The Motley Fool Discussion Boards Previous Page Investing/Strategies / Bonds & Fixed Income Investments URL:  http://boards.fool.com/quotobviously-the-bond-offers-a-cagr-of-28137649.aspx Subject:  Re: YTM vs. CAGR Date:  12/2/2009  3:52 PM Author:  trptrade Number:  29284 of 35930 "Obviously, the bond offers a CAGR of something close to 6.09% and a YTM of something close to 9.99%"A bit of semantics: It's a CAGR of 6.09%, YTM of 6.09%, and an annualized HPR of 9.99%. YTM is well defined - you can't redefine that term (at least not without expecting a lot of disagreement and confusion). YTM is calculated with PV=F/(1+r)^T (or a summation of those terms for a bond with coupons)Therefore, for a zero, there is only one PV (present value) required (rather than a summation across all the payments), so YTM=CAGRAs you've pointed out, the errors between 6.09 to 6.17 you are encountering are related to the 360 day year assumption (and based on your use of 15.8172, likely a small error since you need to account for the 3 days between purchase and settlement)What you are calculating is a an annualized Holding Period Return (HPR). HPR is calculated as:(End Price - Beginning Price + Dividends) / Beginning PriceDividing the HPR by the holding period produces the annualized HPR, and matches your 9.99%Tom Copyright 1996-2016 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us