A Guide to Duration, DV01, and Yield Curve Risk Transformations

Thomas Coleman

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; Close Mountain Advisors LLC

January 15, 2011

Duration and DV01 (dollar duration) measure price sensitivity and provide the basic risk measure for bonds, swaps, and other fixed income instruments. When valuing instruments off a yield curve, duration and DV01 naturally extend to a vector of partial DV01s or durations (key rate durations) and these are widely used in the finance industry. But partial DV01s or durations can be measured with respect to different rates: forwards, par rates, zero yields, or others. This paper reviews the concepts of partial DV01 and duration and then discusses a simple method for transforming partial DV01s between different rate bases and provides examples. The benefit of this transformation method is that it only requires calculating the risk of a small set of alternate instrument and does not require re-calculating the original portfolio risk. (This paper is also available in an interactive version with enhanced digital content - see references.)

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: DV01, Duration, Key Rate Duration, Interest Rate Risk, Yield Curve Risk, Dollar Duration, Modified Duration, Partial DV01

JEL Classification: G10, G12, E43

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Date posted: January 1, 2011 ; Last revised: January 23, 2011

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Coleman, Thomas, A Guide to Duration, DV01, and Yield Curve Risk Transformations (January 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1733227 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1733227

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