Lessons

- CFA Level 2: Fixed Income Part 1 – Introduction
- Principles of Credit Analysis
- High Yield Corporate Debt (aka Junk bonds)
- Analyzing Credit of Asset Backed Securities
- Analyzing Credit of Municipal Bonds
- Sovereign Debt
- Three Shapes of the Yield Curve
- Parallel and Non-parallel Shifts in Yield Curve
- Factors Driving Treasury Investment Returns and Bond Price Risk
- Yield Curve Construction with Treasuries
- LIBOR Swap Rate Curve
- Theories of the Term Structure of Interest Rates
- Key Rate Duration
- How to Calculate Interest Rate Volatility?
- Benchmark Yield Spreads
- Valuing an Option Embedded Bond using Binomial Interest Rate Tree
- How to Price Convertible Bonds?

# LIBOR Swap Rate Curve

- The London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is the U.S. dollar borrowing rate for high quality banks among one another, outside the U.S.
**Swap Rates:**The fixed interest rate in a swap contract where two parties have agreed to exchange fixed rate and floating rate payments based on a notional principal.- LIBOR is commonly used as the floating rate in swap agreements.
**LIBOR Swap Rate Curve:**Rates at future time periods to convert fixed rates to floating rates and floating rates to fixed rates.- The swap rate curve may be a better basis for the market yield curve than the government bond yields because:
- The swap market is not regulated by governments, so swap rates are more comparable across different countries where foreign and domestic investors may receive different tax treatment.
- The swap market may be unaffected by changes in demand for government bonds in the repurchase (or "repo") market.
- Theoretically, the swap curve reflects bank credit risk.
- The swap market has more maturities with which to construct a yield curve than the government bond market.

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