Accrued interest and bond prices

Thomas F. Gosnell, T. Harikumar, Andrea Heuson

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Abstract

Some academics believe that the linear pro-ration of accrued interest transferred from the buyer to the seller when a coupon bond trades between interest payment dates leads to an overstatement of the full value of the bond and imputes a bias into conventional yield to maturity algorithms. This paper provides an analytical resolution to the debate about the correct role of the accrued interest component and demonstrates that current practice reflects the actual cash flows traded between bondholders. In addition, we show that yield to maturity calculations which incorporate linearly pro-rated accrued interest are unbiased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-743
Number of pages5
JournalQuarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Volume37
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Gosnell, T. F., Harikumar, T., & Heuson, A. (1997). Accrued interest and bond prices. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 37(3), 739-743.

Accrued interest and bond prices. / Gosnell, Thomas F.; Harikumar, T.; Heuson, Andrea.

In: Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 37, No. 3, 01.09.1997, p. 739-743.

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Gosnell, TF, Harikumar, T & Heuson, A 1997, 'Accrued interest and bond prices', Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 739-743.
Gosnell, Thomas F. ; Harikumar, T. ; Heuson, Andrea. / Accrued interest and bond prices. In: Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. 1997 ; Vol. 37, No. 3. pp. 739-743.
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