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Yield-Yield Asset Swap Spread

The difference between the yield-to-maturity of the bond the par swap rate to the maturity of the bond:

YY asset swap spread = bond YTM – par swap rate

For example, an investor buys $100 million worth of U.S. Treasury bonds at a yield of 4.60%, whilst he pays 5.10% on a $101 million of a swap with a maturity equal to the bond’s maturity. The yield/yield swap spread is:

YY asset swap spread = 5.10% - 4.60% = 0.5%

or 50 basis points.

This spread is exposed to the so-called convexity risk, i.e., the trade is duration-weighted, but not convexity-weighted.

It is also known as a matched-maturity asset swap spread.

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