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Do bond interest rate risk premiums only compensate for the amount investors might lose?

Consider two different bonds: one riskless, and the other risky. Suppose the risky bond has a known probability of default. Suppose a market is made in these bonds, with investors trying to maximize ...
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What's the difference between buying bonds and buying bond funds for the long-term?

I know that if I buy a bond and hold to maturity, I will get the value plus the coupon. If rates go up, the resale value of my bond will go down, and vice versa. However, what happens if I buy into ...
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Reasonable alternatives to using the Treasury rate as the risk free rate, e.g. for CAPM calculation?

For all practical purposes, the risk free interest rate is taken to be the short term Treasury bill interest rate. Let's say this rate is 0.5% per annum. But for an individual investor, if his bank ...
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How can I estimate the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes?

Is there a standard method for estimating the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes? Some of the information I have includes the average duration and the SEC yield.
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Understand interest rate risk on a bond

I was wondering why there is interest rate risk on a bond that a financial services firm has sold, besides default risk on the bond? As far as I know interest rate risk means the risk that ...
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Will bonds (including international bonds) be able to offer more than 7% annual return?

I am presently getting a 6% return on my savings in a high-interest account, calculated daily, paid monthly. I regard stocks as too risky for my 4 year savings plan but am interested in bonds as they ...
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Understanding Interest Rate Risk: What is it, and what techniques do I use to minimize it?

I'm looking to develop a fixed-income account of bonds and dividend-paying equities. I've heard that bonds are susceptible to interest rate risk, but I don't really understand what that means. What ...