate bond? Hint: if there is no chance of default then the
required rates of return for money at various horizons is given by the Treasury zero yield curve above. Given these rates what would be the price of the
b. If there was a default-free bond with the same cash flows as the corporate bond described above what would its price be? What
would its yield to maturity be? Hint: Use goal seek to figure out the single rate YTM when applied to the cash flows implied a present value equal to the price
you just derived.
The current price of the corporate bond with default risk is $1075 per $1000 in face value. What is the YTM on this bond? What is the
annualized default risk premium on this bond (that is what is the extra return per annum that this bond would return over a default free bond with the same