The 5 year interest rates in the last 2 years have gone up from 1% to 2.8%. So, in secondary market there are US government bonds with 1.5% and 2.75% face coupons.
What I am trying to understand is - if it is no-brainer to buy bond with lower face coupon if I plan to hold until maturity, because it has larger disocunt that qualifies as capital gains?
Here is how I arrived to that conclusion:
- Since both bonds today have YTW equal to YTM and are 2.809% and 2.807% respectively, then aggregate Pre-Tax income for both bonds will almost be the same, right?
- However, the discount for both bonds is different. Hence, for the bond with lowe face cupon a larger portion of income will qualify as pre-tax income instead of ordinary income, right?