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The Treasury High Quality Market (HQM) Corporate Bond Yield Curve provides discount rates for the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA). The yield curve shows yields at different maturities from a particular category of fixed income securities. The HQM yield curve corresponds to U.S corporate bonds whose credit quality is a market-weighted average of the top three qualities – AAA, AA, and A.

For the purposes of the PPA, the relevant type of yield is the spot yield, which is the yield on a bond with a single payment at a future date, that is, a zero-coupon bond.

The yield curve pertains to a specific point in time, usually late in a business day, and is computed from the prices at that time on a set of bonds. The first step in constructing the curve is to assemble an appropriate set of bonds. The HQM methodology currently uses a set of U.S. corporate bonds that covers the AAA, AA, and A markets. The maximum maturity of the bonds is 30 years, and currently, the par amount outstanding of each bond is at least $250 million.

Key Features and Coverage on RIMES

For this data source, RIMES hosts the Treasury High Quality Market Corporate Bond Yield Curve.

Some of the data items available include:

  • Adjustment Factors
  • Discount Function
  • Forward Rate
  • Hqm Yield Curve
  • Market-Weighted Average (Mwa)
  • Price Of Bond
  • Regression Variables
  • Short-Term Yield
  • Spot Rate
  • Spot Yield Curve
  • Weighting


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