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Bond Portfolio for Hedging Duration and Convexity

This example constructs a bond portfolio to hedge the portfolio of Sensitivity of Bond Prices to Interest Rates. It assumes a long position in (holding) the portfolio, and that three other bonds are available for hedging. It chooses weights for these three other bonds in a new portfolio so that the duration and convexity of the new portfolio match those of the original portfolio. Taking a short position in the new portfolio, in an amount equal to the value of the first portfolio, partially hedges against parallel shifts in the yield curve.

Recall that portfolio duration or convexity is a weighted average of the durations or convexities of the individual bonds in a portfolio. As in the previous example, this example uses modified duration in years and convexity in years. The hedging problem therefore becomes one of solving a system of linear equations, which is an easy thing to do in MATLAB® software.

Step 1

Define three bonds available for hedging the original portfolio. Specify values for the settlement date, maturity date, face value, and coupon rate. For simplicity, accept default values for the coupon payment periodicity (semiannual), end-of-month payment rule (rule in effect), and day-count basis (actual/actual). Also, synchronize the coupon payment structure to the maturity date (that is, no odd first or last coupon dates). Set any inputs for which defaults are accepted to empty matrices ([]) as placeholders where appropriate. The intent is to hedge against duration and convexity and constrain total portfolio price.

Settle     = '19-Aug-1999';
Maturity   = ['15-Jun-2005'; '02-Oct-2010'; '01-Mar-2025'];
Face       = [500; 1000; 250];
CouponRate = [0.07; 0.066; 0.08];

Also, specify the yield curve for each bond.

Yields = [0.06; 0.07; 0.075];

Step 2

Use Financial Toolbox™ functions to calculate the price, modified duration in years, and convexity in years of each bond.

The true price is quoted (clean price plus accrued interest).

[CleanPrice, AccruedInterest] = bndprice(Yields,CouponRate,... 
Settle, Maturity, 2, 0, [], [], [], [], [], Face);

Durations = bnddury(Yields, CouponRate, Settle, Maturity,...
2, 0, [], [], [], [], [], Face);

Convexities = bndconvy(Yields, CouponRate, Settle,... 
Maturity, 2, 0, [], [], [], [], [], Face);

Prices  =  CleanPrice + AccruedInterest
Prices =


Step 3

Set up and solve the system of linear equations whose solution is the weights of the new bonds in a new portfolio with the same duration and convexity as the original portfolio. In addition, scale the weights to sum to 1; that is, force them to be portfolio weights. You can then scale this unit portfolio to have the same price as the original portfolio. Recall that the original portfolio duration and convexity are 10.3181 and 157.6346, respectively. Also, note that the last row of the linear system ensures that the sum of the weights is unity.

A = [Durations'
     1 1 1];

b = [ 10.3181

Weights = A\b
Weights =


Step 4

Compute the duration and convexity of the hedge portfolio, which should now match the original portfolio.

PortfolioDuration  = Weights' * Durations
PortfolioConvexity = Weights' * Convexities
PortfolioDuration =


PortfolioConvexity =


Step 5

Finally, scale the unit portfolio to match the value of the original portfolio and find the number of bonds required to insulate against small parallel shifts in the yield curve.

PortfolioValue = 100000;
HedgeAmounts   = Weights ./ Prices * PortfolioValue
HedgeAmounts =


Step 6

Compare the results.

  • As required, the duration and convexity of the new portfolio are 10.3181 and 157.6346, respectively.

  • The hedge amounts for bonds 1, 2, and 3 are -57.37, 71.70, and 216.27, respectively.

Notice that the hedge matches the duration, convexity, and value ($100,000) of the original portfolio. If you are holding that first portfolio, you can hedge by taking a short position in the new portfolio.

Just as the approximations of the first example are appropriate only for small parallel shifts in the yield curve, the hedge portfolio is appropriate only for reducing the impact of small level changes in the term structure.

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