- CFA Exams
- CFA Level I Exam
- Topic 6. Fixed Income
- Learning Module 7. Yield and Yield Spread Measures for Fixed-Rate Bonds
- Subject 1. Periodicity and Annualized Yields

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**CFA Practice Question**

Consider a zero-coupon bond. Which compounding method yields a higher compounded total return?

B. Quarterly compounding

C. Both methods yield the same compounded total return.

A. Semi-annual compounding

B. Quarterly compounding

C. Both methods yield the same compounded total return.

Correct Answer: C

Semi-annual compounding has a higher annual yield-to-maturity. However the compounded total return is the same for both semi-annual and quarterly compounding.

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**User Contributed Comments**
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Comment |
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jorellana9 |
key word here is "total" |

farhan92 |
zero coupon is also a pretty important word here |

chcarnes |
Key word is "word" |

dbedford |
The key word is "retake" |

Sagarsan88 |
If zero coupon does not pay any coupon...what exactly is being compounded here? |