Par Yield Curve

DEFINITION of 'Par Yield Curve'

A graph of the yields on hypothetical Treasury securities with prices at par. On the par yield curve, the coupon rate will equal the yield-to-maturity of the security, which is why the Treasury bond will trade at par.

BREAKING DOWN 'Par Yield Curve'

Deriving a par yield curve is a step toward creating a theoretical spot rate yield curve, which is then used to more accurately price a coupon-paying bond. A method known as bootstrapping is used to derive the arbitrage-free forward interest rates.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Off-The-Run Treasuries

    All Treasury bonds and notes issued before the most recently ...
  2. Bootstrapping

    1. A procedure used to calculate the zero-coupon yield curve ...
  3. On-The-Run Treasury Yield Curve

    The U.S. Treasury yield curve derived using on-the-run treasuries. ...
  4. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, ...
  5. On-The-Run Treasuries

    The most recently issued U.S. Treasury bond or note of a particular ...
  6. Interest

    The charge for the privilege of borrowing money, typically expressed ...
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  2. Bonds & Fixed Income

    The Impact Of An Inverted Yield Curve

    Find out what happens when short-term interest rates exceed long-term rates.
  3. Investing Basics

    Interest Rates And Your Bond Investments

    By understanding the factors that influence interest rates, you can learn to anticipate their movement and profit from it.
  4. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Advanced Bond Concepts

    Learn the complex concepts and calculations for trading bonds including bond pricing, yield, term structure of interest rates and duration.
  5. Retirement

    Retirees: How to Survive When Interest Rates Drop

    Low interest rates are a portfolio killer if you're living off of investment income. Some strategies for dealing.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    5 Vanguard Fixed Income Fund Underperformers

    Learn about three Vanguard fixed income mutual funds that underperform compared to their benchmark indexes. Find out why low expense ratios are important.
  7. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Top 3 Allianz Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the top three Allianz funds for retirement diversification in 2016, with a summary of the portfolio's managers, performance and risk measures.
  8. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    3 PIMCO Funds Rated 5 Stars by Morningstar

    Learn about three fixed income mutual funds managed by Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) that have received five-star overall ratings from Morningstar.
  9. Investing Basics

    The Pros and Cons of Distressed Debt Investing

    Distressed debt investing is suitable for professional investors. Besides heavy risk factors to consider, this investment type can provide a large ROI.
  10. Investing

    How Rising Interest Rates Affect Junk Bonds

    We examine the impact of rising interest rates on higher-yielding bonds.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is a basis point (BPS)?

    A basis point is a unit of measure used in finance to describe the percentage change in the value or rate of a financial ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are the maximum Social Security disability benefits?

    The average Social Security disability benefit amount for a recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2 ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How do I calculate the future value of an annuity?

    When planning for retirement, it is important to have a good idea of how much income you can rely on each year. There are ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Do hedge funds invest in bonds?

    Hedge funds have the freedom to deploy their capital in virtually any manner. They can use leverage, invest in non-publicly ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Have hedge funds eroded market opportunities?

    Hedge funds have not eroded market opportunities for longer-term investors. Many investors incorrectly assume they cannot ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Do mutual funds pay dividends or interest?

    Depending on the type of investments included in the portfolio, mutual funds may pay dividends, interest, or both. Types ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Inverted Yield Curve

    An interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the ...
  2. Socially Responsible Investment - SRI

    An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common ...
  3. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  4. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  5. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
Trading Center