Here are data on $1,000 par value bonds issued by Micorsoft, Ford, and Xerox at the end of 2008. Assume you are thinking about buying these bonds as of January 2009. Answer the following problems:
a. find out the values of the bonds if your required rates of return are as follows: Microsoft, 6 percent; Ford, 15 percent; Xerox, 10 percent; where
MICROSOFT FORD XEROX
Coupon interest rate 5.25% 7.13% 8.00%
Years to maturity 30 25 16
b. At the end of 2008, the bonds were selling for the following amounts:
Ford $ 610.00
Xerox $ 805.00
What were the expected rates of return for each bond?
c. How would the value of the bonds change if (1) your required rate of return (rb) increased 2 percentage points or (2) decreased 2 percentage points?
d. describe the implications of your answers in part b in terms of interest rate risk, premium bonds, and discount bonds.
e. Should you buy the bonds? describe.