What is a bond yield?

Written by
Tamás D.
Fact checked by
Adam N.
Apr 2022

The yield of a bond shows the anticipated return on your investment, expressed as an annual percentage.

For example, if you buy a bond paying $225 interest each year and you pay $10,000 for it, its current yield is 2.25%. If you sold the same bond later for $12,000, the buyer would have purchased it at a lower yield ($225 / $12,000 = 1.875%) although the interest (coupon) payments ($225 in this case) stayed the same.

So if the price of a bond goes up, its yield goes down, and vice versa. Compared with the coupon rate, the yield shows a more accurate picture of the actual return on your investment into a particular bond. More sophisticated calculations of the bond yield or the market price also involve the time left to maturity or interest accrued since the last coupon payment period.

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