学完本课程后，您将可以分析企业所做金融决策的主要类型。然后，您可以运用所学技能处理现实商务挑战，这也是沃顿商学院商务基础专项课程的组成部分。主要概念包括：净现值技术、资本预算原则、资产估值、金融市场运作和效率、公司财务决策以及衍生产品。

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企业金融概论（中文版）

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学完本课程后，您将可以分析企业所做金融决策的主要类型。然后，您可以运用所学技能处理现实商务挑战，这也是沃顿商学院商务基础专项课程的组成部分。主要概念包括：净现值技术、资本预算原则、资产估值、金融市场运作和效率、公司财务决策以及衍生产品。

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第 2 周

在本模块中，我们不仅将讨论货币的时间价值，而且会联系通货膨胀进行讨论，然后我们将进入第二个主题，也就是利率，最后我们还将介绍第三个主题，现金流量折现法。本模块教学结束后，您将能够计算各种折价和复利现金流，对不同类型的债权进行估值，从而能更好地进行金融决策。

- Michael R RobertsWilliam H. Lawrence Professor of Finance, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Finance

Welcome back to Corporate Finance.

Last time we talked about interest rates.

In particular, we talked about how interest rates are quoted

versus how interest rates are used to discount cash flows.

We also talked about how to deal with cash flow streams when the cash flows arrived

more than once a year or less frequently than once a year, and

when the compounding frequency wasn't annual.

This time I want to talk about how interest rates or

discount rates, can vary over time and how that relationship is captured

via term structure of interest rates and yield curve.

Let's get started.

Hi, everybody. Welcome back to Corporate Finance and

our 2nd lecture on interest rates.

So last time we introduced the topic by talking about interest rate quotes versus

discount rates, and we talked about APR, annual percentage rate which was

means of quoting interest rates, the financial institutions often use.

That's often distinct from what we care about for discounting cash flows,

which is, an EAR, effective annual rate, or a periodic discount rate.

And we talked about how to move between these concepts, or these constructs,

and then we showed how to apply them to non-annual cash flows and

in situations where we have non-annual compounding.

Say monthly, semi-annual, whatever you might have.

Today I want to talk about the term structure of interest rates and

the yield curve.

And this lecture's a little bit different in that it's not geared toward solving

problems per se.

At least not directly, because that's going to take

us into a fixed income valuation which is beyond the scope of this course.

Rather what it's going to do is,

it's going to be important to understand what these concepts are,

because they're going to be used for corporate decision-making later on.

So let's get started.

Thus far, we've assumed discount rates are constant through time.

They just don't change.

And what do I mean by that?

Well, if I look at my present value formula right, I take my cash flows and

I discount them by one plus the discount rate.

But notice that's the same discount rate.

It's the same number for every cash flow regardless of when the cash flow arrives.

Now, in reality, it seems as if

Interest rates vary with the term of the investment.

Let me give you some examples.

Here's a screenshot of home mortgage refinancing rates that I took not too long

ago, and you can see that as the term

of the mortgage refinancing varies, so too does the rate or APR,

and consequently, so does the EAR, the discount rate.

Likewise, when I looked at fixed term CD rates where,

remember, CD's are just certificates of deposits.

Their rates tend to very with the term of the investment as well, and

there's a lot of numbers here, so let me focus your attention here,

here we have the term of the investment.

And here we have the APR.

And the EAR.

And you can see that as the term increases or

changes, so to do the interest rate.

Now, what's the point here?

Well, as the term of the investment changes, quite often, but not always,

quite often, the interest rate will change.

And the term structure is nothing more than the relation between

the investment term and the interest rate.

The yield curve is just a graph of that relation,

so let me show you a treasury yield curve from July 24, 2014.

On the horizontal axis we have the maturity of

the treasury security, so here's a one month T-bill.

Right here's a 30 year T-bond.

Here's a five year T-Note.

So these are just different treasury securities that vary by maturity

across the horizontal access.

And on the Y access is the yield, which for the time being and

in this context you can think of loosely as the discount rate, R.

And the point is, is that as the maturity of the security varies,

so to does the discount rate, right?

In other words when the government borrows for 30 years, its getting.

Or paying an interest rate just above three percent.

Where as when its borrowing over a short horizon say thirty days.

Its paying basically zero.

Now, let me come back to this notion of a yield, and what a yield is.

A yield, y, is the one discount rate that when applied to the promised cash

flows of the security recover the price of the security, and that is a mouthful.

So, let me actually show you a little formula that

you're familiar with to hopefully clarify this.

See, I take the price of the security.

On the last slide the price of the T-bill, the price of the T-bond.

And I lay out all of the promised cash flows to the security.

I discount them back and I ask what is the discount rate

such that when I discount these cash flows, I get the price?

That is the yield, or yield to maturity.

So to build the yield curve, that's just a matter of simply computing the yield for

securities of different maturities.

So without getting into the institutional details and the semiannual compounding and

quoting conventions associated with treasuries, let me just talk conceptually,

so if I want the one year, the one year yield,

I would just take this say cash flow at year one,

divide by one plus y1, set it equal to the current price and solve for y.

If I want the second yield, I would take the second

security with maybe annual cash flows of one and CF1 and CF2,

and I would solve for the one discount rate, y2 let's call it,

such that when I discount these cash flows, CF1 and CF2, I get the price, P2.

And we do that for all different maturities.

The Y's that come out, Y1, Y2, Y3...

Dot, dot, dot, dot all the way down to YT.

That represents the yield curve.

Those are the points on the yield curve.

But that's the same as computing the discount rate for

securities with different maturities.

Hence the length between discount rates and yields.

Now they're is a difference between discount rates and

yields having to do with promised versus expected cash flows.

But that's a little bit outside the scope of the course,

so let's leave that aside for now.

And in the context of treasuries yields and expected returns are relatively close.

Now one thing I want to emphasize is that yield curves, in another words,

interest rates they move around a lot.

Or at least they can.

So to illustrate that fact I've plotted three yield curves here,

the purple one is from 2012.

The blue one is from 2000, and the red one is from 1981.

And you can see that the rate at which the government was

borrowing has very dramatically, over time.

Right. Today For

short-term loans, they're not paying any interest.

The interest rate is basically zero.

But back in 1981, the interest rate was around 15%.

The other thing I want to point out is that the relationship

between the short end of the yield curve, short term interest rate, and the long

end of the yield curve, long term interest rates, that can vary over time as well.

Here, at least in 2012,

we see that the curve is upward sloping, so that interest rates,

short term loans to the government, are less costly than long term loans.

Whereas back in 1981, we see that long term interest

rates were actually below shorter term interest rates,

at least over a stretch here.

So it was cheaper for the government to borrow with longer rates, or

over longer terms at least, at a lower interest rate.

Now, this raises the question, well what does this mean?

What does the upward sloping curve

in 2012 mean as opposed to the downward sloping curve in 1981?

Well, there's a lot of academic debate about that, but one popular opinion is

that the slope reflects expectations of future interest rates.

So when the yields curve is upward sloping, as it is in 2012, this

suggests that future interest rates are likely to be higher.

Whereas back in 1981, this downward sloping portion,

also actually in 2000 it looks slightly downward sloping as well.

The downward sloping curve suggests that future interest rates are going to

be lower.

Treasury yield curves, what they're doing is they're graphing the relationship

between interest rates on, on risk-free loans and loan maturity.

So they, they have a very special meaning.

When we talk about the risk-free rate, we're really talking about.

The interest rate, or the yield on treasuries.

But we can plot yield curves for a host of different securities, and

that's what I've done on this next slide, is I've got three different yield curves.

The blue curve is the yield curve for high quality corporate debt, all right?

So you can see that for, what do I mean by high quality?

That's investment grade, think triple B or higher, okay?

So when high quality or highly credit rated firms were borrowing for say,

29 years, it's costing them about 5% per annum at least as of July 2014.

Whereas when they're borrowing short terms,

say two years, it's a little over a percent.

The green curve is the yield curve for

municipal bonds, AAA rated municipal bonds as of July 2014.

And then the red curve is the treasury curve.

And what's sort of interesting to note Is that the yields or

the cost of borrowing appears to be higher for the federal government

over at least certain periods, than it was for municipalities.

Which is strange if you think that our federal government is a much safer

bet than a municipality, even a triple A rated municipality, but what's going on

there is mostly a tax differential as well as some liquidity issues.

All right, so what's the lesson here?

Well, look.

Yields vary by maturity and risk.

So to illustrate that point, I'm going to look at the yields on corporate bonds.

And you can see as the credit rating improves from triple B to triple A,

which is the best rating, the yield goes down and

I know drawing the up arrow isn't helping, but the numbers are getting smaller.

And they're getting smaller within each maturity bucket.

One to two, two to five, five to ten, ten plus.

And that's the result of decreasing credit risk.

These are safer bond, these are safe.

These are less safe, but still relatively safe.

The other thing to notice is that within a credit rating, say AAA,

the yields, or the interest rates, are different.

Now, in this case, they're increasing, but as we showed a few slides ago right,

they don't always have to be increasing with maturity.

They could be decreasing.

The point is that they're different across the maturity spectrum.

Now all of these interest rates that we've discussed thus far are referred to as

spot rates.

And what are spot rates?

They're the interest rate for a loan that's made today.

Now typically there's a different spot rate for loans of different maturities and

different risks.

That's what we showed right here, these are spot rates.

They vary by credit risk, and they vary by maturity.

Now, what's one of the big punch lines or takeaways from all of this, aside from

just general knowledge and information and understanding interest rates?

Well,this present value formula that we've been working with is in

many ways just an approximation, because we know interest rates vary over time.

So it's really an approximation for this.

Now it's not such a bad approximation when the yield curve is flat.

So when we have a yield curve, here is maturity.

Here's yield.

When the yield curve is flat R1, R2, R3 are the same.

So these two things would be equal.

The problem, let's see if I can erase some stuff here.

The problem is when the yield curve is say, upwards sloping severely or

even downwards sloping.

Now there's going to be a pretty big difference from using some sort of average

discount rate R as a proxy for all of the different spot rates.

Okay.

So let's wrap up here.

What did we talk about today?

We talked about the term structure of interest rates which

captures the relation between interest rates and the investment term.

Right loans or savings of different maturities different terms

will often have different interest rates.

And that relation is captured by the term structure.

The yield curve simply graphs the term structure, right?

It plots on the horizontal axis the maturity,

on the vertical axis the yield or the interest rate.

And that shows us the relationship between investment term and interest rate.

We also learned that interest rates will vary by the risk of the investment.

We discussed that earlier on, back in I think our first lecture.

And we talked about spot rates, which are the interest rates for

a loan that's made today.

So.

What's up next?

We turn to a new topic: discounted cash flow.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Thanks a lot.

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