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# The following is a list of prices for zero-coupon bonds with different maturities and par values...

The following is a list of prices for zero-coupon bonds with different maturities and par values of \$1,000.

Maturity (Years)

Price maturity 1 year = \$ 925.15

Price maturity 2 years = 862.57

Price maturity 3 years = 788.66

Price maturity 4 years = 711.00

According to the expectations theory, what is the expected forward rate in the third year?

First, we calculate the 3-year and 4-year spot rates.

Price of zero coupon bond = face value / (1 + yield)years to maturity

\$788.66 = \$1,000 / (1 + 3-year spot rate)3

3-year spot rate = (\$1,000 / \$788.66)1/3 - 1 = 8.2356%

\$711.00 = \$1,000 / (1 + 4-year spot rate)4

4-year spot rate = (\$1,000 / \$711.00)1/4 - 1 = 8.9012%

As per expectations theory, investing for 4 years at the 4-year rate should result in the same ending value as investing for 3 years at the 3-year rate, and reinvesting the proceeds after 3 years at the 1-year rate 3 years from now.

Let us say the 1-year rate 3 years from now is R. Then :

(1 + 8.9012%)4 = (1 + 8.2356%)3 * (1 + R)

R = ((1 + 8.9012%)4 / (1 + 8.2356%)3) - 1

R = 10.9226%

expected forward rate in the third year is 10.9226%

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