# Effective Yield

Article byAshish Kumar Srivastav
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

## What is the Effective Yield?

Effective yield can be defined as a yearly rate of return at a periodic rate of interest and the method is proclaimed to be one of the effective measures of an equity holders’ return as it takes compounding into its due consideration unlike nominal yield method and it is also based on an assumption that an equity holder is eligible for reinvesting his or her coupon payments at a coupon rate.

### Explanation

It is also better known as annual percentage yield (APY). It is way different from periodic yield, and the two must not be confused with one another. Periodic yield can be defined as the yield pertaining to any period, which could either be on a monthly, half-yearly, or quarterly basis, whereas it can be defined as or yield. It takes into consideration and assumes that the coupon payments are already reinvested. This method is of great use for making a comparison of assets that pay at least twice in a year.

### Effective Yield Formula

The formula is provided below:

Effective Yield Formula = [1 + (r/n)]n – 1

Here, ‘r’ represents a nominal rate, and ‘n’ represents no. of payments received annually.

For eg:
Source: Effective Yield (wallstreetmojo.com)

### How to Calculate Effective Yield?

It can be calculated by following the steps provided and discussed below:

Step #1 – In the first step, the users must determine “n” or a number of payments that are received during the year. Securities that pay twice in a year or, in other words, pay every 6 months, and then for such financial securities, the ‘n’ shall be 2. Similarly, financial securities that pay every quarterly and monthly will have a number of periods as 4 and 12, respectively.

Step #2 – In the next step, the users will need to determine ‘i’ that is the rate of interest (ROI). This rate of interest is already mentioned in financial security.

Step #3 – In the third step, the users will be required to divide the rate of interest and that too in decimal form by the number of payment intervals determined in Step 1.

Step #4 – In the fourth step, the users will need to sum up 1 + (i/n).

Step #5 – In the fifth step, the users will need to take the value derived in Step 4 and determine exponent ‘n.’

Step #6 –  In the sixth step, which is also the last step, the users will be required to deduct 1 for the annualized yield.

### Examples of Effective Yield

You can download this Effective Yield Excel Template here – Effective Yield Excel Template

#### Example #1

Purchases the bond of Company ABC that has a 6 %coupon. The nominal rate is 6%. Calculate the effective yield if the interest is paid annually.

Solution

Given,

• r = 6 %
• n= 1
• i = ??

If the interest paid is annually, then the number of payment periods in a year is 1.

The calculation for the determination of A’s yield on her 6% is as follows:

• = (1+(6%/1))^1-1
• i = 6 %

#### Example #2

B purchases the bond of Company XYZ that has a 5% coupon. If the interest is semi-annually paid then what would be the B’s effective yield on her 5% coupon bond?

Solution

Given,

• r = 5 %
• n= 2
• i = ??

If the interest is half-yearly paid, then the number of payment periods in a year is 2. The nominal rate is 5 percent.

Therefore, the calculation for the determination of B’s yield on her 5 percent coupon bond is as follows-

• =(1+(5%/2))^2-1
• i = 5.062%

#### Example #3

C purchases the bond of Company ABC that has a 6% coupon. If the interest is paid every month, then determine what would be the C’s effective yield on her 6% coupon bond?

Solution

Given,

• r = 6 %
• n= 12
• i = ??

If the interest is being paid every month, then the number of payment periods in a year is 12. The nominal rate is 6 percent.

Therefore, the calculation for the determination of C’s yield on her 6 percent coupon bond is as follows:

• =(1+(6%/12))^12-1)
• i = 6.17%

### Conclusion

Effective yield is also termed as annual percentage yield or APY and is the return generated for every year. Its formula is i = [1 + (r/n)]n – 1.

This method is highly preferred by most of the investors since the method, unlike all other methods, takes compounding into its due consideration and also assumes that the investors are eligible for reinvesting their coupon payments at the .

This method is way different from the nominal method, and hence, the two must not be confused with one another. If the payments received from the bonds are invested again, then the effective yield of an investor shall be higher than the nominal yield or mentioned coupon yield as a result of compounding.

It has few drawbacks, too, since it is based on the assumption that the coupon payments are required to be invested back into another cycle that pays the same rate of interest. However, this may not always be possible merely because of the fact that the rate of interest is bound to fluctuate periodically as a result of various prevalent factors in an economy.

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