Pricing Sterling Bonds

Pricing Sterling Bonds

Nigel Owen

20 years: Debt capital markets

In this third part of the series of how to price a bond, Nigel outlines the process of pricing a Sterling denominated bond for the theoretical issuer, XYZ Corporation, using the building blocks outlined in the introductory video. In this example, XYZ has chosen to issue a 30-year bond.

In this third part of the series of how to price a bond, Nigel outlines the process of pricing a Sterling denominated bond for the theoretical issuer, XYZ Corporation, using the building blocks outlined in the introductory video. In this example, XYZ has chosen to issue a 30-year bond.

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Pricing Sterling Bonds

8 mins 22 secs

Overview

A bond represents a series of cash-flows. Investors buying bonds acquire rights to receive those cash-flows at a series of dates – the interest payments during the life of the bond (the coupons) and return of the money at maturity (redemption). For new bonds, buyers and sellers need to agree a price and a yield (discount rate) to arrive at a present value, or price, at which they can transact. The yield is a component of the risk-free rate plus a risk premium (a credit spread). The choice of benchmark hinges on the currency of issue and the conventions that apply to bonds issued in that currency.

Key learning objectives:

  • What convention is used in the sterling bond market for coupon payments?

  • How is a bond’s yield to maturity calculated in the sterling bond market?

  • What are the Gilt benchmark rules for sterling bond issues?

  • What is the coupon rounding convention in sterling?

  • How is a bond yield reflected in bond price?

  • What is the day-count convention for sterling and what is this used for?

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Nigel Owen

Nigel Owen

Nigel spent nearly 20 years in debt capital markets. During this time, he worked for The Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Canada, and National Australia Bank. Nigel has moved across various teams including treasury, private placement, origination, and syndicate. He currently works for the National Australia Bank to run the new issuance desk in Europe.

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