# Economic Growth and Yield Spreads on Debt paper – Back to School

Recently sharing and discussing on the economic growth and the debt market yield spread impact recalled me some work I did in the past and its worth sharing,

The abstract was based on the evidence that yield spread can serve as a leading indicator of economic activity.It’s important to understand few basic concepts before moving forward:

YIELD SPREAD: The difference between yield of long-term debt and short-term debt instrument is known as yield spread. Higher the difference between instruments greater will be the yield spread.

For example, if the 05-year Treasury bond is at 3% and the 20-year Treasury bond is at 4%, the yield spread between the two debt instruments is 1% (4% – 3%). Continue reading “Economic Growth and Yield Spreads on Debt paper – Back to School”

# Yield Curve and Bond Basics

Yield Curve also called Term Structure of Interest Rates for a bond issuer, the structure of yields for bonds with different terms to maturity (but no other differences) is called Term Structure of Interest Rates.

The relationship between and yield on a similar risk class of securities is called the Yield Curve. The relationship represents the time value of money  showing that people would demand a positive rate of return on the money they are willing to part today for a payback into the future. It also shows that a Rupee payable in the future is worth less today because of the relationship between time and money. A yield curve can be positive, neutral or flat.A positive yield curve, which is most natural, is when the slope of the curve is positive, i.e. the yield at the longer end is higher than at the shorter end of the time axis. This result as people demand higher compensation for parting their money for a longer time into the future. A neutral yield curve is that which has a zero slope, i.e. is flat across time. Continue reading “Yield Curve and Bond Basics”

# Bonds & Yield Curve – Back to School

Yield Curve also called Term Structure of Interest Rates for a bond issuer, the structure of yields for bonds with different terms to maturity (but no other differences) is called Term Structure of Interest Rates.

The relationship between and yield on a similar risk class of securities is called the Yield Curve. The relationship represents the time value of money  showing that people would demand a positive rate of return on the money they are willing to part today for a payback into the future. It also shows that a Rupee payable in the future is worth less today because of the relationship between time and money. A yield curve can be positive, neutral or flat. Continue reading “Bonds & Yield Curve – Back to School”