Consider an investor who, on January 1, 2011, purchases a TIPS bond with an original principal of $100,000, an 8% annual (or 4% semiannual) coupon rate, and 10 years to maturity.
a. If the semiannual inflation rate during the first six months is 0.3%, find out the principal amount used to determine the first coupon payment and the first coupon payment (paid on June 30, 2011).
b. From your answer to part b, find out the inflation-adjusted principal at the beginning of the second six months.
c. Suppose that the semiannual inflation rate for the second six-month period is 1%. find out the inflation-adjusted principal at the end of the second six months (on December 31, 2011), and the coupon payment to the investor for the second six-month period is the inflation-adjusted principal on this coupon payment date.