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Honors Thesis


One of the most attractive sources of income for both individual and institutional investors is fixed-income securities. However, due to the undesirable risk that arises when investing in a single security, investment in fixed-income securities is often made indirectly through fixed-income mutual funds, or funds that pool contributions of individual investors and further invest them in securities such as bonds. This study attempts to determine how returns on fixed-income securities are related to corresponding returns on fixed-income mutual funds. By using algebraic equations to ascertain bond prices and yields, the study models the return of a typical mutual fund based on the prices and yields of the underlying bonds. The study shows that bond returns are related to, but distinct from, both past and current bond yields and fund returns.

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