Why Euro Traders Watch Bond Spreads
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Todd Gordon, senior technical strategist at FOREX.com, explains why currency and equity traders should closely monitor the spread between the various euro nation bonds.
Duration tells investors the length of time it will take a bond's cash flows to repay the investor the price he or she paid for the bond. A bond's duration is stated as a number of years and tells us how much a bond's price might change when interest rates change.
A bond's current yield, also called "bond yield," is the interest it pays annually divided by the bond's price. A stock's current yield, also called "dividend yield," is the sum of its annual dividends divided by the stock's price.
A convertible bond is a bond the investor can exchange for a specific amount of company stock at a later date. It combines a bond and a call option. The bondholder can benefit if there's an increase in the stock's value. The amount of stock that a bondholder can acquire is subject to a pre-determined formula.
Tariffs, or customs duties, are taxes imposed on foreign goods and services. In addition to providing a country with additional revenue, tariffs offer protection to domestic producers. Imported items become more expensive, allowing businesses at home to become more competitive with their pricing.
A zero-coupon bond or ‘no coupon’ bond is one that does not disburse regular interest payments. Instead, the investor buys the bond at a steep discount price; that is, at a price lower than its face value. When the bond matures, the investor receives the principal amount or face value. Common zero-coupon instruments include U.S.
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