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Edgar Wall is considering the purchase of one of the

Edgar Wall is considering the purchase of one of the two bonds described in the following table. Wall realizes his decision will depend primarily on effective duration, and he believes that interest rates will decline by 50 basis points at all maturities over the next six months.

a. Calculate the percentage price change forecasted by effective duration for both the EBR and CRR bonds if interest rates decline by 50 basis points over the next six months. Show your work.

b. Calculate the six-month horizon return (in percent) for each bond, if the actual EBR bond price equals 105.55 and the actual CRR bond price equals 104.15 at the end of six months. Assume you purchased the bonds to settle on June 1, 2011. Show your work.

Wall is surprised by the fact that although interest rates fell by 50 basis points, the actual price change for the EBR bond was greater than the price change forecasted by effective duration, whereas the actual price change for the CRR bond was less than the price change forecasted by effective duration.

c. Explain why the actual price change would be greater for the EBR bond and the actual price change would be less for the CRRbond.

a. Calculate the percentage price change forecasted by effective duration for both the EBR and CRR bonds if interest rates decline by 50 basis points over the next six months. Show your work.

b. Calculate the six-month horizon return (in percent) for each bond, if the actual EBR bond price equals 105.55 and the actual CRR bond price equals 104.15 at the end of six months. Assume you purchased the bonds to settle on June 1, 2011. Show your work.

Wall is surprised by the fact that although interest rates fell by 50 basis points, the actual price change for the EBR bond was greater than the price change forecasted by effective duration, whereas the actual price change for the CRR bond was less than the price change forecasted by effective duration.

c. Explain why the actual price change would be greater for the EBR bond and the actual price change would be less for the CRRbond.

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