Business & Finance

  • This has to be done for these four companies- Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Walmart
  • Go to FINRA’s Bond Center  and click on the “search” button. Then enter the ticker symbol of the  different companies to see their bond yields and maturity dates. You can  also do a Google search on the bond yields for your four companies.  Note that most companies have multiple bonds that are currently being  traded. Which bond has the longest time before maturity? The least time  to maturity? What are the bond prices and bond yields of these bonds?  Discuss which of your four companies has the greatest bond yields and  which ones have the lowest bond yields. Do these correspond well to the  credit ratings that you found for these companies?
  • Pick out one bond from one of your four companies. Calculate the present value of this bond using the following steps:


  1. Look at the maturity date of the bond. If the maturity date is in  five years, then assume you will get five more coupon payments before  the bond matures.
  2. Look at the coupon rate for the bond and calculate what the coupon  payments will be. For example, if the coupon rate is 4.3% then the  payments should be $43.
  3. Take the interest rate you get at your local bank and use this as  the discount rate. Calculate the present value of the final bond payment  of $1,000 that you will get at the maturity date, and calculate the  present value of each of the remaining coupon payments. Compare the  present value you get with the current bond price. Divide the present  value by ten and see if this is similar to the price of this bond that  you see on Morningstar. Note that bond prices are quoted so a bond price  of $1,000 would be denoted as “100” or a bond price of $1,100 would be  “110”. Comparing the price to the present value you computed based on  the interest rate you get from your local bank, is the bond a good  value? For example, if you get a present value of $1,200 and the bond  price is 110, then the bond is a good value given your bank’s interest  rate.

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