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Stepped-Coupon Bonds


A stepped-coupon bond has a fixed schedule of changing coupon amounts. Like fixed coupon bonds, stepped-coupon bonds could have different periodic payments and accrual bases.

The functions stepcpnprice and stepcpnyield compute prices and yields of such bonds. An accompanying function stepcpncfamounts produces the cash flow schedules pertaining to these bonds.

Cash Flows from Stepped-Coupon Bonds

Consider a bond that has a schedule of two coupons. Suppose that the bond starts out with a 2% coupon that steps up to 4% in 2 years and onward to maturity. Assume that the issue and settlement dates are both March 15, 2003. The bond has a 5-year maturity. Use stepcpncfamounts to generate the cash flow schedule and times.

Settle      = datenum('15-Mar-2003');
Maturity    = datenum('15-Mar-2008');
ConvDates   = [datenum('15-Mar-2005')];
CouponRates = [0.02, 0.04];

[CFlows, CDates, CTimes] = stepcpncfamounts(Settle, Maturity, ... 
ConvDates, CouponRates)

Notably, ConvDates has one less element than CouponRates because MATLAB® software assumes that the first element of CouponRates indicates the coupon schedule between Settle (March 15, 2003) and the first element of ConvDates (March 15, 2005), shown diagrammatically below.


Pay 2% from March 15, 2003


Pay 4% from March 15, 2003

Effective 2% on March 15, 2003


Effective 4% on March 15, 2005


Coupon Dates

Semiannual Coupon Payment























The payment on March 15, 2005 is still a 2% coupon. Payment of the 4% coupon starts with the next payment, September 15, 2005. March 15, 2005 is the end of first coupon schedule, not to be confused with the beginning of the second.

In summary, MATLAB takes user input as the end dates of coupon schedules and computes the next coupon dates automatically.

The payment due on settlement (zero in this case) represents the accrued interest due on that day. It is negative if such amount is nonzero. Comparison with cfamounts in Financial Toolbox™ shows that the two functions operate identically.

Price and Yield of Stepped-Coupon Bonds

The toolbox provides two basic analytical functions to compute price and yield for stepped-coupon bonds. Using the above bond as an example, you can compute the price when the yield is known.

You can estimate the yield to maturity as a number-of-year weighted average of coupon rates. For this bond, the estimated yield is:



or 3.33%. While definitely not exact (due to nonlinear relation of price and yield), this estimate suggests close to par valuation and serves as a quick first check on the function.

Yield = 0.0333;

[Price, AccruedInterest] = stepcpnprice(Yield, Settle, ... 
Maturity, ConvDates, CouponRates)

The price returned is 99.2237 (per $100 notional), and the accrued interest is zero, consistent with our earlier assertions.

To validate that there is consistency among the stepped-coupon functions, you can use the above price and see if indeed it implies a 3.33% yield by using stepcpnyield.

YTM = stepcpnyield(Price, Settle, Maturity, ConvDates, ... 


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